One of FaZe Clan’s star Fortnite players, Nate Hill, stopped by the FortniteCompetitive Reddit to give an AMA on May 14. Here’s a recap!
Nate Hill signed to FaZe Clan’s Fortnite Battle Royale roster in August 2018, and since then has gone on to reach the title of fifth highest-earning Fortnite player in the world.
The model turned esports pro has been through some up and downs since he started to compete about a year ago, but that hasn’t stopped his drive to win.
On May 14, Nate Hill dropped by the FortniteCompetitive subreddit to answer some questions for fans regarding competing professionally, the Fortnite World Cup, and more.
We compiled the best answers from the AMA for you. If you want to read the entire thread, you can do so here.
World Cup pressure
Q: “How do/did you deal with the pressure of being one of the highest professional Fortnite comp players? Especially with attempting to qualify for the World Cup (congrats btw!!! Proud of you bro!)”
NH: “Now that I’ve qualified I feel an immense relief of pressure going forward to worlds. I’ve always felt like an underdog in peoples eyes so I never really felt pressure to perform for anybody but myself. That and I was winning, alot. The first Competitive Tourney I ever played in (Ninja Chicago I won with Funk) and from there placed highly in basically every tournament and major tournament (#4 Pax and #2 Twitchcon) until fall skirmish ended. It was the last tournament to use the 3000 mat Meta. After that everything changed, and I admit I was slow to adapt to the 1500 mat meta. I adapted to every other change basically instantly, but this was a completely different game. Not only did we get 1500 mats, but were punished by planes, quad launchers, deagle/rpg. The list goes on. I started to lose love for the game and was under performing in the 3 tournaments after TC and then felt pressure from myself to change something or get left behind. I learned different timings and places to take fights that may refresh your mat count and coupled with countless hours of practice, I was able to qualify for the world cup and regain confidence. The best way to deal with the pressure is having a copious amount of practice to fall back on. Remember its just a game and everyone else is feeling it too. The person who recognizes that, will usually be the victor.”
Dealing with negative feedback
Q: “There was a lot of negative backlash from the community, mainly trolls and younger kids. But it had to have taken a toll on you mentally, I know this watching you as a sub on your stream, it was not easy for you. My question is, how did you, and Funkbomb, handle the issue when facing so much negativity and hate for so long? I actually quite admire you for this reason and wish you best success in the WC :)”
NH: “The days after getting banned from the Skirmish were some of the lowest In my life. I’ve been through stuff like this before as well. I was wrongly Dq’d from a golf tournament that could have changed my entire life. I moved my ball marker on the green so my opponent could putt through my line, rushed to the bathroom to take a #2 as I was about to give birth on the green and when I came back forgot to replace my ball marker 2 inches to the right and sank my birdie putt. Now In the PGA its a two-shot penalty which would have been fine and I would have advanced to the next round, but for some reason, in a PA high school tournament, I was disqualified from something I worked my ass off to get to. Now cut to Fall Skirmish, Funk makes an unintentional mistake and we both get held over the fire for it. Deep down I know we didn’t do anything wrong, but yet again I have to face the consequences and yet again lose something I love. I lost viewers, subs, every comment on my socials, YouTube, Twitter were all damning. It was really hard to see thousands of people who don’t even know you try to rip apart a career you love and just barely started. I think we knew that at some point it would die down and the people who actually looked into what happened would be completely on our side. I was lucky enough to have good people around my life and community on Twitch that helped me through it as well, so thank them for that.”
Q: “Did you have financial help from your family or did you work full time to support yourself while gaming? Assuming you were 23 years old when Fortnite came out, I would assume you lived on your own with many bills. How did you manage to game while supporting yourself? I feel this is a big issue that most young gamers run in to, when considering gaming full time, and balancing the reality of finances. I know many people who are very good gamers, who could probably go full-time if they were able to, but are limited with the fact that they need to work to pay the bills, any advice for serious gamers in similar situations?”
