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What does and doesn’t make sense about the Fortnite Season 9 changes

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Blanket statements of angered criticism don’t help anybody. Let’s take a serious look at the Season 9 changes and discuss the what and why.

We believe that over-arching statements of opposition to the Season 9 changes aren’t considered valid criticisms. In order to be constructive, you must provide reasoning along with a hypothesis.

While some influencers have taken a ‘flaming’ route to discussing Season 9, let’s try to do better as we discuss the changes.

We’ll break down the changes into two major categories: ‘What went right?’ and ‘What went wrong?’. Within these sections, you will find specific discussions for things like the Pump Shotgun vaulting, Slipstreams, and others.

What went right with the Season 9 changes?

Pump Shotgun Removal…Sort of

This one could’ve gone much better with other changes…

Before you jump into the comments to repeat Tfue’s or Poach’s words, let us explain our thinking here.

The Pump Shotgun, according to Epic Games, made up 26% of all kills gotten by weapons in Fortnite. Obviously, there’s something skewed with those stats as Fortnite includes dozens of guns and items.

So, removing the Pump Shotgun makes sense from a data perspective. We would still argue that nerfing it would have been a better move. Especially since the Combat Shotgun is included in our ‘What went wrong’ section.

No single weapon should be contributing such a massive percentage to the overall kill rates, but Epic did not look at the source of the problem. Pumps allowed players to quickly ‘one-shot’ players, which shortened fights against players that don’t engage.

While building is a core part of Fortnite, it should not be the only part that matters. Additionally, the mechanic should always be counterable. While the Pump’s removal makes sense for gun balance, Epic failed to look at fight lengths which are caused by ‘passive builders’ who seek to avoid gunfights for extended periods of time with turbo building.

Sound Fixes Part 1

At last we can hear people right behind us…

While the Season 9 v9.00 patch did not fix every sound issue in Fortnite, it came a long way from the last patch of Season 8.

Pickaxes sounds can now be heard clearly when enemies try to breach your builds. This has a minor effect for casual games, but will benefit competitive players greatly. Imagine not being able to hear an enemy break the wall behind you in a hectic 40 man end-game…

The changes are minor, but the implementation is solid and Epic Games has a long list of additional upgrades on the way for Season 9. Some of these will arrive with the v9.1 patch.

New Neo Tilted and Mega Mall

Neo Tilted came into being with v9.00

New locations can be hard to nail and the new Neo Tilted is a massive addition to the game world. Mega Mall also brings a great new look to Retail Row.

Aesthetically, the Epic art team did a great job with the new versions of these locations. They are visually pleasing and give a sense of the ‘future.’ We love them.

More importantly, they give good incentives for players to land. Lots of loot means reduced RNG deaths, varied fights lead to diverse skillsets reigning supreme, and the similarity to old layouts gives long time players an advantage.

While it is natural to feel ‘sad’ about the old Tilted being gone, don’t let nostalgia cloud your judgement. Truly, take a look at the new locations and embrace the design. We believe they are among Epic’s cleanest implementations of new areas so far.

Tactical Shotgun Buff

It’s nice to have you back, old friend

The Tactical Shotgun was a key part of Fortnite’s rise to success. Both the Pump and Tactical used to be usable, but for a long time, this wasn’t so.

The Pump shouldn’t have a monopoly on close range fighting. The Tactical Shotgun brings a more guerrilla, in-and-out style of gameplay to Fortnite.

The buff to the shotgun doesn’t make the weapon overpowered, but rather gives it just enough punch to kill enemies. The shotgun uses quick, timed blasts to break apart enemies as opposed to the Pump’s one shot potential.

What went wrong with the Season 9 changes?

Combat Shotgun

But…why?

Epic decided to vault the Pump shotgun instead of removing it. Alright, that’s their play, but that would require changes to building speeds to allow players more opportunities for kills…or not?

Epic, instead of taking the route of nerfing building (a change requested by many professional and casual players to help bring down long fight times), they decided to add a new ‘shotgun.’

