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Opinion: Marauders have no place in competitive Fortnite

Marauders may be fine for casual Fortnite modes, but not for competitive ones.

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Epic Games have – at least – given players the impression that they’re dedicated to developing the competitive side of Fortnite in Chapter 2. Chapter 2 Season 1 was a rebirth for Arena and tournament play, with a bare-bones loot pool that sacrificed variety for consistency.

Since then, Epic have kept updating their players and even implemented some much-requested changes to competitive Fortnite. One of the biggest signs of progress was the addition of a two-week trial period for new items. Instead of adding everything to competitive modes right away, they’ll try it out in public matches, first.

Chapter 2 Seasons 1 was widely considered to be the most competitive season in Fortnite history. Season 2 would be up there as well if it weren’t for the NPC Henchmen and bosses that regularly eliminated players in Arena. Instead of revisiting the Henchmen in Season 3, Epic doubled-down on their NPC interference by adding Marauders that randomly spawn across the map.

Marauders aren’t the most difficult thing to deal with, but they can mean certain death if you encounter them in a vulnerable scenario. They offers some worthwhile loot, at times, but they waste your healing items, materials, and ammo. The cost of fighting them is almost always too high, especially in solos.

These new NPC agitators are fine for public matches. In my opinion, they were added to help fill the lull between early and late-game fights. In competitive modes and tournaments, however, they cause more trouble than they’re worth.

Should an NPC have the ability to headshot a player for 200 damage and end their match during a tournament? Should they be tossing stinks that can end the game of someone who is low on HP? Should they be equipped with a Rocket Launcher that can severely damage you? In my opinion, the answer is a resounding, no.

It would be one thing if Marauders were in the game during a team-based FNCS season. This season is solos, however, which means that Marauders have a chance to single-handedly cost some players thousands of dollars. I can’t understand why Epic would want to keep them in Arena, apart from the fact that they are the only place where you can find Stink Bombs.

I’m not a strict competitive player. Some seasons, I make it to Champion League and others I don’t – it’s not a huge deal to me. That being said, my blood boils every time I hear the Marauder music in an Arena game, and I can’t imagine how angry it must make tier-one pros.

Fixing Marauders and Sharks

Sharks tend to be in the same boat (no pun intended) as Marauders. They’re easier to avoid and aren’t as punishing, but still seem like a casual, quirky addition to the game that doesn’t belong in competitive.

Removing Marauders and Sharks from competitive Fortnite would, in my opinion, be the best option. It’s not the only option, however. There’s a way to fix both of these NPC nuisances for competitive modes.

Reddit user Dimmy192 commented on a Marauder post with a sensible suggestion: make Marauders and Sharks passive in Arena and tournament modes. That way, you can still attack them if you want or need their loot. If you don’t want to engage with them, you don’t have to. This also removes the Marauder trickshots that you see, above.

With Solo FNCS around the corner, we haven’t seen the last game-ruining Marauder clip. Players are grinding to Champion League in hopes of placing in a tournament. Marauders and Sharks are interfering with that. In my opinion, that’s completely unfair.

We hope that Epic consider community feedback in a way that they didn’t with the BRUTE. Leave them in public matches but remove them or pacify them in competitive modes. These seem like the only fair, sensible options.

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How to disable pre-edits in Fortnite

After over a year of fan requests, Epic have added a ‘disable pre-edit’ option to Fortnite. Here’s where you can find it.

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In the v15.20 update, Epic Games added a much-requested setting to Fortnite: ‘disable pre-edits.’ Here’s how it works and how to select it.

Finally, after years of Reddit threads, Twitter posts, and pro players begging, Epic added a ‘disable pre-edit’ setting to Fortnite.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new setting, including how it works and where to find it.

What does ‘pre-editing’ mean?

Pre-editing refers to the ability to edit a structure before placing it. The most popular use of pre-edits throughout Fortnite history was a cone/ramp edit when controller players had to use Combat Pro.

