Fortnite controller players have been getting a lot of hate in the competitive community. We’re currently in a meta dominated by spray weapons which are inherently controller-friendly. When you combine this with the lack of traps in the game, there’s no deterrent to a controller player jumping into your box with an SMG.
Keyboard and mouse players routinely call for a nerf to aim assist. They say that controller players have no skill or are cheating. Even some high-profile controller pros like Av and Scoped have claimed that aim assist is too powerful.
What about the upside-down controller though? One competitive Fortnite player and streamer, ComboWombo_, uses a flipped controller to dominate high-end lobbies.
According to his Twitch channel, the streamer began playing video games when he was five. The controller was too big for his hands at that age, so he flipped it and learned how to play that way.
It’s mind-boggling to think about using a backward controller on any game, especially Fortnite. Fortnite lets you re-map your entire controller and it seems like ComboWombo uses the directional pad more than most controller players.
At the very least, you can tell that he plays with his default sticks, meaning that they aren’t inverted. He probably got used to this throughout a variety of games before Fortnite.
This has to be one of the most unique gaming setups in existence. AussieAntics highlighted the streamer during one of his recent viewing parties. His chat was understandably stunned.
You can take a look at ComboWombo’s Twitch channel here. He currently has just over 1,800 followers on Twitch. We think that this unique controller choice, alone, should be enough to draw in a few thousand more followers
Lazarbeam teases new Fortnite Icon Series skin
Is Lazarbeam getting a Fortnite skin? That’s what the internet is wondering after the YouTuber teased an announcement on March 1.
Is Lazarbeam getting a Fortnite skin? We explore the YouTuber’s new teaser and supporting evidence of an Icon Series skin.
Since the release of Ninja’s Fortnite skin, fans of the game have been speculating about which creators could be next. We’ve now seen Loserfruit, Lachlan, and TheGrefg receive skins in Fortnite, along with celebrities like Travis Scott and Marshmello.
Well, according to Lazarbeam, it could be him.
Lazarbeam Icon Series Skin
On March 1, Lazarbeam scheduled a video entitled, “MY FORTNITE SKIN REVEAL.” Fans immediately wondered whether or not the Australian YouTuber – known for his gags – was pulling a fast one on his fanbase.
We still don’t know whether or not this announcement is legitimate, but the early signs point to it being the real deal. Lazarbeam even assured his followers that it isn’t clickbait.
Fortnite data miner, iFireMonkey, added further legitimacy to the announcement by looking at the files for the planned video.
“The Lazarbeam Icon Series video appears to be only 2 Minutes and 25 Seconds long according to the videos content details,” he wrote on Twitter. “Due to the video length being pretty short, I would say this is 99% confirmed to be his icon series skin.”
The video is scheduled to release at 5:00 PM EST (2:00 PST), so we’ll know more when we can watch Lazarbeam’s announcement.
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If this is Lazarbeam’s entrance to the Icon Series, it would be the first time that a creator revealed their skin before it was leaked. This could be why Epic and Lazarbeam are announcing it now – before it enters the game files for data miners to find.
Of course, there’s still a small chance that we’re one of the many fans who are taking the bait. We’ll let you know when we see the video in a few hours.
72hrs exposes Arena & tournament instant Gold exploit
Fortnite streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed a massive Gold Bar exploit for Arena and the Season 5 FNCS.
Fortnite is no stranger to exploits, but streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan uncovered a Gold Bar strategy that players can use to cheat in the Season 5 FNCS.
Fortnite Season 5 introduced Gold Bars to the game – a new currency that players can use to upgrade weapons, buy Exotics, and otherwise improve their setup.
In base Fortnite, Gold Bars carry over from game to game. In Arena and tournament play, they don’t, meaning you start every match with 0 Gold Bars. This fact has been under some criticism, as it puts weapon upgrades behind an in-game paywall, making RNG more of a factor in competitive matches and tournaments.
Well, some players have found a way around that, and streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed this exploit to the public.
