Taking walls in Fortnite has been a hot topic since the box-fighting meta began. Players with low ping can consistently take the building pieces of players with high ping.
This wasn’t always the case. At one point, Epic tried to address the issue by adding a 50/50 coin-flip system to taking structures. The game would flip a coin to determine which player could place their piece.
Most pros were happy about this switch, but Epic seemed to inexplicably revert the change when Chapter 2 came out. This was during the long night of little communication, but Epic claimed that the system was working as intended.
It’s clear that having low ping matters to anyone who regularly plays Fortnite – regardless of whether or not Epic claims to have changed any of the figures. A player with 0 ping will take the wall of nearly anyone in the lobby – as anyone with this ping will freely admit.
Tfue, on the other hand, has notoriously high ping. The streamer lives in Florida and regularly experiences around 40-60 ping in his games. When you’re competing at the top level, this can be a drastic disadvantage.
During a recent stream, another player took Tfue’s wall on the first try – nothing out of the ordinary for Tfue. “Kid literally didn’t even know how to play the game but still takes my wall,” Tfue said after he was eliminated.
“Taking walls should not be a thing. You shouldn’t be able to take anyone’s wall, ever,” he continued. “Until they can figure out a f**king fair way, you know? … It’s like somebody taking f**king steroids in the UFC and then somebody not taking steroids. It’s like, how is that fair?
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Tfue is, of course, talking about the ping discrepancy that gives some players a massive advantage over others. Having lower ping will give you a leg up in any game, but it’s particularly noticeable in Fortnite.
Tfue’s solution probably isn’t the best, but it’s never ideal when a particular player has an inherent advantage based on where they live. We’ll have to wait and see if Epic try to address this problem a second time.
72hrs exposes Arena & tournament instant Gold exploit
Fortnite streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed a massive Gold Bar exploit for Arena and the Season 5 FNCS.
Fortnite is no stranger to exploits, but streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan uncovered a Gold Bar strategy that players can use to cheat in the Season 5 FNCS.
Fortnite Season 5 introduced Gold Bars to the game – a new currency that players can use to upgrade weapons, buy Exotics, and otherwise improve their setup.
In base Fortnite, Gold Bars carry over from game to game. In Arena and tournament play, they don’t, meaning you start every match with 0 Gold Bars. This fact has been under some criticism, as it puts weapon upgrades behind an in-game paywall, making RNG more of a factor in competitive matches and tournaments.
Well, some players have found a way around that, and streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed this exploit to the public.
Fortnite Gold Bar exploit
The exploit revolves around timed quests in Fortnite – something that Epic probably overlooked when implementing the system. You can grab quests from NPCs that last 60 minutes, rather than for one game – meaning you can complete them in the next game you play.
These quests are the same in Arena as they are in public matches. Theoretically, you can grab three quests in one match, back out, and get all of the Gold rewards in your next Arena match.
This is an exploit that should be addressed for Arena Mode, but its real impact can be felt in tournaments. Players can hop into a public match, stack-up on quests, complete 90% of each quest, then play an FNCS qualification game while finishing all of the quests at once for instant Gold Bars.
“People wouldn’t even know if you don’t stream,” Tom explained. “In replay, it doesn’t show you get Gold, so the only way you’d know if people were doing this is if you take the time to slowly count all the Gold that they actually got.”
Your initial thought might be, “Since 72hrs made this video, more people are going to abuse the system.” This is probably right, but there were plenty of people who knew about this exploit before the video went live. Tom’s former teammate, Chap, even admitted that he already knew about the exploit in the former streamer’s chat.
Now, the exploit is out in the open and Epic have to do something about it. Plenty of FNCS players don’t stream their matches for a variety of reasons. As 72hrs said, there’s no way of knowing that these players used the exploit unless you’re specifically looking for it in Replay Mode.
“You gotta think about it like this, too,” 72hrs continued, “So many people are accidentally doing it – they don’t even know. They’re playing pubs, they picked up a quest, they’re like, ‘I’m not f***in’ fueling up a car today, I’ll do it later.’ And then they go into FNCS … and all of a sudden they’re like, ‘Wait, I can upgrade, I have 500 Gold.'”
