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Ranked Fortnite: The value to a casual player

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Usually, when people talk about the implementation of a ranked system in Fortnite, they frame it from the benefit it provides to the top level of players.

With Epic introducing more open tournaments and Fortnite creative adding in places for great players to practice, competitive players have more options, in lieu of a ranked ladder.

Casual players do not. LTMs and creative game modes offer interesting unique alternatives, but the main game has been getting harder to enjoy for casual players.

100 Thieves YouTuber/Streamer NoahJ456 posted a tweet that summed up a lot of the current issues Fortnite is facing. The tweet was posted on Reddit and has a score of over 46,000, making it the top post on /r/FortniteBR over the last month.

NoahJ456’s view on the state of Fortnite from r/FortNiteBR

Clearly, Noah’s opinion is one shared by a lot of the community.

The solution may be simpler than it seems, and mutually beneficial. And, Epic may already have something in the works.

Why a ranked system makes sense for Fortnite

We have covered the pros and cons of a ranked system in Fortnite before, but that was when Pop-up Cups were just beginning and it was mostly focused on how it would impact the best players in the game.

Now we are looking at the flip side. For any competitive game, the skill gap between the top and bottom and will widen the longer the game has been out. Imagine if new players in League of Legends were matched in their lanes against mechanical gods or CS:GO rookies were getting one-tapped.

The games would lose players as fast as they gained them. Fortnite is a bit different due to the nature of Battle Royale. With the game’s quick rise to popularity, the stocks of new players were plentiful.

It was easy to find players of all skill levels, and even relatively weak players could pull out wins, especially in duos or squads.

As time has gone on, players are improving and there haven’t been enough new players to balance the competitive scales.

The time where a ranked ladder becomes necessary is rapidly approaching. There are numerous benefits to it now.

First, players would be able to improve by playing against the competition of a similar skill level. Second, any victory would be hard fought and well-deserved. Third, each engagement would become more fun, bots wouldn’t make for easy kills and soccer skins with absurd editing speed wouldn’t make you want to throw a controller.

There are a couple of problems of course. Smurfs (players playing on alternate accounts below their actual skill level) would absolutely destroy the bottom ranks, but that is a problem in literally every competitive game. Right now getting destroyed by a player who would be a smurf rank is common, so it wouldn’t be much different.

Another issue is how to make a ranked system work in a game like Fortnite. It isn’t straight forward and a good working ranked system for Battle Royale hasn’t been established. But here’s my proposition:

How a ranked system in Fortnite could work

Buckets. Big ole buckets. Don’t have players rank up or down after each game. Have them play a mini-season in one big bucket with no change. Maybe it is one or two weeks, and players have to drop in a certain amount of times to qualify for a rank change that season.

There could be four big buckets. The lowest for the new players and defaults. The next for the casual but consistent players who are more concerned with the fun aspects of the game than grinding 90s.

The third would be those players who are taking it seriously and truly want to win but might not have all the tools they need to compete with the best. Finally, would be the top-level sweats. Made up of streamers, pro players and the best Fortnite has to offer.

The bucket system would do a couple of key things. It would keep match pools large so that players can count on having a full match, even if they drop in at odd hours.

The length of the season would help remove RNG from your results. Anything can happen in any one game. But, if you get to compare a player’s results from a week’s worth of games to another player’s week, suddenly a skill gap becomes more obvious.

The rating of a player would have to be some combination of kills per game and placement per game. That metric would then be converted to a percentage and the top, say 10% of the bucket would be brought up while the bottom 10% of the bucket would be brought down.

The 10% is just a random number, and could easily be higher or lower. Buckets could also be sectioned further to have more players move up or down within the buckets, while matchmaking would still take from the bucket as a whole. Think of it like Rocket League’s divisions between ranks.

In this example, each level would be a bucket in Fortnite

This could be the breath of fresh air that Fortnite needs to keep players having fun at all levels. If Epic wants to continue to attract new players they will need to have a slow build up into the game or players will drop it as soon as they began.

So you want a ranked mode in Fortnite? How do you feel about the bucket system? Is there a better way? Tell me below:

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When Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends, Season 3 start date

Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts. The season is off to a heated start, and it’s only going to get more intense.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 has just entered its second season, and it’s off to a great start. Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ended without much warning ahead of time from Epic Games. In fact, only a day before the Season ended did we get an announcement for Season 2.

Regardless, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 is off to a hot start. We have new POIs, weapons, and a flashy new Battle Pass. There’s also no building to start and an ongoing turf war.

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 End?

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Fortnite Season 2 will end on June 3, 2022. This means the second season of the new chapter will last a little less than three months making it fairly short compared to Season 1.

This end date was found in the in-game files by data miners. Unlike last season where Epic Games listed two season end dates, there is only one end date this time around.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Start?

