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Pickaxe swinging in Fortnite is now a bannable offense

Epic released a competitive Fortnite blog that highlights new rules against ‘trucing’ or ‘pickaxe swinging.’



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Epic released a competitive Fortnite blog that highlights new rules against ‘trucing’ or ‘pickaxe swinging.’

Competitive Fortnite is one of the more intricate eSports out there. Players have to juggle loot, material count, zone placement, placement points, kills, and other players.

‘Trucing’ has been a part of the game since high-level competitive Fortnite began. For those who don’t know, trucing involves an in-game agreement between two players not to fight for the time being.

There are several reasons you might not want to take a fight. You and your opponent may both be in an advantageous or disadvantageous position. These players know that taking a fight will cause them more harm then good, even if they win – leading to an unspoken truce. Here’s a clip of a common plane truce back in the Winter Royale days.

More recently, players have begun swinging their pickaxes as a way to signal passivism to opponents. Two players running from the storm, for instance, will swing their pickaxes at one another so they know that they’re safe. There’s no need for either of them to waste materials as they rotate.

In this example, taking a fight on the edge of the storm could be detrimental to the winner. Sure, you might win the fight, but you’ll spend time, materials, and healing items if you even make it out of the storm.

The Fortnite competitive community has embraced ‘trucing’ or pickaxe swinging as a part of the game. No one seems to have anything bad to say about it. You can, after all, betray the other player at any time. That’s just part of the game. Epic never had any rules against this practice, so it became an accepted method of communication.

In a blog post released on January 20, however, Epic stated that they were going to start cracking down on trucing in competitive Fortnite. They outlined several teaming regulations like two players working together and intentionally dropping items for enemies, but also included some stipulations to stop nonverbal truces.

“Sending or receiving signals (both verbal and non-verbal) to communicate with opposing players,” Epic listed in their banned actions. More specifically, they are “taking action against any kind of in-game communication between opponents via signaling in official tournament matches. This includes, but is not limited to: pick-axe swinging, emoting, toy tossing, jumping.”

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Epic clarified that, “We want to be explicitly clear that pacifism-style gameplay is still allowed, but if signaling is involved, we will review and take appropriate action for the teaming/collusion penalty. Repeat offenders may be subject to increased penalties.”

The teaming penalty has been established as a two-week ban from competitive Fortnite. This new rule probably won’t affect your Arena games, but streamers and high-level pros will have to watch out.

I don’t think that this rule is going to have an impact on the long-term competitive game. Smart players still know whether or not it’s a good time to take a fight.

Most likely, Epic just doesn’t want spectators to see two players clearly colluding with one another as they rotate. Still, we could see a couple of high-profile bans come through while Epic establishes the new rule.


How to unlock the Armored Kratos style in Fortnite

Kratos from God of War has made it to Fortnite. Find out how to unlock the Armored Kratos style for free in Season 5.



Kratos has landed on the Fortnite island, but his single style isn’t his only form. Here’s how to unlock his Armored outfit.

After a full season worth of crossovers, Epic slowed things down with Fortnite Season 5. The new season was released with only one crossover character in the roster: The Mandalorian.

It only took a couple of days for Epic to add to their Season 5 crossover roster. On December 3, Kratos from God of War came to the Item Shop. This preceeds the rumored addition of Master Chief from the Halo franchise.

Although God of War is a Playstation exclusive video game, players on all platforms could grab Kratos and his skin pack. You know that Sony had to do something for their console owners, however.

PlayStation players who play a single game with the Kratos skin will unlock the Armored Kratos style for their skin – it’s as simple as that.

Unfortunately, Android, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch players will need to stick to the standard Kratos outfit – unless you have a PS5 lying around.

If you don’t have a PlayStation on-hand, the only option you have is to ask a trustworthy friend to log onto your account and play a game for you. Giving out your account information is risky and usually a bad idea, so proceed with caution.

Hopefully for Xbox players, Microsoft will have the same deal with Epic Games when Master Chief comes to the Item Shop. He’s one of the most iconic characters in all of gaming and will probably be a popular pick on all platforms.

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All Fortnite Season 5 Exotic Weapon locations

Fortnite Season 5 brought Exotic weapons to the game to replace Mythics. Here’s where to find all of them.



Fortnite Season 5 introduced Exotic weapons to the game instead of Mythics, giving more players access to them. Here’s where you can find them.

There’s no shortage of new mechanics in Fortnite Season 5, with the addition of NPCs, quests, and a whole lot more.

Mythics have returned to the game in Season 5 but in a limited capacity. The only classic Mythic items in Fortnite Season 5 include The Mandalorian’s Jetpack and sniper rifle, both available from the bounty hunter himself.

The other items in the game are classified as Exotics. There’s only one of each Mythic item in each game, but can be multiple Exotic weapons.

You can purchase these Exotic weapons from specific NPCs across the map. Of course, this means you’ll need to save up your Gold Bars to afford them.

Twitter user @MikeDulaimi created an easy-to-follow guide on how to locate all of the Exotic weapons in Fortnite. You can purchase them from NPCs in the areas surrounding Hunter’s Haven, The Zero Point, Dirty Docks, Craggy Cliffs, and Stealthy Stronghold

Mythic items were relatively controversial for the past few seasons of Fortnite – especially in competitive modes. Doom’s Mystical Bomb and Kit’s Shockwave Launcher dominated tournament play for the past two seasons, and the competitive community largely called for them to be removed.

We’re curious to see how this community treats Exotic weapons. They’re more widely available and aren’t as powerful as Mythics, making them more balanced than the latter – that is, until a player eliminates the NPC selling them.

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Game-breaking bug causing invisibility/God Mode in Fortnite Season 5

Players have already found a game-breaking glitch in Fortnite Season 5, causing players to go invisible and become invulnerable to damage.



Fortnite Season 5 wasn’t released bug-free. In fact, there’s already a game-breaking bug causing players to become invisible and invulnerable to damage.

Every major update in almost every video game brings a few bugs with it, and Fortnite is no different. This is almost always the case when video games add new mechanics, as Fortnite did with Season 5.

This game-breaking bug has to do with the new sand mechanic. For those who don’t know, the center of the Fortnite island is now covered with quicksand. If you stand on the sand for too long, it sinks you in.

The quicksand isn’t a bad thing. It can actually benefit players, offering a hiding spot and increased movement speed, as seen below.

However, on the flip side, it’s also causing a bug that makes players invisible and invulnerable to damage. This isn’t the first invisibility glitch we’ve seen in Fortnite. Older patches had the same issue with Port-A-Potties.

This glitch appears to be more prevalent than the previous ones, however. We’ve seen several reports of this happening to players – sometimes even multiple times in a single play session. The Port-A-Potty glitch required more intention on the part of the players involved.

Hopefully, Epic get this sorted sooner rather than later. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the sand-sinking mechanic disabled ahead of the next update if Epic can’t push a hotfix to address the problem.

We don’t know whether this glitch is intentional on the part of infracting players or if there’s a method to trigger the issue. We’ll let you know when we find out more about the problem.

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