We initially did not think this was a horrible idea, but the implementation is questionable.

We’ll say one good thing about it. The tighter spread would have been a great way to ‘nerf’ the Pump by making players hit a smaller area for one-shots.

But, what’s the point of the aiming for the head when you can just as quickly kill them by spamming the new Combat Shotgun? It shoots faster than the Tactical Shotgun, does superior damage, and has an unacceptably long range.

Shotguns are supposed to excel at close range, but the Combat Shotgun can do decent damage to AR/SMG ranges. What? Why Epic?

Additionally, the Combat Shotgun does not have the same one-shot potential as the Pump. This leads to extremely long fights against players that simply don’t want to gunfight…in a shooter game. A more logical approach would have been to nerf the Pump a little bit along with Turbo Building changes (or removal as some pros want) and/or other building changes.

Mobility – Slipstreams, Ballers, Vents

Rotational skill gaps have decreased even further

Rotations make up a huge part of the skill gap in Battle Royale games. While other aspects can be ‘fluky’, rotations are based the player’s ability to traverse the map in a smart way.

The more mobility Epic adds into Fortnite, the less skill these rotations take. There is a fine balance between fun and skill, but we would argue that something which takes skill is thereby also fun.

Some forms of mobility in Fortnite’s past did not overly simplify rotations ie. the Quadcrasher or the Shopping Cart. Both of these vehicles move fairly slowly and put players at risk while giving them a chance at faster rotations.

The Ballers of Season 8 were a disaster for rotational skill and allowed quick escapes even if the player was a novice at Battle Royale. Nerfs helped with the vehicle’s power slightly, but it should have been vaulted in Season 9 to allow for rotational skill increases in our opinion.

Then Epic decided to further defeat the point of learning rotations by adding the Slipstream system. These allow players to travel from fight to fight extremely quickly and worsens the ‘third-partying’ problem. This is when players enter existing fights for easy kills (siphoning helped with this…).

The Slipstream system could have been great, but Epic went overboard with the ‘ease of use’ again. Players can fly out at any angle and deploy their glider even without Redeploys in their inventory. The stream can also act as an Volcano Vent if the angle is right. Epic doesn’t seem to care about rotational skill at this point.

Fortnite World Cup Support

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Are competitive players a joke to you, Epic? -via Epic Games

As our final topic, we must discuss the Fortnite World Cup and Epic’s continued neglect of competitive norms.

Many of Epic’s philosophies work well to break the mold of the gaming industry, but their esports plans are not among these.

Competitive, in its most basic form, simply means ‘fair.’ Not ‘anti-casual,’ just fair. All players generally want a fair and level playing field against other players and that is what professional players have been calling for.

Gameplay balance is a hard art and Epic’s decisions can lead in one direction or another, but competitive Fortnite should remain stable.

This is why it would have been excellent to see Epic Games declare that all live server changes would be delayed for Arena and World Cup modes. From here on out, the patches would arrive for the core modes first.

This would allow for any problems to be sorted out like balance issues, bugs, etc. The patch could contain all the usual changes and the competitive scene would only be affected in 2-3 weeks time. This way pro players have time to practice the new mechanics and avoid ‘fluke victories.’

Call of Duty may have other problems, but at least they delay patches – via Activision

Many other games do this as a matter of course. League of Legends, Halo, Gears of War, Call of Duty, and Rainbow Six Siege all delay their patches for the competitive side. Why Epic doesn’t do this is truly a mystery.

Additionally, they gave a statement on a ‘feature’ which most consider a bug. The feature in questions is one where Duos Arena/World Cup points are not counted if one player disconnects before the game begins.

A Finnish duo would have qualified to the World Cup, but a glitch made one player stay back in the lobby. The other player clutched up by himself and got them enough points for the World Cup Finals, but Epic did not count the points.

Justification? It’s too unfair for the players playing alone against duos. Are you confused? Yes, we were too when they released the statement last week.


