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NICKMERCS explains why the blue Tac is the best shotgun in Fortnite Chapter 2



From all of the shotguns available in Fortnite Chapter 2, star Twitch streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has revealed his favorite to be the Rare Tactical Shotgun, despite there being several better options, at least on paper.

The launch of Chapter 2 in Fortnite really limited the pool of weapons available in the game, with there now being only two types of shotguns – the Tac and Pump.

However, both guns have all five rarities available, so there are essentially 10 combined different variations of the two shotguns that players can find on the map.

In theory, the blue Tac should be the third best of its class, since the Legendary and Epic variants offer better stats.

However, NICKMERCS has made his case for why it’s the best shotgun in the game – better than the two higher rarities and all of the Pump versions as well.

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NICKMERCS believes the Rare Tactical Shotgun is the best weapon in its class in Fortnite Chapter 2 (Epic Games)

For the Fortnite superstar, the main appeal of the Rare Tac is that it’s faster to pull out and feels better than its superior variants.

“I don’t care so much for the Gold Tac,” he said. “I just hate how it feels. It’s got a slower pull out for sure, but I don’t even like how it feels when I shoot it. That’s why they call it the ‘Heavy Tac.’ I just don’t like it. I don’t like that gun. Blue Tac is the best for me, and Green Tac is immediately behind it.”

He maintained his position even when confronted with the statistics for all of the Tactical Shotguns, which showed the blue one having less body and headshot damage and slower reload time than its purple and gold counterparts.

Nick also made it clear that he would take the blue Tac over any of the Pump Shotguns, claiming that the latter just isn’t as viable of an option at this point.

“‘Is the Pump viable again?’ No, no, no,” he said. “You guys want a Tac Shotgun all day, trust. You can use the Pump, it’s just not what you’re looking for. I think the Blue Tac is the best shotgun, in my opinion.”

However, he did go on to admit that it would be hard to go against the Epic and Legendary variants of the Pump also being right up there in terms of strength and usability.

“You could make a good argument for the purple or gold Pump Shotgun, and I won’t argue with you,” he admitted. “Just personally, the blue Tac hits so hard. Very, very reliable shotgun. Very easy shots to hit, so when you’re in those tight little corners, you can just keep popping off. To me, it’s worth it. But, I also understand the importance of hitting a 200 head Pump, and you can only do that with the purple and gold, so pick your poison.”

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At the end of the day, as Nick said several times, choosing which weapon to use should be mainly based on personal comfort and ability.

Those who feel more comfortable using a certain weapon should do so, even if it’s not the highest rarity available, because all that matters is that it suits your needs and gets the job done.

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Will Fortnite be banned in the US after Tencent investigation?

Epic Games has received a letter from the Committee on Foreign Investment involving their investor, Tencent. What does this mean for Fortnite?



News has been swirling about the potential ban of TikTok in the United States, recently. Banning the biggest app in the world not only has implications for the millions of users but also for other companies that have attracted similar scrutiny from the US government. That ban has recently been put on hold, but it still could be coming later this week.

Namely, the Chinese technology company, Tencent, is under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Tencent is one of the largest gaming companies in the world and boasts ownership of Riot Games and a 40% stake in Epic Games.

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A recent report from Bloomberg stated that Epic and Riot – among other companies – have received letters requesting them to turn over information about their security protocols, including how they handle the personal data of their US-based customers.

Epic Games is an American Company, but Tencent has a large stake in them. Epic may have access to the personal data of their customers, and the US government is concerned about what they’re doing with it. In China, companies and the government aren’t as separated as they are in the US and other countries.

So, what does this mean for Fortnite? Well, it’s too soon to be 100% sure. We’ve seen some outlets waffling over whether or not Fortnite will face a ban, similar to what we’re seeing with TikTok. We’re no experts, but we don’t see this happening.

Tencent has a minority stake in Fortnite. At most, we expect them to be forced to sell their stake in the developer and move on. It might be more tricky with companies like Riot Games, where Tencent owns a controlling stake. Fortnite, however, should be safe.

