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TSM’s Myth is worried about the future of competitive Fortnite

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With the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers set to begin this weekend, this should be a time of nervous anticipation for pro Fortnite players.

Instead, they are worried. They are worried about the competitive integrity of the game they have spent so much time playing.

For a while, through the Summer Skirmish and Fall Skirmish, Fortnite esports were doing well. Big names like Tfue and Ninja won big tournaments, and despite some issues with lag, the pro scene seemed to be growing exponentially.

Of course, there were some issues. But those were to be expected with the first couple competitive events.

Then the issues became more regular as a pattern started to emerge. “Lol, adapt” became the new summary of competitive Fortnite events.

The Winter Royale was insanity as the absurdly powerful Infinity Blade was added to the game.

At the Secret Skirmish, it was time to add Boomboxes the day before.

During all of this, planes flew overhead that made previously crucial skills like rotating and building nearly obsolete.

In Season 8, planes left the game and competitive players hoped Epic learned their lesson and were going to focus more on creating a competitive environment.

Instead, they created this:

And when given the chance to change something before the largest esports tournament of all time kicked off, they chose to do absolutely nothing.

At this point, professional Fortnite players are put in a tough spot. They want to grind practice to improve their skill and come out with some money when the event is all over.

But how can they practice for a game that may have dramatically changed three times by the time the World Cup happens?

The short answer is, they can’t. That is what is driving the unhappiness in the pro circuit right now, the latest person to voice that frustration is Myth, who remembers better than most the earliest days of competitive Fortnite.

That last line is key. “I have no idea what they’re doing anymore.”

All of us as Fortnite fans should be worried about that. Just one year ago around this time, Epic had announced the first Thanos LTM. The company received props for listening to the community and making quick changes.

Regardless of how the game looks, the relationship between Epic and the Fortnite player base is almost on the entirely opposite end of the spectrum as it was in April 2018.

In my opinion, they expanded too fast. They introduced Fortnite Creative and came for Minecraft, they introduced the Epic Games store and came after Steam, they introduced the largest esports tournament of all time and came after Dota, League and CS:GO.

It is nearly impossible to do just one of those things, and trying to do all three while still focusing and expanding the game in other key areas is a tough task.

Now Epic’s reckless ambitions seem to have caught up with them, and the pro Fortnite players are the ones being put in a tough spot.

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Fortnite players call for a boycott of Item Shop XP Boosts

Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP, telling others to speak with their wallets.

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XP thresholds in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 are the subject of some sharp criticism from the community. Those who want to receive all of their gold variants for Season 2 need to reach level 350, which is nearly impossible without grinding all of the challenges, including the tedious Location Domination challenges. Even then, it’s a stretch.

Yesterday, we covered the story of TALOCAN; a player who managed to reach level 520 in Fortnite. He reportedly plays Team Rumble, opens chests, quits, and repeats – exactly how Fortnite is meant to be played.

While this is an interesting story, it highlights the problem with XP in Fortnite. Most people want to play the game without focusing on menial tasks. At the same time, Battle Pass owners feel as though they should have a reasonable opportunity to earn all of the rewards without paying extra money.

When you combine this feeling with the lack of Overtime Challenges, players are getting a bit frustrated with the current state of Fortnite Season 2 cosmetics.

Epic promised us less of a grind this season, which proved to be false. Sure, it’s not as much grind to reach level 100 as it was in past seasons, but it’s far more difficult to unlock all of the cosmetics.

This is why some players were angry to learn that Epic would reportedly be selling XP boosts in the Item Shop towards the end of the season. They’ve done this before in the form of Battle Pass tiers, but it feels dirtier this time around.

In past seasons, hitting level 100 was always reasonable. Buying the last few tiers didn’t feel as bad when you had a legitimate chance of unlocking all of the cosmetics without opening your wallet. You either wanted the cosmetics ASAP or were slacking-off on the challenges.

Now, though, when the most dedicated Fortnite players haven’t reached level 350, selling XP boosts feels a bit manipulative. They set a goal that’s nearly impossible to hit for most people, then reportedly plan to sell additional support to help you reach that goal. Love or hate past Fortnite Battle Passes, they’ve never included something like this.

For that reason, some Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP in Season 2. “I think it’s important that we speak with our wallets and let Epic know ‘Hey this isn’t ok,'” u/C_G15 wrote on the r/FortniteBR subreddit. “We shouldn’t need to spend more money on the Battle Pass then we already have, to unlock everything. Let’s not make impossible enlightening skins the norm.”

