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Is the post-buff Combat Shotgun worth carrying?

After the recent buff to the Combat Shotgun in Fortnite Season 4, fans are wondering if it’s worth carrying over the Pump or the Charge.

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Most of the early birds who awaited the release of Fortnite Season 4 rejoiced when they heard that the fan-favorite Combat Shotgun would be returning for the new Fortnite season. It wasn’t until they landed at Doom’s Domain and found one that they learned the bad news.

The Season 4 Combat wasn’t the same Combat that we used seasons ago. The damage was far lower than the Charge or Pump. It still had superior range and fire power, but the “W-Key” meta nullified the advantages of the Combat, and the damage nerf was enough to make it useless.

Sadly, it soon became apparent that the Season 4 Charge Shotgun was one of the worst shotguns that Fortnite has ever seen. The playstyle of most modern Fortnite players is more conducive to even the low-damage Tac Shotgun that we had in Season 3. Most daily players began to wonder why the Combat was even in the game in the first place.

In v14.30 – the most recent Fortnite update at the time of writing – Epic buffed the Combat Shotgun’s damage at all range. A Gold Combat can now deal 62 damage to the head from three whole tiles away. From one tile away, it can deal 94 headshot damage – enough to take some players down in two shots – just over one second.

This was a massive buff to the gun and takes it out of the F-tier, where it sat for most of the season. In a meta dominated by the Pump and – in some cases – the Charge, is the Combat worth carrying?

The answer to this question is nuanced and, largely, depends on your playstyle. At the higher levels of competition, the Combat still falls short. As one commenter in this Reddit thread points out, players have gotten better at Fortnite since the original release of the Combat. This means that players don’t expose themselves during fights as they once did, giving you less of an opportunity to shoot them from mid-range without a spray weapon like an AR or SMG.

The current Fortnite meta relies on getting in a player’s face, jumping into their box, or taking their wall and editing. The Combat doesn’t have the one-shot potential that the Pump and even the Charge do, making it far less viable at higher levels of Fortnite.

Sadly, the removal of Launch Pads had a negative effect on the Combat, as well. Anyone who remembers the original Combat knows that it excelled at downing players who were flying through the air. Simply put: this just doesn’t happen in Chapter 2 Season 4.

On the other hand, if you don’t care about playing like you’re in the FNCS, then the Charge is perfectly fine to use. You can sit on top of a ramp and chunk-damage a player running out in the open – from surprisingly far away.

Is the Combat worth carrying over a Blue or Purple Pump if you’re playing a competitive match? Probably not. The good news is that it’s usable, again, and you can make it work if that’s what you want to use. We are playing a game, after all, and the Combat is fun, again.

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What are Social Tags in Fortnite Season 3 and how to use them?

Social Tags are finally here in Fortnite and players can connect with random players across the world based on their preferences. Here’s how you can use them.

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Fortnite Season 3 has introduced players to several new features, a new UI and a more colorful island to drop in. One of these most awaited and heavily rumored features was Social Tags. Now that it’s finally here, players are loving how it adds their in-game personality to their profile.

Loopers are enjoying every bit about the latest Chapter 3 Season 3. From ballers, exciting new POIs, the brand new Reality Sapling loot system, all the new additions accompany one another in a perfect manner.

However, the user interface options in Fortnite have stayed stagnant for a long period of time and required a major overhaul with the evolution of the gameplay. With the addition of Explore and game playlists options earlier this year, Epic showed its player base about the potential of what Fortnite can be.

In addition to all these features, something felt missing that allowed players to connect with other active players who have similar interests and the way they play Fortnite. Enter Social Tags which were added in the most recent v21.10 update. Here’s what they are and how you can use them.

Use Social Tags to define your choices and find similar players in Fortnite

Social Tags in Fortnite are basically name tags you can add to your Fortnite profile on the sidebar section. These tags signify how you play Fortnite and you can get recommendations on the Explore Menu of similar experiences.

If you enjoy a certain Battle Royale or Creative mode, you can add a tag for it. One player at max, can add 3 tags to their profile. It could be a mix of Creative, Battle Royale which bbasically have gameplay modes and Miscellaneous which has more options like Chill, Quests, Mic On etc.

To apply Social Tags to your profile, do the following steps:

  1. Click on your profile icon in the left sidebar.
  2. Select +Add Tag option on your profile.
  3. Add social tags from the list available there.
  4. Save and confirm the selected tags. (Max 3)

Once assigned, they will show up on your profile and would tell others how you choose to play Fortnite. Furthermore, you can head to Looking For A Party option on the left sidebar, right above settings to search for random players who play Fortnite the way you do.

