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The snow in Fortnite is beginning to melt

It may only be January in the real world, but it’s already warming up on the Fortnite map.

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It may only be January in the real world, but it’s already warming up on the Fortnite map.

The Fortnite Winterfest event saw the entire map covered in snow, starting with the southwest mountains. The map progressively got snowier and snowier until storms began to rage, making visibility nearly zero.

Unlike other seasons, Epic decided to cover the map with snow over the span of a couple of weeks rather than all at once. This decision made the shift feel a bit more immersive, even if the storms were incredibly annoying.

The same process is now happening in reverse. The map is slowly thawing and grass is beginning to show underneath the snow. Slurpy Swamp was the first area hard-hit by the melting snow. The entire surrounding area is nearly 100% back to normal.

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The rest of the map is thawing as well; slowly but surely. You can see grass around some random buildings as well as all throughout the coast.

It appears as though the map is thawing a lot quicker than it froze. We’re only a day into the melting process and nearly a quarter of the map is already clear. We can expect further thawing as the week progresses.

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It was a fantastic change of pace to play in the snow, but the storms made things challenging. We’ll all be glad to see those gone for another year. Now, back to your regularly-scheduled intermittent fog.

What was your favorite part of the Winterfest update? The snow? The unvaulted weapons? Free cosmetics? Let us know in the comments.

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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Fortnite Season 3 FNCS Solos qualification results

The Fortnite Season 3 FNCS qualification round has ended. Take a look at who made it to the Solos Grand Finals.

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The final week of the Fortnite Season 3 Solo FNCS Qualification has ended. All of the participating players have qualified for Grand Finals (barring any disqualifications), so all that’s left is to look at the heats when Epic release them.

With the last qualification round in the book, let’s take a look at the final standings for the three most popular regions in the game: Europe, NA-East, and NA-West. All information was provided by Kinch Analytics, who collected all of the data from the FNCS qualifications.

FNCS European Qualifiers

The EU qualification bracket features many of the names that fans have come to expect. Mongraal, MrSavage, Benjyfishy, Teeq, and Th0masHD all finished inside of the top 16. Out of all of them, Mongraal placed the lowest at 16. The rest were all inside the top 10.

Benjyfishy had tumultuous qualification rounds, but ended up finishing in second in overall points after winning the second week of qualifiers. Here’s a look at the top 29 players in the EU region. You can take a look at all players who qualified from Kinch Analytics here.

Via: Kinch Analytics

FNCS NA-East Qualifiers

NA-East is the more popular of the two North American regions when if comes to professional Fortnite. Most of the household Fortnite names play in NA-East, and most fans consider it to be on par with EU as the most “stacked” region in Fortnite.

The top 25 in NA-East is littered with recognizable names. Bucke, Bugha, Clix, Khanada, Reverse2k, Stretch, and Nosh all made it into the top 25. Khanada ended up finishing first with Bugha – the reigning World Cup Solo champion – in third.

Other popular players such as Slackes, Assault, Blakeps, Edgey, Jamper, Dubs, and Riversan made it into the top 100. Cizlucky, Calc, Unknown, Scoped, Chap, AV, and many others also qualified for Grand Finals.

Via: Kinch Analytics

FNCS NA-West Qualifiers

In the NA-West bracket, two of the best players in the region showed-out, once again. EpikWhale and Arkham came in second and third after all of the qualification points were tallied – behind Maken in first.

The NA-West region is home to some of the most consistent performers in the game, so it will be interesting to see how it shakes-up in the Grand Finals.

Via: Kinch Analytics

The Grand Finals of the Season 3 FNCS kick off this weekend, August 14 through the 16. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes, and will have the results for you as soon as the event ends.

You can watch the Grand Finals on the official Fortnite YouTube and Twitch channels – or through any participating streamer. Make sure to have your Twitch and Epic accounts linked for a chance to earn free Twitch drops – just for watching the FNCS.

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