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Ninja and Dr DisRespect clash over recent Fortnite update



The v8.20 Fortnite patch has been controversial to say the least, but The Doc took the heat up to the next level in a clash with Ninja on Twitter.

Dr Disrespect is a spicy individual to put it mildly, he is quite literally a character. He doesn’t have a filter when it comes to gaming and that’s why people have flocked to him over the years. He tells it like it is, at least from his perspective.

Recently, popular Fortnite player and personality, Ninja went on Twitter to express his annoyances with the v8.20 patch and its changes to the public gamemodes.

The feature in question is the reverting of the siphon from the “normal” modes. This revert changed the game back to what it has always been for the casual experience. Here’s Ninja thoughts on what Sqauds (only playable in normal modes) now feels like:

While the statement can be taken as “accurate” from the perspective of a competition player, let’s be honest, this isn’t exactly deep and sound analysis.

We believe that the changes to the siphon aren’t good for the competitive community (which many players actually seem to gravitate towards while calling themselves casuals), but the change makes perfect sense for casual players.

Siphoning makes the game harder and ensure that the more skilled player wins most of the time. We like that, but casual Fortnite isn’t about the better player/team always winning.

Dr Disrespect replied to Ninja’s commented with a fiery reply that probably doesn’t shock those who’ve felt his ire before.

Calling the biggest Fortnite streamer on Twitch a “whiny, bratty, complainer” is no small thing. He knew he’d get backlash and did it anyways.

We don’t condone this type of toxic clashing, but let’s take a look the underlying arguments.

Ninja argues that Sqauds is no longer fun for competitive players due as it no longer has siphoning. Meanwhile, the Doc stands on the other side where the casual experience should not have siphoning at all.

Siphoning shields & health has become a hot topic

Here’s how we look at it.

Casual Fortnite is all about having fun and not necessarily about having the best player win. So, siphoning doesn’t really make sense in casual game mode as a majority of players will get dunked on by better players with the mechanic.

Ninja makes a great point though that Squads can only be played in casual Fortnite.

We believe the best solution would be to further the split the modes. God knows the game has enough players for more playlists.

Arena Mode should introduce a Squads mode on top of the Solos and Duos it already has. This way, players that want to play with the siphoning on can have a place to play with friends without it affecting the truly casual community.

Epic Games is hesitant for some reason to split the community in any way, the suspected reason for the delay on a ranked mode in the first place.

The issue is very reminiscent of the calls from console players for dedicated competitive scene as the dynamic between PC & console makes for an unfair playing field. Once again, everyone knows the console scene would have more than enough players to fuel it.

What do you think of these issues? Who do you agree? Ninja or DrDisrespect? Give your opinions in the comments below, we’re genuinely curious about your responses. Let’s get a real dialogue going.

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All major map changes in Fortnite Season 5

Fortnite Season 5 brought substantial changes to the map. Here are all of the new POIs in Fortnite Season 5.



Fortnite Season 5 is here. Take a look at all of the major POIs included in the new season.

It seems like Fortnite has been upping the ante with each recent Fortnite Season. It might be recency bias, but this seems like the biggest season in Chapter 2 so far.

Let’s take a look at all of the major changes included in the Fortnite Season 5 map.

New Fortnite Map

The Fortnite Season 5 map looks amazing. No, it’s not a completely new map like some people thought. Still, Epic fleshed things out with new locations that fit the theme and expand on what’s already there.

Here’s how the new map looks when you enter the game for the first time. As always, we expect Epic to add to this as the season goes on.

Salty Towers

Tilted Towers is back! Well, it’s kind of back. Salty Springs and Tilted Towers have morphed together to create Salty Towers – perhaps a better name for the area.

This will be the hottest drop spot in the game on release – potentially for the entire season. Salty Springs was already a hot drop spot, and Tilted is the game’s original hottest spot.

This is going to be fun. Can’t wait to see NickMercs come back and dominate, here.

