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What is Nexus and what does it mean for Fortnite?

“Nexus” tells us more about where the Fortnite Season 4 story is going than you might realize.

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Fortnite Season 4 is only a couple of days away. As is customary, Epic are releasing daily teasers to lead up to the end of the season and the start of the new one. We know that Season 4 will have a Marvel theme and that Epic are tying the worlds together through the in-game comics that are developing as the days pass.

We’re not focusing on the comics, here. Instead, we’re taking a look at the simpler teasers that Epic are releasing on social media. They’re releasing a letter each day, so far spelling out N-E-X-U. Most fans assume that the finished product will read “NEXUS,” which is a fair assumption, at this point.

This word bears more significance than anything we’re being shown in the comics leading up to the season. In fact, it’s one of the primary reasons that some fans think that Season 4 will be the final season of Chapter 2, as we outlined in a separate article. Take a look at that theory here.

Despite “Nexus” being the central focus of the Season 4 teasers, a lot of players don’t know what it means – nor the significance of the term in both Fortnite and in Marvel Comics. That’s what we’re going to explore, below.

“It’s ALL connected. Pay Attention.” – Donald Mustard

Let’s start with the definition of Nexus: “A connection or series of connections linking two or more things.” This is pretty straightforward; Nexus = connection. Marvel and Fortnite are connecting. It doesn’t go deeper than that, does it?

Well, of course, it does. Nexus is significant in Marvel Comics as “The Nexus of All Realities.” There are several Nexus connections present across Marvel comics – each connecting the intertwined dimensions with one another. We’re no scholars in Marvel Comics, but are aware of several Nexus points across multiple storylines in the comics.

These Nexus points are what allow the multiverse to exist. In many ways, they serve as a plot device that allows writers to expand outside of the cannon Marvel Comics timelines and explore alternative stories that wouldn’t be possible within the framework of one reality. The Nexus is the hub that connects all of these realities.

Thor in Fortnite Season 4

It goes deeper, however. Do you remember the Unvaulting event? The one where the bulk of the community chose the Drum Gun, angering a chunk of the hardcore player base? Yeah, “The Unvaulting Event” wasn’t the official name of that; it was the community-given name for it.

The real name for the event, you ask? You guessed it: The Nexus Event. We entered the Fortnite Nexus and came out on the other side.

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When you combine this with the connection to the Marvel Universe, it virtually confirms the existence of multiple realities within Fortnite. Perhaps, Fortnite is the Nexus of All Realities.

This conclusion makes a lot of sense. So far, Epic have included film, TV, and real-world elements from different sources in the Fortnite world. People forget that Drift is originally from our world and that several Fortnite elements were found in major cities leading up to Season 5.

In our opinion, Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 will finally reveal that Fortnite is the Nexus of All Realities – our world, Marvel, Star Wars, Stranger Things, DC – all of it. It’s all connected by Fortnite: The Nexus. In the words of Donald Mustard, “It’s ALL connected. Pay attention.”

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This Crash Pad trick gives players free kills in competitive Fortnite

Another Fortnite Crash Pad technique has reared its head.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Crash Pads are the most useful item in Fortnite. You can combine them with Bouncers for ultimate mobility, use them to get into an opponent’s box, save yourself from fall damage, and – as it turns out – even more.

Just when we think that we’ve discovered all of the uses for Crash Pads, another one pops up. This new strategy is growing in popularity within the competitive Fortnite community, but is still under-utilized at the time of writing. Naturally, World Cup winner Bugha is on the cutting edge of the trick.

If you didn’t catch the strategy from the clip above, players are using Crash Pads to assassinate players above them in a stacked end-game lobby. All you need to do is make a hole in your structure, build a ramp, and throw a Crash Pad.

One of the players above you will, more than likely, fall through the broken floor and right into your lap. It’s a free refresh for your team.

This is a relatively high-level play, so you don’t need to worry about it if you’re only playing public matches. If you’re preparing for the Season 4 Trios FNCS, however, you should practice the technique and be aware that it might happen to you.

Players routinely find themselves stacked on top of one another in competitive Fortnite. I’d be surprised if we don’t see one or two of these plays in the FNCS Finals this season.

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Ghost Gaming signs NA-East Fortnite pro Nanolite

Ghost Gaming adds Nanolite to their growing Fortnite roster.

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Earlier in the year, it seemed like Ghost Gaming was one of the organizations divesting from professional Fortnite. Several organizations let the contracts of their Fortnite pros expire, while others were waiting in the wings to scoop them up.

Now, several months later, it seems like Ghost was only preparing to reload on their Fortnite talent. Most recently, they signed NA-East pro Nanolite. Ghost Gaming’s newest recruit has been rising the ranks, over the past year, putting together a third-place performance in the DreamHack Anaheim 2020 tournament.

Nanolite has, reportedly, earned over $38,000 from 62 events over the course of his Fortnite career. He also sits, squarely, at number 50 on the FortniteTracker NA-East Power Rankings list.

With the signing, Ghost’s Fortnite roster is surprisingly deep. They now boast Kamo, Sean, Trapped, Zarby, Nittle, Clarity, and Nanolite. We’ll have to wait and see if they’ll stay steady here or continue to add to their growing roster of Fortnite talent.

Organizations have been signing Fortnite free agents left and right. It’s clear that Fortnite isn’t going anywhere as an esport, despite the lowering of the prize pool compared to 2019. Who will be the next free agent to fall? Only time will tell.

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Marvel X Fortnite comic teases unreleased hero skins

A new Marvel comic teases the release of Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther Fortnite skins.

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We’re around the halfway point in Fortnite Season 4, with some of the most popular Marvel heroes already existing within the Fortnite universe. We’ve seen Groot, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Storm, and Mystique included in the Season 4 Battle Pass, with Silver Surfer, Blade, Captain America, and others entering through the Item Shop and past seasons.

There are only a few tier-one Marvel heroes missing from Fortnite, but they might not be out for too long. We already have hero abilities for Venom and Black Panther, which has led fans to assume that they’ll be available later in the season.

Venom in Fortnite

Recently, the VP and Head of Creative at Marvel Games, Bill Roseman, tweeted the cover art for Avengers #37, which will reportedly feature a crossover with Fortnite characters. This could have a profound impact on the lore of Fortnite, so we’ll have to wait and see what it holds when the comic releases on October 4.

On the cover, however, you can see Fortnite characters flying across the Battle Royale island with some of the Marvel heroes that are playable characters in the game. There are a few noteworthy exceptions, however: Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and Black Panther aren’t in the game, yet.

With the rest of these Marvel characters already being a part of Fortnite, we can only assume that these heroes will be immortalized in the game as well. Black Panther was already rumored – his hero ability is in the game – but the rest of them are completely new additions.

If this teaser comes to fruition, then we’ll be seeing all three of these heroes in the Item Shop before the end of the season. We can only hope!

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