The reported return of skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) in Fortnite has whipped the community into a frenzy. Just when we thought that skill-based matchmaking was gone forever, Epic reportedly re-enable the system.
All of this comes from anecdotal evidence. Players feel as though they’re getting into more difficult games than they were a few days ago. At the time, however, there were far more bots in each lobby. Epic could have readjusted SBMM or, simply, added more real players. We don’t – and probably won’t – know for sure.
This is where SypherPK comes into the story. He was widely credited with helping trigger some of the positive changes we saw: nerfing Heavy Snipers, attempting to address aim assist, listening to the community, sending small patch notes, etc.
Epic made these positive changes after this video received some massive attention in the community. It might not be the sole reason that SBMM was removed, but the support on the video likely helped influence the decision.
When SBMM was removed, we saw a massive influx of bots in the Squads playlist. It’s often difficult to tell whether someone is a bot or just a bad player, but one of Sypher’s subscribers made a program to detect bots.
The program found that up to 90 players in each match were bots. This is a huge problem, as there’s not satisfaction in killing a bot who doesn’t build or barely defends themself. It’s not gratifying to win a game that’s populated with fake players.
Sypher made a couple of videos on this topic, including one with Ninja. The two discussed the idea of re-implementing SBMM into the game with a new, looser system. This could help reduce the number of bots, help new players, and keep the “old school” Fortnite vibe that everyone misses.
When players began to notice the reported reintroduction of skill-based matchmaking on May 11, Sypher became the main target of online hate. The hashtag #f**ksypher started to trend on Twitter, blaming Sypher for Epic’s decision to bring this system back.
Sypher saw this hubbub and responded with several tweets, a Twitter video, and a YouTube video.
The sentiment of his responses clarified that Sypher was never a fan of skill-based matchmaking, as the record reflects. He was, simply, trying to find a solution to the system that didn’t involve 60-90% of Fortnite matches being filled with AI players.
“I have people messaging me, ‘My career is over because of SypherPK,'” the streamer told his Twitch chat and YouTube audience. “Because AI have been reduced or removed, careers are now over? People – for some reason – think that I am responsible? … This is the most bizarre situation I’ve ever seen.”
Sypher’s defense is clear: he has always been against SBMM and never wanted it added back into Fortnite. His only problem was with the number of bots in each match, which has little to do with skill-based matchmaking.
“To the content creators that have legitimate followings … who came after me: you guys need to understand that you have influence,” Sypher explained.
“You can’t just be tweeting things out – especially things so aggressive like an f- Sypher hashtag – and to point your audience at somebody who literally has only good intentions for Fortnite … I’m trying to help you, and a lot of you turned on me when given the opportunity without doing any research.”
Sypher has been widely considered as the ‘voice of reason’ in the Fortnite community. He’s not one for hot takes and spur-of-the-moment outbursts. He has always had a reasonable opinion on controversial Fortnite topics like SBMM, aim assist, new items, etc.
Epic are, clearly, listening to community feedback on all fronts. They made it evident that they were tweaking skill-based matchmaking. It’s doubtful that their ultimate goal was to stuff every match with 60 to 90 bots. That’s not what they wanted and not what regular players want.
We’ll have to see how the SBMM system plays out, but Sypher will make it through to the other side. This seems to be a small controversy that’s isolated to Twitter and doesn’t tell the whole story. Sypher will continue to be one of the most reasonable Fortnite creators on the platform, despite the hate he’s getting on this one.
Ninja announces $480,000 ‘Ninja Battles’ Fortnite tournament series
Ninja has announced a $480,000 Fortnite tournament starting on May 28.
Official Fortnite esports has wrapped-up for Season 2, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no way to compete. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, one of the most famous streamers on any platform, has announced that he’s hosting a Fortnite tournament called ‘Ninja Battles.’
The event kicks off tomorrow, May 28, and will run through July 2. Each week, Ninja will put up an $80,000 prize pool for a grand total of $480,000 across six weeks.
According to early reports, the tournament will be an invitational, which means Ninja will likely be inviting some popular streamers and pros to compete in the event. There will also probably be some form of open qualifiers for Ninja’s viewers.
Ninja will likely announce more details about the event on his stream today and tomorrow. You can learn more by watching him at Mixer.com/Ninja.
This tournament is the second event of its kind. Just this week, popular UK streamer, BenjyFishy, hosted the BenjyFishy Cash Cup for his viewers. Such events look to open the door to more streamers who will be able to host private Fortnite tournaments with the support of Epic Games.
