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How a positive attitude helped this 13-year-old Deaf Fortnite streamer reach success



One of Fortnite’s youngest rising stars, Soleil ‘Ewok’ Wheeler, has been enjoying the wild ride that Epic’s BR has been able to provide. As a 13-year-old streamer who is also deaf, we chatted with Ewok about her positive outlook on life and finally meeting Timthetatman at the Fortnite Summer Block Party.

Most 13-year-old children spend their days hanging with friends or participating in after-school activities, but not Ewok.

The majority of her days are spent in front of her computer where she spends countless hours practicing and streaming Fortnite.

Ewok boasts an impressive social media following with over 135,000 followers on Twitch, and 54,000 on Twitter.

According to Ewok, Timthetatman changed her life back in March 2019 when he hosted her on Twitch. Her viewer count went from a couple of hundred viewers to thousands.

Since then she has squadded up with Fortnite superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and even participated in the Fortnite Pro-Am with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kurt Benkert.

Ewok was able to donate $20,000 to youth programs within the National Association of the Deaf thanks to her and Benkert’s winnings from the Pro-Am.

We were able to ask the 13-year-old a few questions about her experience with Fortnite, and rising to internet stardom within the past few months. Thanks to Ewok for taking the time to chat with us!

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AZ: Hi! How are you? Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. Did you have fun at the Fortnite Summer Block Party?

Ewok: Hi. My pleasure. It was a lot of fun because you get to meet all of the people you looked up at for years. The atmosphere was amazing, you get to see so many people being hyped up about Fortnite. Everyone was going there to watch the greats go against each other.

AZ: Timthetatman hosted you back in March which you said: “changed your life”. What are some things that have changed within your life? Do you find people to be more friendly towards you?

Ewok: Before Tim hosted me, I averaged 5 viewers. He brought in 24,000 viewers when he hosted me, and ever since then, I’ve averaged maybe 400. He kinda made me an instant celebrity, like literally overnight. I owe him so much. I love that guy. If it wasn’t for him and the host, I honestly don’t know where I would be. So many things kept happening ever since then, it was like a chain reaction. Bless his heart. I also must say this, it took a village to make this possible, my family, friends, and fans. There have been many nice people in the Twitch community who also helped me get to where I am today. It wasn’t just Tim, but he definitely gave me a huge boost, he thrust me onto the bigger stage.

IMG: Ewok Twitter

AZ: You also stream on Twitch to an impressive following of over 135,000. Back in March, you were at about 10,000 Twitch followers. Has it been difficult to keep up with your growing community?

Ewok: Thanks, and now it’s over 180,000. I have been so blessed with wonderful mods who helped keep the chat family-friendly where everybody can enjoy it and interact with each other. I don’t know what I would do without my mods, they are awesome.

AZ: Being a 13-year-old teenager has its own struggles, but you are also deaf. Last weekend the team at Epic and several personalities learned ASL (American Sign Language) in order to accommodate you during the Fortnite Block Party. Would you like to see more events offer options like these for those who have disabilities?

Ewok: Yeah, I gotta tell you. That was beyond impressive. They definitely made a lasting impression on my life by welcoming me in my language, ASL. It’s like they embraced who I am as a Deaf person. They made me feel like I am part of the family. Of course, I would love to see more people learning sign language and it does actually benefit everyone. Diversity is what makes the community great, and even better when it’s being celebrated.

AZ: Last but not least, who was your most difficult opponent during the Fortnite Pro-Am?

Ewok: I would have to say Nick Eh 30. He killed me twice. GGs.

AZ: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with me. Good luck!

Ewok: Thank you for the opportunity. If you ever want to do this again, I’d be happy to. The Pro-Am is definitely one of the best moments of my life and I will never forget it.

Ewok has not announced if she will be at the World Cup, but she did post an awesome video wishing all the competitors the best of luck.

With the Fortnite World Cup taking place next weekend from July 26 to July 28, tons of Fortnite stars are expected to attend and enjoy the festivities!

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How to knock down Timber Pines with Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite

Fortnite recently added the Ripsaw Launcher and we already have a weekly quest that requires players to cut Timber Pines with it for 15,000 XP.



How to knock down Timer Pines with Ripsaw Launcher

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 4 challenges are here. Here’s a quick guide to finding the Ripsaw Launcher and knocking down Tumber Pine trees with it.

Amidst game-breaking bugs and glitches, Epic Games released the latest weekly challenges which will help players level up their Battle Pass in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. The XP system is not at its best at the moment, so loopers desperately wait for new quests and challenges.

One of the weekly challenges is based on the newly introduced Ripsaw Launchers.

Where to find the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite?

The Ripsaw Launcher is now available as a standard loot item. Players can search for it on the floor, in chests, and in supply drops. The odds of getting the weapon are purely based on luck, but finding it in major locations like Logjam Lotus, Tilted Towers, Rave Cave, and Coney Crossroads, among others, should be not a struggle.

There’s also a fixed spawn location for the Ripsaw Launcher in Chapter 3 Season 3. There’s a Chop Shop near Logjam Lotus with an abundance of launchers. Even though this location can be highly contested at times, you should be able to get at least one Ripsaw Launcher.

Ripsaw Launcher location in Fortnite
Chop Shop near Logjam Lotus has several Ripsaw Lauchers (Image via

Where to find Timber Pines in Fortnite?

