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Ninja and SypherPK frustrated with “unskilled” competitive meta

Ninja and SypherPK went off on the Fortnite competitive meta along with Epic’s methodology behind keeping some items out of competitive modes.

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Ninja and SypherPK went off on the Fortnite competitive meta along with Epic’s methodology behind keeping some items out of competitive modes.

Ninja and SypherPK aren’t the first two names you think of when you think competitive Fortnite, but both players have a wealth of experience in the area.

Both streamers focus on the content creation side of Fortnite, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t in tune with the competitive meta. They have always regularly competed in tournaments over the course of their Fortnite careers – sometimes even placing highly.

The two streamed a Duo Cash Cup over the weekend, where they became increasingly frustrated with the competitive meta. Miniguns, Rockets, and Heavy Snipers dominate competitive Fortnite, and the duo was fed up with it.

“It’s the dumbest f**king s**t. This is not fun. This is not competitive,” Ninja ranted after he and Sypher were sprayed to death with a Minigun.

“There’s nothing competitive about what those guys just did … You could give a 3-year-old that weapon … and just tell them to shoot at that one little dot right there. And the best players in the game … are gonna just get annihilated.”

Sypher made the point that Epic seem to be keeping balanced items out of competitive Fortnite because they’re new, while weapons like the Minigun and Heavy Sniper remain in these modes.

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“What’s mind-boggling to me is that Epic is choosing not to put, for example, Crash Pads or Helicopters in competitive; and they’re like, ‘Oh, look, we’re making this stance right here,'” Sypher explained. “Where Heavy Snipers and Miniguns are worse for competitive than Helicopters.”

“Helicopters don’t even do anything,” Ninja agreed. “It’s just mobility and there are only, like, five.”

Sypher then went on to get eliminated by another player who was using an RPG, a Minigun, and a Heavy Sniper – all items which Ninja thinks should take up two slots.

Ninja and Sypher have valid points about the state of competitive Fortnite. Epic are trying to answer player complaints by holding new items out of competitive modes. At the same time, some of the old items are the most problematic.

The answer to this problem is something that Epic have resisted since the beginning of competitive Fortnite: separately balancing the modes. There’s nothing wrong with certain weapons in casual modes, but they take on a whole new life in competition.

Instead of separately balancing the two Fortnite modes, Epic seem to be content with half measures – nerfing C4 and holding new weapons out of tournaments. Unfortunately, that isn’t enough.

With diehard competitive games like Valorant around the corner, Epic may have a bit of trouble retaining their professional player base. Players looking for a balanced competitive meta won’t find it in Fortnite right now, which is a shame.

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Skins & exclusive console cosmetics leaked for Fortnite Season 5

Fortnite leaks reveal upcoming skins including a new Renegade Raider and Fishstick style.

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We’re just over the halfway mark in Fortnite Season 4, but fans are already looking ahead to what the next season will hold. Today, October 1, the Fortnite data miner, Hypex, gave us the first small pieces of information about Fortnite Season 5.

These leaks include some confirmed and unconfirmed information that he received from an anonymous source. We assume that this is the same source that leaked Hypex some early – and accurate – information about Fortnite Season 4, so we’re leaning toward trusting this leak.

So far, Hypex has confirmed a “Ginger Renegade Raider, and an exclusive PS5 skin. He’s also speculating about a skin from concept artist Sharktoofs1 (creator of skins such as the Cozy Chomps and Boxy skins) along with an exclusive Xbox S skin.

https://twitter.com/HYPEX/status/1311638484558508032

A Ginger Renegade Raider skin would make sense for the next Fortnite season, as Season 5 will almost certainly run into the Christmas season. Renegade Raider is one of Fortnite’s most popular skin variants, and Epic have been giving it more attention, of late.

The concept comes from @Fercho_UwU and is about what you’d expect: Renegade Raider with some Gingerbread clothing.

The other skin concept that’s rumored to be coming to the game is “Giddy-Up Fishstick” from @sharktoofs1. That’s right; it looks like we’re going to get yet another Fishstick skin in Fortnite.

As we covered, above, Sharktoofs already has several popular skins in Fortnite, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see another one come into the game. This one is, simply, Fishstick riding the inflatable llama from the Giddyup skin.

As for the exclusive Xbox and PlayStation skins, these remain to be seen. Of course, these are only leaks and might not come to fruition. If this is the same source that Hypex had for his Season 4 leaks, however, there’s a good chance that they’re legitimate.

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about all of these skins, although we’ll probably have to wait for a patch or two before data miners find them in the game files.

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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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