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Opinion: it’s time to separate the competitive Fortnite loot pool

Fortnite Season 2 is an awesome update for public Fortnite matches, but competitive players have some legitimate complaints.

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Fortnite Season 2 is an awesome update for public Fortnite matches, but competitive players have some legitimate complaints.

Over the lifecycle of Fortnite, Epic has been incredibly resistant when it comes to separating the competitive and casual loot pools. They’ve declined requests at every turn and only thrown us a few bones over the past two + years.

The only time that I can remember where Epic separated anything was during Season X when they removed the BRUTE from Arena. Still, this change took a while to implement and the difference was only there for a few weeks.

Last season, Epic brought the Launch Pad back to Fortnite for the last few weeks of the season. They didn’t add it to Arena until Season 2 started. Why was Epic so cautious with this change when they completely changed the meta for Season 2?

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Competitive Fortnite players went from having a basic loadout in Season 1 to receiving mythic weapons, C4, a Grappler with unlimited charges, NPC henchmen, several unvaulted weapons, and new mechanics in Season 2. This is an insane overnight change for the competitive community.

Epic has spoken about separate loot pools in the past. They’ve said that they want to keep the game the same to create the illusion that anyone could be a competitive player. This methodology is inherently flawed, however.

Arena and casual matches are already different. Arena has siphon, a 500-500-500 material cap, and an increased harvesting rate. That, alone, makes the game different – and that’s without considering the massive playstyle differences in high-level arena matches.

Fortnite Season 2 is, in my opinion, very fun. I love the new locations, the new mechanics, and many of the unvaulted weapons. The problem presents itself when you have top-level players using these new weapons and mechanics.

Look at Team Rumble – the casual of all casual game modes. This mode has a separate loot pool. You can only get rare or better weapons, you start with 150 of each material, and there are no henchmen or mythic weapons in the match.

Why, then, can’t Epic bring a similar mentality to competitive mode – the mode that they should focus on if they want Fortnite to be a true esport?

What should change?

I think that Epic should bring Arena Mode much closer to what they have in Team Rumble. To start, they should remove henchmen and mythic weapons from this mode, altogether.

The above clip shows one of the issues with henchmen, but this is more of a mechanical issue than anything. This next clip shows exactly why Henchmen have no place in Arena.

Admittedly, Epic could fix this problem by making a Henchman kill credit the last real player to deal damage. Still, getting lasered by a Henchmen or turret and cleaned up by a player will always leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Most competitive players are asking for the same thing: the removal of C4, miniguns, mythic weapons, and the Heavy Sniper. In my opinion, a loot pool similar to Team Rumble – one that starts at rare – would be the best way to limit RNG as well.

Epic probably won’t change rarities like this, but separate loot pools shouldn’t be such a non-starter for them. Competitive Fortnite is inherently different, and it’s time that Epic started to treat it that way.

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SypherPK showcases the best hero ability in Fortnite Season 4

SypherPK has crowned Fortnite Season 4’s best Mythic hero ability: Sorm’s Whirlwind Blast

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Fortnite Season 4 is, in many ways, a return to form for Fortnite. We’re having a lot more lighthearted fun than we had over the course of the past couple of seasons. On top of that, with the spray weapons nerfed or gone, the competitive meta is also more entertaining to watch and play.

Hero abilities are helping to keep the game fresh, as well, and offering several different playstyles that weren’t there during the first portion of Chapter 2. Instead of ramped-up versions of existing weapons, the Season 4 Mythic items are entirely new.

Obviously, some Mythic abilities are more powerful than others. For instance, Silver Surfer’s Re-Deploy ability has gotten a lot of attention in competitive modes, while Groot’s Baller has largely been left behind.

One ability seems to stand above the rest, however – at least when it comes to the Core Fortnite game modes. Storm’s Mythic Whirlwind Blast ability might be the most powerful one that Epic have added.

