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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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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

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Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite

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Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.

Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!

Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.

Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.

The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:

  • Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
  • Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
  • Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
  • If all Props are not found, the Props win.

Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).

Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.

Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021

Island NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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Fortnite Battle Lab mode removed in latest update (Updated May 4)

Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has disappeared from the mode select screen and Epic Games has made no comment on where the mode went.

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Fortnite Battle Labs Mode Art

Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has been disabled in the v16.30 patch, and fans aren’t happy with its removal.

UPDATE: The Battle Labs mode has been turned back on as of May 4th, 2021.

Battle Lab was added in December of 2019 close to the start of Fortnite Chapter 2. This core game mode replaced the Playground mode which allowed players to explore The Island alone or with friends.

While Playground was mostly a vanilla battle royale experience, Battle Lab allowed players to set their own rules and change loot pools. Video editors would use Battle Lab to produce high-quality content, and it also allowed younger players to enjoy the game without allowing them to play with strangers.

Fortnite Mode Select Screen

However, Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has seemingly disappeared in the latest update without any word from Fortnite or Epic Games. This has led to an outcry from fans on Twitter who are asking for the game mode to be reinstated.

Downtime for the Fortnite v16.30 started at 4 a.m. EST on April 27, and shortly after the servers came back online players started to notice Battle Lab was missing. The Fortnite Status Twitter made various posts noting the changes made in the update, but Battle Lab wasn’t mentioned a single time.

Over the past 24 hours, Fortnite Status has also acknowledged various bug fixes and server issues. While it remains unknown whether Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode was removed by accident, the lack of acknowledgment makes it seem as if it were removed intentionally.

The removal of Battle Lab won’t affect the majority of Fortnite’s player base, it will have an impact on content creators. As stated by Frenzy2nd on Twitter, it would be ideal for Fortnite to let players know what its plans are for the future of Battle Lab.

In the meantime, there are still plenty of modes available for players to enjoy. These include the new Free For All Arena mode, One Shot duos, and an assortment of featured Creative modes. Stay tuned for the latest information regarding Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode.

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