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Summer Block Party Celebrity Pro-Am Power Rankings

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The next Celebrity Pro-Am event takes place at the Summer Block Party on June 16th. We’ve got a list of power rankings for all the revealed duos!

Fortnite news can get a little moody from time to time with reports of behind-the-scenes drama and payout scandals. So, every once in awhile, it’s good to just have a little fun.

With the next Pro-Am fast approaching, we thought we’d put together our own power rankings for the event. Let’s get right into it!

FortniteINTEL Pro-Am Power Rankings

Epic Games has revealed 88 players (44 duos) that will be attending the next Pro-Am event on June 16th. The field is packed with talent, but we’ve also got some newcomers to Fortnite in actors, musicians, and more.

Our Power Rankings go from Number 1 to Number 44 (not all duos are revealed yet), best chance of winning to the “worst”. All of this is in good fun and not meant as any type of “diss” towards one player or another.

TOP 10 Pro-Am Rankings

1. Tfue + Josh Hart

Is it even a competition for the champ?

Tfue might not be playing alongside his partner, Cloakzy, but this man could carry essentially anybody. The player has incredible talent in Fortnite and brings his A-game to every event. And Josh Hart is no slouch himself. He’ll surely bring his competitive mindset from the world IRL sports.

2. Cloakzy + Dillion Francis

Can Cloakzy show up Tfue? We say no.

If Tfue’s in the top spot, Cloakzy has to be second behind him. The duo shred through players on a daily basis and provide entertainment to hundred of thousands. Dillion Francis isn’t competitive player whatsoever (musician by trade) and could weigh Cloak down just enough.

3. Ghost Aydan + Robert Abisi

As you might noticed, we’re focused on the Fortnite players before their non-gaming teammates. Same goes for our third duo as Robert Abisi is a wildcard, but Aydan is most certainly not. Aydan reams pros in build fights and thrives in chaotic gameplay. He’ll make quick work of any inexperienced players.

4. Ninja + Marshawn Lynch

The King of Fortnite, Ninja, isn’t gonna let a crowd down. When it comes to LAN events, Ninja knows how to play with the hype turned to 1000. Mr. Lynch himself is also a hardcore gamer and has appeared in several video games in the past. They’ll be a power duo to watch for.

5. SypherPK + Reggie Jackson

The Pro-Am have heavy weight on players that can hold their own, even when their teammate is inexperienced. While many of the celebrities will train up a little bit before the event, the majority of victories will be up to the pros. SypherPK has proven time and time again that he has that “clutch factor” to win when the odds are against him.

6. Nickmercs + Kyle Van Noy

4Head…the MFAM will know.

Nickmercs is the most watched controller player in Fortnite and brings his passion for gaming to every event. He’ll surely have a lot of fun, but don’t expect Nickmercs to let loose at the Pro-Am. The brawny Fortnite pro will bring it all with the full weight of FaZe Clan behind him.

7. TimTheTatman + Jay Mewes

TimTheTatman may be “just” a casual in the eyes of professional Fortnite players, but this bearded man can pack a punch. The streamer has competed in several Friday Fortnites and has won many smaller Fortnite tournaments.

8. CourageJD + Brendon Urie

CourageJd recently joined 100 Thieves after Nickmerc’s departure from the org. The streamer will be playing under the org’s name for the first time in a major event. While he may a jovial character, he was a competitive passion and love of esports that could help him fly through the ranks.

9. DrLupo + Jordan Fisher

DrLupo is another caster and “casual” Fortnite player that is attending the Pro-Am. The player has performed well in several online tournaments and shares Courage’s passion for all things Fortnite. Will he be able to carry that fire to a higher placement?

10. Valkyrae + Justin Jones

Valkyrae holds her own against most Fortnite players and plays the game daily on her streams. With thousands of hours of experience and a skilled arm for shooters, we’d be surprised if she didn’t perform fairly well in the casual setting of a Pro-Am.