Stealthy Stronghold

Stealthy Stronghold gives us a Jurassic Park vibe, along with some old school Dusty Divot foliage.

This location might end up being one of the tamer drops over the course of the season. It occupies the northeast portion of the map, which was always a good place to land if you didn’t want a large fight.

We can’t wait to see what’s under all these trees.

Colossal Coliseum

Colossal Coliseum is going to be a tough place to fight. You won’t want to get caught in the middle with enemies on the sides.

We expect this to be another hot drop for players in Season 5. It is, after all, a coliseum.

Hunter’s Haven

Hunter’s Haven seems like a smaller version of Misty Meadows or Lazy Lake, but we’ll have to see. This is a perfect place for a new location, though, right in the previously vacant center of the island.

We’re not as excited about Hunter’s Haven as we are about some of the other locations around the map, but we’ll check it out. It could end up being our favorite.

The Zero Point

The Zero Point has returned – this time, significantly smaller than we remember it. Of course, this might not be its final form…

The area surrounding the Zero Point appears to be a no man’s land. It will be interesting to see if this orb causes a low-gravity effect like the last one did. For now, it looks like Epic replaced a spice drop spot with an empty area – not always a bad thing.

Of course, there are a ton of other, smaller POIs that aren’t included on this list. You’ll have to dive in and find them with the rest of us.

We’ll see you in Salty Towers. It’s going to be a bloodbath. Good luck out there.

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Fortnite Season 5 ‘Zero Point’ Battle Pass first look

Fortnite Season 5 is here. Take a look at all of the Battle Pass cosmetics included in the new season.



Fortnite Season 5 is here. Take a first look at the new Battle Pass before loading in.

Zero Point – the Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass – has finally come to the game. This is shaping up to be the best Fortnite season in recent memory, and we haven’t even played it yet.

The new Battle Pass hasn’t been officially released at the time of writing, but we have a trailer, and a full list of skin sets to explore. Let’s take a look.

Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass Cosmetics

The Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass brings bounty hunters from all kinds of different realities. Yes, this includes The Mandalorian from the Disney+ series and makes sense relating to the recent Fortnite X Disney+ promotion.

Here are all of the skin sets included in the Season 5 Battle Pass.

We’re excited to jump in and start unlocking these characters. Now, to see what kind of crazy challenges Epic have us doing, this season.

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When does Fortnite Season 5 start? Downtime, leaks & more

Fortnite Season 5 is right around the corner. Here’s everything you need to know about when it starts and what it will include.



Fortnite Season 4 is almost over. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Fortnite season.

Following the Galactus event, the Fortnite servers went down as players entered into a small, “second black hole.” Thankfully, there’s a timer on this one, and we know how long we have to wait.

Ahead, we’ll give you all of the information we have about the new season, including the start time, leaks, and more.

Fortnite Season 5 Start time

Fortnite Season 5 is only hours away. Initially, when the event ended, we had a seven-hour countdown to the next season.

This proved too good to be true. A few hours later, the countdown shifted to ten hours, putting the start time of Season 5 at 4 AM EST – four hours after the scheduled downtime that Epic announced later in the evening. The initial countdown seemed to be counting to the downtime, not the actual start time.

What to expect

We’re getting more and more information as the hours pass. At the time of writing, we’ve heard two teasers that presumably relate to some new Battle Pass characters and, likely, new bosses.

Last week, the Epic Games store accidentally updated their game icon, and some players were able to catch a glimpse of the new screen. Here, we saw some new characters along with The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda – two characters that have been teased in some of the official Fortnite Season 5 content

For now, the Fortnite Season 5 theme doesn’t seem to be entirely focused on Star Wars, although there’s a chance that we were transported into a Star Wars-based reality.

We expect the map to be considerably different this season – if not an entirely different template. As always, we’ll have to wait and see what happens when the new game goes live.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL to stay updated on all of the latest Season 5 information.

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