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“Real hybrid player” uses controller and mouse at the same time

Meet the only real hybrid player in Fortnite.

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We’ve heard of “hybrid” Fortnite players for a while, now. Originally, the term generally referred to players who could perform well on both controller and keyboard and mouse. The first high-profile hybrid player was UnknownArmy, who showed all of his haters that he wasn’t only a controller God by winning Cash Cups on KBM. Now, he plays KBM all of the time.

EpikWhale is credited with developing the hybrid title before moving over the controller full-time. He was one of the first players to pick up a controller in close-range and bloom fights while using KBM for building and editing.

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These two pros are some of the only players who have helped develop the “hybrid” playstyle up to this point. Now, however, we have another contender. He’s not a pro player, but he’s taken the “hybrid” term to its logical extreme: using both inputs at the same time.

Instead of switching back and forth from KBM to controller between games like Unknown or mid-game like EpikWhale, Reddit user u/Teufellurch uses his controller to move and his mouse to aim. As you can see from the video, he plays claw and without Turbo Building – which puts him at a massive disadvantage.

In the comments, Teufellurch explained some of the logistics behind his playstyle. “I am left-handed. So I use my left arm to aim and instead of moving with the left stick, I move with my right stick,” he wrote. This makes us understand the setup a bit more, but it’s still mind-boggling to consider using.

On the topic of why Teufellurch plays this way, he explained, “At one point aim assist was way too overpowered (now it is mostly balanced). Basically I got tired of having the game do all the work for me and wanted to learn how to play with a mouse. But I hated moving with WASD and on top of that my fingers started to hurt after about 20 minutes of playing on a keyboard. So I had to find a different solution.”

The Turbo Building issue has pushed Teufellurch away from Fortnite in recent months, as he wrote on Reddit, but he still has one of the most interesting setups in all of Fortnite. He may truly be the only real hybrid player out there. Is it the most effective way to play? Certainly not, but more power to him. He’s free building better than most players can on their native input with Turbo Building allowed.

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Another Shockwave strategy pushes you into an opponent’s box

Fortnite players have discovered yet another way to use Shockwaves to break into boxes.

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Players find new Fortnite Shockwave strategy

Shockwaves have always been one of the most useful items in all of Fortnite. They do what the Impulse Grenade did – only, far better. You can use them to gain high-ground, rotate, shoot players into the storm, or combine them with another rotational tool for maximum mobility.

Players have used Shockwaves to break into an opponent’s box for a long time. You can set this up by standing two tiles away, placing a wall, and throwing a Shockwave. The momentum will push you into an opponent’s box and through their turbo-build wall. Similar methods work when above and below an enemy.

Recently, Reddit user u/pixxels2 posted a short video, showcasing a new way to use Shockwaves to break into an opponent’s box. With practice, you’ll be able to set this one up much faster than the common strategy we described, above.

All you need to do is build yourself into a box diagonal from your target – make sure that you build a cone on top of you. From there, edit or break the floor piece above you, throw the Shockwave into the cone, and walk forward. As you’ll see, you’ll be able to walk right into an opponent’s box.

If you use this trick on an opponent who’s trying to heal, the chances are high that they won’t see it coming. Sure, they could one-pump you, but most players aren’t going to expect you to come slamming into their box like this.

The tactic takes some practice to perfect, but it’s easy to get the hang of and has a ton of practical in-game uses. It’s worth trying – especially if you need a kill in a competitive Fortnite match.

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Fortnite leak suggests Zombie Husks could return in Fortnitemares 2020

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Fortnite Zombie Husks return Fortnitemares

Fortnitemares 2020 is expected any day now, and fans are wondering what the new update will bring them. Last season, Epic scrapped Husks from the Save the World version of the game in favor of jump-scare zombies hiding in cars and barrels of hay.

Most Fortnite players appeared to prefer this version of zombie in Fortnite. Sure, they could make you jump out of your chair, but the husks would routinely overwhelm players and cause them to lose games. The 2019 Fortnitemares zombies had little affect on actual gameplay.

In fact, we even created a Twitter poll, asking our followers which Fortnite zombies they preferred. Out of the over 2,000 people who responded, almost 70% of them said that they’d prefer last year’s jump-scare zombies to the husks from previous Fortnite events.

Well, according to Fortnite data miner, @Mang0e_, Epic have made alterations to the husk spawners in Fortnite. The change is only in the audio – but any change to an existing Fortnitemares asset would suggest that it’s coming back.

Unfortunately for the many players who dislike these zombies, this leak seems to be a clear sign that they’ll be returning for Fortnitemares 2020. Hopefully, the cubes that spawn these husks drop some tier-one loot as they did during Season X.

In past Fortnitemares seasons, these cubes spawned all over the map. We could see the same happen, again, but we hope that won’t be the case. Retail Row was home to the husks in Season X, so we could see the POI be a hub for zombie activity, yet again.

There are also rumors that The Authority will be home to Midas and “Ghostly Ghost Henchmen,” which could also signify that husks will be active in this area. If this isn’t the case and zombies spawn all over the place, then we can only hope that their spawn rates look more like that of the Gorgers rather than the Marauders from Chapter 2 Season 3.

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Fortnite leak points to a buffed Flare Gun returning

The Flare Gun has been buffed in the Fortnite game files, suggesting that its return could be around the corner.

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Fortnite leak shows buffed Flare Gun

The Flare Gun was Fortnite’s first step towards the fire-filled gameplay that we have in Season 4. In Season 3, Epic introduced the Flare Gun to fit with the “stranded” flood theme of the map and Battle Pass. Later, they introduced the ability to set structures on fire and a new item to do just that: the Firefly Jars.

Environmental fires were cited among the reasons Epic swapped to the new physics engine in the first place. Season 4 seems to have capatalized on these new effects, adding Doom’s Mystical Bomb and other ways to set your surroundings on fire.

With the introduction of Season 3, however, Epic removed the Flare Gun from the game. It wasn’t the most popular item in the rotation, but it still provided some handy utility in the form of marking players in the surrounding area. Still, most of the time, players would pick it up, shoot a shot to see if anyone was around, drop it, and move on.

According to data miner Mang0e, we may not have seen the last of the Flare Gun in Fortnite. The item has undergone some changes in the game files, buffing the duration of marked enemies to 15 seconds.

This isn’t the largest buff in the world but it will make the item more viable. The Flare Gun wasn’t very useful when it came to dealing damage, so buffing the utility of the gun could influence more people to carry it.

There wasn’t anything wrong with the original Flare Gun in Fortnite – you’d be hard-pressed to see too many people complaining about it. The weakness of the gun still seems to be there, however. It doesn’t take ammo, so you’ll be stuck with ten charges – similar to the Harpoon Gun.

Adding ammo to the Flare Gun might throw it out of balance, so this might be the most significant buff that Epic can add – within reason. Either way, it would seem that the Flare Gun could be making a return. We can guess that we’ll see it as early as Fortnitemares or as late as Season 5.

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