The next step to completing the weekly challenge is to find Timber Pine trees. Here’s what they look like:

Timber Pine in Fortnite
Timber Prine in Fortnite

Timber Pines are basically the tallest trees on the map with narrow brown trunks, and players can find them in the snow biome which contains POIs like Logjam Lotus and Rave Cave.

The aforementioned Chop Shop is located right beside some Timber Pine trees, and it is best if players collect a Ripsaw Launcher from the shop. Using a Ripsaw Launcher is quite straightforward. Just hold the aim button and point it towards the desired tree.

You can either shoot ferocious sawblades that will tear through the wood or hold the aim button to use the Ripsaw Launcher as a melee weapon.

Completing this Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 4 quest will grant you 15,000 XP and will also help in unlocking some bonus XP rewards.

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Darth Vader in Fortnite has a ton of Easter Eggs

Fortnite introduced Darth Vader as a boss in Chapter 3 Season 3. Here are some easter eggs that Star Wars fans must know about.



Darth Vader Fortnite

Darth Vader is one of the biggest highlights of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. True to its nature, Epic Games has included several Star Wars easter eggs with The Chosen One.

Even though Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 didn’t turn out to be a Star-Wars themed season, fans were finally able to witness Darth Vader. He is a tier 100 reward in the current Battle Pass and is also a boss.

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Darth Vader is finally here in Fortnite

Darth Vader is rightly one of the most terrifying bosses in Fortnite history. However, this is not the only thing that makes this crossover genuine and detailed.

Fun facts about Darth Vader in Fortnite

Over the past few weeks, the community has discovered these hidden details about Darth Vader:

Darth Vader boss doesn’t spawn in the island’s desert biome

Darth Vader doesn’t like sand. In a famous Attack of the Clones scene, he says:

“I don’t like sand. It’s coarse, rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere.”

In addition to that, it is practical enough for someone in a robotic suit to avoid sand. This might be why Darth Vader doesn’t spawn in the desert biome of Fortnite island. In contrast, the boss has two spawn locations in the snow biome, two in the forest, and one in the latest mushroom-themed region.

Hence, Darth Vader’s hatred for sand seems to be the reason why he avoids the desert biome in Fortnite.

Darth Vader’s breathing sound

Darth Vader’s breathing is somehow quite popular among fans. It signifies that the character was once human, and creates an intimidating atmosphere even during silence.

There’s a trick to activate Darth Vader’s breathing in Fortnite. If you go to the Audio settings and ‘Mute All’ the Licensed Audio from the ‘Creator Options’, the Imperial March emote will only play a breathing sound.

Darth Vader takes a knee

Darth Vader is not allowed to die for legal reasons. Fortnite cannot be an exception to this rule, which is why when players defeat the boss, he takes a knee and disappears. This is also a reference to the Star Wars Battlefront game.

Defeating Darth Vader is challenging owing to his overpowered Melee abilities. However, you can refer to our guide and try out this easter egg.

Epic Games didn’t have to add any of these easter eggs to make Darth Vader better. The boss and the skin are great regardless but the community always appreciates such attention to detail.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 NPC hints at the return of Klombo

Loopers can still not get over the sudden disappearance of Klombo in Fortnite Chapter 3. Here’s why their return could be closer than ever.



Klombo might return to Fortnite

The war between the Imagined Order and The Seven in Fortnite had disastrous consequences including the expulsion of Klombo from the island. However, Haven is curious about the mysterious vanishing of the species.

Klombo is undoubtedly one of the most adorable features in the history of Fortnite. The giant dinosaurs roamed around the island on the new Chapter 3 island and provided players with loot, jump boosts, and countless memories.

However, we haven’t seen Klombo since Chapter 3 Season 2. Just like every other looper, Haven is worried about the dinosaurs and looks forward to their return.

What happened to Klombo in Fortnite?

Even though Klombo wasn’t present on the map during Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2, loopers could still discover Klombo mounds. Accordingly, it seemed safe to assume that they were simply avoiding the war and will return soon.

There is a Klombo skeleton on the Chapter 3 Season 3 island which naturally shattered all expectations regarding their return. Having said that, anything and everything is possible in Fortnite, thanks to the Zero Point.

Here’s what Haven says when players interact with her while wearing special skins like Indiana Jones (to be released) and Mecha team leader:

  • I followed some Klombo tracks here, but they disappear.
  • The Klombo disappeared in the same strange flash of light that brought them here.
  • Have you seen any Klombo on your travels?

It is evident that Haven cannot digest how Dr. Slone managed to get rid of Klombo. She believes that the unstable Zero Point is the real reason behind their extinction which is why she also mentions a ‘strange flash of light’.

Epic Games was working on Klombo before putting them in the vault

A few weeks back, leakers revealed that Epic Games is not done with Klombo. In fact, the developers have been trying to make the dinosaurs killable and make them drop a ton of great loot.

Another leak disclosed that Klombo will soon be able to dance when players emote near them. Hence, it makes no sense for Fortnite to work on a wide range of features and then remove them altogether.

Moreover, the majority of the Fortnite community absolutely loves Klombo and their return will be highly appreciated. Content in Chapter 3 has been based on the player base’s demands, and to be fair, permanently removing Klombo is not desirable at all.

For now, loopers cannot do much but wait for new information on Klombo. However, we can assure you that the dinosaurs will return in Chapter 3 with the help of Haven and Zero Point.

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