NH: “I worked full time as a model and did everything I could to do it on my own. There were times when I thought maybe I’d have to get another real job to keep paying rent. One month had to borrow $500 from my roommate to pay it. That was the month of the Ninja Chicago tourney. I didn’t know where my next check was coming from and basically invested everything into winning that. If I didn’t, I don’t know where I would have got the money to pay my bills. Now, this is a horrible way to live, I do believe in following your dreams and taking risks to succeed, but I don’t think its the best path to take. If you want to do something like gaming, it is a gamble. Coming from a poker player, you need to save up a bankroll to allow yourself enough time to pursue your dream full time. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but can buy opportunity.”
Meeting the duo of a lifetime
Q: “How did you meet Funk, and what’s it like being the oldest duo qualified so far?”
NH: “He killed me in a random game way back in season 2 or something, and I remembered the name as I saw it pop up in low money tourneys we were both playing in. I randomly was on Ninjas stream one day and heard him talk about this tourney in Chicago he will be hosting. I was so upset I didn’t hear of the Vegas one I had to get into this one. I was lucky enough to get 2 tickets right away and from there I needed to find a duo. I had friends I played with, but they weren’t quite on that next level, so I had to try out people. I reached out to him told him of the tourney and learned he lived in Chicago. Once we started playing and stomping pub duo games (our only practice) it was a no brainer he was the guy. Honestly being the oldest duo at 24 and 23 feels pretty cool haha. I like representing the old dudes, and reminding everyone we can hang with the younger prodigies.”
Nate Hill and FunkBomb qualified for the Fortnite World Cup as a duo, and will be fighting for a slice of the $30 million prize pool from July 26 to July 28.
Fortnite leaks confirm Beerus, Goku, and Vegeta skins for Dragon Ball Z crossover in Chapter 3
Anime fans in the Fortnite community are waiting for the Dragon Ball Z crossover, and leaks have confirmed that it will bring in Beerus.
Fortnite v21.30 update introduced a ton of new content and the files now have more Dragon Ball Z elements. From skins for Beerus, Goku, and Vegeta to a Bulma reference, here’s everything we know so far.
Fortnite players were certainly shocked when they came across leaks regarding a Dragon Ball Z crossover. Both waves of the Naruto cosmetics were a massive hit in the Item Shop and it is evident that the developers now wish to capitalize on other popular anime series.
Leaks previously revealed that four skins will arrive in the first-ever Dragon Ball Z x Fortnite crossover, and one of them is going to be Beerus.
Fortnite is working on a Beerus skin for the Dragon Ball Z crossover
As per prominent leaker HYPEX, Epic Games is working on a purple skin codenamed ‘Cat’. For anyone who’s watched Dragon Ball Z, this isn’t a tough one to crack. Beerus, the god of destruction of Universe 7, perfectly fits this description.
With this, three skins have been confirmed for the upcoming DBZ crossover:
The fourth skin will be a female character according to leaks, and it is safe to assume that it will be Bulma.
Following the v21.30 update, HYPEX discovered that one of the Fortnite x DBZ quests will have a beach umbrella setup. This could be a reference to many things like the Kame House, Bulma, or Beerus but it is too early to confirm it.
The Creative Stamina item that started all the rumors about the crossover will also be available on the map. It might be a part of some quests or the developers might just tease the crossover through it.
Last but not least, the Attack Pods from Dragonball will arrive as Gliders in Fortnite. The 21.30 patch added a glider texture with a striking resemblance to these pods and even its codename, StaminaVigor, suggests that it is related to DBZ.
Fortnite x Dragon Ball Z crossover to have a special event screen, quests, and rewards
It seems like the DBZ crossover will be quite similar to Naruto. Players can look forward to taking part in challenges that will grant them free DBZ-themed skins. Obviously, this will be accompanied by Goku, Vegeta, and Beerus outfits in the Item Shop.
