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Is this a secret Fortnite Team Rumble change or a bug?

Some Fortnite Team Rumble players have noticed a change to the mode that is making it far less entertaining for them.

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Some Fortnite Team Rumble players have noticed a change to the mode that is making it far less entertaining for them.

Team Rumble has been a staple Fortnite game mode for a while – replacing the long-running 50v50 game mode.

This mode presents a welcome respite from the often-sweaty normal Fortnite matches. You can drop into Team Rumble, get God-tier loot, complete some challenges, and have fun.

Epic made some hugely beneficial changes to Team Rumble with Season 2. You now spawn with 450 materials, can only find rare or better weapons, and don’t have to deal with the Glider Re-Deploy item clogging your inventory.

These were all welcomed by the casual Fortnite community, but a recent update may have made things a bit worse for Team Rumble players.

It’s unclear whether or not this change was intended – such is the case when we don’t have any patch notes. Either way, some players are loading into Team Rumble halfway through a match.

Reddit user u/TheMightyWitcher posted a clip on the r/FortniteBR subreddit, showing himself load into a Team Rumble match that’s nearly halfway over. The player had no loot and, even worse, no materials with which he could defend himself.

Team Ruble offers the easiest way to bulk-complete your challenges. You can fly around and finish three or four of them in a match. When some people finish their challenges, they leave to start a fresh match.

This often leaves teams with 12 to 15 players by the end of a match – down from 20v20 at the beginning. Epic may have made this Team Rumble change to keep the lobbies full.

Other games, such as Call of Duty, use similar tactics to keep lobbies filled. This is a completely different situation than Fortnite, however.

Forntite characters fromSeason 2 trailer.
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In Call of Duty, there isn’t a massive disadvantage to loading into a game halfway through. In Fortnite, it means missing out on your preferred loadout.

What’s more, finishing the last half of a CoD match will guarantee that you get a full one next time. In Fortnite, you start a new lobby with new players each time. In theory, you could continuously load into halfway-finished Team Rumble matches.

Hopefully, this is only a bug or something that Epic is testing. If it becomes more widespread, it may backfire and push more people to quit their Team Rumble matches.

Challenges

Lazy Lake Floating Ring locations for Fortnite Week 3 challenges

How to collect floating rings at Lazy Lake for the Season 3 Week 3 challenges.

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The Fortnite Season 3 Week 3 challenges are here, which means we’re getting closer and closer to unlocking the second half of the Season 3 Battle Pass. Most of the challenges have been relatively easy this season, with only one weekly challenge requiring us to search in a particular area.

Last week we were looking around The Yacht. This week we’re venturing across the map over to Lazy Lake, where we’ll need to collect floating rings.

These four rings are scattered around Lazy Lake, making it difficult to complete this challenge in one shot – at least, if you’re doing it in a regular Battle Royale match.

As always, we recommend opting for Team Rumble. It makes things easier, and you may even be able to finish your eliminations challenge from last week if you haven’t already. Here’s a map of all of the Floating Ring locations at Lazy Lake:

The most obvious ring is located next to the gas station. You should be able to jump on an umbrella to grab it. After that, make your way to the intersection and look on top of the tree. The third ring is in the street at the entrance to Lazy, and the final ring is in between the towers of the No Sweat Insurance building.

Here’s a video from HarryNinetyFour that shows you exactly where you’ll need to visit.

You can take a look at the full list of challenges here, but the rest of them are easy enough to complete on your own. You may be sitting in the cornfield at Frenzy for a while, but that comes with the territory.

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Lazy Lake fireworks location for Fortnite Captain America challenge

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When the Fortnite v13.20 patch released, Epic revealed that they’d be bringing a special hero to the Item Shop for the 4th of July. That hero was later revealed to be none other than Captain America – one of the core Avengers who we never saw during the initial Marvel crossover events.

Captain America is, reportedly, set to hit the Item Shop within the next rotation. He should be available when the Item Shop resets at 8 PM EST on July 2. We’re only hours away from having Cap in our locker, and he’ll probably be one of the most popular skins for the next week.

As you can see, there have already been plenty of official teasers for Captain America, but one of them went under the radar. When the Week 3 Challenges went live, Epic added a daily challenge that requires you to light fireworks around Lazy Lake. These fireworks explode to show the Captain America shield.

There are six firework locations surrounding this POI, but you only need five to complete the challenge. You can easily finish this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble once you know where to look. Here are all of the firework locations.

Fortnite Lazy Lake Fireworks

This challenge rewards players with 14,000 XP as it’s one of the golden daily challenges rather than a weekly challenge. That isn’t a ton of experience, but it’s a healthy reward for a challenge that will only take a few minuted to complete. Now, all that’s left is to see how the new Fortnite Captain America skin looks!

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This concept brings grilling to Fortnite in time for summer

This thematic addition to Fortnite Season 3 is perfect for Summer Splash.

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Fortnite Season 3 has put a new emphasis on food. Vegetable boxes spawn all across the map while players farm for cabbage and corn as a new way to heal. Most players are fans of this change. The more healing items in the game, the better.

Why stop there? Why not allow us to cook our food for additional HP? Well, one Fortnite player made a concept that allows us to do just that. Reddit user u/MapleSmoothie created a Hot Dog concept. You can find them in fridges and eat them raw, or grill them for greater healing power.

Via: u/MapleSmoothie

This concept, as its creator points out, would be a perfect addition to the Summer Splash event. Grilling and summertime go hand in hand, and Epic even have an existing emote to correspond with the mechanic.

We don’t need to stop with hot dogs, either. Epic could allow us to grill corn and add other meats like burgers and sausages. Some of them could even grant shields, allowing you to carry some food versions of Minis and Big Pots.

It’s probably too late for Epic to add this to Season 3. There’s a chance that we could see it next year, however. Epic have always welcomed community concepts with game mechanics and skins. This one would be a small, yet thematic addition that could bring a new element into the game.

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