72hrs presented a question towards the end of the video: is it cheating? It’s hard to say that this is cheating since it’s so easy to accidentally trigger the exploit. Now that it’s out there, though, we can expect more players to take advantage of it in the Season 5 FNCS.
#FreeClix trends as Clix receives indefinite ban on Twitch
Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod has received an indefinite Twitch ban. This is the streamers third ban on Twitch, worrying fans that it could be his last.
One of Fortnite’s biggest stars, Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod, has been banned on Twitch. As of now, this is an indefinite suspension.
Update 2/16/21: Clix has since been unbanned on Twitch.
Four months after signing an exclusive deal with the platform, NRG Fortnite pro, Clix, has been banned indefinitely on Twitch. The news came as an apparent shock to the young streamer, who logged on to find his account suspended after a weekend of record-breaking viewership during the FNCS.
We don’t know the exact reason that Clix was banned, but speculation has it that it was for streaming explicit content. When Tweeting an image of his FNCS performance, Clix opened his folder to reveal a small picture of fellow streamer, Ronaldo, mooning the camera.
The picture was small, difficult to catch, and accidental. Nonetheless, it seems to have resulted in an indefinite suspension for Clix, who has already received two Twitch bans in the recent past.
The first ban was the Twitch ban virus that was going around the Fortnite community. Clix was one of the streamers to play with Zayn when the latter was banned. He also received a ban during the DMCA wave late last year.
NRG CEO, Andy Miller tweeted, “The f***?” and “We on it!” in response to NRG’s #FreeClix Tweet. The hashtag jumped to number-one on trending overnight, showing the power of Clix’s fanbase.
What might be the strangest part of all of this was that Clix’s Boxfight map was featured as a community creation in Fortnite on Monday. It was changed to Skyfall Boxfight within an hour of release. There’s no way to tell if this is related to Clix’s ban, but it’s a strange coincidence.
We doubt that we’ve seen the last of Clix on Twitch. All of his bans have been for accidents or small circumstances that are generally outside of his control. Twitch is the only platform where streamers can receive a ban for simply playing with another banned streamer, for instance.
We’ll keep you posted as this story develops. As we saw with Dr. Disrespect, however, no one is too big of a star for Twitch to permanently ban.
Ninja goes off on the Fortnite community after getting stream sniped
Ninja returned to Fortnite to find the same old stream snipers. As expected, he gave them a piece of his mind.
Ninja sounded off on stream snipers in the Fortnite community during one of his recent streams.
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is one of the primary streamers who helped Fortnite rise to the height of popularity we see it today. He’s stepped away from the game of late but often comes back to play a few rounds between his Valorant streams.
Although Ninja doesn’t take Fortnite as seriously as he once did, he still faces a large number of stream snipers who want to eliminate him for clout. Ninja has always been outspoken about stream snipers but went all-in during one of his recent Fortnite streams.
“The community – these little f***ing kids – It’s so dumb. It really is,” Ninja vented. “And the thing is, these little clout chasing losers have no idea, man. All they’re doing is harming the game. Because I’m not gonna play it. I’m not gonna stream it.”
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“Good for you, man. Get your f***ing clip, send it to your buddies,” Ninja continued. “‘We killed Ninja!’ I haven’t played the game in – ever. I don’t play it anymore. I come back and I still almost kill all of you idiots.”
Ninja went on to say that it must be far worse for players like Bugha, who won the Fortnite World Cup. If stream sniping is bad for someone like Ninja, then it must be far worse for an actual top competitive Fortnite player.
Ninja has done a lot of good for the Fortnite community, helping it become one of the biggest games of all time. Stream snipers may be a part of the reason he doesn’t play as much as he once did.
We don’t think Ninja will completely stop playing Fortnite, but the constant stream sniping is clearly getting to him. Hopefully, this doesn’t dissuade Ninja from continuing to experience the fun side of Fortnite.
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