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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.

Challenges

Lazy Lake Floating Ring locations for Fortnite Week 3 challenges

How to collect floating rings at Lazy Lake for the Season 3 Week 3 challenges.

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The Fortnite Season 3 Week 3 challenges are here, which means we’re getting closer and closer to unlocking the second half of the Season 3 Battle Pass. Most of the challenges have been relatively easy this season, with only one weekly challenge requiring us to search in a particular area.

Last week we were looking around The Yacht. This week we’re venturing across the map over to Lazy Lake, where we’ll need to collect floating rings.

These four rings are scattered around Lazy Lake, making it difficult to complete this challenge in one shot – at least, if you’re doing it in a regular Battle Royale match.

As always, we recommend opting for Team Rumble. It makes things easier, and you may even be able to finish your eliminations challenge from last week if you haven’t already. Here’s a map of all of the Floating Ring locations at Lazy Lake:

The most obvious ring is located next to the gas station. You should be able to jump on an umbrella to grab it. After that, make your way to the intersection and look on top of the tree. The third ring is in the street at the entrance to Lazy, and the final ring is in between the towers of the No Sweat Insurance building.

Here’s a video from HarryNinetyFour that shows you exactly where you’ll need to visit.

You can take a look at the full list of challenges here, but the rest of them are easy enough to complete on your own. You may be sitting in the cornfield at Frenzy for a while, but that comes with the territory.

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Lazy Lake fireworks location for Fortnite Captain America challenge

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When the Fortnite v13.20 patch released, Epic revealed that they’d be bringing a special hero to the Item Shop for the 4th of July. That hero was later revealed to be none other than Captain America – one of the core Avengers who we never saw during the initial Marvel crossover events.

Captain America is, reportedly, set to hit the Item Shop within the next rotation. He should be available when the Item Shop resets at 8 PM EST on July 2. We’re only hours away from having Cap in our locker, and he’ll probably be one of the most popular skins for the next week.

As you can see, there have already been plenty of official teasers for Captain America, but one of them went under the radar. When the Week 3 Challenges went live, Epic added a daily challenge that requires you to light fireworks around Lazy Lake. These fireworks explode to show the Captain America shield.

There are six firework locations surrounding this POI, but you only need five to complete the challenge. You can easily finish this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble once you know where to look. Here are all of the firework locations.

Fortnite Lazy Lake Fireworks

This challenge rewards players with 14,000 XP as it’s one of the golden daily challenges rather than a weekly challenge. That isn’t a ton of experience, but it’s a healthy reward for a challenge that will only take a few minuted to complete. Now, all that’s left is to see how the new Fortnite Captain America skin looks!

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This concept brings grilling to Fortnite in time for summer

This thematic addition to Fortnite Season 3 is perfect for Summer Splash.

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Fortnite Season 3 has put a new emphasis on food. Vegetable boxes spawn all across the map while players farm for cabbage and corn as a new way to heal. Most players are fans of this change. The more healing items in the game, the better.

Why stop there? Why not allow us to cook our food for additional HP? Well, one Fortnite player made a concept that allows us to do just that. Reddit user u/MapleSmoothie created a Hot Dog concept. You can find them in fridges and eat them raw, or grill them for greater healing power.

Via: u/MapleSmoothie

This concept, as its creator points out, would be a perfect addition to the Summer Splash event. Grilling and summertime go hand in hand, and Epic even have an existing emote to correspond with the mechanic.

We don’t need to stop with hot dogs, either. Epic could allow us to grill corn and add other meats like burgers and sausages. Some of them could even grant shields, allowing you to carry some food versions of Minis and Big Pots.

It’s probably too late for Epic to add this to Season 3. There’s a chance that we could see it next year, however. Epic have always welcomed community concepts with game mechanics and skins. This one would be a small, yet thematic addition that could bring a new element into the game.

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