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OP Silver Surfer strategy highlights problem for competitive Fortnite

Mythic hero abilities look to cause problems in the Fortnite Season 4 competitive meta.

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Whether or not you’re a fan of the Marvel theme of the new season, it’s hard to deny that Fortnite Season 4 is fun. For many, it seems like a return to form for the game that we all love. Not only has Epic significantly nerfed the “spray meta,” but they added some fun, goofy items again. It’s hard to find players who aren’t fans of the Boogie Bomb and Shockwave Grenade.

Even pro players seem to be happy with the latest update. Sure, there was a rough patch in the beginning when it seemed like aim assist was nerfed. Yes, the reduction from the 100% chest spawn rate seems to be universally disliked. Of course, the Combat Shotgun was nerfed into an unusable state.

All things considered, these are small issues when compared to the last couple of seasons.

There is one glaring problem on the horizon, however; one that Epic has been dealing with for the past two seasons, as well: mythic items in competitive modes. These items are a blast in public matches. That’s where they belong and where they shine. As soon as an item starts having a massive impact on tournaments, however, the community begins to split.

If you watched the Season 3 FNCS, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. The Shockwave Launcher was featured in almost every end-game of the Grand Finals across all regions. When it was all said and done, the Launcher accounted for well over half of the wins – and there was only one of them in each match.

Apart from this issue, the FNCS seemed to run smoothly. You’d think that Epic would keep this in mind when balancing the next season of competitive Fortnite. Unfortunately, Season 4 Arena Mode released with the same issue: Mythic hero abilities dominating competitive play.

Right now, the only exclusive Mythic Items are held by Doctor Doom. The blaster isn’t too overpowered in the Solo format, but the FNCS is Trios. As you can see from the clip, above, one player can hold height with Doom’s abilities while the rest shoot at the players underneath.

The other two mythic items, Groot’s Baller and Silver Surfer’s board, have a chance to spawn more than once in each match. You could, realistically, have around four or five of these (combined) in a game. These items might be even more problematic, however. Silver Surfer’s board allows you to get out of almost any situation, provided that it isn’t on cool-down.

The “outplay” potential of all of these items is incredibly high. They’re also some of the rarest items in each match. Is this what we want in a fair, competitive playing field? Our answer is, no – and we don’t think that pros will like them either.

If we were only talking about three items, it might not be a huge deal. The problem is that Epic are planning on adding several more hero abilities over the course of the season. Will these be in competitive modes as well? How powerful will She-Hulk’s Ground Smash be in the hands of the best players in the world?

Hopefully, these items are only in Arena during the FNCS preseason and are removed before the official tournament. If not, we could be hearing a lot more complaints from the usual suspects; and it’s hard to disagree with them.

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Fortnite Season 4 FNCS: dates, scoring, Twitch Drops & more

The Fortnite Season 4 FNCS is coming soon! Here’s everything you need to know.

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The Fortnite Season 4 FNCS is right around the corner, which means players and fans are gearing up to see how the latest season of competitive Fortnite will shake out. Will the mythic items play as much of a role as they have in past seasons? Only time will tell.

We’re content to sit back and watch the action unfold in front of us. Ahead, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to enjoy the event along with us, including the scoring format, how to watch, how to earn Twitch Drops, and more.

Format & Scoring

The Format for the Season 4 FNCS will be Trios, which is the favorite mode of many of the top competitors. Some teams have already developed while others will undoubtedly make some last-minute adjustments.

The point system has already been praised by a lot of the top pros in the Fortnite scene. All teams who place within the top half in each game will receive at least one point. They will gain another point for every placement position after that until they reach the top three, where the points go up a bit. Eliminations are also worth one point each and don’t have a cap.

Placement

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point

Each Elimination: 1 Point

Programming Schedule

The official Fortnite FNCS broadcasts will return for Fortnite Season 4, featuring some of our favorite personalities and broadcasters bringing us several days worth of content.

The FNCS begins on October 9 with the Open Qualification stages of the tournament, but the broadcasts will cover the second stages of qualifications on Saturday and Sunday.

This season, for the first time, Epic are breaking up the tournament into two days. This gives players a lot more rest in between their sessions. Here’s a list of the broadcast schedule for every Saturday and Sunday (all times are in EST):

  • 1:00pm – Broadcast begins
  • 1:15pm – Live EU coverage
  • 5:15pm – Live NAE coverage
  • 8:30pm – Approximate end

The finals will take place through October 29 – November 1. You can watch all of the action on the Fortnite YouTube or Twitch channels or on watch.fortnite.com.

