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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.

Glitches

Bizarre Fortnite bug causes an infinite no-storm game

This Fortnite player experienced an infinite game due to a new and rare glitch.

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There have always been – and always will be – bugs in Fortnite. There will be bugs in every game, but they can be more frustrating in competitive ones. Some bugs are fun and good for a laugh, while others make you want to Summit your monitor.

This bug falls in between these categories – equally annoying and intriguing. One Fortnite player experienced a new and rare bug that caused the storm to stay away from the island. He reportedly played for an hour, clearing out the lobby and searching for the last person, before calling it quits and letting a bush-camper win.

Via: u/woofblah

This bizarre glitch was likely caused by Midas’ tinkering with the storm. The storm circles have been strange since the last Fortnite update – mirroring those of Warzone before shrinking to a smaller, more familiar circle.

Theories have it that this is the work of Midas, who is trying to prevent or otherwise mess with the storm ahead of the Doomsday Event.

In this match, u/woofblah spent his time collecting all of the mythic weapons he could carry. He also traveled a reported 28km searching for his final target before eliminating himself and seeing a bush camper in the corner of the map.

Via: u/woofblah

This is the first time that we’ve seen such a glitch, so it has to be rare. Again, it’s likely that the bug was triggered by the updated storm.

Let us know if this issue becomes more widespread. In a game like this, it becomes a war of attrition. How bad do you want the win? More than the kid in the bush? Probably not.

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Fortnite Season 3 leak reveals more details about the flood

New Fortnite Season 3 leaks promise a progressively lower water level over the course of the season.

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The internet was buzzing, yesterday, when the PlayStation store accidentally released a promotional image for Fortnite Season 3. We can give them the benefit of the doubt that they weren’t prepared for a last-minute extension, but they would still have been early by two days early.

The leaked image was small but it was enough to virtually confirm the rumors of a map-wide flood and begin some new rumors about a potential SpongeBob crossover.

YouTuber, Tabor Hill, was the primary creator who was providing us with leaked information ahead of Season 3. His source gave him information about Party Royale, the flood, and the Season 3 Battle Pass before any of it had been released or corroborated by additional information.

He came back with a video on June 1, following the PlayStation Store’s leaked image. The video covered many of his original leaks and the theories surrounding the new image but added some additional information on top.

To those who are worried about the entire map being covered in water, Tabor Hill said, “Epic knows what they’re doing … You’re not going to be completely on water, don’t worry.” He also added another piece of information that he withheld in his original video: the water level will go down as the season progresses and “eventually return to normal.”

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To add a bit of intrigue to the end of his video, Tabor Hill told his viewers that, “One or two new locations may reveal themselves.”

So, according to these leaks, the water level will lower over the course of the season – similar to how the snow has melted in past winter events. This makes perfect sense and we could see it happening this way.

Hopefully, however, the beginning of the season doesn’t use the current swimming mechanics that we have in the game. “SpongeBob physics” underwater would be an ideal middle-ground if the entire map is flooded, as we covered in a separate article.

All of this information will be proven true or false on June 11. We’ll keep you covered with more rumors, leaks, and more as we wait for the event and new season.

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Concepts

Fortnite ‘Hitbox’ outfit concept would be perfect for Creative Mode

This Season 3 concept makes all Fortnite hitboxes visible in Creative Mode.

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It’s no secret that competitive Fortnite players gravitate towards a certain kind of skin. We dub these skins “sweaty.” They’re largely female and largely simple, which is an advantage in a competitive third-person shooter.

Smaller characters take up less of your screen and are more difficult to track. Simple outfits also help you blend into the surroundings rather than stick out like a sore thumb.

Epic have maintained that all of their hitboxes are the same – big and small skins alike. We assume that they’re telling the truth, but that doesn’t change the fact that large skins feel like a huge disadvantage in Fortnite.

Skins like Cable, Rippley, Big Chuggus, Brutus, and others feel like they’re easier to hit. We could be wrong, but it makes us feel vulnerable to wear these skins in a game.

Despite the claims that all of the hitboxes are identical, the player base doesn’t know exactly what the Fortnite hitboxes look like. Reddit user u/williambash came up with a concept that will help us find the hitboxes within each skin.

This outfit would be free and would only be available in Creative Mode. It could even be an equitable outfit for each skin so we can know, once and for all if there are any differences.

Via: u/williambash

This outfit would help us better understand why we may be missing some of our shots. Bloom will always be a problem but it’s exacerbated when it feels like our shots are hitting an opponent and they don’t register.

This concept is a small suggestion and easy enough to implement into the game. It would help clarify any hitbox confusion and, likely, garner positive feedback from the competitive community. It’s a win-win.

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