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The Baller dominated the first weekend of the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers

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The much anticipated Fortnite World Cup has finally begun, and the first weekend of qualifiers went exactly as most people predicted.

Spoiler: It wasn’t good. Despite a nerf that brought The Baller’s health down from 300 to 200, the vehicle still ran rampant over the competition and dominated late games.

In this clip from qualifiers over the weekend, in the screenshot used for the title picture, you can see 12 different hamster balls and only one player not in one with 17 people left in the game.

“Just shoot the ballers” from r/FortniteCompetitive

The Baller Problem

The primary problem with The Baller in competitive matches is that it doesn’t come with a disadvantage.

People piloting Ballers already have full load outs and 1500 mats, which they can then use to enter an engagement after The Baller has been destroyed.

Put yourself in the shoes of the one player facing down 12 ballers. Who do you attack? How can I protect myself from other people? Even if I do attack, can I guarantee a kill when that person will just begin to build immediately?

Right now a herd mentality has taken over Fortnite competitive, and it’s not the player’s fault. Being in The Baller is a better strategy than being one of the only players outside of one.

How can Epic fix The Baller problem?

There are two solutions in my mind, and something will need to be done before next weekend.

First, Epic could remove The Baller from competitive playlists.

This seems simple. They already are fine with having separate rulesets for competitive and casual, and now they could use that decision for good by leaving in a fun item in casual while removing it from competitive. Both parties would be happy. (Maybe even revert while they are at it.)

An interesting explanation for why they haven’t done that was posted in the comments. BentotheJJ asked the question: “How can anyone at Epic watch that and think it is fine?”

Bazoski1er had an interesting response I hadn’t considered:

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It’s a valid point. Maybe they decided a competitive scene with hamster balls bouncing off of each other was better than one with lags, bugs and glitches playing huge parts in placement.

Even with The Baller, bugs did still play a part as TSM’s Zexrow was taken out by a ghost shotgun blast at one point.

Still, this could arguably be the reason why Epic hasn’t acted on a clear problem over the last month.

The Call of Duty Gentleman’s Agreement

The second solution puts the fix in the player’s hands, but it also comes with a host of new issues.

Fans of CoD esports are familiar with the Gentleman’s Agreement (GA). Basically how it works is that when overpowered items, abilities or weapons are found in a new CoD, the pros agree to just not use them.

There have been issues with the GA plenty of times in the past, but ultimately CoD esports is in a better place with the agreement than without it.

The GA relies on the honor system and is designed as a way to make a game whose sole focus is not esports, into a better competitive experience. Sound familiar?

However, the key difference between CoD and Fortnite esports is organization. Call of Duty teams compete in the Call of Duty World League (CWL). They are all rostered by various esports organizations and compete in a controlled environment with staff on hand.

In Fortnite, that isn’t the case. Epic has worked to make Fortnite esports open to the casual player. The $1 million qualifiers are being held online so organizing the entire player base into a GA would be nearly impossible.

It could, however, be something to consider for the World Cup itself. In a controlled LAN environment with a set amount of players, a GA could be possible. Obviously, it won’t be over The Baller because of the way Fortnite quickly adds and removes things from the game, but this could be a potential solution if something OP is in the game by the end of July.

I don’t know how Epic will decide to proceed, and neither do the pro players. If The Baller truly is a way for Epic to get around the server load of competitive end games, the problem may be much more severe than we realize.

If they don’t feel like they can offer a competitive experience without a large amount of players in The Baller or planes before that, Fortnite esports is backed up against the wall with time running out.

Hopefully the Fortnite World Cup lives up to its billing as the most impressive esports tournament of all time, but the clock is ticking for Epic Games.

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Fortnite Indiana Jones quests: How to find the secret door in Shuffled Shrines

Fortnite players can finally unlock Indiana Jones with v21.20. They must find the secret door in Shuffled Shrines and here’s a guide for it.

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The Indiana Jones quests are finally here in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. Here’s how you can find the secret door past the main chamber in Shuffled Shrines.

While players were expecting Fortnite v21.20 to revolve around No Sweat Summer, it has turned out to be all about Indiana Jones. The secret skin for this season’s Battle Pass is now unlockable through challenges and a brand new POI called Shuffled Shrines has been added to the map.

The Shuffled Shrines puzzle in Fortnite allows players to enter the secret door

First and foremost, you must visit the brand new Shuffled Shrines POI on the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 island. It is located south of Sanctuary, and has been marked in the image below:

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Shuffled Shrines in Fortnite

After landing, you have to search the location for clues and find four runes on each edge of Shuffled Shrines. They will display one of these Red, Blue, and Yellow symbols:

The runes scattered in Shuffled Shrines will have such symbols (Image via YouTube/ChillNikov)

The runes (clues) will be scattered across Shuffled Shrines and their symbol resets every game. Hence, you should not try copying the patterns that worked for others.

It is important to find the fure runes and then head to the middle of Shuffled Shrines where you will find four interactive runes in front of a door.

Solving the puzzle is basically a game of hit-and-miss. You have to rotate the runes according to the clues. To open the door, the symbols on the runes in front of the door should be identical to the ones that are scattered around Shuffled Shrines.

Apparently, the symbol of the runes on the left should match with the rune located in the southwest corner of Shuffled Shrine. Similarly, the one placed second from the left should match with the rune located on the top right corner (Northwest).

After solving the puzzle correctly, the main chamber should open. However, be careful because the path is full of traps.

Where is the secret door past the main chamber in Shuffled Shrine

It is important to note that the challenge doesn’t complete when you solve the puzzle and enter the main chamber. There’s an artifact inside that grants 250 Gold Bars, but more importantly, there’s a secret door to the right of this artifact. The entrance is hidden by green bushes.