The official website for the DBZ crossover is in the works. It should become functional by August, which is also when Epic Games will officially announce the collaboration.
As of now, this is everything we know about the upcoming DBZ x Fortnite crossover. The next update for Chapter 3 Season 3 will be out after four weeks, and until then, players can enjoy the new summer-themed content.
Fortnite update v21.30 patch notes: No Sweat Summer event, Prime Shotgun, more
Fortnite v21.30 is finally here. From the No Sweat Summer event to new POIs to weapons, here’s everything that arrived with it.
Ahead of the developers’ summer break, Fortnite has released the v21.30 update. It has arrived with the No Sweat Summer event, map changes like Daily Bloomgle, new Prime Shotgun, and more.
The hype for Fortnite v21.30 was sky-scraping because Epic Games will soon go on a break till the second week of August. This means that the battle royale title won’t experience any live changes for the upcoming weeks, and the latest update should ensure that the community doesn’t get bored.
Fortnite v21.30 brings in a No Sweat Insurance NPC, summer-themed POI, and new No Sweat Summer event quests
Fortnite players desperately wanted to celebrate the summer in battle royale modes this time. Luckily, the No Sweat Summer event is here with the v21.30 update.
No Sweat Insurance quests will replace the Vibin quests for the next four weeks as the Scientist’ research regarding the Reality Tree will be halted temporarily.
No Sweat Summer quests
The latest No Sweat Summer quests in Fortnite are:
- Land after jumping from the Battle Bus during the No Sweat Summer event
- Carry the No Sweat sign and place it at a sponsorship location
- Complete a lap around the boat race circuit after the starting countdown
- Make a Character dance to a Boogie Bom
- Emote at different promotional dance floor locations
- Ring doorbells until they break
- Catch 3 seconds of air while driving a Motorboat
- Remove No Sweat signs from recalled products
- Place the No Sweat signs in an official bin
- Pop No Sweat Summer inflatable objects
- Jump on umbrellas along the beach
- Kick a beach ball and kick a giant beach ball
- Fire off the Firework Flare Gun at Mighty Monument or Tilted Towers
- Bust through doors in different neighborhoods
- Destroy large sea buoys with Motorboat Missiles
These quests will grant 15k XP each and a new Sweaty Sailer umbrella glider will be a free reward for completing them. The quests also indicate that the Boogie Bombs will return soon. The goofy item has been a fan-favorite for ages, and it makes perfect sense for it to return during a Vibin’ themed season.
New summer-themed NPCs will now roam around the island. These include:
- Beach Bomber
- Summer Drift
- The Underwriter
- Boardwalk Ruby
The Underwriter is the newest NPC in Fortnite and represents the New Sweat Insurance building from Tilted Towers. In contrast, Unpeely, Beach Bomber, and Boardwalk Ruby are famous characters who always return during the summer.
Fortnite community to vote for Tilted Tower buildings through Rebuild the Block quests
The restoration of Tilted Towers began in Chapter 3 Season 3. Fortnite asked map builders to come up with their best building designs and nine buildings have made the cut.
In the coming weeks, players will donate bars for the construction projects in Tilted Towers. The building design with the most votes will officially become a part of the POI. This will also help players in completing the Rebuild The Block quests:
- Donate Bars voting for construction projects on The Block
- Survive Storm Phases during the Rebuild the Block Event
- Eliminate enemy players during the Rebuild the Block Event
- Complete Rebuild the Block quest stages (3/7/12).
It is clear that we’ll witness new Rebuild The Block quests every week and the developers are yet to reveal the subsequent stages.
To be fair, the XP crisis in Chapter 3 Season 3 could come to an end now as every Rebuild The Block quest will reward players with 14,000 XP.
