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Teaming and stream sniping proves to be a problem in FNCS Solos

Teaming and stream sniping appears to be an unavoidable problem in Solo Fortnite, as we saw in this weekend’s FNCS.



In theory, solo Fortnite competitions are the only way to determine the best players in the world. In practice, however, it doesn’t tend to play out that way. There are too many elements that are out of a player’s control. Sometimes, one lucky shot can end a player’s game and their chance at a high placement.

On top of the RNG, we have teaming, stream sniping, and other forms of skirting the rules. This always happens in high-priced solo competitions, and was on full display during the FNCS Grand Finals, yesterday.

We’ll start with this clip from Adonis. He had a coach in his call – as many players do – but this coach seemed to know a lot about the player Adonis was facing. Watch as Tfue marvels at how much information Adonis’ coach has – down to how many materials and shields his opponent is carrying.

The information didn’t do Adonis much good, as he died in this engagement and ended up finishing in 98th place – seven places behind Stretch, who didn’t even play the final round.

This is undoubtedly not the only instance of stream sniping that we saw during the FNCS – just the only one that we’ve seen caught on camera. Teaming was another common issue, however.

Wolfiez, a popular EU pro, tweeted a clip of his game crashing during one of his matches. This was very unfortunate for him, but he later deleted the tweet because of what was visible in the background: a conversation and call with fellow pro, LeTsHe, that occurred after both players ended their streams (while they were still competing).

In the screenshot, Wolfiez also had a stream up in the background. This isn’t proof of anything nefarious, however, as pros routinely watch other streams once they are eliminated. The call and conversation isn’t proof of anything either, but it shows the fine line between sharing information and outright teaming.

We even saw this brought up when it comes to fighting your friends off of spawn. Clix and Blakeps landed with one another, ignoring each other and splitting the drop for most of the game. Clix wanted to push people during the last two games, so he attacked the closest player to him: friend and fellow pro, Blakeps.

As Clix accurately stated on Twitter, “If we don’t fight, we get accused of splitting the drop and teaming, and if we fight it’s griefing.” He later went so far as to say that he shouldn’t have pushed Blake, which seems counter-intuitive in a Battle Royale game where you land with another player six times in a row.

Fortnite solo competitions are littered with situations like this. Duos is only a little bit better, to be fair, which could be why so many pros look forward to Trios – it’s hard to split a drop when six people are landing there every game.

We aren’t calling for action in any of these cases; we’re simply highlighting the mentality that’s so prevalent in Solos – ignoring people you know, coaches stream sniping, splitting drops, etc. The hectic endgames are second to none in solo Fortnite tournaments, but the game’s natural progression leads to situations like this.

It makes sense for two or three tier-one pros to not want to fight one another off of spawn every game. This is why we think a 60-player Grand Finals would be perfect – more places to land and less punishment for fighting. We’ve seen this play out in Ninja Battles, and think it would be perfect for all modes. Unfortunately, it seems like Epic is committed to the 100-player model pioneered by PUBG.

Patch Notes

Fortnite v14.20: what to expect

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



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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DreamHack Open ft. Fortnite September results

Alliege, Marz, and Teeq take home first place in each region for the DreamHack Open Fortnite September tournament.



The DreamHack Open September Fortnite tournament is in the books with Alliege, Marz, and Teeq taking home the victory in each region. The NA-East and EU stages of the competition took place over the weekend with NA-West wrapping-up on the 13th.

The tournament saw some rising stars along with some returning champions place at the top of the heap. Here’s a look at the full results for each region.

NA-West DreamHack Open results

The NA-West region was the first to finish the DreamHack September tournament on the 13th. After several qualifications and lackluster placements, Alliege put it all together and won the tournament. He was followed by 5G Nach and one of the most dominant players in the region, Arkham.

Several NA-East players went off-ping to place highly on NA-West. Dubs came in at 8 and Jamper placed 11 – padding his purse for the event. Other noteworthy finishes include Cented at 6, Lanjok at 9, and Whofishy at 12.

Stats via: FortniteTracker

NA-East DreamHack Open results

A rising star in the Fortnite scene, Marzz_OW, took home first place in the NA-East region with 293 points. The win was a long time coming for Marz, who has been grinding competitive Fortnite since the early days. It’s good to see him take the win.

Behind Marz was, unsurprisingly, Bugha. Bugha remains one of the best solo Fortnite players in any region – continuing to prove himself tournament after tournament. A portion of the competitive Fortnite fanbase likes to pretend that Bugha is “washed,” but the pro constantly proves that his World Cup win was anything but a fluke.

Other noteworthy finished include MackWood at 7, Jamper at 8, Slackes at 11, Zexrow at 17, Unknown at 21, and Bizzle at 22.

Stats via: FortniteTracker

European DreamHack Open results

Teeq proves that he’s one of the most dominant Fortnite players in EU with yet another DreamHack Open win. He took home the DreamHack July competition as well and adds a September victory to his portfolio.

Znappy and Verox had identical statistics in second and third place, but Znappy won the tiebreaker. Some noteworthy players who finished outside of the top 15 include Th0masHD at 17 and BenjyFishy at 18.

Stats via: FortniteTracker

Next up for competitive Fortnite will be the FNCS Trios, which should begin within the next couple of weeks. After that will be another DreamHack Solo tournament in October.

In the meantime, competitive Fortnite fans can wet their appetite with Ninja Battles, region-locked Cash Cups, and daily pro scrimmages streamed on Twitch.

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Party Royale

Everything you need to know about the Fortnite BTS event

Find out how to watch the exclusive premier of the new BTS music video for “Dynamite” inside of Fortnite.



Epic Games are continuing to invest in their Fortnite: Party Royale game mode by signing some of the most popular artists in the world to offer exclusive content to their game.

The mode launched with sets from massively popular DJs like Diplo, Dillon Francis, and Steve Aoki. More recently, we saw Anderson .Paak host a live performance. Next up is K-Pop sensation BTS, which looks to be the most popular Party Royale concert yet.

The performance will take place next weekend, beginning of Friday, September 25 at 8 PM EST, BTS will premier their new music video for their song “Dynamite.”

Two new emotes will also be coming to Fortnite this week – both choreographed by BTS. Purchasing them will let you dance along with the music video when it goes live on Friday.

If you’re not able to make the showing on Friday, Fortnite will be hosting a rerun on Saturday, September 26 at 8 AM EST. This timing allows everyone in the world to participate in the Fortnite premier.

You’ll only have two chances to view the music video in Fortnite, but it will undoubtedly be available on YouTube after the event is over.

Stay tuned for the BTS emotes coming to Fortnite on September 23. With a presumed patch tomorrow, keep an eye out for leaks surrounding this event. As always, we’ll have everything covered here and on Twitter, @FortniteINTEL.

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