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SypherPK points the finger at Epic Games for FNCS cheating

Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has one of the more interesting takes on the Fortnite Champion Series cheating scandal, pointing the finger at Epic Games.

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Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has one of the more interesting takes on the Fortnite Champion Series cheating scandal, pointing the finger at Epic Games.

Most Fortnite fans know all about the FNCS cheating scandal, by now. In short, the top two duo teams in NA-East landed in Slurpy Swamp and used the free shields to trade Storm Surge tags without following up for the elimination.

The clips of the teams doing this were the opposite of subtle. They tagged one another for Storm Surge in nearly all of the FNCS warmup games and again in FNCS week 1.

As Chap put it, they were indirectly teaming up as a squad to kill another team. They got free Storm Surge tags, meaning another duo was going to die to storm surge.

Most of the biggest names in Fortnite weighed in on the topic. Ninja gave his opinion on the young pro scene in regards to cheating, Tfue spoke up, and xQc sub-tweeted Fortnite pros who were defending the dous in question.

Most of the responses to the scandal were similar. Friends of the players involved leaned towards defending them, while the rest of the community agreed with a 60-day ban.

Streamer SypherPK had one of the most unique and insightful takes on the whole situation, however. He agreed that these players should have been banned for what they did, but added that the problem goes deeper than a couple of teams colluding in Slurpy Swamp.

Sypher went in on the current state of competitive Fortnite, and the fact that this kind of thing happens all of the time. These players are constantly playing scrimmages against one another. They know where other teams land and often agree to split landing spots with opposing teams.

He also said that, while this example is egregious, these Storm Surge tags happen constantly. Players know that it’s not a good idea to take an early-game fight, but they also know it’s smart to get a few tags for Storm Surge.

“So many pro teams share drop spots,” Sypher told his chat. “Naturally, if both teams play extremely smart, they’re going to come to an agreement without even speaking to each other … ‘hey, it might not be a bad idea for both of us to tag up each other,’ especially in Slurpy Swamp.”

Sypher admitted that the players involved in this controversy probably had an off-stream conversation about splitting Slurpy and tagging one another for Stor Surge. His point was that this happens all of the time, even when the teams don’t coordinate off-stream.

The problem, in his opinion, is a result of the Storm Surge mechanic. “The mechanic itself is dumb. It’s only in the game because the servers can’t handle that many people, so it’s already a band-aid fix to a problem.”

Sypher agreed that the players made their coordination too obvious and that they desired to be punished, but stated that this kind of thing happens without this level of collusion.

“Let’s say there’s two teams that land Slurpy Swamp all the time,” Sypher explained. “One team takes the north side, one team takes the south side every time. Both teams know each other, both teams respect each other and they don’t fight each other because they know it’s not smart to take that fight.

“I feel like that’s already messed up from a competitive perspective.” Sypher then went on to explain what happens when a third team enters the mix. Someone new to the area would often be focused by the other two teams if they encroached on the already-split drop spot.

“It’s stupid to think that those teams haven’t already agreed beforehand that they’re not gonna fight,” Sypher told his chat. “And if a third team shows up, they’re gonna … stick out like a sore thumb and both teams will probably team up on that third team because it’s not part of the system that they have in place.”

Epic Games

Sypher’s take on this whole situation might be the most insightful one yet. He agrees that these teams should be punished, but pointed the finger at Epic for their flawed competitive system. There is inherent collusion for Storm Surge and drop spots in Fortnite. These players just took it to another level.

If Epic really wants to eradicate this kind of behavior, they probably need to increase the elimination incentive in their games. If kills were worth more than placements, spawn fights would be far more common.

Unfortunately, that probably won’t happen. We may have to deal with the Storm Surge tag meta and split drop spots for the duration of competitive Fortnite.

Patch Notes

Fortnite v13.40 patch notes – Joy Ride Cars

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After weeks of anticipation, Epic Games have finally added cars into the game as the headline attraction in the August 5 Fortnite v13.40 update.

Dataminers first released the news that vehicles would be coming to the game early in Chapter 2 Season 3, and were expected to arrive in v13.30, only for Epic to confirm that they had been delayed.

Finally, we can start our engines and get ready to cruise around the island, with the August 5 patch on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices putting the keys in our hands as Joy Ride vehicles make their long-awaited debut in the game.

A truck from Fortnite's Joy Ride car set.
A number of new vehicles are heading to Fortnite, including cars and trucks. Credit: Epic Games

Joy Ride vehicles

Of course, the headline addition in this patch is the introduction of cars, giving players a new way to rotate around the island in search of Victory Royales.