We’ll update this post when more details about the event become clear. We’re sure to get some awesome storylines out of this as well. It will be exciting to watch this unfold and see if other top streamers follow suit.
Ninja cites aim assist as to why he doesn’t play Fortnite as much
Ninja steps away from Fortnite, citing aim assist on PC as his reasoning.
The topic of aim assist in Fortnite is one that will, seemingly, never go away. Keyboard and mouse (KBM) players are adamant that Epic nerf or remove aim assist while controller players claim that they need it to compete.
At the highest level, it’s easy to see the problem with aim assist. Professional controller players don’t even need shotguns, in most cases, as long as they have an SMG, Drum Gun, or Scar in their inventory.
The problem is that most controller players aren’t pro players. This group, largely, can’t understand why pro players are complaining about aim assist so frequently. To some of them, it seems like aim assist is hardly there.
There are two sides to this story, and both sides have a point. Objectively, Linear and Exponential aim assist are too strong during close-range spray fights. By the same token, certain KBM players seem to blame nearly every death on a controller player, even if the opponent is using a keyboard and mouse.
Ninja has been an outspoken critic of aim assist in Fortnite. He’s always made it clear that he’s talking about using a controller on PC, but his message is the same: aim assist needs to be addressed.
During a recent League of Legends stream, Ninja discussed stream snipers and why he hasn’t been playing Fortnite as much. “I haven’t legitimately played Fortnite in a long time,” he said. “I’m just waiting. Right now, it’s not in a healthy state on PC.”
When pressed on his reasons for leaving Fortnite, Ninja expanded on his answer, “I think Fortnite is doing a great job. I just want that controller aim assist on PC balanced.”
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“Controller aim assist on 240hz is, like, super broken,” Ninja finished. This is not a new take from Ninja, but it’s the first time that he’s publically stepped away from Fortnite, and cited PC aim assist as his reasoning.
Ninja’s Twitch rival, Tfue, has also expressed his thoughts about moving away from Fortnite. “Aim assist ruined Fortnite for M&K players,” he wrote on Twitter after the FNCS. “Looks like we need to find a new game unlucky.”
The professional Fortnite scene continues to thrive despite the complaints about aim assist. Controller players showed their skills in the NA-East region during the FNCS, but KBM players took home the bulk of the European placement positions.
There’s a huge outcry about aim assist in Fortnite. It would be surprising if Epic didn’t address it, at this point. We could expect to see another change to PC aim assist – or aim assist, in general – before Season 3 releases.
Fortnite player reveals Tfue’s Llama-spotting secret
Want to spot llamas in Fortnite like Tfue? Here’s how he does it.
Tfue has been one of the best llama spotters in the game for a long time. His llama-spotting abilities date back to before Chapter 2. He was pinging llamas from the Battle Bus on the old map with the same accuracy that he sees them on the new one.
A lot of Tfue’s viewers wonder how he’s able to identify so many llamas from so far away. Some fans even think the streamer is using an exploit to see the colorful pinatas.
Those who look deeper into Tfue’s eagle-eyed ways know that his colorblind settings play a role. He uses the Duetronope setting, which helps llamas stand out. Nickmercs was stunned when he finally figured this out.
This colorblind setting helps, but those who have tried it, themselves, notice that spotting llamas from hundreds of meters away isn’t as easy as it looks. Reddit user u/TommyTwelkMeyers explained all of the settings you need to use if you want to spot llamas like the master.
As he stated in his post, render distance plays a large role in spotting llamas. “Just like supply drops, Llamas are not limited by Render Distance,” he wrote. “If I’m looking at a hill cross-map, I will not have trees are grass rendered in. It is completely empty and only a pink group of pixels are visible and easy to see.”
“Tfue used this same ‘visual exploit’ and it is not visual to us because of down-scaled resolution,” he continued. “The 4 in the back are hard to see seeing that they are only around 3 pixels each but in-game you are easily able to see them due to the contrast.”
The gist is that Tfue is able to see these llamas on his screen, even though they aren’t visible to his audience, most of the time. The trick is to keep your graphics on the lowest setting so fewer visuals render-in and the start of the game. When you combine this with the Duetronope colorblind setting, it makes spotting llamas a whole lot easier.
This may take some practice, but identifying llamas gets easier once you know what to look for. Keep an eye out for those pink and blue dots on your screen. They indicate that there’s a llama in the distance.
Hopefully, this trick helps you secure some llamas and gives you a competitive edge against your opponents. Tfue isn’t the only elite llama spotter in Fortnite.
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