An old adage states that “as one door is closed, another is opened,” but in Fortnite that would be “as one OP weapon is vaulted, another is introduced.”
There have been many periods in Fortnite’s history where weapons are introduced at a high power level and must be nerfed if not removed entirely.
Now there is a new weapon on the horizon, and it seems like this one could be quite strong.
We reported on the ‘Proximity Launcher’ just yesterday, but at that time it wasn’t clear if it was just a STW exclusive, and we didn’t have any more files besides a picture.
Now we have an in-game render from @KrispyLeaks of the new weapon to share.
While we can’t actually see the weapon being used, KrispyLeaks is in the process of switching out the necessary files to get the gameplay and that should be added to this article soon.
People who are familiar with weaponry have identified this launcher as a XM25.
That may or may not be how this weapon works in Fortnite Battle Royale, but considering that would be a unique mechanic compared to other launchers in the game, it seems likely that will be close to how it works.
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On the surface, that sounds pretty powerful. Almost like a Boom Bow with added aiming. We also have the stats for the new weapon, which have a relatively tame damage compared to other launchers in the game.
Now we will need to wait and see how it works when it is introduced. Each weapon added to the game – and really every decision made – will be amplified as we approach the World Cup.
Whatever meta Epic chooses for the most lucrative esports tournament of all time will be picked apart heavily by the competitive community and mainstream esports journalists.
Are you excited for the Proximity Launcher to be added to the game?
How to use pre-editing to your advantage in Fortnite
Don’t turn off pre-edits so fast! Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these new competitive strategies.
Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these competitive strategies.
Pre-edits in Fortnite can be maddening when you’re in the middle of a fight. More often than not, the pre-edits will work against you as you accidentally edit a hole in your floor or a window in your wall. Before you know it, you’re taking fall damage or getting shot because you hit the wrong button while battling someone.
Epic recently added a lon-requested setting to Fortnite, giving players the ability to toggle pre-edits on and off. Now, with a simple setting change, you’ll never need to worry about pre-edits again.
This doesn’t mean that pre-edits are entirely useless. In the patch before the setting change was released, pro player Maken used them expertly to outplay his opponent.
Useful pre-edits have also been posted to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit in the past. These pre-edits focus on cones, and give players the ability to fake-out opponents and even place their structures through turbo-builds.
The first strategy involves subverting the expectations of your opponent. Most skilled players anticipate edits, but using a pre-edited cone can get you a free shot.
As you can see, all you have to do is edit the wall, place your triangle cone, resent the cone edit, and shoot your opponent. There’s hardly anything they can do to prevent this free shot – especially since they aren’t going to see it coming.
The above clip from u/DemianNieuwenhuis has a very niche application. After all, using a regular cone is going to be far more useful in most situations. The only time your pre-edited cone will work is when someone is standing outside of your box.
This next clip is more of an exploit than anything. It also requires you to pre-edit your cone; this time in a V shape. You can exploit the new Turbo Building system and place the V-cone under your opponent’s ceiling after breaking their cone.
Again – like the other clip – this strategy will only be useful in certain situations. You won’t be able to cone-block opponents or even protect yourself from above if you run around with your cones all jacked up like this.
Still, these strategies are worth mentioning – especially if you find yourself in a 1v1. You can surprise your opponent with both of them, and steal some shots without taking damage.
Fortnite v14.00 patch made secret change to reboot vans
Epic shipped a secret change to Fortnite’s reboot vans without telling players in v14.00.
Epic has once again shipped pretty major changes without telling Fortnite players. They’ve buffed the cooldown between revives on the reboot vans dotted around the map, which will be crucial in the trios competitions this season.
Epic seemingly has a penchant for not telling Fortnite players new changes to the game. They leave it up to the data miners to reveal the “patch notes,” but even then, not all the changes get listed.
While this is fine for most bug fixes, when weapon values or other cooldowns get changed, it can completely shift the meta. The Fortnite devs have managed to do it yet again though after the v14.00 update.
In the major Season 4 update, players were caught up in the hype of Marvel skins, the mythic abilities, the new battle pass, and more. However, smaller gameplay changes were also made that could have a big effect on competitive play.
Reboot vans have reportedly had their cooldown between revives halved from 120 seconds to 60 seconds.
This is obviously a huge buff if you have multiple player cards you need to reboot. Less time spent in one location means you have a higher chance of living, especially when you consider how hotly contested these areas are in trios events.
The buff came at somewhat of a cost. The devs removed Reboot Vans at Authority and Fortilla, meaning there’s less places to try and get your allies back up from. If the storm moves central, or down to the South-East, you could be left in a spot of bother.
Regardless though, it’s probably an overall buff. Losing two reboot vans might have you hamstrung from time to time, but there’s still a dozen dotted across the map. Being able to do two reboots now in the same time as one old one can definitely help you rotate easier with the time saved.
The change does pose a bigger issue though — Epic needs to tell players about these updates. This small detail can change how you play the game massively, and players need to know about it.
Fortnite’s new Mythic item is a perfect counter to sharks
Fortnite sharks can be mean enemies in Season 4, but this counter using just a Mythic Item will send them packing.
Epic Games have added new Mythic Items to Fortnite Battle Royale in Season 4, and one of them is a perfect counter for sharks in-game.
As you will know by now, sharks can be dangerous foes in the Fortnite world. If you are anywhere near water, even sometimes on land, they can come diving at you with those big old teeth showing.
Catch yourself in their jaw and it could be game over, so knowing what to do when you encounter one is very important for survival. After all, who wants to spend the whole game working their way into the circle only to get eaten in the endgame? Not many players, surely.
On September 6, Reddit user u/cobragrad17 showed off what appears to be the best way of killing them yet, and it’s super easy to do.
Using just one item, which is the Mystical Bomb found at Doom’s Domain, you can knock them right back into the water and send them on their way.
The Mythic Item itself is one of a kind, meaning it’s not always easy to get. There’s usually quite a bit of competition to get it as well.
To grab one, you need to eliminate Doctor Doom at Doom’s Domain, and he’s protected by a few henchmen. If you’re going for it, be sure to keep an eye out for his reinforcements. Getting outnumbered would be a nightmare, especially when you consider that Doc has higher a HP bar than a typical enemy.
Grab one and you’re golden for the rest of the game, though. Once you’ve got one, simply hit a shark with the ball and it will send them flying away as the video shows.
No more pesky sharks, and hopefully plenty more wins where they don’t cost you.
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