During a recent stream, SypherPK noticed something that a lot of players hadn’t. He shot his Doctor Doom energy orb at a player, only to have it come flying back at him. As it turns out, Storm’s ability reflects projectiles.

When you add this to the fact that you can avoid fall damage, launch players to their death, and reflect damage from incoming cars, it’s an easy decision when you have to choose one Mythic item to carry.

SypherPK released a video that shows all of the uses for Storm’s Mythic ability, including the most popular and effective one: launching players to their death. You can also reflect all of the other offensive hero abilities in Fortnite – save for Iron Man’s Unibeam.

Hopefully, this item stays out of competitive Fortnite. If not, then we can be sure of what the next “Kit’s Shockwave Launcher” will be during the Season 4 FNCS. Keep your head on a swivel if you run into a player using this ability in-game.

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Leaked Fortnite weapon is a cross between a Minigun & Grenade Launcher

This leaked Fortnite weapon is scary…

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The Fortnite community tends to be split when it comes to explosive weapons. Some enjoy the ability to break down any structure in the game, while others prefer a rocket-free experience when cranking 90’s for high-ground.

We’ve seen all kinds of explosive weapons come and go from Fortnite. We’ve had the Quad Launcher, Grenade Launcher, Proximity Launcher, regular RPG, Pumpkin Launcher, and several others. Only a couple of them have remained in the loot pool for more than a season.

According to Fortnite data miner, @Mang0e_, it looks like the latest explosive weapon is on the horizon. We’ve only seen some statistics and mesh image of the item, but that’s enough for us to be intimidated as to the destruction it could cause.

Mang0e_ described the weapon as a “cross between a Grenade Launcher and a Minigun.” If that doesn’t send a chill up your spine, we don’t know what will. These are two of the most powerful weapons that Fortnite has ever seen. Now, we’re combining them?

Of course, this is only preliminary information and we have no idea if this item will ever even come to Fortnite. The initial impression could be way off as well, so it’s no time to panic.

After all, we saw Machine Pistols leaked last year and they still haven’t entered the game. Just recently, we got the first piece of concrete news on the item since last November. This is all to say that it could be a long time before this strange “heavy weapon” comes to Fortnite – if it ever does.

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the weapon, but it could be a while. Epic likely won’t release the next Fortnite update for at least a week or two, and we don’t expect to see this weapon when it does come out. In the meantime, make sure to follow us on Twitter, @FortniteINTEL, to be the first to know all of the breaking Fortnite news.

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Fortnite Mythic weapon leak: ‘Mystique’s Dual Auto Pistols’

Fortnite leaks reveal that Mystique is finally getting a Mythic item.

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Fortnite Season 4 is all about the hero abilities. We’ve seen an ability for nearly every hero in the game along with some for heroes that haven’t even been released, such as Black Panther and Venom.

The only Battle Pass hero who hasn’t received a Mythic ability is, strangely, Mystique. To be fair, it might be a bit difficult for Epic to come up with one. Her superpower, after all, revolves around shapeshifting into other people. We can use this as a built-in Mystique emote, but it doesn’t work as a standalone in-game mechanic.

Well, it seems like Mystique’s mythic item is in development. That’s right: reports have it that we’re getting an item rather than an ability. Fortnite data miner, @Mang0e, released his findings: Mystique’s Dual Auto Pistols.

You probably don’t remember this weapon model – it’s not everyone’s job to follow all of these Fortnite leaks – but this Machine Pistol was leaked over a year ago. After several updates, Epic adjusted the statistics and rarities of the unreleased weapon.

Still, even after the weapon was updated, Epic kept it out of the game for almost a year. It seems like we may finally see a version of this weapon enter Fortnite in Season 4.

We still have a lot of unanswered questions about this weapon. Most likely, we’ll be able to get our hands on it through the drones located at the Quinjet landing sights. This has been the most common place to grab Mythic hero abilities. Of course, we don’t know this for sure.

Will the third leak be the charm for the Machine Pistol, AKA Mystique’s Dual Auto Pistols? Only time will tell. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about this weapon.

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