New Prime Shotgun and consumable Ice-Cream item enter the loot pool with Fortnite v21.30
A brand-new Prime Shotgun will be available in chests, supply drops, and floor loot with v21.30. The stats of this weapon at Rare rarity are:
- Reload Time-4.5
- Clip size– 4
- Headshot damage– 138
- Fire Rate– 1.05
Leaks have revealed that the Prime Shotgun is an explosive weapon with a surprisingly long range for a shotgun. Its damage output is brilliant and the slow fire rate seems to be the only downside.
New consumable items have been added in the form of Ice Cones. These include:
- Lil Whip’s Special Serve for Health and Shield
- Guzzling Icecream Cone which slowly heals health
- Frozen Iceream Cone for Health and it makes things slippery
- Icecream Cone for Health
- Spicy Icecream Cone for Health and Shield
Interestingly, the files of the Burst SMG have been updated as well and it might return soon.
Daily Bugle changes to Daily Bloomgle in Fortnite v21.30 and other map changes
Epic Games has continued the amazing map changes in Chapter 3 Season 3 with the latest update. Daily Bugle, under the effect of the Reality Tree, is now called Daily Bloomgle. As usual, it will now switch between themes based on Neo Tilted, Coral Castle, Colossal Coliseum, and more.
The Reality Tree will continue to grow and after Daily Bugle, it’ll reach Condo Canyon.
Last but not least, a summer-themed stage will be set up on the island for No Sweat Summer. This is where players can expect to complete their event-based quests and earn a ton of XP.
Hotfix updates will be released weekly but no major Fortnite updates will arrive for almost a month now. The developers have already added weekly quests till Week 10, and the Dragon Ball Z crossover will be released after the break.
Fortnite Indiana Jones quests: How to find the secret door in Shuffled Shrines
Fortnite players can finally unlock Indiana Jones with v21.20. They must find the secret door in Shuffled Shrines and here’s a guide for it.
The Indiana Jones quests are finally here in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. Here’s how you can find the secret door past the main chamber in Shuffled Shrines.
While players were expecting Fortnite v21.20 to revolve around No Sweat Summer, it has turned out to be all about Indiana Jones. The secret skin for this season’s Battle Pass is now unlockable through challenges and a brand new POI called Shuffled Shrines has been added to the map.
The Shuffled Shrines puzzle in Fortnite allows players to enter the secret door
First and foremost, you must visit the brand new Shuffled Shrines POI on the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 island. It is located south of Sanctuary, and has been marked in the image below:
After landing, you have to search the location for clues and find four runes on each edge of Shuffled Shrines. They will display one of these Red, Blue, and Yellow symbols:
The runes (clues) will be scattered across Shuffled Shrines and their symbol resets every game. Hence, you should not try copying the patterns that worked for others.
It is important to find the fure runes and then head to the middle of Shuffled Shrines where you will find four interactive runes in front of a door.
Solving the puzzle is basically a game of hit-and-miss. You have to rotate the runes according to the clues. To open the door, the symbols on the runes in front of the door should be identical to the ones that are scattered around Shuffled Shrines.
Apparently, the symbol of the runes on the left should match with the rune located in the southwest corner of Shuffled Shrine. Similarly, the one placed second from the left should match with the rune located on the top right corner (Northwest).
After solving the puzzle correctly, the main chamber should open. However, be careful because the path is full of traps.
Where is the secret door past the main chamber in Shuffled Shrine
It is important to note that the challenge doesn’t complete when you solve the puzzle and enter the main chamber. There’s an artifact inside that grants 250 Gold Bars, but more importantly, there’s a secret door to the right of this artifact. The entrance is hidden by green bushes.
Players can enter this area and find two chests inside which should complete the Indiana Jones challenge. This quest will not only provide XP, but will help in unlocking the character’s outfit and a selectable style.
Finding the secret door past the main chamber is clearly more complex than any of the challenges we’ve ever seen in Fortnite. The puzzles and the traps are already too harsh but before that, players must fight a ton of opponents who’ll land to complete the same quest.
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