At the time of writing, this post has over 2,200 upvotes. One commenter, u/RebbitFrog, expanded on the argument in the comments. “At the risk of getting all Jim Sterling here – it would be a company selling a way to skip the grind, when they have full control over how much grind is needed. Selling the solution to a problem they created.

“And yes, buying XP/levels/boosts encourages them to keep doing it in the future. So even if you consider it fine, that you have the disposable income right now, you still shouldn’t do this. Because next time they’ll push a little more, then a little more later on and by the time you reach a point where you don’t want to spend more, it will be too late.”

These players are taking a stand against something that they see as the first step in a bad direction. Epic made it difficult to attain the 8-Ball variant last season, but it was a reasonable task with the length of that season. This time around, players are standing up.

It’s a fair point that these players are making – especially when you consider the fact that most of them already have a plethora of skins in their lockers. There’s no need to spend extra money on a skin that will probably get little usage once Season 3 hits.

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Fortnite patch fixes broken building exploit

Epic Games released a patch to fix the broken building exploit that allowed players to take structures while facing north.

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Exploits are a part of any competitive game but are particularly numerous in Fortnite. The building system in Fortnite is incredibly complex, meaning there will be a couple of blind spots that allow players to get an advantage.

Phasing tricks will probably always have a place in Fortnite. Players will find a way to jump into an opponent’s box, no matter how many adjustments Epic make to the system. Some exploits are far more broken than others, however.

Yesterday, we covered a broken building exploit that allowed players to take cones and floors 100% of the time. The most broken part of this exploit was how easy it was to do. All you had to do was face North. If you knew about the exploit, you could do it every time.

Obviously, this was problematic for the competitive integrity of the game. You shouldn’t have a massive advantage by facing in a particular direction. It was only a matter of time before Epic addressed this issue with a patch.

Thankfully, they worked swiftly to remedy this issue. As more creators showcased this glitch, the outcry for a fix grew louder. Only a day after the exploit became mainstream Fortnite knowledge, Epic released a patch to fix it.

Most players are happy to learn that this exploit was fixed. The only question that we have is: how many people knew about this for a long time before it was patched? Pro players could have been tight-lipped about the exploit so that they could gain an advantage over their opponents.

We wouldn’t blame players for keeping something like this to themself. It’s not their fault that it was in the game, after all. Either way, it’s out of there, now, so no one has to worry about it. Onto the next secret exploit that’s bubbling under the surface.

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Fortnite players beg Epic for newly-added Apex Legends feature

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With the revival of Fortnite and the release of CoD: Warzone, Apex Legends has been lost in the shuffle of popular BR games. That doesn’t mean that the game isn’t fantastic and wildly popular – it’s just not the new trend that it once was.

There was a time when Apex was dubbed “the Fortnite killer.” It failed at that and showed that there’s probably nothing that can kill Fortnite other than Fortnite, itself.

The release of Apex Legends had a profound effect on Fortnite. They brought players back with a free Battle Pass and siphon, which was removed a month later when Epic cited “unhealthy aggression.”

Apex Legends’ biggest impact on Fortnite – and the battle royale genre – was the idea of reviving dead teammates. Nearly all BRs introduced this feature after the release of Apex Legends, including Fortnite.

Now, Fortnite players are asking for Epic’s sticky fingers, yet again, when Respawn announced a new feature coming to Apex Legends: reconnection after disconnection.

Disconnecting from a match – especially in competitive – is completely demoralizing. Your game is over and your teammates have to go on without you. Now, in Apex Legends, you have a chance to get back into the fight if you disconnect.

There will be a timer that will allow you to return to the match after lagging out. Your character will remain in their current state until you come back or until the timer runs out – at which point, you’ll be removed from the match.

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There’s a post on the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit, calling for Epic to implement a system, with 2.2k upvotes at the time of writing. This would be a fantastic system for competitive Fortnite, especially when disconnects are so frequent.

Nearly every tournament comes with a handful of pros losing a game or two to connection issues. Without these, complaints would be much lower.

We don’t know how difficult it is to add something like this, but it’s probably a possibility for Fortnite. Epic appear to be listening to the community of late, so it’s no better time to shout this from the hilltops. Let us reconnect!

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