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These suggestions would drastically improve Fortnite Upgrade Stations

Upgrade stations might be the most underutilized features in Fortnite Chapter 2. Here’s how to fix them.

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Upgrade stations might be the most underutilized features in Fortnite Chapter 2. Here’s how to fix them.

Fortnite Chapter 2 introduced a host of new features to the game. We got fishing, swimming, boat travel, and XP rewards to name a few.

Epic also added Upgrade Stations, which seemed to be game-changing upon first glance. Once you started playing with them, though, you noticed that there wasn’t much of a reason to use an Upgrade Station at all.

The number of materials it costs to upgrade a weapon is far too high. No one wants to sacrifice so many materials for a few extra points of damage. The only exceptions are when upgrading a blue pump if you have the circle and upgrading from a gray AR or shotgun. That’s far too niche, in my opinion.

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There are a few ways to make Upgrade Stations more useful, however. The first one is obvious: lower the material requirement for high-level upgrades. This would make powerful weapons a lot more common and would give players a reason to search for an Upgrade Station.

Some players on Reddit have also made suggestions regarding Upgrade Stations. This one, from user u/yosefschwartz26, would allow us to cash-in our weapons for materials.

This suggestion would bring Upgrade Stations back and would allow you to make the decision on whether or not you want to trade down for more materials. Players who had to run from the first storm could get some easy mats by grabbing an extra green pistol on their way out of town.

The next suggestion from u/HyPerionFire allows us to upgrade shields. You can take two minis to an Upgrade Station and grab a big pot for your troubles.

Shields tend to be a bit scarce in Fortnite Chapter 2. Minis always seem to be easier to find, though, so this change would let more players reach 200 HP while removing some RNG.

Too many shield upgrades might be a bit overpowered, though. Epic should probably add a material cost to this one if they consider the update.

Overall, Upgrade Stations have been a bit underwhelming in Fortnite Chapter 2. Let’s not forget that Vending Machines were nearly useless upon their release as well. Epic will likely make some adjustments to the Vending Machines for Season 2, and these suggestions may make their way into the game.

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Fortnite Season 3 Week 4 Challenge guide

A complete guide to your Fortnite Season 3 Week 4 Challenges.

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Week 4 of Season 3 is here, and with it comes a batch of new challenges to complete as we work our way through the Season 3 Battle Pass. Most regular players have passed the level 50 mark and are onto the second half of the Pass. Hopefully, we have some worthwhile Overtime Challenges this season.

Epic have been going easy on us over the past couple of weeks. People forget that Chapter 1 challenges often involved searching through specific POIs to find a needle in a haystack. We still wake up, sweating, thinking about the Fortbyte challenges.

This week, only one of the challenges requires a bit of searching, and we’ve already covered a guide for this one. You can take a look at all of the Pleasant Park Floating Rings locations here.

Now, let’s get into the weekly challenges. This week, we’ll be eliminating players at Holly Hedges, searching Chests at Salty, and damaging players at The Authority – among other things.

  • Search 7 Chests at Salty Springs
  • 3 Eliminations at Holly Hedges
  • Collect 4 Floating Rings at Pleasant Park
  • Complete a lap at Motorboat Mayhem
  • Land at Frenzy Farm and finish Top 25
  • Collect 200 Metal from Rickety Rig (0/200)
  • Dance on camera for 10s at Sweaty Sands
  • Search 7 Ammo Boxes at Steamy Stacks
  • Deal 500 damage to opponents at The Authority

The only confusing part of this challenge might be the “Dance on camera for 10s at Sweaty Sands” one. You can find the camera to the north of the POI. Look for a canopy hanging over an outdoor film set.

The rest of the challenges will only take a few matches to complete. You could even finish most of them without trying, as long as you land all across the map. We’ll be back next week with another challenge guide, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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Fortnite Party Royale premiere ft. Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki & deadmau5

Epic have announced the premiere of their newest mode, Party Royale, featuring concerts by Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, and deadmau5.

