Competitive Fortnite fans are no stranger to Arten ‘BallaTW’ Esa – the voice of competitive Fortnite. Balla is a broadcaster, analyst, and widely considered to be one of the most authoritative sources on the competitive side of the game.During the FNCS Solos qualifiers, Balla tweeted that he’d be, “Dropping the biggest blog on why Solos should not be played for major events,” once the competition ended. When it did, he followed through on his promise.The blog included over 4,000 words on why Solos is the worst game mode to feature for major events. He outlines the multiple problems with Solo Fortnite from both a viewership and a competitive standpoint. Most of these problems aren’t as prevalent in larger team modes, as he states in his blog. We suggest that anyone interested in the topic of competitive Fortnite give it a read (link in the tweet, below).
It’s here. My blog about why I believe solos should be relegated as a focus point of competitive Fortnite. They hold a special place in our hearts, and have given us a crazy bit of excitement/fun. Read:https://t.co/0272GnJlyY— Ballatw (@Ballatw) August 18, 2020
Balla touches on some of the primary problems with Solos in his blog: that the most popular players hardly ever win; that collusion, griefing, and drop-splitting is rampant; that narratives are shallow and difficult to craft; that the random elements of Fortnite effect this mode more than any other.
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In the blog, Balla dedicates a large section to the toxicity in Solos. You can disagree with anything Balla has said in his blog, but he’s dead-on in this department. Solos is the most toxic of all of the Fortnite modes. Competitive players are raging, ending their streams, maliciously griefing one another, and incessantly complaining on Twitter.Solos bring the worst out of everyone. It’s the most rage-inducing game mode at every level. A lot of casual players even hate the mode. Anyone who follows competitive Fortnite knows that Fortnite Twitter is a cesspool during solo events. Pros are raging, quitting, and telling Epic how bad they are at their job. Here’s a tweet from Bizzle that Balla used in his blog, but this is only one of the hundreds of similar tweets.
Goes to show how bad this season has been, Epic announces Solo FNCS back to back seasons that nobody wanted and here’s what happens, Cheaters ruining the game, a meta that is the least competitive we have ever seen, terrible servers and awful spectator mode, Step up @EpicGames— Bizzle (@FaZeBizzle) August 10, 2020
As Balla states, tweets like these are bad for everyone. Think of it like this: if a group of MMA fighters came out and said how the UFC is uncompetitive, unfun, and that they wouldn’t want to compete with the organization ever again – would this not hurt the product? Why would you watch something when the most noteworthy participants in the event openly state how much they hate it, how random chance dictates everything, and how everyone is cheating and colluding?
Again, we recommend giving the whole blog a read. Balla talks about many more topics like the necessity of a “main” competitive Fortnite mode, how to fix some of the issues with larger team modes, and his idea for an “ideal tournament ecosystem.”Thankfully, we already know that Season 4 will feature Trios as the FNCS game mode. This mode is a lot more fun to watch and – from what the pros tell us – a lot more fun to participate in. Hopefully, Epic Games take Balla’s advice going forward with these solo events. We’ve come a long way from the World Cup, and it’s time for the competitive Fortnite formats to evolve.Read More