What do you think of Season 9 so far? Answer without thinking about what your favorite influencer has said (or what we have said here). Give us your own raw opinion on the changes based on your own gameplay.

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When Fortnite Chapter 3 starts and Chapter 2 Season 8 ends

Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Chapter 2 Season 9 starts. The season is off to a wild start, and it’s only going to get crazier.

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Fortnite Season 8 just started, but it might not be your cup of tea. Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Season 9 starts.

Fortnite Season 7 was out of this world in the most literal sense. But Fortnite Season 8 is even wilder. From a map filled with cubes to mysterious alternate realities, it’s already surpassed Season 7 on the crazy scale.

But that doesn’t mean Season 8 is for everyone. Some players are already asking when Fortnite Season 8 ends and season 9 starts. This article will answer both those questions and more!

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

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When Does Fortnite Season 8 End?

Fortnite Season 8 will end on December 4, 2021. The end of Season 8 will feature a live event starting at 4 PM EST. This will allow Fortnite Chapter 3 to start just in time for the annual Holiday event.

Since Fortnite is reaching a climactic point in its overarching storyline, players can expect an end-of-season event. Fortnite Season 7 featured an interactive experience, and a similar event will likely be held at the end of Season 8.

When Does Fortnite Season 9 Start?

There actually won’t be a Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 9. Instead, players can look forward to Chapter 3 starting on December 6, 2021. Keeping with the recent trend, Fortnite Seasons start the day after the current season ends.

Fortnite has made a habit recently of jumping from one season to the next with no breaks in between. However, it is possible that there will be extensive downtime between Fortnite Season 8 and Chapter 3. As was the case for Season X and Chapter 2.

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Is There a Fortnite Season 8 Live Event?

Yes, there will be a Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 end event. It will actually be the Chapter 2 Finale. When the event takes place on December 5th, players will join an event playlist titled The End.

The event’s conclusion will likely be followed by an extended period of downtime. This is because dataminers have found an updated Black Hole boot-up screen in Fortnite’s files.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 2 Season 8. This is the eighth season of the second chapter which started after Chapter 1 Season 10. While most players refer to this season as “Season 8”, it’s technically Season 18.

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As well, the Fortnite Crew Pack is starting a storyline connected to Midas that will span the next three months. This is the same time frame that Fortnite Season 8 will take place. This means the new Fortnite season could be related to another one of Midas’ plans.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 9 starts. For more Fortnite, check out every Alien Artifact location in Season 7 and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Fortnite x Naruto Skin: release date, price, and new Mythic Weapon

Naruto is coming to Fortnite soon in the form of a skin and a boss NPC. Check out when the collab is taking place, and what it includes.

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Fans have been begging Fortnite for a Naruto skin collab for the past several months. Thanks to dataminers, we know when Naruto will be coming to Fortnite.

Naruto is one of the most popular anime in existence. Regardless of whether you are a fan of anime, you likely know or have heard of Naruto Uzumaki. And it seems that the Seventh Hokage may be coming to Fortnite.

It only makes sense that one of the most-popular anime would crossover with one of the most popular video games. And it’s a crossover that Fortnite fans have been begging for. But when is the crossover going to take place?

Ever since it was revealed through court documents that Fortnite had been planning a Naruto collab, players have been anticipating his release. Now, it seems that Fortnite is going to release the long-awaited Naruto skins in less than a month.

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Naruto X Fortnite Release Date confirmed

Epic Games has officially announced the Fortnite x Naruto crossover. In a tweet from the official Fortnite Twitter, an image states that Naruto will be coming to The Island on November 16, 2021.

Naruto Skin price list

The Naruto skins have officially been added to Fortnite, and here is how much players will have to spend to buy each one.