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We first heard about Party Royale in the v12.50 patch. Epic quickly released the mode to all players as a trial-run, at first. Diplo and Major Lazer even hosted a show for the test event.

It was only a matter of time before Epic announced the premiere of the full mode. On May 6, they did just that. Party Royale will premier on May 8 ad 9 PM EST. The show will feature DJs Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, and deadmau5.

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We’re not sure when each show will start and how long the premiere will last. We’ll likely get some reruns of the shows we missed as well – similar to the multiple showtimes of the Astronomical concert.

These shows in Party Royale will likely be closer to the Marshmello concert than the Travis Scott event. The latter must have taken months of planning to pull off.

Epic announced the Party Royale release date on an Instagram ad, calling all players to tune in and try the new mode.

The introduction of Party Royale is incredibly exciting for the future of the game. Epic want Fortnite to transcend the Battle Royale genre. They want it to be a social hub for gamers, and Party Royale is the first massive step in that direction. We’re optimistic about what the future of this mode will bring.

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Epic announce $2 million Fortnite Champion Series Invitational

On the heels of the Travis Scott Astronomical event, Epic announce the $2 million Fortnite Champion Series Invitational tournament.

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On the heels of the Travis Scott Astronomical event, Epic announce the $2 million Fortnite Champion Series Invitational tournament.

Epic seized the spotlight, yet again, by announcing a new $2 million Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Invitational tournament following the massively-successful Astronomical event.

The tournament will begin on May 9 and last for three weeks. Epic will be inviting the top-200 players from each region and platform to compete, once again, for their share of $2 million.

  • The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 PC FNCS Finals
  • The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 Console/Mobile FNCS Finals
  • The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 1 FNCS Finals
  • The top 100 players from Season X FNCS Finals
  • Up to 100 players invited directly by Epic

This is a solo tournament, so each member of the qualified duo teams will likely receive an invite. The 100 invited players will be interesting, as well. We may see people like Ninja, SypherPK, NickMercs, and other streamers who placed outside of the threshold participate in the tournament.

Epic is allowing other players to qualify for the event as well. Open qualifiers begin on May 2 for everyone in Champion League. The top 100 players from each region will earn a chance to compete against the best.

Schedule and scoring

The FNCS Invitational will have a new scoring system, according to Epic. This will be a high-scoring tournament, with placement and kill points substantially increased from other events.

Victory Royale: 33 Points
2nd: 26 Points
3rd: 22 Points
4th: 19 Points
5th: 17 Points
6th: 16 Points
7th: 15 Points
8th: 14 Points
9th: 13 Points 
10th: 12 Points
11th – 15th: 9 Points
16th – 20th: 7 Points
21st – 30th: 5 Points
31st – 40th: 3 Points
41st – 50th: 2 Points
51st – 75th: 1 Point

Each Elimination: 4 Points

It will be interesting to see whether or not this new scoring system will speed-up the game. You get a point with each placement in the top-ten, which is probably a good thing. Players won’t feel as ripped-off when they die outside of the placement thresholds, here.

You can take a look at the full schedule of the event, below.

FNCS Invitational: Open Qualifier – All Final Times Listed in Game

May 1: Open Qualifier Session 1 [Middle East]
May 2: Open Qualifier Session 2 [Middle East]
May 2: Open Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 3: Open Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

FNCS Invitational – All Final Times Listed in Game

May 8: Week 1 Session 1 [Middle East]
May 9: Week 1 Session 2 [Middle East]
May 9: Week 1 Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 10: Week 1 Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

May 15: Week 2 Session 1 [Middle East]
May 16: Week 2 Session 2 [Middle East]
May 16: Week 2 Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 17: Week 2 Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

May 22: Revert Round [Middle East]
May 22: Revert Round [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 22: Grand Finals Session 1 [Middle East]
May 23: Grand Finals Session 2 [Middle East]
May 23: Grand Finals Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 24: Grand Finals Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

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