Fortnite Gold Bar exploit
The exploit revolves around timed quests in Fortnite – something that Epic probably overlooked when implementing the system. You can grab quests from NPCs that last 60 minutes, rather than for one game – meaning you can complete them in the next game you play.
These quests are the same in Arena as they are in public matches. Theoretically, you can grab three quests in one match, back out, and get all of the Gold rewards in your next Arena match.
This is an exploit that should be addressed for Arena Mode, but its real impact can be felt in tournaments. Players can hop into a public match, stack-up on quests, complete 90% of each quest, then play an FNCS qualification game while finishing all of the quests at once for instant Gold Bars.
“People wouldn’t even know if you don’t stream,” Tom explained. “In replay, it doesn’t show you get Gold, so the only way you’d know if people were doing this is if you take the time to slowly count all the Gold that they actually got.”
Your initial thought might be, “Since 72hrs made this video, more people are going to abuse the system.” This is probably right, but there were plenty of people who knew about this exploit before the video went live. Tom’s former teammate, Chap, even admitted that he already knew about the exploit in the former streamer’s chat.
Now, the exploit is out in the open and Epic have to do something about it. Plenty of FNCS players don’t stream their matches for a variety of reasons. As 72hrs said, there’s no way of knowing that these players used the exploit unless you’re specifically looking for it in Replay Mode.
“You gotta think about it like this, too,” 72hrs continued, “So many people are accidentally doing it – they don’t even know. They’re playing pubs, they picked up a quest, they’re like, ‘I’m not f***in’ fueling up a car today, I’ll do it later.’ And then they go into FNCS … and all of a sudden they’re like, ‘Wait, I can upgrade, I have 500 Gold.'”
72hrs presented a question towards the end of the video: is it cheating? It’s hard to say that this is cheating since it’s so easy to accidentally trigger the exploit. Now that it’s out there, though, we can expect more players to take advantage of it in the Season 5 FNCS.
#FreeClix trends as Clix receives indefinite ban on Twitch
Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod has received an indefinite Twitch ban. This is the streamers third ban on Twitch, worrying fans that it could be his last.
One of Fortnite’s biggest stars, Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod, has been banned on Twitch. As of now, this is an indefinite suspension.
Update 2/16/21: Clix has since been unbanned on Twitch.
Four months after signing an exclusive deal with the platform, NRG Fortnite pro, Clix, has been banned indefinitely on Twitch. The news came as an apparent shock to the young streamer, who logged on to find his account suspended after a weekend of record-breaking viewership during the FNCS.
We don’t know the exact reason that Clix was banned, but speculation has it that it was for streaming explicit content. When Tweeting an image of his FNCS performance, Clix opened his folder to reveal a small picture of fellow streamer, Ronaldo, mooning the camera.
The picture was small, difficult to catch, and accidental. Nonetheless, it seems to have resulted in an indefinite suspension for Clix, who has already received two Twitch bans in the recent past.
The first ban was the Twitch ban virus that was going around the Fortnite community. Clix was one of the streamers to play with Zayn when the latter was banned. He also received a ban during the DMCA wave late last year.
NRG CEO, Andy Miller tweeted, “The f***?” and “We on it!” in response to NRG’s #FreeClix Tweet. The hashtag jumped to number-one on trending overnight, showing the power of Clix’s fanbase.
What might be the strangest part of all of this was that Clix’s Boxfight map was featured as a community creation in Fortnite on Monday. It was changed to Skyfall Boxfight within an hour of release. There’s no way to tell if this is related to Clix’s ban, but it’s a strange coincidence.
We doubt that we’ve seen the last of Clix on Twitch. All of his bans have been for accidents or small circumstances that are generally outside of his control. Twitch is the only platform where streamers can receive a ban for simply playing with another banned streamer, for instance.
We’ll keep you posted as this story develops. As we saw with Dr. Disrespect, however, no one is too big of a star for Twitch to permanently ban.
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