  • Naruto Uzumaki – 1,500 V-Bucks
  • Sasuke Uchiha – 1,500 V-Bucks
  • Sakura Haruno – 1,500 V-Bucks
  • Kakashi Hatake – 1,500 V-Bucks

However, you can also purchase bundles to get each skin at a discount:

  • Naruto & Kakashi Bundle – 2,100 V-Bucks
  • Sasuke & Sakura Bundle – 2,200 V-Bucks
  • Shinobi Gear Bundle – 1,500 V-Bucks

There are also pickaxes, gliders, and emotes up for grabs:

  • Kurama Glider – 1,200 V-Bucks
  • Summoning Justsu – 300 V-Bucks
  • Ramen Break – 300 V-Bucks
  • Kunai Pickaxe – 500 V-Bucks
  • Hidan Scythe – 800 V-Bucks
  • Black Ops Sword – 500 V-Bucks

Naruto Cosmetics revealed via promos

While Epic Games hasn’t posted the skins, we now know which Naruto characters are coming to Fortnite and what they look like. Promo images have been leaked showing all four characters in the collab.

These characters include Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, and Sakura. Each character also comes with a Back Bling, and there will likely be more purchasable cosmetics in the collab.

Leaker details new Mythic Shuriken and Creative Hub

HYPEX is one of the most popular Fortnite Dataminers, and this is because they are a very credible source of information. Hopefully, that remains true, as HYPEX has tweeted that Naruto will be added on November 16th.

He also claims that Naruto will come with a Hidden Leaf Village Creative Hub. The skins and hub are planned to release on November 16th at 2 PM UTC/ 9 AM ET. We have also seen various Naruto assets leaked by HYPEX.

These assets include a Mythic explosive shuriken, a Naruto boss NPC, and a ramen bowl identical to the one in the show. As well, HYPEX has found two encrypted skins in the files that are believed to be a part of the collab named “HeadbandK” and “HeadbandS”.

As of right now, that’s all we know about the Naruto x Fortnite collab. If what HYPEX says is true, the Naruto skin will be in Fortnite very soon. And when that happens, we will update this story with the price, release date, and Mythic Weapon info.

For more Fortnite, check out how to refund cosmetic items for V-Bucks, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Fortnite’s Combat Pistol is a worse version of the now vaulted pistol

The new Combat Pistol is worse than Fortnite’s now vaulted pistol. Here’s why the Combat Pistol is inferior to the OG Pistol.

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The new Combat Pistol in Fortnite Season 8 is a slight downgrade from the original pistol, and players aren’t happy about it.

The pistol has been a staple weapon in Fortnite since Chapter 1 Season 1. The phrase “it’s better than nothing” definitely applies to the Pistol. It’s not very strong, has poor range, and is at the bottom of every tier list.

However, if you and an opponent land at the same spot, a pistol beats not having a weapon. Yet, Fortnite has somehow managed to introduce a weapon that’s worse than the original Pistol.

In fact, Epic Games has crafted a “new” weapon that is seemingly the original pistol but with worse stats. The new Combat Pistol is now in Fortnite, but players aren’t happy with its arrival.

The Combat Pistol is worse than the OG

On November 9th, Epic Games issued a Hotfix that introduced three major changes. The Sideways Rifle was buffed, the Combat Pistol was added, and the OG Pistolw was vaulted.

At first, players were excited to try out the new Combat Pistol. The Combat Assault Rifle was recently added, and it tears through players easily. The Combat Shotgun is a fan favorite weapon that won a recent poll. So why wouldn’t the Combat Pistol be amazing too?

Well, players absolutely hate the new Combat Pistol. Reddit user phr00t_ expressed their opinion of the weapon, and many comments agreed.

The Combat Pistol deals one less damage than the OG Pistol. It has one less bullet in its clip. It has substantially worse recoil than the OG. But it does have a slightly faster reload time and less bullet spread.

However, players do seem to like the sound the Combat Pistol makes. For all of its shortcomings, at least it sounds good when you shoot it. That being said, I’m sure players will continue to drop their pistols for Grey SMGs, and many players may never get around to shooting it.

For more Fortnite, check out how to get the new Icy Grappler Exotic, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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