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SypherPK has a conspiracy theory about Fortnite loot

Have you noticed a downtick in high-tier loot in Fortnite? SypherPK has a conspiracy theory as to why.



Have you noticed a downtick in high-tier loot in Fortnite? SypherPK has a conspiracy theory as to why.

It’s no secret that the availability of shields has gone down in Fortnite Chapter 2. We don’t have the figures to back it up due to the lack of patch notes, but pretty much everyone who regularly plays Fortnite feels the difference.

The lower rate of shields makes sense. There are fewer shield items in general, so there’s less of a chance of finding shields in chests and floor loot. Additionally, Epic added fishing and more natural shields to the game.

In a recent stream and video, Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan felt the wrath of low Fortnite shields. He opened 17 chests and only received one shield pot. This led him to the conspiracy theory that Epic might be holding back on their shields for high-skill players.

“I shouldn’t say this,” he began, laughing. “Maybe entertain the idea that maybe if your stats are really good you have a less chance of getting better weapons and shields. I don’t think that’s the case, but like, you know, we saw Activision patent something similar to that.”

Sypher was referring to an Activision patent that was made public in 2017, tweaking matchmaking to encourage players to purchase microtransactions. Epic’s motivation would be to help low-skilled players compete.

When you look at this topic objectively, though, it’s nearly impossible for Epic to pull this off in a Battle Royale. Skill-based matchmaking already places high-skilled players together, so there isn’t any incentive to make things more difficult for anyone.

Additionally, Epic would have to tweak the chest loot on-the-fly rather than using RNG – making everything a lot more difficult. Of course, there’s also the floor loot to consider. Needless to say, changing the loot table in a battle royale match is far more difficult than simple tweaking matchmaking.

We reported on a shield issue back in November. One player opened 24 chests before getting any shields, which is a much lower rate of pulling one big pot in 17 chests.

It’s clear that Epic lowered the rate of shields in Fortnite Chapter 2. The truth is that they probably didn’t do anything more than that. Sometimes, you just get unlucky.

What do you think about this? Do you think Sypher is onto something or did he just get a bad roll of the dice? Let us know in the comments and on Twitter.


All XP Coin locations for Fortnite Season 5 Week 7

XP Coins have finally returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where you can find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.



XP Coins have returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where to find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

Fortnite Season 5 is offering players a plethora of ways to earn XP and rank up through the Battle Pass. The most recently-added XP-gathering method is through the XP Coins.

Most players will remember XP Coins from the past few seasons. They seemed to be everywhere back then, but they were removed at the start of the season.

Ahead, we’ll give you a map of all the XP coin locations. We’ll make sure to update you as more XP Coins are added to the map.

Fortnite XP Coin locations

XP coins are scattered all across the map. You can find them from Catty Corner to Stealthy Stronghold. Here’s a map of all of the available XP Coins, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as more XP coins become available. You’ll need to reach level 250 to unlock all of the enlightened skins in Season 5, so finding these will be well worth your time.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are here. Take a look at how to complete all of them in this challenge guide.



Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 is here. Take a look at all of the challenges and how to complete them.

Fortnite Season 5 is chugging along, but there’s still about two months left. The holiday break extended the latest season, so there’s still plenty of time to make your way through the Battle Pass.

The Week 7 challenges are relatively straightforward, with most of them able to be completed without too much effort.

A couple of these challenges will have you searching the same area in Slurpy Swamp, so a favorable bus path in Team Rumble will allow you to complete them in one shot. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges

The good news in the Week 7 challenges is that all of them can be completed in Team Rumble. We have a separate article detailing the locations of Books in Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands. You can find that here.

The Legendary challenge requires players to deal damage to opponents in Vehicles. This one is going to be a headache, as there’s no way to force another player to be inside of a car or boat when you shoot them.

Hopefully, you can get into a game of Team Rumble with like-minded enemies – sitting in Motorboats and trading shots with you. If not, it’s going to take some serious gaming to finish this one. Good luck!

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How to disable pre-edits in Fortnite

After over a year of fan requests, Epic have added a ‘disable pre-edit’ option to Fortnite. Here’s where you can find it.



In v15.20, Epic Games added a much-requested setting to Fortnite: ‘disable pre-edits.’ Here’s how it works and how to select it.

Finally, after years of Reddit threads, Twitter posts, and pro players begging, Epic added a ‘disable pre-edit’ setting to Fortnite.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new setting, including how it works and where to find it.

What does ‘pre-editing’ mean?

Pre-editing refers to the ability to edit a structure before placing it. The most popular use of pre-edits throughout Fortnite history was a cone/ramp edit when controller players had to use Combat Pro.

Now, however, very few players use pre-edits. Instead, pre-edits offer an obstacle, as they’re almost always completed by mistake. Of course, there are still some niche applications for pre-edits, but most players wanted Epic to add an option to disable these edits.

How to disable pre-edits

You can find the new option under the settings tab (cog wheel) in the start menu. Scroll down to the “Building” section, and you’ll see four options. One of them is the new “Disable Pre-Edit Option.”

If you turn this off, you’ll no longer be able to edit structures before placing them – good news for the bulk of the Fortnite community.

If may have taken Epic years to finally add this option, but it’s finally here. Next stop, an FoV slider!

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