New Fortnite seasons usually start within 24 hours after the previous one ends. Players can expect Chapter 3 Season 3 to start on June 4.

That being said, leaker Shiina believes there will be an extended period of downtime after the season ends to prep for Season 3. We will know more about this delay as time draws closer.

Is There a Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event?

The final update for Fortnite Season 2 is here and we now have confirmation that, yes, there will be a live event!

The Season 2 live event will likely focus on stopping the new Doomsday Device from going off at Loot Lake. It is a very similar tower to that of Midas’ Doomsday Device in Chapter 2 Season 2.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 3 Season 2. This is the second season of the third chapter which started after Chapter 2 Season 8. While most players refer to this season as “Season 2”, it’s technically Season 20.

There were 10 seasons in Chapter 1 and 8 seasons in Chapter 2.

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For now, that’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2. This chapter will likely span the next year or so and will be filled with exciting events.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 3 starts. For more Fortnite, check out the best controller settings for Chapter 3, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Fortnite Omni Chip locations: how to upgrade Omni Sword in Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduces a pickaxes called the Omni Sword that players can customize using Omni Chips. Here’s how to get them!

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Epic Games has introduced Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2 which players can use to customize the new Omni Sword.

With each new Fortnite season, players can look forward to a new form of currency used to unlock different cosmetics. In seasons past, players had to collect feathers, paint cans, and alien artifacts.

Now, Fortnite Season 2 introduces Omni Chips. This seasonal currency can be used by players to unlock customization options for the Omni Sword.

Here’s how to unlock the Omni Sword and where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2.

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Where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2

In order to start collecting Omni Chips, players first need to unlock the Omni Sword Pickaxe. This is on page one of the Battle Pass and can be purchased for 7 Battle Stars.

Now that players have the sword, it’s time to start collecting Omni Chips. Each week, players will be given a new set of Omni Sword quests that reward them with Omni Chips once completed.

The quests are as simple as visiting specific locations and collecting Omni Chips. The maps below will show where that week’s chips are located starting with week 1.

Week 1 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni chips at Greasy Grove, Logjam Lumberyard, and Mighty Monument:

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Week 2 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Loot Landing, The Temple, and Chonkers Speedway.

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Week 3 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Synapse Station, Sanctuary, and Camp Cuddle.

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Week 4 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Daily Bugle, Condo Canyon, and Windbreakers.

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Week 5 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Rocky Reels, Launchpad, and Shifty Shafts.

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Week 6 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Seven Outpost II, Crispy Crater, and Tumbledown Temple.

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Week 7 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Sleepy Sounds, Command Cavern, and Cuddle Cruisers.

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Week 8 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Joneses, Shell or High Water, and Coney Crossroads.

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It’s important to note that while the challenges are released weekly, they won’t expire until the end of the season. Meaning you can wait until the last minute to collect all of the Omni Chips.

For more Fortnite, check out how to unlock Prowler in Season 2.

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How to unlock Marvel’s Prowler in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduced Marvel’s Prowler to the Battle Royale, and players can unlock him via the Battle Pass and a few challenges.

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Fortnite Season 2 adds not one but two Marvel characters to the game via the Battle Pass, but players might not be familiar with Prowler.

Season 2 started off hot with an amazing battle pass and a shocking removal of the game’s iconic building mechanic. Players were even more excited to see the Battle Pass had two crossover characters.

The first is Doctor Strange who has a new movie releasing in May. However, players may not be super familiar with the second crossover character. And it was surprisingly released alongside the Fortnite v20.20 update.

Prowler is an alias used by a number of people in the Marvel universe. But he most recently appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as Miles Morales’ uncle. And the in-game skin is a similar depiction of the character.

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Unlocking Prowler in Fortnite Season 2

As mentioned before, Prowler was locked behind a time gate. Players can unlock him by completing special challenges starting on April 19.

There are nine cosmetic items in the Prowler set, and the skin comes in two styles. Players can unlock an emote, pickaxe, glider, and more in a little over a month.

His unlock requirements are identical to that of Superman or The Foundation. Once the timer runs out, players can complete Prowler-specific challenges to unlock each piece of the set.

Here are the Fortnite Season 2 Prowler challenges and rewards:

  • Headshot opponents with a thermal weapons x 3 – Mark of the Prowler wrap
  • Use a spray at The Daily Bugle – Prowler Tag spray
  • Collect 300 Bars – On The Prowl loading screen
  • Collect three different weapon types of Epic Rarity or higher in a single match – Prowler Banner Icon
  • Damage Opponents while crouched or sliding x 500 – Energy Claw Pickaxe
  • Mod a Vehicle, then drive it 500 meters in a single match – Prowler’s Grasp Emoticon
  • Complete 3 Prowler Quests – Prowler skin
  • Complete 7 Prowler Quests – Slash and Smash Emote/Sky Prowler Glider
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For more Forntite, check out when Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

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