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SypherPK gives his opinion on how to fix the Fortnite shotgun meta

Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan gave his thoughts on how Fortnite can fix the shotgun meta. Surprisingly, it doesn’t involve unvaulting the Pump.

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Fortnite streamer Al ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has an idea of how Epic can properly balance shotguns in Fortnite. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t have anything to do with the Pump.

Fortnite Season 5 is truly a return to form for the game. Season 4 brought a ton of “old Fortnite” vibes back, and Season 5 brought entirely new mechanics to add to the foundation.

Of course, these massive changes meant that some fan-favorite items and mechanics had to go. The two most game-altering changes were the removal of Pumps and Upgrade Stations.

Most hardcore Fortnite players miss the Pump, but the removal of Upgrade Benches might be more significant. Now, instead of visiting any POI and trading materials for a better weapon, you need to visit specific locations and make sure you have enough Gold with you.

In Arena Mode, upgrading a weapon to Epic or Legendary is nearly impossible. You start each match with 0 Gold Bars, so farming enough gold and visiting one of the few NPCs that offer upgrades is more difficult than randomly finding a better option.

Streamer and YouTuber SypherPK touched on this issue in one of his recent videos. The title and thumbnail focused on the Pump, but Sypher’s major suggestion related to weapon upgrades more than anything.

Sypher noted the discrepancy between the Green and Purple Tac, along with the extremely niche opportunities to upgrade your weapon. His solution was simple: “I think every single NPC should give you the option to upgrade your weapons.”

The low availability of weapon upgrades affects the shotgun meta more than anything else. A Scar is nice to have, but an Uncommon AR will do just fine. The same is true of SMGs.

Shotguns have always been the backbone of Fortnite combat, however, and the lack of upgrades adds a huge amount of randomness to a given Fortnite match.

If Epic decide to extend the NPC system past Season 5, they need to strongly consider Sypher’s suggestion of allowing all NPCs to upgrade weapons. Will they make this change or reenable Upgrade Benches? Only time will tell.

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Co1azo shows how to get scroll wheel reset on controller

Fortnite controller pro, Co1azo, has a new attachment that allows him to utilize scroll wheel reset on his controller.

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Fortnite controller player, Co1azo, bought a piece of tech that allows him to use scroll-wheel reset on his controller.

The debate of controller vs Keyboard & mouse will likely never end in the Fortnite world. Nerfs to aim assist on PC have calmed the polarizing topic, but there are still players who argue for their input.

There are benefits and disadvantages to KBM and controller. Controller players are known to have superior movement options because of their joystick, while KBM players benefit from more precise editing and, of course, scroll wheel reset.

Recently, controller pro Co1azo showcased a new addition to his setup. He purchased a standalone scroll wheel that attaches to his controller. Since Fortnite allows players to use both inputs at the same time, the device allows Co1azo to use his controller and reset edits with the scroll wheel.

Co1azo scroll wheel on controller

It looks like Co1azo is using a product from Controlla Scrolla, who makes attachments for Fortnite controller players. You can view their products on their Etsy shop.

“It’s really hard to get used to,” Co1azo explained while showcasing his new piece of Fortnite tech.

When a viewer asked him why he’s using it, Co1azo put it simply, “Because scroll wheel is f***ing overpowered as s****.” He went on to say that the new feature is best for “invisible” edits, where you reset a wall that you can’t totally see.

The stock of these parts is limited. At the time of writing, Controlla Scrolla is out of stock on their Etsy shop, with a restock date of April 12.

We’ll keep you updated on whether or not Co1azo sticks with his new scroll wheel long-term, or if any other controller players pick up on the trend. For now, we’ll have to watch him to see how effective the new piece of tech really is.

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Clix threatened with Fortnite ban for hosting wagers

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod received a warning from Epic Games that he would be banned if he didn’t stop hosting Fortnite wagers.

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Fortnite star, Clix, recently received a personal warning from Epic Games that they would ban his account if he continued to host wagers with his viewers.

