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These Fortnite Crash Pad strategies let you steal walls every time

This Fortnite Crash Pad strategy subverts the expectation of most players, allowing you to secure the elimination.

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Crash Pads might be the most useful and versatile items that Epic have ever added to Fortnite. When they were first introduced into core modes, players mostly used them for mobility and to avoid fall damage. When they came to competitive, though, players found about a dozen new uses for them.

One of the most common uses for Crash Pads is to jump into an opponent’s box. You can throw one down at your feet, breaking an opponent’s wall and sending you into their box. Any competitive Fortnite fan or player knows about this strategy all to well.

Since this is the most popular use of Crash Pads in competitive Fortnite, players are going to expect it. If a competent player sees a Crash Pad land in front of their wall, they’re going to expect their opponent to be in their face. There’s no sense in holding a wall when your opponent is already inside.

Reddit user u/TOMIGERINO came up with a couple of other strategies to take advantage of this meta. Instead of using the Crash Pad to jump into a box, he used it to take an opponent’s wall. This method is a lot safer, especially if you’re facing someone 1-on-1.

This strategy adds another layer to the chess match that is competitive Fortnite. Your opponent will expect you to jump into their box and will, likely, be looking for a shot rather than holding their walls. Bouncing the Crash Pad in these ways will allow you to stay on the outside, replace the wall, and finish the kill from a safe distance.

An opponent will probably be able to hold their walls against this strategy, but attempting to hold a wall is the wrong play most of the time. A smart player will know that there’s nothing they can do against someone who is Crash-Padding into their box. The point of this new strategy is that your opponent won’t see it coming.

Try this out in Creative Mode a few times to get the distance and timing down. This looks to be yet another wrinkle in the ever-evolving competitive Fortnite meta.

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Fortnite Season 4 FNCS: dates, scoring, Twitch Drops & more

The Fortnite Season 4 FNCS is coming soon! Here’s everything you need to know.

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The Fortnite Season 4 FNCS is right around the corner, which means players and fans are gearing up to see how the latest season of competitive Fortnite will shake out. Will the mythic items play as much of a role as they have in past seasons? Only time will tell.

We’re content to sit back and watch the action unfold in front of us. Ahead, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to enjoy the event along with us, including the scoring format, how to watch, how to earn Twitch Drops, and more.

Format & Scoring

The Format for the Season 4 FNCS will be Trios, which is the favorite mode of many of the top competitors. Some teams have already developed while others will undoubtedly make some last-minute adjustments.

The point system has already been praised by a lot of the top pros in the Fortnite scene. All teams who place within the top half in each game will receive at least one point. They will gain another point for every placement position after that until they reach the top three, where the points go up a bit. Eliminations are also worth one point each and don’t have a cap.

Placement

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point

Each Elimination: 1 Point

Programming Schedule

The official Fortnite FNCS broadcasts will return for Fortnite Season 4, featuring some of our favorite personalities and broadcasters bringing us several days worth of content.

The FNCS begins on October 9 with the Open Qualification stages of the tournament, but the broadcasts will cover the second stages of qualifications on Saturday and Sunday.

This season, for the first time, Epic are breaking up the tournament into two days. This gives players a lot more rest in between their sessions. Here’s a list of the broadcast schedule for every Saturday and Sunday (all times are in EST):

  • 1:00pm – Broadcast begins
  • 1:15pm – Live EU coverage
  • 5:15pm – Live NAE coverage
  • 8:30pm – Approximate end

The finals will take place through October 29 – November 1. You can watch all of the action on the Fortnite YouTube or Twitch channels or on watch.fortnite.com.

Twitch Drops

Twitch drops are returning for this season, as well, which means the most rewarding way to watch the FNCS will be on Twitch. The drops will feature the same cosmetics as the ones from Season 3 – only this time in fuchsia rather than cyan. With the new customizable skins and back bling, these cosmetics are more valuable than ever.