Four vehicles will be coming in this update,: A sedan called Prevalent. a pick-up truck named Bear, a truck with the name Mudflap, and a sportscar that goes by the name Whiplash. Vehicles will come with 500 health, meaning you should be able to take some damage while driving round before it explodes.

Of course, they will go bang should you get too much though, dealing 800 damage to structures and anywhere between 50 to 200 damage to players depending how close you’re standing at the moment it explodes.

Radio Stations

Of course, you can’t go on a roadtrip across the Fortnite map without some tunes to enjoy, so Epic Games have introduced radio stations so you always have some music to listen to while you zoom across the map.

The tracks featured on these stations have yet to be confirmed, but it appears there is some copyrighted-music, as in an email to content creators the developers confirmed there would be a ‘copyright-safe; playlist to help streamers avoid getting in trouble.

Bug Fixes

As always, Epic Games are fixing some bugs and glitches in the v13.40 patch, with a number of issues mentioned on their official Trello board as now fixed. You can view the full list below, including Slow Glider problems, and some bugs with Season 3 Quests.

General

  • Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
  • Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.

Battle Royale

  • Placing a map marker cancels movement.
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Water Balloon Toy temporarily disabled.
  • Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
  • XP bar can be visually incorrect while in match / incorrect leveling-up.
  • Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
  • “Deal damage within 10s of landing from the Whirlpool at Hydro 16” should say “at the Yacht” instead.
  • “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.

Creative Mode

  • Arena Island progress reset soon.
  • Billboards broken in islands that used Roboto.
  • Multi-selected items do not rotate properly on grid snap.
  • Crash on consoles when renaming a device.
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Fortnite players are using these trickshot strategies to rotate

Pro Fortnite players are taking a page out of the trick-shotting book.

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Rotating in competitive Fortnite has gone through a ton of iterations. We had the days of the Baller, the Shockwaves, the Shadow Bombs, and, of course, the post-Launch Pad removal days when people would just have an unspoken truce while they walked to the next circle.

Players are always trying to find a safe and reliable way to make it to the next zone without getting shot. For a while, the best way to do this has been with the short-pad. This involves building a ramp over a Launch Pad so that it shoots you straight rather than into the air.

With the addition of Crash Pads into the competitive loot pool, however, players are beginning to use them in conjunction with Launch Pads to jump further while remaining safe. Here’s one example from YouTuber OrangeGuy, although there are easier variations to pull off.

OrangeGuy got some flack for this tweet from players who said “trick-shotters have been doing this since Crash Pads came out.” This is true – they have been – but they’ve been using the strategy in a much flashier way.

Now, competitive players can use the strategy – not to hit crazy shots but to move to the next zone. Here’s a much easier and quicker way to use this strategy than what OrangeGuy showcased.

We’re sure that pros will continue to innovate on this strategy – as always – and we’ll be here to showcase some of the more interesting variants. Until we inevitably find a new one – this strategy is one of the best ways to make it to the next zone in a hurry.

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What to expect when cars enter Fortnite

Cars are coming to Fortnite on August 5. Here’s how they’ll work.

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A truck from Fortnite's Joy Ride car set.

Finally, the long wait is over. Cars are coming to Fortnite on August 5. Epic announced their release in a series of tweets on August 3 and 4, hyping up the community for what might be the most anticipated release of Fortnite Chapter 2.

Since the community has been waiting for cars for so long, data miners have been giving players what they want in the way of leaks as to how these cars will perform. For instance, we know that there will be four different types of cars in the game. Epic are releasing the names of these cars as promotion for their release, but FortTory gave us the stats back in June.

As many players already know, you’ll need to refuel the cars while you drive around. You can already see the gas station icons scattered around the map while using a boat or Choppa – the former is disabled at the time of writing, although it had been visible for weeks.

We also know a bit about the mechanics of cars. You will, reportedly, be able to gain metal by using the tire skid mechanic to run into things. The maximum speed will likely depend on the car, but will, reportedly, top-out at 45 mph.

Predictably, cars will damage players when they explode. The numbers in the game files were 200 damage to a player – enough to one-shot. This could be changed when the cars come out, however.

According to some of the additional leaks, the number of cars that spawn around the map will vary from game to game. There will be at least one on the map at all times and a maximum of 10.

Again, this could change and may have been a placeholder, as this particular piece of information comes from a couple of months ago when cars were first found in the game files.

Of course, all of this is subject to change. We’ll know everything for sure when the new patch releases tomorrow, August 5. We’ll have you covered with everything you need to know about cars when they make their way into Fortnite, so stay tuned!

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