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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.

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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.

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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.

Newly-added Exotics (Update)

February 24 Exotic Shuffle (Update)

On February 24, Epic shuffled some of the original and new Exotic weapon locations, giving them to new NPCs across the Fortnite map. The Storm Scout Sniper, Nighthawk Revolver, and Hop Rock Dualies now have new homes. You can view them on the map, below.

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We wouldn’t be surprised to see Epic shuffle the locations once again, so we’ll update this map and article if we see any more changes.

Image Credit: Epic Games, Fortnite.GG

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All love potion locations for Fortnite Season 5 Week 11 challenges

Here are all locations of Grimbles’ love potion from Fort Crumpet, Coral Cove, or Stealthy Stronghold for the Fortnite Season 5 challenges.

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One Fortnite Season 5 Week 11 challenge requires players to collect Grimbles’ love potion from Fort Crumpet, Coral Cove, or Stealthy Stronghold. Here’s where you need to go.

This week’s Fortnite challenges are a lot more difficult than ones we’ve seen in the recent past. We have to search several specific locations to help Fishstick find love and, more importantly, earn some XP.

Here are all of the Grimbles love potion locations in Fort Crumpet, Coral Cove, and Stealthy Stronghold. You only need to find one, so this guide should help.

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Grimble’s love potion locations

You can find one love potion in each Coral Cove, Stealthy Stronghold, and Fort Crumpet.

The first, in Fort Crumpet, can be found on the bottom floor of the fort in a roped-off room. The Coral Cove potion is located behind the main building of the unnamed POI.

In Stealthy Stronghold, the potion is located in the middle of the POI, next to a chest in one of the ruins. Here’s a map that should help you out.

Deliver the love potion to Slurpy Swamp or Shanty Town

Once you find the love potion, you need to deliver it to Slurpy Swamp or Shanty Town. The easiest place to visit is Slurpy Swamp.

Here, you’ll find the location in that boxed-room that houses slurp barrels and a Teddy bear sitting on a chair. Frequent visitors of Slurpy Swamp should know the location all too well. All you need to do is interact with the love potion and receive your XP.

This is a difficult week of challenges for Fortnite players, but the XP is well worth the grind. You can take a look at the rest of the Fortnite Season 5 Week 11 challenges here.

Image Credit: Epic Games, HarryNinetyFour

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Ninja goes off on the Fortnite community after getting stream sniped

Ninja returned to Fortnite to find the same old stream snipers. As expected, he gave them a piece of his mind.

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Ninja sounded off on stream snipers in the Fortnite community during one of his recent streams.

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is one of the primary streamers who helped Fortnite rise to the height of popularity we see it today. He’s stepped away from the game of late but often comes back to play a few rounds between his Valorant streams.

Although Ninja doesn’t take Fortnite as seriously as he once did, he still faces a large number of stream snipers who want to eliminate him for clout. Ninja has always been outspoken about stream snipers but went all-in during one of his recent Fortnite streams.

“The community – these little f***ing kids – It’s so dumb. It really is,” Ninja vented. “And the thing is, these little clout chasing losers have no idea, man. All they’re doing is harming the game. Because I’m not gonna play it. I’m not gonna stream it.”

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“Good for you, man. Get your f***ing clip, send it to your buddies,” Ninja continued. “‘We killed Ninja!’ I haven’t played the game in – ever. I don’t play it anymore. I come back and I still almost kill all of you idiots.”

Ninja went on to say that it must be far worse for players like Bugha, who won the Fortnite World Cup. If stream sniping is bad for someone like Ninja, then it must be far worse for an actual top competitive Fortnite player.

Ninja has done a lot of good for the Fortnite community, helping it become one of the biggest games of all time. Stream snipers may be a part of the reason he doesn’t play as much as he once did.

We don’t think Ninja will completely stop playing Fortnite, but the constant stream sniping is clearly getting to him. Hopefully, this doesn’t dissuade Ninja from continuing to experience the fun side of Fortnite.

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