Fortnite streamer Al ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has an idea of how Epic can properly balance shotguns in Fortnite. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t have anything to do with the Pump.
Fortnite Season 5 is truly a return to form for the game. Season 4 brought a ton of “old Fortnite” vibes back, and Season 5 brought entirely new mechanics to add to the foundation.
Of course, these massive changes meant that some fan-favorite items and mechanics had to go. The two most game-altering changes were the removal of Pumps and Upgrade Stations.
Most hardcore Fortnite players miss the Pump, but the removal of Upgrade Benches might be more significant. Now, instead of visiting any POI and trading materials for a better weapon, you need to visit specific locations and make sure you have enough Gold with you.
In Arena Mode, upgrading a weapon to Epic or Legendary is nearly impossible. You start each match with 0 Gold Bars, so farming enough gold and visiting one of the few NPCs that offer upgrades is more difficult than randomly finding a better option.
Streamer and YouTuber SypherPK touched on this issue in one of his recent videos. The title and thumbnail focused on the Pump, but Sypher’s major suggestion related to weapon upgrades more than anything.
Sypher noted the discrepancy between the Green and Purple Tac, along with the extremely niche opportunities to upgrade your weapon. His solution was simple: “I think every single NPC should give you the option to upgrade your weapons.”
The low availability of weapon upgrades affects the shotgun meta more than anything else. A Scar is nice to have, but an Uncommon AR will do just fine. The same is true of SMGs.
Shotguns have always been the backbone of Fortnite combat, however, and the lack of upgrades adds a huge amount of randomness to a given Fortnite match.
If Epic decide to extend the NPC system past Season 5, they need to strongly consider Sypher’s suggestion of allowing all NPCs to upgrade weapons. Will they make this change or reenable Upgrade Benches? Only time will tell.
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has an idea on how to improve the underpowered Dragon’s Breath shotgun in Fortnite.
4 weeks ago
December 8, 2020
The newest shotgun in Fortnite, the Dragon’s Breath shotgun, is generally considered to be underpowered. Popular streamer, Ninja, has an idea on how to improve it.
Fortnite Season 5 has been a resurgence for the game, with players flocking back in droves. Streamers like CourageJD, TimTheTatMan, and DrLupo have begun playing the game again – even by themselves, in some cases.
The only negative that many players have with the new season involves the Pump’s vaulting. This fan-favorite weapon was removed from the game to make way for the Dragon’s Breath shotgun.
The current state of this new shotgun is underwhelming, to say the least. It lights structures on fire and deals some decent damage, but it has a one-shot magazine and long reload time, which leads some players to choose any other shotgun over the Dragon’s Breath.
Ninja returned to Fortnite in Season 4, so he’s seen the meta shift between seasons, firsthand. During a recent stream, he picked up the Dragon’s Breath shotgun and decided to give it a whirl.
After using the new weapon, Ninja saw the problems that so many players have been complaining about. It’s not an ideal gun for Solo play, and the long reload time makes it incredibly punishing to use.
“What kind of a s*** gun is that, man?” Ninja exclaimed after dying and mocking the reload speed of the weapon. “If you’re gonna make it have four bullets – but it all shoots in one – at least let me stop loading the gun at one, two, or three and make the damage fall off.”
This was a quick concept by Ninja, but it seems to be the best answer for the Dragon’s Breath shotgun. The gun is almost unusable in Solos and often requires you to carry a Tac alongside it just to follow-up your first shot.
What if Ninja’s suggestion came true? Epic could allow players to load one, two, or three pellets into the gun before shooting. This way, they can defend themselves if they miss their first shot, at least.
It’s clear that the Dragon’s Breath needs some work before players begin regularly carrying it in Fortnite matches. Until then, it will be a novelty weapon relegated to team play.
Epic Games proved that they listen to community feedback by adding a small book to Fortnite Season 5 based on SypherPK’s ‘How to Win’ series.
1 month ago
December 4, 2020
Fortnite Season 5 added a lot of new things to the game. One of the more under-the-radar changes involved SypherPK’s proposed book at the Weather Station.
Towards the end of Season 4, Twitch streamer and YouTuber Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan had an idea. Since Epic seemed to be listening to the community and responding to popular memes, he wanted to create one of his own.
Sypher has had a Fortnite video series since he started playing the game: “How to Win.” In a video released ahead of the Season 4 update, he called for his fans to lobby Epic to add a “How to Win” book to the Weather Station – the Chapter 2 POI he frequents during many of his recordings.
When Season 5 was released, Sypher’s fans flooded the Weather Station, looking for a red book. Sure enough, the book was there. Not only was the book at the Weather Station, but it was indestructible, leading unaware players to wonder why there was an invincible red book at one of the longstanding Chapter 2 POIs.
After staying up all night for the patch, Sypher was ecstatic to see his creation in-game. One of the most dedicated Fortnite streamers on any platform might not have an Icon Series skin or even a skin bundle, but he has his book.
Sypher tweeted his on-stream reaction to seeing the book for the first time. “It doesn’t break, bro!” he said, giddy with laughter. “This is my creation! We actually added something to the game!”
In some ways, this is better than having an Icon Series skin in Fortnite. Unaware Redditors began posting clips of the book, wondering what it is. It’s an Easter Egg for Sypher fans and an immediate way to decipher (no pun intended) who is and isn’t in on the joke.
Hopefully, Epic continue to add some creator-focused Easter Eggs to Fortnite. Following Sypher’s method, all it would take is a popular creator making a small request in one of their videos.
Nick Eh 30 gets a Twitch streamer banned on Fortnite for stream sniping him during the Nick Eh 30 Cup.
1 month ago
November 24, 2020
Nick Eh 30 has had a big couple of weeks in Fortnite, hosting his own cup and receiving an in-game skin pack with his favorite cosmetic loadout.
The Nick Eh 30 Cup was another in a line of creator-hosted Fortnite tournaments where fans could compete against some of the game’s biggest names for a chance to win cash prizes. This one saw Crumble, a relatively unknown Fortnite pro, take home first prize.
The Cup didn’t finish with a lack of drama. Every streamer and pro player has to deal with some level of stream snipers, but Nick had to face this difficulty in the last match of his own cup.
One of the people who landed on Nick, Archie FN, was live on Twitch. He eliminated Nick and another stream sniper before dancing on Nick’s body for no less than 30 seconds.
The always-positive Nick Eh 30 was visibly shaken by what happened. He sounded disappointed and dejected as he went back into replay mode to report the stream snipers who landed on him.
As thousands of Nick Eh 30 fans flooded his chat, Archie told them, “No hate to Nick. I want to give him a hug; he’s the nicest bloke. Nick, can you get in call and show me how to loot this place?”
Thankfully, Epic have been taking swift action to combat stream sniping in Fortnite. Archie received a 24-hour ban as soon as he returned to the lobby.
When Nick saw the screen telling him that action had been taken on his opponent’s account, he immediately smiled and laughed. “No way they did that,” he said, laughing. “I don’t know why I let that get to me so much, man.”
It’s always good to see justice served, and even better that Epic are combating stream snipers so quickly. SypherPK reported a similar experience, where he got a stream sniper banned in about 15 minutes.
Archie, for his part, released a statement on the alleged stream sniping. He claimed that he wasn’t stream sniping at all – that he was, instead, searching for a lightly-contested landing spot without any tier-1 pros. He was playing off-ping, and decided to land on Nick Eh 30 after watching the replay of a previous game.
“This is a video game,” Archie explained in a video. “Money involved, but why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself? I’m 20 and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”