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod was a part of the second generation of Fortnite pros who came up on Twitch after figures like Ninja and Tfue left the game. Out of the “newer” crop of Fortnite streamers, Clix is among the most popular – if not the most popular – streamers in the game.

The meta of Fortnite streaming changed after the old guard left. Instead of watching lighthearted pub-stomping content, viewers began to watch true pro Fortnite players who would scrimmage, box fight, and compete on-stream nearly every day.

One of the methods of competition was wager matches. Players would join a custom Zone Wars or box fight map and bet money that they’d win. Pros would often play one another with this format, but would also open the door to viewers – allowing them to compete against their favorite streamer.

This practice was relatively common in Fortnite, but Epic Games never supported it – for obvious reasons. There was always talk of a crack-down on Fortnite wagers, but nothing ever happened.

That was until recently when Clix was hosting wagers with his viewers on-stream. According to him, someone from Epic Games reached out to NRG – Clix’s organization – to tell them that if Clix continued to host wagers, he’d be banned.

Clix immediately stopped his wagers and told any viewers who signed up that he’d refund them. Clearly frustrated and dejected, Clix complained that Epic seemed to decide to crack down on him and let other streamers slide.

“I’m not even mad that they’re telling me to stop wagering. I get it,” he said. “The thing is, why me and nobody else? The whole com[munity] does wagers and I get warned.”

This warning comes on the heels of Epic banning high-level paid scrimmages at the beginning of the year. Epic cracked down on some of the biggest scrims in all regions for their format – a pay-to-enter system that Epic didn’t want to see continue.

Now, with the banning of wager matches, a lot of the top pro players feel as though there’s little for them to do in Fortnite. Clix echoed this sentiment in a follow-up tweet, saying that he “won’t be able to play Arena with the amount of f***ing stream snipers.”

The banning of wagers and scrims and the addition of some disliked weapons like the Primal Shotgun prompted Fortnite players to rage on Twitter, with the hashtag #ripfortnite hitting the trending tab – not for the first time.

It’s understandable that Epic don’t want largely underage players gambling money on their game. The combination of wager bans and scrim bans has fueled the frustration of pro players in a game that offers little in the way of official competition formats during the off-season.

With one of the biggest streamers in Fortnite getting a warning, we wouldn’t be surprised to see wagers die-off in the Fortnite community. Hopefully, Epic can replace these unofficial competition settings with some of their own.

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Lazarbeam Fortnite skin: release date, first look & more

Lazarbeam is getting a Fortnite skin in the Fortnite Icon Series. Take a look at the new skin, bundle, and release date.

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Fortnite Lazarbeam skin

On March 1, Epic Games and Lazarbeam announced that they Australian YouTube star would be the next creator to be included in the Fortnite Icon Series with a new skin bundle.

The Fortnite Icon Series gives creators a way to become immortalized in one of their favorite video games: Fortnite. This began with one of the pioneers of Fortnite, Ninja, and has since expanded to include Loserfruit, Lachlan, and TheGrefg.

It looks like popular Australian YouTuber and streamer, Lannan “Lazarbeam” Eacott will be the next creator featured in the series. He first teased the announcement with a scheduled video, then showcased his skin at 5:00 PM EST on March 1.

Lazarbeam Fortnite skin release date

Lazarbeam’s Fortnite Icon Series skin should hit the Item Shop on March 4. He also mentioned some giveaways, which could relate to his YouTube channel or a limited-time tournament, similar to TheGrefg’s Floor is Lava event.

The bundle will come with a skin, and additional variant, the Gingerbread construction worker Back Bling, a sledgehammer pickaxe and an emote that may or may not be built into the outfit.

Fortnite Lazarbeam skin

We’ll update you when we get closer to the release date of Lazarbeam’s Fortnite skin. We should see some datamined images of the skin in the next Fortnite patch, so stay tuned for that as well.

In the meantime, make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you never miss out on the latest Fortnite news.

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