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Ninja, Aydan, Tfue & more call for aim assist nerf after FNCS Week 2

Ninja, Tfue, Aydan, EmadGG, Zayt, and many other Fortnite players call for an aim assist nerf following the FNCS Week 2.

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Fortnite aim assist is in the news, yet again, following the results of the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational Week 2. Some of the high-profile Fortnite pros noticed how many controller players qualified for Grand Finals, while several other noteworthy keyboard and mouse (KBM) players were left off of the list.

This was the case in most regions of the FNCS. Controller players are performing better and better in these tournaments, especially with the new format. This FNCS format gives players 4 points per elimination. The new format inherently incentivizes engagement, which is favorable to controller players – especially with no traps to counter them.

The result of this combination of factors led to controller players finishing in each of the top-13 NA-East placements after Day 1. The final scoreboard didn’t look the same way after two days, but it was enough to spark outrage on Twitter.

We had regular aim assist critics like Stretched and Zayt; the latter of which threatened to ban controller players from scrim Discords. They were far from the only ones speaking out, however. Even EmadGG, who is one of the most positive people in the community, tweet the hashtag #NerfAimAssist.

Other notable complaints came from RBK Arab, Liquid Stretch, Tfue, and even Rod Breslau – esports journalist. He went so far as to say, “Aim assist does not belong in esports.”

One of the most stunning admissions came in a Twitter conversation between Aydan and Ninja. Aydan tweeted that aim assist is broken. Ninja replied, asking for the former’s honest opinion. Aydan – one of the biggest aim assist supporters – delivered the opinion that contradicted what many expected.

Ninja addressed the situation with a Twitter video, calling for more controller players to speak out against aim assist – or to give their honest opinions on the matter.

Other controller pros, like Av and Scoped, have already stated that they think aim assist is too powerful. Scoped – along with other controller pros – even changed his in-game name to Cheater Scoped, which echoes the thoughts of many KBM players.

With so much outcry from the professional community, it seems like Epic have to do something with aim assist. The only fear is that they take things too far, making it nearly impossible for controller players to compete with KBM players.

The bulk of the Fortnite player base is likely still on console. Console players have numerous disadvantages when going up against PC players – regardless of the input that they’re using. We are forced to play cross-platform matches in Fortnite, and a substantial nerf to aim assist could negatively affect console players.

We could see Epic adjust aim assist on PC or in competitive Formats, as they’ve tried to do in the past. This topic is far more nuanced than a lot of pros express it to be.

Linear and Exponential aim assist are too strong in a lot of cases, but an overwhelming nerf could hurt casual players who don’t perform at a high level. We’ll have to see how Epic react to this blowback.

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Epic delay Fortnite Season 3 & Device Event for the second time

The Device Event and Fortnite Season 3 have been delayed in the wake of nationwide protests in the US.

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Epic Games have delayed Fortnite Season 3 and the Device Event for the second time. This decision comes following similar decisions from Sony and Activision, who delayed the PS5 reveal and Call of Duty season, respectively.

The team announced their decision in a blog post on June 3. The Device Event was moved from June 6 to June 15 and the new season was rescheduled for June 17.

“Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of color,” they wrote in their blog post. “We’re acutely aware of the pain our friends, families, team members, players, and communities are experiencing.”

“The team is eager to move Fortnite forward, but we need to balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families, and their communities,” the post continued.

“The live event The Device will be delayed to Monday, June 15, and the Season 3 launch delayed to Wednesday, June 17. We know this delay comes on the heels of another one, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times.”

Fortnite fans are disappointed by the news, but it was not unexpected. As we said, other publishers and studios have made similar decisions in the wake of recent real-world events.

The exact timing of the Device Event is still up in the air, as it’s now set to take place on a Monday rather than a Saturday. We’ll keep you posted with more news about Fortnite Season 3 as it comes.

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This spray concept would be one of the most-used emotes if added

This Fortnite spray concept is as simple as it is brilliant.

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Sprays are one of the most forgotten cosmetic items in all of Fortnite. At least Banners have their own skins and emoticons allow you to use them after death. Sprays, on the other hand, tend to sit in everyone’s locker, unused.

There are a couple of sprays that get some attention, but Reddit user u/JewishGuyOnReddit had an idea that could beat all of them – and some of the most popular emotes that are already in Fortnite.

The idea is as simple as it is brilliant. Here’s what it is: “_____ was here.” That’s it. Imagine how awesome that would be. You could spraypaint your Gamertag or IGN all over the island.

This would be up there with some of the classic emotes as an instant purchase and a staple of the front wheel. You could even incorporate the dead body outline to show that you eliminated a player and tagged their spot.

Epic have incorporated a ton of fan-made cosmetic items, and we’d like to submit this one for their review. Let’s bring sprays back with this one!

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Ninja goes off on ‘boring’ Fortnite Chapter 2: ready for a new Season

Ninja calls the recent Fortnite seasons “boring” but remains hopeful for Season 3.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is second only to Chapter 2 Season 1 as the longest season in Fortnite history. This season, like the previous one, has also offered little in the way of new content to players who hop on the Battle Bus every day.

During a recent stream, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins unleashed his fury upon the recent state of Fortnite. He echoed the complaints of many longtime Fortnite players. His perspective might be a bit amplified by the number of hours he’s put into the game in the past year, but it’s relatable to many in the community.

“I don’t want to play Fortnite right now,” Ninja told his chat. “It’s boring, there’s nothing new/ I’m having a little bit of fun, sometimes, but we’ve been playing the same map … the only new places that they’ve added are places with Henchmen that beam you, and laser you, and s**t on your walls.”

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In a moment of self-reflection, Ninja admitted that he’s starting to “sound like Turner (Tfue).” He acknowledged that he’s having more fun with Fortnite than other times in the past, but misses the variety that old Fortnite seasons brought us.

“It blows my mind that we were forced to play the very first Season 1 for, like, 120 days,” Ninja continued before looking at the chart that showed the length of each season. “Double the length of seasons with half the content. Two seasons have almost taken up a year!”

Ninja is giving a voice to a large portion of the community who are eager for Season 3 to come out. Rumors are swirling about an additional delay to the next season due to the protests in the United States. Epic and Loserfruit just announced a delay to her Icon Series skin for that reason.

We have yet to hear any official news about a Season 3 delay, just yet. Of course, we’ll keep you covered if that changes.

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