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Tfue and xQc react to FNCS cheating scandal

More streamers and pros have weighed in on the recent Fortnite FNCS cheating scandal, including Tfue and xQc.

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More streamers and pros have weighed in on the recent Fortnite FNCS cheating scandal, including Tfue and xQc.

The competitive Fortnite community erupted over the weekend when a video surfaced of the top two duos on the FNCS Week 1 competition colluding with one another.

The teams of Kreo/Bucke and Keys/Slackes both landed Slurpy Swamp for the free shields. In every FNCS game – including the warmups – they used the free shields to get Storm Surge tags on one another without ever killing the other team.

The professional community was quick to react to the situation and, surprisingly, so were Epic Games. The issued a swift 60-day competitive ban for all four players, breaking the previous precedent of two weeks for XXiF and Ronaldo during the World Cup.

Tfue reacted to the ban on his stream, saying that he agreed with the people who said that 60 days was too long. He quickly followed this up with, “If they only did it for one game. But they f***ing did it for, like, nine f***ing games in a row! Like, what the f**k?”

On Twitter, popular streamer and Overwatch pro, Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel sub-tweeted the situation. He didn’t mention anyone by name, but it was clear what he was talking about.

“You know it’s a dark timeline for competitors when their peers start defending cheaters,” he wrote. “Competitive integrity is the very foundation of everything we have from tournaments to salaries, prizepools, live events etc. Stop taking these things for granted.”

xQc was likely talking about people like Clix, who defended the banned players on Twitter by saying that Epic acted too quickly and that 60 days is too long.

Apart from the few exceptions, however, the overwhelming sentiment was that the ban was deserved. Some, such as Chap, think that it isn’t long enough.

A 60-day competitive ban is a long time, but it’s not a death sentence for their Fortnite careers. Kreo has announced that he is considering coaching Fortnite in his downtime, and all four players can come back stronger once their ban is lifted; hopefully – with a newfound appreciation for the game and competitive integrity.

Glitches

How to use your bare hands as a pickaxe in Fortnite Season 4

Every wanted to smack trees with your bare hands in Fortnite? Now, you can.

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Fortnite always has a handful of active glitches – as does nearly every game that provides regular updates. It’s a game of whack-a-mole to some degree; the developers squash one glitch and two more pop up. As a community, all we can hope is that the glitches aren’t game-breaking and don’t affect our enjoyment of Fortnite.

There are a few glitches in the game, right now. Just today, Fortnite players discovered a glitch with the Storm hero ability that allows you to fly around the map for about 20 seconds. Thankfully, however, this and the bulk of the other known glitches that are currently in Fortnite don’t have a drastic effect on who survives a fight.

One glitch, publicized by YouTuber OrangeGuy, is the ideal kind of Fortnite glitch. It has no affect on gameplay but is entertaining to those who use it. The glitch allows you to use your bare hands as a pickaxe.

To complete this glitch, you’ll need to own the Pom Pom or Hulk Hands pickaxes. Epic may add more pickaxes like these, but they’re the only two that will work, for now. After equipping one of these, finishing the glitch is simple. All you need to do is throw up an emoticon and quickly use a throw-able emote. This will remove the pickaxe and let you punch structures for materials with your bare hands.

As the video states, you will fix the glitch if you emote again, but you can always go back by completing the process a second time.

This glitch could stay in the game indefinitely, as it has 0 impact on anything related to competitive integrity. There are almost always bigger fish to fry when it comes to fixing issues in Fortnite. It’s just a fun way to show off to your friends and get them to ask how you did it. Enjoy!

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PS5 Fortnite trailer fuels custom kill animation concept

Could customizeable elimination animations be coming in Fortnite Season 5?

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Yesterday, September 16, Sony revealed the new PlayStation 5 along with some games that will be coming to the next-gen console. The company also used Fortnite as one of their returning games, showing players the visual enhancements that will come with the PS5.

Some of these improvements may be exclusive to the new PlayStation, but the trailer also showed us a handful of changes that will likely apply to all platforms – not just the PS5.

We touched on a lot of these changes in an article, yesterday, but fans have taken the speculation a step further since the trailer came out. Specifically, Fortnite players zeroed-in on the changed elimination animation that you see in the trailer.

This, along with the update Chug Jug and flame effects, was the central focus of the trailer for a lot of viewers. Clearly, Epic are planning on changing the elimination animations in the future.

Some players are suggesting that this change could point to Epic adding a customizable elimination animation for players.

It would make sense for Epic to add something like this. The more cosmetic options they have, the more money-making opportunities there are. Imagine if the Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass contained unique kill animations for the first time. Who wouldn’t buy that?

Games like Valorant already have a variation of this feature. Another Epic Games title, Rocket League, has its own version of this as well: customizeable goal animations. This concept is far from confirmed, but it’s a realistic addition for which we can hope.

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Glitches

Storm Superhero ability triggers flying glitch in Fortnite

Storm’s Tornado Launch has a glitch that allows players to fly freely around the Fortnite map.

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Fortnite Season 4 brought an interesting twist to the mythic items from the past couple of seasons. Instead of ramped-up versions of existing Fortnite items, Epic gave us unique hero abilities to fit the theme of the season.

What’s more, there is more than one of each hero ability available in a given match. Doctor Doom and Iron Man still require you to eliminate them and grab their abilities, but the Groot, Silver Surfer, and Thor abilities can spawn at every Quinjet landing site.

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There are also some abilities that are isolated to specific Marvel LTM’s – at least, for now. Venom, She Hulk, Wolverine, Black Panther, and Storm all have abilities in Fortnite, but they’re not in the base game right now. Whether or not they’ll come to core Fortnite modes remains to be seen.

One of these abilities, Storm’s Tornado Launch, has a substantial glitch attached to it that was recently discovered. If you emote before using the ability, your character will start to fly around the map. The mechanic feels a lot like flying in Creative Mode. You will go wherever you point your screen.

Since Storm’s Tornado Launch is only available in Marvel Standoff, the glitch isn’t too useful. You can’t build or use any of your abilities until the glitch wears off, so using it doesn’t give you that much of an advantage. This would be a huge issue if the ability came to the base game, however.

Right now, this is only a fun way to freak people out while playing one of the most casual modes in the Fortnite lineup. It’s worth trying while it’s still in the game. You’ll only be stuck like this for about a minute.

We’re just thankful that this glitch was uncovered in Marvel Standoff rather than after Storm’s Tornado Launch came to core and competitive Fortnite modes. It’s still early in the season, and we expect to see all of the Battle Pass heroes gain abilities in Fortnite. Hopefully, Epic address it if they plan on bringing Storm’s ability to the base game.

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