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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.


This Crash Pad trick gives players free kills in competitive Fortnite

Another Fortnite Crash Pad technique has reared its head.



We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Crash Pads are the most useful item in Fortnite. You can combine them with Bouncers for ultimate mobility, use them to get into an opponent’s box, save yourself from fall damage, and – as it turns out – even more.

Just when we think that we’ve discovered all of the uses for Crash Pads, another one pops up. This new strategy is growing in popularity within the competitive Fortnite community, but is still under-utilized at the time of writing. Naturally, World Cup winner Bugha is on the cutting edge of the trick.

If you didn’t catch the strategy from the clip above, players are using Crash Pads to assassinate players above them in a stacked end-game lobby. All you need to do is make a hole in your structure, build a ramp, and throw a Crash Pad.

One of the players above you will, more than likely, fall through the broken floor and right into your lap. It’s a free refresh for your team.

This is a relatively high-level play, so you don’t need to worry about it if you’re only playing public matches. If you’re preparing for the Season 4 Trios FNCS, however, you should practice the technique and be aware that it might happen to you.

Players routinely find themselves stacked on top of one another in competitive Fortnite. I’d be surprised if we don’t see one or two of these plays in the FNCS Finals this season.

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Ghost Gaming signs NA-East Fortnite pro Nanolite

Ghost Gaming adds Nanolite to their growing Fortnite roster.



Earlier in the year, it seemed like Ghost Gaming was one of the organizations divesting from professional Fortnite. Several organizations let the contracts of their Fortnite pros expire, while others were waiting in the wings to scoop them up.

Now, several months later, it seems like Ghost was only preparing to reload on their Fortnite talent. Most recently, they signed NA-East pro Nanolite. Ghost Gaming’s newest recruit has been rising the ranks, over the past year, putting together a third-place performance in the DreamHack Anaheim 2020 tournament.

Nanolite has, reportedly, earned over $38,000 from 62 events over the course of his Fortnite career. He also sits, squarely, at number 50 on the FortniteTracker NA-East Power Rankings list.

With the signing, Ghost’s Fortnite roster is surprisingly deep. They now boast Kamo, Sean, Trapped, Zarby, Nittle, Clarity, and Nanolite. We’ll have to wait and see if they’ll stay steady here or continue to add to their growing roster of Fortnite talent.

Organizations have been signing Fortnite free agents left and right. It’s clear that Fortnite isn’t going anywhere as an esport, despite the lowering of the prize pool compared to 2019. Who will be the next free agent to fall? Only time will tell.

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Marvel X Fortnite comic teases unreleased hero skins

A new Marvel comic teases the release of Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther Fortnite skins.



We’re around the halfway point in Fortnite Season 4, with some of the most popular Marvel heroes already existing within the Fortnite universe. We’ve seen Groot, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Storm, and Mystique included in the Season 4 Battle Pass, with Silver Surfer, Blade, Captain America, and others entering through the Item Shop and past seasons.

There are only a few tier-one Marvel heroes missing from Fortnite, but they might not be out for too long. We already have hero abilities for Venom and Black Panther, which has led fans to assume that they’ll be available later in the season.

Venom in Fortnite

Recently, the VP and Head of Creative at Marvel Games, Bill Roseman, tweeted the cover art for Avengers #37, which will reportedly feature a crossover with Fortnite characters. This could have a profound impact on the lore of Fortnite, so we’ll have to wait and see what it holds when the comic releases on October 4.

On the cover, however, you can see Fortnite characters flying across the Battle Royale island with some of the Marvel heroes that are playable characters in the game. There are a few noteworthy exceptions, however: Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther aren’t in the game, yet.

With the rest of these Marvel characters already being a part of Fortnite, we can only assume that these heroes will be immortalized in the game as well. Black Panther was already rumored – his hero ability is in the game – but the rest of them are completely new additions.

If this teaser comes to fruition, then we’ll be seeing all three of these heroes in the Item Shop before the end of the season. We can only hope!

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