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The Argument for putting Mythic utility items in POI vaults

Should Epic place the Mythic Fortnite utility items into the vault to prevent players from leaving after they kill a boss?

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 brought us the first Mythic POIs, vaults, bosses, and NPC Henchmen. This was also the first time that we saw Mythic weapons in their modern form – a rework after the old Infinity Blade debacle. The community had a mixed reaction to these new features, as is the case with anything new in Fortnite.

The new weapons were fun to use, but they were largely overpowered when compared to the rest of the loot pool. For this reason, some players would grab the Mythic weapons and run – often stealing the vault keycard as well. After about a month of playing Season 2, some players began to suggest that Epic put the Mythic weapons in the vault. That way, players would be forced to fight for the loot rather than killing an NPC boss and leaving the area.

While a decent idea, the concept of adding mythic weapons to vaults didn’t make a ton of sense with the present state of Fortnite. The bosses in these locations wouldn’t be too dangerous if they only had a vault keycard with them. The concept was clearly side-stepping what Epic were trying to accomplish with these new POIs.

Flash-forward to Fortnite Season 3: Epic reworked the Mythic loot a bit. The new Mythic weapons were now about the same as their Legendary counterparts. The only difference between the Mythic and Legendary Burst ARs and Charge Shotguns are their clip sizes. The Drum Gun also received a substantial nerf that put it closer to the basic Drum Gun than what Midas carried in Season 2.

To balance things out, Epic added some utility items in Season 3 to make these areas more appealing. The bottomless Chug Jug is the most powerful healing item in the game while the Shockwave Launcher and Grappler offer unparalleled mobility.

The weapons are more balanced than they were in Season 2, but the two new mobility items only added to the problem of players leaving Mythic POIs with the boss loot. There’s no reason to fight a player for the vault if you’ve already taken the best loot in the game. You can find comparable vault loot somewhere else.

Each boss spawning with two items makes the proposition of adding one to the vault a lot more realistic. Bosses need their Mythic weapons, but they don’t need to carry the utility item. The Chug Jug, Grappler, and Shockwave Launcher could all be placed into the vault – forcing players to fight one another for some of the best secondary loot in Fortnite.

It’s unlikely that Epic will ever make this switch. Some players will continue to run from Mythic POIs after killing the boss – at least, for the rest of Season 3. Vault loot is great, but it often isn’t worth the trouble of taking on one or more teams when you already have the best mobility items in Fortnite.

We’re not sure whether or not this concept is the right move, or if Epic should be promoting these vault battles more than they currently are. We all know how quickly public lobbies die out in Fortnite, and this idea could only add to the problem. We’re, simply, making the argument for adding half of the Mythic items to the vault. It would be an interesting experiment, at least.

Rumors

Why do fans think Fortnite X Thor is the next crossover?

The Avengers continue to invade Fortnite.

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Recently, rumors have been swirling that Thor will be coming to Fortnite as the next in-game crossover. No, we’re not talking about Relaxed Fit Jonesy, who bears a striking similarity to both Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski and Thor from Avengers: Endgame. We’re talking about the real deal.

Recent rumors of a Thor crossover began on July 4, when Epic released their trailer for Captain America. When Cap landed, there was a noticeable marking on the ground, behind him. This rune looked an awful lot like the mark that The Bifröst leaves behind when Thor enters a scene.

This is only a small detail from a Fortnite trailer – and doesn’t mean very much in isolation. More recently, however, we saw a few more leaks that point to Thor’s potential inclusion in Fortnite.

The first leak relates to The Bifröst and the markings you see, above. A new “HighTower” event has been found in the game files, which is meant to kick off with a growing rift in the sky and strange markings around the map. Like the Captain America trailer, these markings look a lot like something that The Bifröst would create.

This could be a coincidence – something that has more to do with the Fortnite story than a hint to a Thor crossover. It’s not the only clue that we have, however.

In v13.40, data miners also found mention of readable comic books coming to Fortnite. Hypex was able to match some of the blurry in-game images to a real-life Marvel comic. The subject of that comic? You guessed it: Thor.

When you combine all of this news with the recent announcement of the promotional deal with the Avengers video game, it seems all but certain that Thor will be coming to Fortnite.

This is everything we have, for now. It might not be concrete evidence, but these are some strong hints. Will Thor be the catalyst to usher-in Season 4? We don’t know, just yet, but it’s safe to assume that he’ll be the Season 4 “secret” skin, at the very least.

Marvel fans will be happy to see Thor come to Fortnite – he was one of the core Avengers who was missing during the original Marvel crossovers. Classic Fortnite fans may be a bit disappointed, but additions like this one show how much Fortnite has grown. This is a shared universe where all of our favorite characters can come to play. We’re excited to see where Epic take this.

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Limited Time Modes

Fortnite leaks point to the return of Getaway LTM & more

Fan-favorite Fortnite LTMs from Chapter 1 are rolling back in!

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The Fortnite LTM rotation was the subject of some harsh criticism for the first two seasons of Chapter 2. LTMs were virtually nonexistent for months. Epic tried something new with the Spy Games modes in Season 2, but fans never took to them as they did to some of the older game modes.

When Epic announced the Summer Smash event, however, they told players that LTMs would be returning. Most of these modes were smash-hits – particularly, the Unvaulted LTM, which reminded players how fun these silly items and weapons are to use.

There are still some unique LTMs missing from the lineup. Fan-favorites like ‘Floor is Lava’ and ‘Getaway’ were never added to Fortnite Chapter 2. Well, that may change in the near future.

Fortnite data miner, VastBlast, found threads of several LTMs that received hotfixes in the live Fortnite client. These LTMs include a couple of new modes like ‘Rags to Riches’ and ‘Tank Battle’ along with one of the most beloved Fortnite LTM in existence: ‘The Getaway.’

We don’t know when any of these LTMs are coming to Fortnite – if at all. At the same time, any change to these modes signifies that they’re probably returning soon. We could be seeing The Getaway come back to Fortnite for the first time since Chapter 1 Season 8.

Fans were delighted to hear that ‘The Getaway’ could be coming back. It’s one of the only unique Fortnite modes that doesn’t seem isolated to Chapter 1. We may never see games like ‘Air Royale’ or ‘Floor is Lava’ again, but there doesn’t seem to be any reason that Epic can’t release ‘The Getaway.’

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the release date of this long-awaited LTM. Follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you don’t miss out on any Fortnite news.

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Esports

Longtime Fortnite pro Saf signs with TSM

TSM announces their newest signing: Fortnite pro, Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales.

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The Fortnite signings don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The past month has seen some of the biggest names in Fortnite scooped-up left and right. Luminosity had a massive signing day, Clix and Ronaldo signed to NRG, and Bucke, Clalc, and HazThaGreat signed with BBG.

Today, August 10, TSM announced the newest member of their team: former Ghost member, Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales. The organization and Saf, himself, announced the signing with a Tweet and a video.

Saf joins ZexRow. Commandment, Reverse2k, and Mackwood on the competitive Fortnite TSM roster. TSM doesn’t have the largest roster in the game, but they have a collective of players who are always in the hunt to win any given tournament.

Unlike a lot of other pro players in the Fortnite community, Saf has been near the top for a long time. He and Zayt are one of – if not the – only duos left from the World Cup days, and both of them had been in the scene before that.

The continuous signings of Fortnite pros from tier-one organizations show that Fortnite – and the competitive scene – is alive and well. These organizations and players are in it for the long-haul. Fortnite isn’t going anywhere. Congrats to Safaroonie.

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