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The Baller receives new major nerf prior to Fortnite World Cup

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The Baller has been one of the most controversial additions ever to Fortnite due to its quick movements, ease of use, and high health. Epic Games has finally released a further nerf to the vehicle.

The Baller vehicle in Fortnite has been a hot topic since its release. The main issue with the vehicle has to do with competitive Fortnite. In casual matches, the vehicle doesn’t present a major issues, but in competitive…it can break the game.

Professional and amateur players have been calling for a nerf or removal of the vehicle from competitive game modes.

Epic Games Nerfs The Baller Again

The Baller already received some minor tweaks, but the problem of the vehicle has still persisted in competitive games. Epic Games has finally released a new hotfix that will help cull the issues. Here’s their official tweet on the matter:

The health of the Baller will now be set to 200 instead of the previous 300. This will allow players to more easily take out the fast moving vehicle down with exposing themselves to enemy fire for too long.

Before the competitive players get too excited, the patch only reduces the health of the vehicle. It is a significant downgrade for the vehicle and it will be much easier to destroy now.

The hotfix is response to competitive player complaints about the The Baller and should address some of the concerns. The first Fortnite World Cup events start on April 13th and will be the initial test for new Baller nerfs.

The health nerf effects all versions and modes the same, of course. Epic Games has not accepted mode-by-mode patching as a legitimate way to solve their current competitive issues.

But, Epic seems to have cancelled other nerf plans for the Baller as of now.

‘Shoot Through Glass’ Nerf Cancelled

The ‘shooting through glass’ nerf that was headed for The Baller has been cancelled for now by Epic Games. They say the nerf did not feel ‘right’ in internal playtesting.

Baller Health Adjustments from r/FortNiteBR

The shooting through the glass would have made the glass on the vehicle pass damage to the player inside.

This will certainly upset pros as the end-games will still include a lot of Ballers as it will still serve as a 200 health shield…that moves extremely quickly in tight spaces.

We are skeptical about whether the feature was cut due to Epic feeling it did not work OR if they simply could not get the feature to work without glitching. The glass penetration patch had already missed the v8.30 window and Epic could be struggling with developing the feature.

There is still no word on a fix for the Storm Surge glitch with The Baller. The glitch prevents players from taking damage from Storm Surge, a mechanic which deals periodic damage to players with the least damage done in crowed end-games.

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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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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