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Mongraal and Benjyfishy want traps out of Fortnite

UK-based Fortnite pros Mongraal and Benjyfishy have had enough of getting killed by traps in Fortnite

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UK-based Fortnite pros Mongraal and Benjyfishy have had enough of getting killed by traps in Fortnite

Epic Games created Fortnite Battle Royale took the building and tower-defense mechanics from their Save the World game and brought them to the Battle Royale format. No one knew that this subtle change to an existing genre would skyrocket Fortnite to the heights of gaming.

Traps have been a staple of Fortnite since Battle Royale first released. There were even more traps in the early days of Fortnite, but Epic eventually widdled them down to the Spike Trap – now a staple of the game.

The utility of traps has changed over the course of 11 seasons. They began as a way to sneak kills in houses and developed into one of the many strategic ways to kill your opponent.

Not everyone is happy with the state of traps in Fortnite. They give players a free 150 damage if placed correctly, which can seem like too much to some of the top-level competitors. These players often view simple trap kills as ‘low-skilled.’

We saw pro players Kyle ‘Mongraal’ Jackson and Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish discuss their trap frustrations on Twitter during a January 16 Solo Cash Cup. Both players felt the wrath of the traps and told their followers about it.

Mongraal, one of the most prolific ragers on Twitch, typed out a couple of all-caps, profanity-riddled tweets telling Epic to remove traps from Fortnite.

Benjyfishy took a subtler approach to the issue. He also included snipers in the discussion and took a sideswipe at controller players on the way by.

Benjy’s tweet telling his followers to “like to remove traps and snipers” got over 13,000 likes.

Traps are part of Fortnite and they always will be. They’re a necessary part of the game and, sometimes, the only thing keeping someone from forcing their way into your box. The fear that you could have a trap is enough to keep a lot of players from W-keying every box they see.

It’s probably time that Epic takes a look at the trap damage, however. Traps used to do 125 damage, which was later nerfed to 75 and then buffed to 150. Now, the bulk of the competitive community thinks that 100 might be the sweet spot for trap damage.

Most players in Fortnite are running around with 150 health. One trap shouldn’t mean the end of your game, but two traps should probably remain an automatic kill for 200HP players. Epic may tweak the numbers, but traps aren’t going anywhere in Fortnite.

Challenges

Fortnite Season 4 Week 6 Challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 4 Week 6 challenges are here! Take a look at how to complete them.

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It seems like just yesterday that we were staying up all night, waiting for the new season of Fortnite. Surprisingly, we’re already into Week 6 with another batch of challenges to help carry us through the Battle Pass.

Although weekly challenges offer a lower amount of XP this season, it seems like we’re working through the Battle Pass quicker than normal. Even still, we have a long way to go before we unlock all of our holographic variants, so we’ll be grinding away at these challenges.

The week’s challenges are pretty straightforward. All we need to do is consume some foraged items, deal some damage, and search some chests. Here are the challenges for Week 6:

  • Search Chests at Weeping Woods (7)
  • Eliminations at Misty Meadows (3)
  • Collect Stone from Coral Castle (300)
  • Consume a Legendary Fish
  • Consume Foraged Items at Holly Hedges (10)
  • Ride a Zipline from Retail Row to Steamy Stacks
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Black Panther’s Kinetic Shockwave (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Slurpy Swamp (500)

The inclusion of a challenge involving Black Panther’s ability suggests that we could see it come into the base game this week, but we don’t know that for sure. Epic could be pushing us toward the Marvel-based LTMs that have been rotating in and out of the game. We’ll know more when these challenges go live, tomorrow.

Collecting foraged items at Holly Hedges is as easy as taking some damage in Team Rumble and eating the Cabbage that is growing in the backyards of a few houses.

If you’re having trouble catching a legendary fish, take a look at our fishing guide for Season 4. You should be able to catch one if you hit a fishing hole with a Pro Fishing Rod – but this one will take a bit of persistence.

There’s a zipline network that connects Steamy Stacks and Retail Row, so you just have to ride this once and be done with it.

Apart from that, the rest of these challenges are straightforward. Of course, you’ll also need to land at Weeping, Slurpy, and Misty to get your chests, damage, and elimination. Good luck!

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New esports org Gamma Gaming makes splash with Fortnite roster

A new organization, Gamma Gaming, has entered the professional Fortnite arena with some huge signings.

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Fortnite is, again, the driving force behind the creation of an esports organization – this time, in the European market. Gamma Gaming – established by Arsenal FC player, Sead Kolašinac – made a splash on the EU Fortnite scene by announcing the acquisition of six Fortnite players on September 27.

The announcement included some of the hottest professional free agents in the region: Th0masHD, Kami, Tschinken, and Merijn along with content creators Obitoo and Mambo.

The most noteworthy of these acquisitions is, likely, Th0masHD who qualified for the Fortnite World Cup, placed 4th in the recent Solo FNCS, won the BenjyFishy Cup, and, most recently, placed first and second in two of the FNCS Warmup competitions.

Going into the Season 4 Trios FNCS, he and his team are one of the top picks to win it all.

Gamma Gaming’s model follows that of another new organization, One Percent, which has built its foundation on the back of their professional Fortnite lineup. The young org will, undoubtedly, branch out from here, but they’re starting with solid EU Fortnite talent.

With some strong European players on their team, it will be interesting to see where these new Gamma Gaming recruits land when the FNCS competition comes around. We have a new organization to keep our eyes on.

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Fortnite leak reveals new SHIELD Henchmen coming soon

New Henchmen are coming to Fortnite, pointing to the spawn island helicarrier entering Fortnite as a POI.

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Fortnite Season 4 might be the most progressively evolving season of Chapter 2, so far. We’re getting the map evolution that we thought we’d get last season, this time with fan-favorite Marvel characters.

Players were split as to whether or not the Marvel crossover would be good for Fortnite. Now, five weeks in, it’s hard to argue that Season 4 isn’t the most entertaining season in the new chapter. Epic are keeping the game fresh and it’s bringing players back. There’s a reason that Ninja is playing Fortnite again, this season.

One of the map developments that hasn’t yet come to the game is a helicarrier appearing above the map. This is rumored to be the same helicarrier used as the Season 4 pregame island.

More recently, however, popular data miner, Hypex, revealed that there are unused Henchmen in the game files. These Henchmen are, reportedly, members of the Marvel Comics organization, SHIELD.

According to this leak, SHIELD is running the spawn island helicarrier as a base of operations. Another leaker, ShiinaBR, replied to Hypex’s tweet, linking these two pieces of information. His conclusion was that the SHIELD Henchmen will enter the game when the helicarrier moves over the map.

We’ve already seen several Fortnite creators like SypherPK and Ali-A make their way to the spawn island from a Battle Royale lobby. There’s a vault on this island, and they tested whether or not one of the keys that Doctor Doom or Iron Man carry will unlock it. As you might expect, their keys didn’t work.

All of this points to the idea that the current helicarrier – or spawn island – will, eventually, be a POI in Fortnite. We may have to build up to it or take a helicopter, making it one of the more exclusive places to loot. For now, all we can do is speculate – but we’ll let you know when we learn more.

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