Now, however, very few players use pre-edits. Instead, pre-edits offer an obstacle, as they’re almost always completed by mistake. Of course, there are still some niche applications for pre-edits, but most players wanted Epic to add an option to disable these edits.

How to disable pre-edits

You can find the new option under the settings tab (cog wheel) in the start menu. Scroll down to the “Building” section, and you’ll see four options. One of them is the new “Disable Pre-Edit Option.”

If you turn this off, you’ll no longer be able to edit structures before placing them – good news for the bulk of the Fortnite community.

If may have taken Epic years to add this option, but it’s finally here. Next stop, an FoV slider!

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How to use pre-editing to your advantage in Fortnite

Don’t turn off pre-edits so fast! Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these new competitive strategies.

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Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these competitive strategies.

Pre-edits in Fortnite can be maddening when you’re in the middle of a fight. More often than not, the pre-edits will work against you as you accidentally edit a hole in your floor or a window in your wall. Before you know it, you’re taking fall damage or getting shot because you hit the wrong button while battling someone.

Epic recently added a lon-requested setting to Fortnite, giving players the ability to toggle pre-edits on and off. Now, with a simple setting change, you’ll never need to worry about pre-edits again.

This doesn’t mean that pre-edits are entirely useless. In the patch before the setting change was released, pro player Maken used them expertly to outplay his opponent.

Useful pre-edits have also been posted to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit in the past. These pre-edits focus on cones, and give players the ability to fake-out opponents and even place their structures through turbo-builds.

The first strategy involves subverting the expectations of your opponent. Most skilled players anticipate edits, but using a pre-edited cone can get you a free shot.

As you can see, all you have to do is edit the wall, place your triangle cone, resent the cone edit, and shoot your opponent. There’s hardly anything they can do to prevent this free shot – especially since they aren’t going to see it coming.

The above clip from u/DemianNieuwenhuis has a very niche application. After all, using a regular cone is going to be far more useful in most situations. The only time your pre-edited cone will work is when someone is standing outside of your box.

This next clip is more of an exploit than anything. It also requires you to pre-edit your cone; this time in a V shape. You can exploit the new Turbo Building system and place the V-cone under your opponent’s ceiling after breaking their cone.

Again – like the other clip – this strategy will only be useful in certain situations. You won’t be able to cone-block opponents or even protect yourself from above if you run around with your cones all jacked up like this.

Still, these strategies are worth mentioning – especially if you find yourself in a 1v1. You can surprise your opponent with both of them, and steal some shots without taking damage.

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Fortnite split-screen: how to play with friends

Epic introduced the ability to play split-screen Fortnite in Chapter 2 Season 1. Here’s how to enable the setting.

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Epic introduced the ability to play split-screen Fortnite back in Chapter 2 Season 1. Here’s how to enable it so you can play locally with a friend.

Fortnite has always had a focus on playing with friends, but that always meant you had to play online. Even if you were in the same house as your friend or family member, the two of you had to play on two separate devices.

This changed back in the v11.30 update in Chapter 2 Season 1. Epic introduced split screen capabilities on consoles for the first time. It wasn’t perfect when it first came out, but it’s since gotten a lot better.

How to use the Fortnite console split-screen feature

Initiating split-screen is simple. All you have to do is connect two controllers to your Xbox or PlayStation. Split-screen still isn’t available on mobile, PC, or Nintendo Switch. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Start Fortnite
  2. Connect a second controller to the console and turn it on
  3. Hit ‘Main Menu’
  4. Player 1 will need to invite Player 2 with their Epic account
  5. Player 2 will need to sign into their account
  6. Player 2 will join and split-screen will automatically initiate

You can even save another player’s information on another account on your console, making split-screen easier and quicker to complete.

The feature still isn’t perfect and doesn’t replace the feeling of playing online. You’ll only have access to half of your screen, so you’re going to miss a few things that normal players will see. Still, playing split-screen is far more preferable than switching off with your friend or family member game after game. Enjoy!

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