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Ninja’s interesting idea to balance Heavy Snipers and Miniguns

Miniguns and Heavy Snipers can be a menace in competitive Fortnite. Streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has an idea on how to fix them.



Miniguns and Heavy Snipers can be a menace in competitive Fortnite. Streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has an idea on how to fix them.

Competitive Fortnite and regular Fortnite are two different animals. There’s a long history of items being fine for public Fortnite matches and completely overpowered in competitive.

The Baller was a perfect example of this. In public matches, it provided a safe and useful mobility tool; not much else. In competitive matches, you had multiple players camping in ballers until the final storm circle.

Epic recently began acknowledging the competitive and casual differences. They held off on putting Launch Pads and Helicopters into competitive modes and nerfed C4 so that you can only find one at a time.

Competitive players have been asking for separate loot pools for a long time, and Epic are finally starting to come around. There are still two massive killers in Arena Mode, however: Heavy Snipers and Miniguns.

In the current duo FNCS meta, most players are carrying two Heavy Snipers and one Minigun. You can easily double-heavy a wall or spray until your opponents can’t do anything to protect themselves.

Several players have called for the removal of these weapons – at least from competitive. Ninja has an idea that could help to balance the weapons and keep them in all modes.

“Making the minigun … and the heavy sniper taking up two slots would be a pretty healthy balance,” Ninja wrote on Twitter. “Having a player Minigun your builds till he hits you a couple times then heavy snipe into your box is not very fun or balanced. Just a thought, what u think?”

Ninja isn’t the first person to suggest such a change to the Heavy Sniper but included the Minigun in here as well. In fact, the idea could extend to mythic weapons.

The addition of the Bandage Cannon was a game-changer for two-slot weapons. If the Heavy Sniper took up two slots, you’d have to sacrifice more to grab one. It would still be worth it, for most players.

Even if this suggestion is only applied to the Heavy Sniper, it would limit the number of spray weapons in the game. Either that or players would opt to carry another weapon, instead. Two teammates carrying a Heavy Sniper means two slots that could have been healing items.

It might be more work, but Epic could exclusively make this change in competitive modes if they wanted to. Public Fortnite modes could stay the way they are since they shouldn’t be taken as seriously.

Heavy Snipers are becoming incredibly common in Fortnite. You can find them at all of the Shadow outposts, The Grotto, and now The Rig. They may even be available at The Yach when Deadpool takes control.

Either way, Epic need to continue to balance competitive and casual Fortnite playlists, separately. Some items are just too powerful when everyone is trying their hardest to secure a win.


How to earn the free Fortnite Crew emote in Season 5

Epic Games are offering players who sign up for the Fortnite Crew membership a free, exclusive emote for a limited time.



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Epic Games is offering players a free emote to go with their Fortnite Crew membership in Fortnite Season 5.

The Fortnite Crew membership is an interesting idea. Players can sign up for the system for $11.99 per month. In return, they receive the Battle Pass, an exclusive cosmetic set, and 1,000 V-Bucks to use as they please.

January 2021 was the second month of the Crew system, and it wasn’t without its speed bumps. Some players logged in on January 1 to see that their Green Arrow skin pack was nowhere to be found.

Even more players had to wait over 2 weeks to receive their V-Bucks for the month. The system is still new, but it’s clear that Epic have some polishing to do.

As a way to throw Fortnite Crew members a bone, Epic are offering a free “Members Only” emote to anyone who signs up for the Crew pack.

You need to sign up for a Fortnite Crew membership and log into Fortnite before February 15. This timing means that non-members can wait and see what the February cosmetic pack holds before committing.

The Crew membership, when it’s working, is a good deal for dedicated Fortnite players who want to get the most bang for their buck. An exclusive skin, pickaxe, back bling, and 1,000 V-Bucks is well worth the $11.99 price tag.

We’ll let you know when we learn more about the February Fortnite Crew pack. Until then, enjoy Season 5.

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All XP Coin locations for Fortnite Season 5 Week 7

XP Coins have finally returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where you can find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.



XP Coins have returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where to find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

Fortnite Season 5 is offering players a plethora of ways to earn XP and rank up through the Battle Pass. The most recently-added XP-gathering method is through the XP Coins.

Most players will remember XP Coins from the past few seasons. They seemed to be everywhere back then, but they were removed at the start of the season.

Ahead, we’ll give you a map of all the XP coin locations. We’ll make sure to update you as more XP Coins are added to the map.

Fortnite XP Coin locations

XP coins are scattered all across the map. You can find them from Catty Corner to Stealthy Stronghold. Here’s a map of all of the available XP Coins, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as more XP coins become available. You’ll need to reach level 250 to unlock all of the enlightened skins in Season 5, so finding these will be well worth your time.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are here. Take a look at how to complete all of them in this challenge guide.



Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 is here. Take a look at all of the challenges and how to complete them.

Fortnite Season 5 is chugging along, but there’s still about two months left. The holiday break extended the latest season, so there’s still plenty of time to make your way through the Battle Pass.

The Week 7 challenges are relatively straightforward, with most of them able to be completed without too much effort.

A couple of these challenges will have you searching the same area in Slurpy Swamp, so a favorable bus path in Team Rumble will allow you to complete them in one shot. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges

The good news in the Week 7 challenges is that all of them can be completed in Team Rumble. We have a separate article detailing the locations of Books in Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands. You can find that here.

The Legendary challenge requires players to deal damage to opponents in Vehicles. This one is going to be a headache, as there’s no way to force another player to be inside of a car or boat when you shoot them.

Hopefully, you can get into a game of Team Rumble with like-minded enemies – sitting in Motorboats and trading shots with you. If not, it’s going to take some serious gaming to finish this one. Good luck!

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