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Permanent Ranked Playlist ‘Arena Mode’ coming to Fortnite

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Both casual and competitive Fortnite players have been calling for the addition of a ‘ranked’ game mode and we may finally be getting just that.

On Monday, March 25th, Epic Games revealed all the details for the upcoming Fortnite World Cup events. This included information on schedules, rules, and even…a possible ranked game mode.

Here’s the official statement from Epic Games on the matter:

Arena Mode (Always On)

“This is your chance to qualify for the weekend Online Opens. Players can compete on their own schedule to try and progress to the Champion League in the brand new Arena game mode releasing in v8.20. If you can climb to the top, you’ll unlock access to the Fortnite World Cup Online Open tournaments.”

So, from the sounds of it, we might be seeing a permanent ranked game mode arriving with the release of the v8.20.

While the details are still really hazy, Champion League looks to be the highest rank achievable. We do not yet know how you rank up, but we suspect that the mode’s scoring will be very similar to the Fortnite World Cup scoring.

Logo of the Fortnite World Cup – via Epic Games

The mode is also expected to be limited to Solo and Duo gameplay due to these being the primary competitive modes of play. Here’s the scoring layout for the Fortnite World Cup:

Solos

  • Victory Royale: 10 Points
  • 2nd – 5th: 7 Points
  • 6th – 15th: 5 Points
  • 16th – 25th: 3 Points
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

Duos

  • Victory Royale: 10 Points
  • 2nd – 3rd: 7 Points
  • 4th – 7th: 5 Points
  • 8th – 12th: 3 Points
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

Though the details are still coming in, we can speculate a tiny bit on the contents of the game mode.

We know that the ‘Arena Mode’ will be the only way to enter the Semi-Final events of the Fortnite World Cup, so playing in this mode will be crucial for competitive players hoping to get a piece of that $40 million dollar prize pool.

We suspect that in addition to the highest “Champion League” rank, we’ll be seeing anywhere between 5-8 different ranks through which you will proceed based on your performance in relation to other players.

Due to the scoring and ranking system, the mode will not be reliant on play-time alon. While playing a good amount will help you succeed, players will actually have to perform to progress through the ranks.

No word yet on any possible MMR systems based off the scoring. The system must be quite robust for their trust in it for a $40 million dollar tournament.

Once v8.20 releases, you are going to want to hop into ‘Arena Mode’ immediately. Get to grinding and have a chance to play against pros as you can compete within your skill level. Expect to see many of your favorite streamers grinding Arena over next few months.

Arena Mode is an excellent way, provided it works properly, to ensure the best players make it into the World Cup weekend events. This way we will see the best competition each weekend and maybe even see some insane upsets if a pro or two can’t cut it in Arena.

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Fortnite reveals first look at Ant-Man skin coming soon

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Fortnite Ant-Man skin teaser

Epic Games have revealed the first look at what’s expected to be an upcoming Ant-Man skin in Fortnite, but you’ll have to be looking closely at their teasers to spot him.

The Fortnite developers are continuing their relentless spree of crossovers, especially with superhero skins, and it looks like we’re getting another one very soon.

This time around, it’s the tiny Ant-Man. On March 6, Epic Games tweeted an image Domino, Cable, and Psylocke, but look closer, and you’ll spot someone else there too.

Sitting on Cable’s arm, we can make out the tiny hero.

And that’s not the only teaser for Ant-Man. In a second image, we can see him standing on the tip of the sword.

We’d assume that Ant-Man will actually be the regular character model size when the skin is playable in game – or else it would be the most powerful skin around (although not sure how he’d hold any weapons).

Unfortunately, we can’t make out the finer details of the skin as the images show him so small.

When is the Fortnite Ant-Man skin release date?

We don’t have the exact release date for the Ant-Man skin yet unfortunately. But, just based on previous teasers, we wouldn’t expect the wait to be too long.

Usually after a new portal is added in-game, and teasers start dropping, it’s only a matter of days before we can get our hands of the skin.

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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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