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SypherPK explains why this Fortnite glider could be pay-to-win

Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has noticed something unusual with the new Fortnite Dragacorn glider that “flirts” with pay-to-win.

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Cosmetic advantages in Fortnite are nothing new. There’s a reason that all of the “sweaty” skins are females. They offer a smaller character model, which means there’s less of your screen taken up by the third-person perspective.

It may not always feel like it, but Epic have been adamant that the hitboxes are the same for all skins. This is a tiny advantage and is far from pay-to-win.

There have been more egregious problems in the past. The original Toy Soldier skins let you blend into the environment and the Deep Dab emote let you duck under windows for a free shotgun shot.

Both of these problems have since been fixed. Epic added a delay to shooting after canceling an emote and incorporated dirt patches into the Toy Soldier skins.

SypherPK noticed something with the new Dragacorn glider that could put it into the category with Deep Dab and Toy Soldier. As he explains in his video, the streamer was watching Bugha and noticed how many players were using this glider in pro scrimmages.

After digging a bit deeper, Sypher noticed that the color and animation of the glider make it extremely difficult for enemies to hit you in the sky. This is why you see so professional players using this glider.

The Dragacorn glider was in the Item Shop, which means players didn’t have the chance to unlock it without spending V-Bucks. A glider that offers a competitive advantage to those who paid is inherently pay-to-win.

As Sypher noted, it would be a bit awkward for Epic to remove this glider right now – with it being a part of the most recent promotion. It would also be awkward to see every player using the Dragacorn in the next tournament, however.

Epic have, traditionally, been good about fixing these advantages. It’s unclear how they could adjust the Dragacorn to remove this advantage, though. We’ll have to see what they do.

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How to unlock Fortnite cosmetics in Rocket League ‘Llama-Rama’ event

Rocket League is celebrating going free-to-play with an in-game event and Fortnite crossover: Llama-Rama.

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Rocket League fans, largely, rejoiced when they learned that Fortnite developer, Epic Games, had purchased the Rocket League development team, Psyonix. Rocket League is a brilliant game, but the monetization efforts weren’t too player-friendly – especially for a game that cost $30.

Fortnite, on the other hand, has one of the most user-friendly microtransaction systems in all of gaming. You can say what you want about Fortnite and the choices of the developers, but it’s hard to criticize their approach to monetization.

Epic has already been making its mark on Rocket League since its acquisition of Psyonix. They made the loot boxes transparent, made the game free-to-play, and are now bringing the first in-game event with unlockable cosmetics.

The ‘Llama Rama’ Fortnite crossover event will run from September 26 through October 12 and will give players the chance to unlock the Battle Bus cosmetic pack, Llama Wheels, the Loot Llama Decal, the Top Llama Topper, and the Llama Fly Antenna.

You’ll need to complete some in-game challenges to earn these rewards. The challenges haven’t been released at the time of writing, but we’ll be sure to update this post when the event goes live this weekend.

Rocket League is the kind of game that no one knew they wanted until they played it. It’s incredibly fun and we strongly recommend trying it if you haven’t already.

Like Fortnite, Rocket League is a simple game with a massive skill ceiling. It’s easy to get the hang of but incredibly difficult to master – something that most Fortnite fans will naturally love in a game. Now, it’s free, so there’s no reason not to try it out.

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Epic shut down Arena Boxfighting & Fortnite World Cup leak

Epic Games were quick to dispel recent leaks of Boxfighting Arena and a Duos World Cup event.

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On September 21, Epic Games announced that they were collaborating with the massively popular K-pop group, BTS. This collaboration includes some new emotes that were choreographed by the group along with the world premiere of the group’s new music video within Party Royale.

The collaboration will, undoubtedly, bring more players to the Party Royale game mode than ever before. To prepare, Epic posted a blog that told players how to get to the mode and how to navigate to the main stage. They even posted a picture of the Party Royale mode for those who were struggling to find it.

The only problem with this guide was that there were two leaks included in this picture. One of these leaks was something that we covered when Season 4 began: Boxfight Arenas. The next was the Duos World Cup – suggesting that players might be competing remotely, this year.

Of course, posts about this photo circulated on Reddit and social media. Epic were quick to dispel these rumors, however, telling players that these images were only placeholders.

“With the BTS announce today, we wanted to have an article that helped new players find their way in Party Royale,” GstaggEpic wrote on the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit. “This blog was incorrectly published with images from a dev build that showed test playlist images of Fortnite World Cup and Boxfight Arena. To properly set expectations, these images are not a hint of events to come. Instead, they are old assets

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Despite this statement, we’re holding out hope that Boxfight Arenas will still be a thing. The World Cup 2020 seems to be impossible, at this stage, but an Arena Boxfighting mode is quite an interesting concept.

For now, though, we have to assume that leaks surrounding this mode were only old assets that players found at the start of the season. We’ll keep you posted if or when we learn more about these modes.

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Fortnite v14.20: what to expect

Here’s what to expect in the next Fortnite update: v14.20.

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It’s been two weeks since the last Fortnite patch, and all signs are pointing to the v14.20 patch coming this week. We’re writing this before any official announcement, but our best guess is that there’s a patch incoming tomorrow, September 22.

We have a few ideas of what’s to come, including the bug fixes that come with nearly every patch. Let’s get into it.

Bug Fixes

As always, there are several issues that should be resolved when v14.20 goes live. Here’s a list of all of the bugs that are listed as “Fixed in Next Game Update” on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello board:

  • Fishing Spots can disappear on PC with Effects set to Low.
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Heroes Park and Ghost House don’t count as Discovered Locations after discovering them.
  • Groot Awakening Island Missing
  • Redline Ramirez’s Commander Perk doesn’t work properly with charged Sniper Rifles. (Save the World)
  • Inconsistent Fishing Spot visibility on Nintendo Switch and Android.

2020 Birthday Celebration

Fortnite: Battle Royale released on all platforms on September 26, 2017. That means that Fortnite’s third birthday is coming up – on Saturday, to be exact.

Each year that passes, Fortnite brings some sort of celebration to the game. The past two years have given us free cosmetics along with some birthday-themed challenges.

We don’t have a ton of information about what will come this year apart from some leaked weapon wraps, but we’ll almost certainly get some more details when the patch comes out.

The next hero or POI

This is a general prediction, but we think that another batch of hero abilities and/or a new POI will come to Fortnite when v14.20 goes live.

We saw Stark Industries come in the last patch and most fans assume that some of the abilities in Marvel Standoff will come to the base game at some point. In v14.20, we could see any of these abilities with their accompanying hero as a boss or another hero we haven’t seen yet.

Again, this is only a prediction and doesn’t have too much tangible evidence behind it.

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Now, all that’s left is to wait for an announcement. We’re pretty confident in our prediction of a patch coming this week, even if it doesn’t go live tomorrow.

Of course, we’ll update this post if our prediction is wrong or if we learn more ahead of the update.

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