If you want to earn Twitch drops, the method is the same as it’s always been: you need to link your Epic and Twitch accounts to one another. It’s also important to note that you have to have linked your accounts within the last six months to receive Twitch Drops. If you linked your accounts over a year ago, you’ll have to do it again.

While watching one of the verified FNCS streams, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the video, telling you to link your account for Twitch Drops. All you need to do is click this link, sign in to your Epic account, and keep watching. Eventually, after watching for a bit, you’ll earn the in-game Fortnite cosmetics.

That should be everything that you need to know to enjoy the Fortnite Season 4 FNCS. Of course, we’ll update this post with any additional information or changes that come to light before the event starts on October 9.

We’ll be covering all of the qualifications, the finals, and everything in between here and on Twitter, @FortniteINTEL, so make sure to follow us there to stay up to date with everything. Enjoy!

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Where to find Wolverine in Fortnite

Having a hard time finding Wolverine in Fortnite? These tips will help you find and eliminate him.

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In the v14.20 update, Epic added the latest boss to Fortnite: Wolverine. Wolverine also happens to be the unlockable skin for the season, but we’re still a week away from unlocking him.

Next week, when Wolverine becomes available, we’ll need to track him down in-game and secure an elimination. As anyone who has gone searching for Wolverine knows, this is going to be tough.

Epic did something interesting with Wolverine. Instead of tying the new boss to a specific location, they gave him a massive spawn radius and allowed him to roam the map, freely. On top of that, killing Wolverine is extremely challenging. He can self-heal and even revive himself, making him the most dangerous boss that Fortnite has ever seen.

As we said, finding Wolverine is a challenge within itself. We know that he spawns in Weeping Woods, but that’s a huge area. This isn’t like the two locations where Iron Man and Doctor Doom can spawn. Wolverine can begin his journey anywhere within the trees of Weeping Woods.

Wolverine’s wander distance makes it even more difficult to locate him. You might land in Weeping with the intention of finding Wolverine, but once you have enough loot to take him on, he’s already made it halfway to Slurpy Swamp.

YouTuber Tabor Hill released a video with some helpful tips on how to find Wolverine – the most useful of which involves turning on the “visual sounds” setting that shows footsteps on your screen and flying over Weeping Woods in a helicopter. This way, you can see when there are footsteps beneath you and take on Wolverine from the air.

Despite knowing Wolverine’s general spawn location and the best way to find him, there’s no easy way to tell you how to have a 100% success rate in a public match. Tabor Hill is able to locate him, but the YouTuber is in a private game without any enemies. It’s going to be a lot harder when you do this in Solos – especially considering how lethal Wolverine can be.

We’ll keep you posted if anyone finds a more reliable method of finding Wolverine in Weeping, but this is the best info that we have for now. Just remember to take him on at a distance. He can take you from 200 HP to 0 quite fast.

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Leaked Rocket League POI coming to Fortnite soon

A Fortnite leak revealed a new Rocket League POI that could be coming to the game any day now.

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Epic Games made some waves in the gaming community when they acquired Rocket League developer, Psyonix. They made their mark on the game almost immediately and started positioning Rocket League’s monetization to mirror that of Fortnite.

Part of that game was to make Rocket League free-to-play, which has finally happened after months of anticipation. Naturally, Epic celebrated the move with a Fortnite collaboration – bringing players from two of their biggest games together.

The collaboration includes cosmetic rewards for both Fortnite and Rocket League. You can take a look at how to unlock all of those challenges here and get started right after reading.

According to Fortnite data miners, we’ll also see a Rocket League POI entering Fortnite in the near future. This new building will include some Rocket League posters, trophies, and more. We don’t know where or when it will pop up, but we can expect it to come to Fortnite over the weekend – possibly during the Birthday update.

We thought that this location may already be in Fortnite following the maintenance patch, but looked around and saw nothing new. We’ll keep you posted when it does enter the game, though, as it could be here any day now.

In the meantime, playing Rocket League for the first time is worth a try. It’s one of the most unique and competitive games out there. Better yet, it’s free so there’s nothing to lose.

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