Players can enter this area and find two chests inside which should complete the Indiana Jones challenge. This quest will not only provide XP, but will help in unlocking the character’s outfit and a selectable style.

Finding the secret door past the main chamber is clearly more complex than any of the challenges we’ve ever seen in Fortnite. The puzzles and the traps are already too harsh but before that, players must fight a ton of opponents who’ll land to complete the same quest.

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Fortnite x Dragon Ball Z collab is coming in Chapter 3 Season 3 according to leaks

With Fortnite v21.20, Epic Games has added some Dragon Ball Z capsules to the files. This could mean that a Goku skin is finally coming.

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Leakers have finally found evidence that hints toward a collaboration between Fortnite and Dragon Ball Z. Here’s what anime fans should expect out of it.

It wouldn’t be an overstatement that Naruto was one of the biggest crossovers in Fortnite’s history. Epic Games rolled out two waves of Naruto cosmetics, and fans loved them equally.

While fans of Naruto are more than satisfied with the emphasis on anime skins, fans of other series like One Piece, Bleach, and Dragon Ball Z have always complained about the ignorance towards their favorite characters.

Fortnite adds Dragon Ball Z capsules in the v21.20 update

With the latest v21.20 update, Epic Games added a new Stamina Prop to Creative which appears to be a replica of Capsule Corp from Dragon Ball Z.

The logo and the color scheme of the prop is identical to the ones we’ve seen in the anime series. Moreover, HYPEX revealed that it has outlines like other anime cosmetics.

While the Capsule Corp prop is the only Dragon Ball Z element we have in Fortnite, it is enough to ignite the hopes of fans around the world. Goku is easily one of the most popular fictional characters ever, and it makes perfect sense for him to be a part of the battle royale game after Naruto.

There are some skins in the files that are still encrypted. Hence, it wouldn’t be a surprise if one of them is Goku.

What to expect from Fortnite x Dragon Ball Z in Chapter 3

Capsule Corporation in Dragon Ball Z is a company founded by Dr Brief who is Bulma’s father. Capsule Corp Goku is quite popular among fans, and we might see him as a skin in the Item Shop.

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Goku’s attire has a Capsule Corp in Dragon Ball Z

Considering that Naruto arrived with Creative and The Nindo challenges, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Epic Games comes up with something similar for DBZ. To be fair, both Naruto and DBZ are two of the most popular anime series out there. Fans would love to purchase the skins from the Item Shop, but free rewards are equally desirable.

The likes of Goku, Vegeta, Frieza, and Broly should become a part of Fortnite once the crossover becomes official. However, it is uncertain if it will take place in Chapter 3 Season 3 or later. This is because Naruto was a part of the files from Chapter 2 but was officially added after months of anticipation.

Having said that, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is coming to the US and Canada on August 19, which could very well be the date for the crossover as well.

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Fortnite v21.20 update introduces Indiana Jones skin, quests, Shuffled Shrines POI, more

Indiana Jones is finally available in Fortnite with the 21.20 update. The developers have even added a new Shuffled Shrines POI for him.

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As expected, the Temple Bloom landmark has gone through significant changes in Fortnite v21.20. It is now called Shuffled Shrines and you must visit it to complete the Indiana Jones quests.

Indiana Jones is the secret skin in the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Battle Pass. Following weeks of anticipation, the 21.20 update has finally introduced quests that will help players in unlocking the outfit as well as other cosmetics.

Here’s everything related to Indiana Jones that is a part of Fortnite v21.20.

Indiana Jones quests in Fortnite are now live

The following quests and rewards are now available in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 for Battle Pass owners:

  • Search chests at Shifty Shafts (5)- Indiana Jones Banner Icon
  • Damage opponents while riding or standing on a vehicle (500) – Rogue Archaeology wrap
  • Use the Grapple Glove to swing off trees (10)- Raider’s Relics harvesting tool
  • Collect the Durrburger Relic from The Temple and The Ruins in a single match- Expedition Bag backbling
  • Find the Secret Door past the main chamber in Shuffled Shrines- Indy’s Dustoff emote
  • Stash a Mythic or Exotic item in a tent- Indy’s Escape spray
  • Make Runaway Boulders roll for 100 meters in a single match- First Misadventure Loading Screen
  • Finish top 5 in a match- Emergency Raft glider

While completing four of these quests will grant the Indiana Jones outfit to players, they can unlock a Temple Explorer style by completing ten challenges.

Shuffled Shrines POI in Fortnite has new gameplay mechanics, Idol Artifacts, and more

The Temple Bloom landmark has now turned into a new location called Shuffled Shrines which is dedicated to Indiana Jones. Accordingly, you will experience the following elements there:

  • Emote unlocked doors
  • Different music
  • Puzzles
  • Traps
    • Allow Walls
    • Stream Traps
    • Poison Darts
    • Explosives
    • Trigger Plates
  • Torches

There will be a wide range of traps in Shuffled Shrines because players will have to collect Idol Artifacts from this location. Moreover, there will be three threat levels.

The Idol Artifacts represent Durr Burger, Tomato Head, and Object of Power. They will help in opening a treasure vault, and Fortnite will tell players if they’ve succeeded or failed in properly exploring the Indiana Jones temple.

Interestingly, the Object of Power artifact has three parts. You have to collect all three to make the fourth and final artifact.

The Shuffled Shrines POI has a secret door that is also mentioned in the quests. Players first have to enter a code to open it and then pass traps to collect the artifact. Upon collection, they have to again pass through traps and make it out alive like in the movies.

It is evident that Fortnite v21.20 has primarily focused on Indiana Jones and there are countless Easter Eggs for you to discover. Even though the cosmetics are restricted to Battle Royale owners, the new and adventurous Shuffled Shrines POI is open to everyone.

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