Twitch Drops

Twitch drops are returning for this season, as well, which means the most rewarding way to watch the FNCS will be on Twitch. The drops will feature the same cosmetics as the ones from Season 3 – only this time in fuchsia rather than cyan. With the new customizable skins and back bling, these cosmetics are more valuable than ever.

If you want to earn Twitch drops, the method is the same as it’s always been: you need to link your Epic and Twitch accounts to one another. It’s also important to note that you have to have linked your accounts within the last six months to receive Twitch Drops. If you linked your accounts over a year ago, you’ll have to do it again.

While watching one of the verified FNCS streams, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the video, telling you to link your account for Twitch Drops. All you need to do is click this link, sign in to your Epic account, and keep watching. Eventually, after watching for a bit, you’ll earn the in-game Fortnite cosmetics.

That should be everything that you need to know to enjoy the Fortnite Season 4 FNCS. Of course, we’ll update this post with any additional information or changes that come to light before the event starts on October 9.

We’ll be covering all of the qualifications, the finals, and everything in between here and on Twitter, @FortniteINTEL, so make sure to follow us there to stay up to date with everything. Enjoy!

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Where to find Wolverine in Fortnite

Having a hard time finding Wolverine in Fortnite? These tips will help you find and eliminate him.

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In the v14.20 update, Epic added the latest boss to Fortnite: Wolverine. Wolverine also happens to be the unlockable skin for the season, but we’re still a week away from unlocking him.

Next week, when Wolverine becomes available, we’ll need to track him down in-game and secure an elimination. As anyone who has gone searching for Wolverine knows, this is going to be tough.

Epic did something interesting with Wolverine. Instead of tying the new boss to a specific location, they gave him a massive spawn radius and allowed him to roam the map, freely. On top of that, killing Wolverine is extremely challenging. He can self-heal and even revive himself, making him the most dangerous boss that Fortnite has ever seen.

As we said, finding Wolverine is a challenge within itself. We know that he spawns in Weeping Woods, but that’s a huge area. This isn’t like the two locations where Iron Man and Doctor Doom can spawn. Wolverine can begin his journey anywhere within the trees of Weeping Woods.

Wolverine’s wander distance makes it even more difficult to locate him. You might land in Weeping with the intention of finding Wolverine, but once you have enough loot to take him on, he’s already made it halfway to Slurpy Swamp.

YouTuber Tabor Hill released a video with some helpful tips on how to find Wolverine – the most useful of which involves turning on the “visual sounds” setting that shows footsteps on your screen and flying over Weeping Woods in a helicopter. This way, you can see when there are footsteps beneath you and take on Wolverine from the air.

Despite knowing Wolverine’s general spawn location and the best way to find him, there’s no easy way to tell you how to have a 100% success rate in a public match. Tabor Hill is able to locate him, but the YouTuber is in a private game without any enemies. It’s going to be a lot harder when you do this in Solos – especially considering how lethal Wolverine can be.

We’ll keep you posted if anyone finds a more reliable method of finding Wolverine in Weeping, but this is the best info that we have for now. Just remember to take him on at a distance. He can take you from 200 HP to 0 quite fast.

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Leaked Rocket League POI coming to Fortnite soon

A Fortnite leak revealed a new Rocket League POI that could be coming to the game any day now.

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Epic Games made some waves in the gaming community when they acquired Rocket League developer, Psyonix. They made their mark on the game almost immediately and started positioning Rocket League’s monetization to mirror that of Fortnite.

Part of that game was to make Rocket League free-to-play, which has finally happened after months of anticipation. Naturally, Epic celebrated the move with a Fortnite collaboration – bringing players from two of their biggest games together.

The collaboration includes cosmetic rewards for both Fortnite and Rocket League. You can take a look at how to unlock all of those challenges here and get started right after reading.

According to Fortnite data miners, we’ll also see a Rocket League POI entering Fortnite in the near future. This new building will include some Rocket League posters, trophies, and more. We don’t know where or when it will pop up, but we can expect it to come to Fortnite over the weekend – possibly during the Birthday update.

We thought that this location may already be in Fortnite following the maintenance patch, but looked around and saw nothing new. We’ll keep you posted when it does enter the game, though, as it could be here any day now.

In the meantime, playing Rocket League for the first time is worth a try. It’s one of the most unique and competitive games out there. Better yet, it’s free so there’s nothing to lose.

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