Rankings 11-44 for Pro-Am

11. Cizzorz + Meyers Leonard

12. SB Airwaks + RL Grime

13. Ewok + Kurt Benkurt

14. Nick Eh 30 + Joey Bosa

15. Pokimane + Martin Doherty

16. FearItSelf + Blake Martinez

17. Gotaga + Jordyn Jones

18. Muselk + JuJu Smith-Schuster

19. Loserfruit + Joel McHale

20. Lachlan + Cody Walker

21. AviveHD + Cray

22. Lazarbeam + Hannibal Buress

23. Typical Gamer + Jimmy O. Yang

24. ONE_Shot_GURL + Gallant

25. Hey Stan + Liam McIntyre

26. BuckeFPS + Kenneth Faried

27. Bell + Reina Washio

28. Vikkstar123 + Martin Starr

29. TBNRFrags + JT Brown

30. Samara Redway + Marisha Ray

31. Patriota + Kyla-Drew Simmons

32. Flakes Power + Douglas Costa

33. JacobYT + Connor Ball

34. Scarlet + Elly

35. Wildcat + Janina Gavankar

36. Truetriz + Murda Beatz

37. Kayuun + Nick Shanholtz

38. Acau + Chandler Riggs

39. RoyalistIQ + Xavier Woods

40. VP FiveSkill + Taven Bryan

41. Pipepunk + Wax Motif

42. Folagor + Bruce Brown

43. Markilokuras + Witt Lowry

44. Pow3r + Lee Nguyen

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.

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Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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Fortnite v12.61 patch notes: aim assist changes, bug fixes & more

Take a look at everything that changed in the Fortnite v12.61 patch notes.

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The Fortnite v12.61 content update released this morning, which marks the final update of Fortnite Season 2. It was a small patch and one that was largely geared toward preparing the game for the rumored Doomsday event.

Most of the interesting parts of v12.61 came in the form of leaks, which we’ll cover in some separate articles. There were a few above-board changes, though. We’ll delve into them here.

Aim assist changes

The most noteworthy change was to controller aim assist on all platforms. This one is tricky since we need to rely on community reporting to tell exactly what’s different.

Early reports had it that close-range aim assist was lowered by 20%, mid-range aim assist was lowered a bit, and long-range aim assist was buffed. Our early testing shows very little difference from the old system, however. Casual players probably won’t notice a difference, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
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Storm the Agency Challenges

Storm the Agency will, almost certainly, be the last batch of challenges before Season 3. We aren’t getting any Overtime Challenges, so these will have to do.

The new challenge set has not been released at the time of writing but should be available later today or this week. They may be released as late as Thursday, ahead of the Doomsday event. We’ll cover the challenge tutorial in a separate guide.

Storm Circles

Epic appear to have changed storm circles in the v12.61 update, as well – at least in public matches. The first phase of the storm closes much more quickly – but on a larger circle. The circle then gets much smaller, causing some players to have to rotate, quite quickly.

The circles aren’t perfect, either. Just take a look at this tweet from broadcaster AussieAntics. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out.

Bug Fixes

There weren’t too many bug fixes in this patch. The biggest issue that was addressed was the inability to refund the Dragacorn Glider for some players. Here’s everything that was fixed in v12.61:

  • Numbers not changing on sports-themed Outfits
  • Unable to refund Dragacorn Glider
  • iOS players hitching at high rate

We’ll update this post with any additional changes that surface as more players get their hands on the new patch. This was a small one, though, and largely focused on adding the Doomsday Device to the game.

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Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items

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Fortnite update v12.61 has arrived, and while Epic Games didn’t add many new skins or cosmetic items to the game, data miners and leakers have been sifting through the files and given us a look at what’s to come before the end of Chapter 2, Season 2.

Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with the highly anticipated Doomsday event set to rock the game to its foundations as Epic Games moves to Season 3.

With the current season drawing to a close, the game’s developers have released the v12.61 Update on May 26 which includes a number of leaks as to what the event will entail.

For those who are looking a new skin or some new dances moves, though, Epic have added some new additions to the files which will be released over the next week or so.

Cyclo Doomsday skin and Windshear Cloak

There’s only one new skin in the game this week, but it appears to have major links to the end of Season 2, with the mysterious and imposing skin added to the files under the name “Hurricane,” prompting many to wonder if he is set to unleash the natural disaster onto the island.

On top of that, there is also a brand-new cloak that goes with Cyclo Doomsday, which appears to have been battered by winds and torn in places at the bottom. You can view the skin and back bling below courtesy of @Lucas7yoshi.

Drake’s Toosie Slide comes to Fortnite

Definitely the most surprising addition to the game, global megastar Drake has made his first appearance in Fortnite, with a brand-new emote appearing in-game based on a dance from the music video for his latest single, Toosie Slide.

The track debuted on April 3, and was then eventually released as part of his new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It immediately became a hit on TikTok, with creators dancing along to the instructions featured in the song, and now Fortnite players can do the same. You can watch the Toosie Slide emote in action below, thanks to @HYPEX.

On top of that, Epic have actually licensed the song, so when you’re sliding in front of your downed enemies, they’ll hear October’s Very Own singing along.

Fortnite’s v12.61 patch is expected to be the final patch before Chapter 2, Season 3 kicks off, so it was always likely that new cosmetics would be in short supply this week. Data miners are still sifting through the files though, so if any more are discovered we’ll be sure to update this article.

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