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Upcoming Fortnite BTS emotes leaked

BTS makes their mark on Fortnite with two new emotes. Take a look at them before they come into the game.



By now, most Fortnite fans know all about the Fortnite X BTS collaboration that will be coming to Party Royale this weekend. This is, likely, the biggest collaboration that we’ve seen in Party Royale to date.

The official choreography video for the BTS hit song, “Dynamite,” will be shown on the main stage in Party Royale on September 25 and 26. Fortnite players will be the first to watch the exclusive video.

Epic also announced that they’d be releasing two Fortnite emotes that were choreographed by BTS, themselves. These emotes will hit the Item Shop on Wednesday, September 13.

Thanks to data miner @iFireMonkey, we were able to get a closer look at these emotes before they come into the game. Here’s a look at the audio and video of each of the two upcoming BTS emotes.

On top of that, Epic also released a map for Creative Mode which is, according to them, a “recreation of the world from the original ‘Dynamite’ music video.” You can use the code 0272-4337-3889 at the Creative Hub to enter. Enjoy!

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How to unlock Fortnite cosmetics in Rocket League ‘Llama-Rama’ event

Rocket League is celebrating going free-to-play with an in-game event and Fortnite crossover: Llama-Rama.



Rocket League fans, largely, rejoiced when they learned that Fortnite developer, Epic Games, had purchased the Rocket League development team, Psyonix. Rocket League is a brilliant game, but the monetization efforts weren’t too player-friendly – especially for a game that cost $30.

Fortnite, on the other hand, has one of the most user-friendly microtransaction systems in all of gaming. You can say what you want about Fortnite and the choices of the developers, but it’s hard to criticize their approach to monetization.

Epic has already been making its mark on Rocket League since its acquisition of Psyonix. They made the loot boxes transparent, made the game free-to-play, and are now bringing the first in-game event with unlockable cosmetics.

The ‘Llama Rama’ Fortnite crossover event will run from September 26 through October 12 and will give players the chance to unlock the Battle Bus cosmetic pack, Llama Wheels, the Loot Llama Decal, the Top Llama Topper, and the Llama Fly Antenna.

You’ll need to complete some in-game challenges to earn these rewards. The challenges haven’t been released at the time of writing, but we’ll be sure to update this post when the event goes live this weekend.

Update: Rocket League challenges released

The challenges are now live in Rocket League, which unlocks rewards for both Rocket League and Fortnite. Here’s a look at all of the challenges and rewards for the event:

    • Rocket League Challenge: Play an Online Match in Any Playlist
    • Rocket League Reward: Llama Flyer Antenna 
    • Fortnite Reward: Rocket League Spray 
    • Rocket League Challenge: Win 1 Online Match in Casual with the Llama Antenna
    • Rocket League Reward: Top Llama Topper
    • Fortnite Reward: Holodata Drop Contrail
    • Rocket League Challenge: Get 5 goals, saves, or assists with the Llama Topper
    • Rocket League Reward: Loot Llama Octane Decal
    • Fortnite Reward: Rocket Groove Music Track
    • Rocket League Challenge: Win 5 Online Matches in Any Playlist with the Llama Decal (Octane)
    • Rocket League Reward: Llama Wheels
    • Fortnite Reward: Rocket League Emoticon
    • Rocket League Challenge: Get MVP in any Online Match with the Llama Wheels
    • Rocket League Reward: Battle Bus + Battle Balloon Antenna, Battle Bus Wheels, and Battle Bus Engine Audio
    • Fortnite Reward: Octane RL Backbling + style variant
Via: Epic Games

Rocket League is the kind of game that no one knew they wanted until they played it. It’s incredibly fun and we strongly recommend trying it if you haven’t already.

Like Fortnite, Rocket League is a simple game with a massive skill ceiling. It’s easy to get the hang of but incredibly difficult to master – something that most Fortnite fans will naturally love in a game. Now, it’s free, so there’s no reason not to try it out.

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