It will then show a list of players who are active currently in-game and are in the lobby with how many players. Moreover, you can send them a party invite or a request to join your party. You can also choose to turn off this option.

This feature promotes healthy connectivity between players who play Fortnite in a similar way and helps prevent toxicity between Casuals and Sweats in the game. Additionally, it creates a healthy divide between the two communities if one enjoys grinding Arenas while others purely enjoy Public matches.

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Fortnite leaks reveal another Stranger Things collab coming to Season 3

The Upside Down is set to collide with the loop once again as another Stranger Things collaboration is arriving to Fortnite soon. Here are more details about it.

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The infamous collaboration between Stranger Things and Fortnite wasn’t as big when it was first introduced in Fortnite back in 2019. Loopers were disappointed by the cosmetics that the collab brought into the game but at present, it remains one of the rarest items in-game.

Fortnite is known for collaborating with popular culture films and TV shows pretty often and brings several characters from their respective franchises to the looped island. In the past, major characters like Star Lord (Marvel), Batman (The Dark Knight), Rick and Morty were added in the game as skins accompanied by their famous props as cosmetic items like Back Blings, Pickaxes and Gliders.

However, when it comes to major TV shows, Stranger Things was a phenomenon back in 2019 when its second season was underway. The show gained hype in its initial days as fans loved the entire 80s vibe of sci-fi and horror as the kids went against the Upside Down and save Hawkins.

The collab soon hit the Fortnite Item Shop but to the surprise of the player base, the only skins they received were an ugly looking Demogorgon and extremely buffed Chief Hopper skins, while they were expecting Eleven and the gang. However, latest leaks might bring good news to those fans and new skins into the game.

Fortnite skins are coming soon in Season 3 ahead of its finale release

According to several leaks that emerged after the recent v21.10 update in Fortnite Season 3, items like “WaffleWarrior” were added to the game files. Now according to theory, in the Stranger Things series, its protagonist Eleven is the only character who is extremely fond of Eggos Waffles.

The tag “WaffleWarrior” hints towards her and it might be the case that ahead of the release of Season 4 finale next week, Eleven could be an in-game skin that could be added to the shop soon. Moreover, it has nearly been 3 years since the skins from the Netflix series were last seen in the Item Shop.

However, fans are already creating crossover concepts of characters from both Fortnite and Stranger Things. Recently a concept artist by the name of Feraalsy created a video of Peely being possessed by Vecna.

The concept video shows Vecna’s skin concept as well as Prisoner Jones present alongside with Peely. Although it is a brilliant concept, the current hype of the series highly suggests a collaboration incoming to Fortnite soon later this season.

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Fortnite leak reveals Zero Build Team Rumble coming to game soon

Fortnite is adding more fun to its Zero Build game mode as they plan to expand it to a fully fledged Team Rumble. Here’s the latest on it.

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The popularity of a Zero Build Mode in Fortnite has been growing everyday with new players joining the looped island. Moreover, the mode promises a fun and casual side of the game that loopers had never experienced before.

Fortnite is known for introducing exciting new gameplay elements and its wide range of weapons arsenal to its player base. Though OG Sweats still like to stick to their old ways of cranking 90s and build fight their enemies across the loop, casual players are having their amount of fun in Zero Build mode where they purely focus on their combat skills.

Over the course of the past few months, the popularity of Zero Build mode has increased and has become a staple in the entire Battle Royale gaming community. Nobody would have ever imagined Fortnite without building, and here it stands tall with 5 million new active players since the addition of the game mode.

As loopers continue to vibe in Season 3 with all new things including Reality Tree and Ballers, certain leaks revealed that a popular casual game mode is about to be introduced with Zero Build mechanics very soon.

Zero Build to arrive in Team Rumble in Fortnite soon

According to leaks on social media, Epic Games are working on a Zero Build version of Team Rumble as data for Zero Build “Big Battle” LTM was added with the v21.10 update that dropped this Tuesday. Moreover, this mode will be a standalone mode alongside the regular team rumble and will have similar rules to the earlier one.

However, the question that stands in the minds of loopers is that how will players redeploy themselves if they cannot build themselves to a high ground. Team Rumble is all about infinite respawns in a match where two large teams go against one another and redeploy them off a high ground.

Moreover, when players thought Fortnite was a dead game and were done with most of the game mechanics and weapons meta, Zero Build came as a blessing and saw the return of several old players join back the game. Pros like TFUE, Dr. Disrespect and Ninja started streaming the game again and highly praised the Zero Build game mode.

However, the team rumble mode was the only game mode in Fortnite that was untouched by Zero Build as players like to practice their builds and fights in the island in that mode. But that will soon change for Zero Build players as well as they’d be able to test weapons, complete quests and have a casual fun time playing Fortnite on the island.

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