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Tfue & SypherPK explain how Fortnite visuals favor controller players

Some Fortnite visuals make it impossible to see, which makes aim assist even more powerful.

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We know; you’re all tired of hearing Fortnite pros and content creators complain about aim assist. It seems like there isn’t a day that goes by without someone finding a new angle with these criticisms.

This one is a bit different, as we’re not comparing apples to apples. We’re not talking about recoil, SMG spray, or any of the common topics that revolve around aim assist. Instead, we’re talking about target acquisition when there are no visuals on your screen.

Fortnite is a game with a lot of animations. It’s unapologetically cartoony, which is why so many players fell in love with the game and why it has such a massive audience.

Via: Epic Games

Anyone who has been in a box while several players spam rockets, miniguns, and ARs at you (which is almost everyone) knows that the visuals can work against you in certain situations. They can make it impossible to see, at times.

This is troubling for competitive players who often have to guess where their opponent will be. Something as simple as breaking a wall can make an opponent disappear for a moment, causing you to lose your target.

The problem is that when this happens, controller players have an inherent advantage. They can still acquire their target with the help of aim assist while keyboard and mouse players have to take a wild guess at where to shoot.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
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SypherPK and Tfue both outlined this problem on their streams. The streamers tackled the issue separately from one another, which highlights the scope.

Tfue broke down a replay of this situation happening to him while Sypher pulled up some other popular clips. Their takeaway was virtually identical: the over-the-top visuals of Fortnite can make it difficult to see and favors controller players with aim assist.

Neither Sypher nor Tfue called for a nerf to aim assist after reviewing the clips. That’s not the solution. Instead, they want Epic to tone down the visuals to make it an even playing field. It’s not a controller player’s fault that Epic made the visuals this way.

Hopefully, Epic see these clips and address the problem. Controller players get enough hate in the Fortnite community. They don’t people piling-on because the visuals give them an inherent advantage. It’s on Epic to fix this discrepancy.

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Lazarbeam teases new Fortnite Icon Series skin

Is Lazarbeam getting a Fortnite skin? That’s what the internet is wondering after the YouTuber teased an announcement on March 1.

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Lazarbeam Fortnite Icon Series

Is Lazarbeam getting a Fortnite skin? We explore the YouTuber’s new teaser and supporting evidence of an Icon Series skin.

Since the release of Ninja’s Fortnite skin, fans of the game have been speculating about which creators could be next. We’ve now seen Loserfruit, Lachlan, and TheGrefg receive skins in Fortnite, along with celebrities like Travis Scott and Marshmello.

There are still some big names left on the board. Streamers like Nick Eh 30 and SypherPK have received bundles for their most-used items, but who will be the next creator to enter the Icon Series?

Well, according to Lazarbeam, it could be him.

Lazarbeam Icon Series Skin

On March 1, Lazarbeam scheduled a video entitled, “MY FORTNITE SKIN REVEAL.” Fans immediately wondered whether or not the Australian YouTuber – known for his gags – was pulling a fast one on his fanbase.

We still don’t know whether or not this announcement is legitimate, but the early signs point to it being the real deal. Lazarbeam even assured his followers that it isn’t clickbait.

Fortnite data miner, iFireMonkey, added further legitimacy to the announcement by looking at the files for the planned video.

“The Lazarbeam Icon Series video appears to be only 2 Minutes and 25 Seconds long according to the videos content details,” he wrote on Twitter. “Due to the video length being pretty short, I would say this is 99% confirmed to be his icon series skin.”

The video is scheduled to release at 5:00 PM EST (2:00 PST), so we’ll know more when we can watch Lazarbeam’s announcement.

If this is Lazarbeam’s entrance to the Icon Series, it would be the first time that a creator revealed their skin before it was leaked. This could be why Epic and Lazarbeam are announcing it now – before it enters the game files for data miners to find.

Of course, there’s still a small chance that we’re one of the many fans who are taking the bait. We’ll let you know when we see the video in a few hours.

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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