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Fortnite: New Season 7 Arena Mode Point System Explained, More Changes To Come?

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ESTNN breaks down the recent Arena Mode changes deployed by Epic Games.


Fortnite Battle Royale players worldwide are deep in the trenches of Chapter 2 - Season 7. The season has objectively been one of the best in a long time. Epic Games has taken a conscious approach to satisfy both casual and competitive players. For the non-sweats, there are new weapons such as the Rail Gun, Recon Scanner to accompany pilotable Flying Saucers. Competitive players have enjoyed an entirely segmented loot pool without any of the previously mentioned weapons and vehicles in the equation.

Epic Games released patch v17.10 earlier today, and it’s perhaps the most robust in quite a long time. Competitive players finally saw their Arena Mode ranks reset to zero after an extended preseason period. Epic used this time to change Arena Mode scoring, offering more placement points while keeping elimination points the same. It’s the first real adjustment to Arena Mode of late, and more could be coming, according to Epic Games.

Arena Mode Scoring Changes

Not many changes have occurred in Arena Mode over the last few seasons, so Epic is experimenting with different scoring systems based on placement. While division and elimination points remain the same, Epic has divided more placement points in solo, duo and trio playlists.

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Here is the new point distribution in patch v17.10 compared to previous seasons:

Solo

Old Format

  • Reach Top 25: 60 points
  • Reach Top 15: 30 points
  • Reach Top 5: 30 points
  • Victory Royale: 60 points
  • Each Elimination: 20 points

New Format

  • Reach Top 50: 10 points
  • Reach Top 35: 10 points
  • Reach Top 30: 10 points
  • Reach Top 25: 15 points
  • Reach Top 20: 10 points
  • Reach Top 15: 10 points
  • Reach Top 10: 15 points
  • Reach Top 5: 15 points
  • Reach Top 3: 10 points
  • Reach Top 2: 25 points
  • Victory Royale: 50 points
  • Each Elimination: 20 points

Duo

Old Format

  • Reach Top 12: 60 points
  • Reach Top 7: 30 points
  • Reach Top 3: 30 points
  • Victory Royale: 60 points
  • Each Elimination: 10 points

New Format

  • Reach Top 25: 10 points
  • Reach Top 20: 5 points
  • Reach Top 17: 5 points
  • Reach Top 15: 5 points
  • Reach Top 12: 5 points
  • Reach Top 10: 10 points
  • Reach Top 5: 5 points
  • Reach Top 3: 10 points
  • Reach Top 2: 25 points
  • Victory Royale: 50 points
  • Each Elimination: 15 points

 

Trio

Old Format

  • Reach Top 8: 60 points
  • Reach Top 4: 30 points
  • Reach Top 2: 30 points
  • Victory Royale: 60 points
  • Each Elimination: 7 points

New Format

  • Reach Top 15: 5 points
  • Reach Top 10: 10 points
  • Reach Top 9: 5 points
  • Reach Top 8: 5 points
  • Reach Top 7: 5 points
  • Reach Top 6: 5 points
  • Reach Top 5: 10 points
  • Reach Top 4: 5 points
  • Reach Top 3: 10 points
  • Reach Top 2: 25 points
  • Victory Royale: 50 points
  • Each Elimination: 15 points
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Are the Changes Any Good?

As Epic stated in a tweet following Fortnite’s latest update, this is their attempt at improving Arena Mode. While placement points are more prominent, solo scoring remains identical. Nine eliminations still equal a Victory Royale in terms of points. The same applies to duo and trio scoring, which is a significant adjustment.

Before, duo and trio formats required 18 and 25 eliminations to equal a Victory Royale, according to Fortnite analyst Reisshub. The best path to The Champion League is to find two friends and run through trio Arena lobbies, given the point boost. Bus Fare remains the same, as does the fact that you cannot de-rank.

The changes are a step in the right direction, even if Epic Games still values eliminations over placement. Unfortunately, the issue of “dead lobbies” remains in effect. Players don’t have much incentive when there’s nothing to lose in Arena matches and only ranks to gain. They can push and fight opponents without losing stats.

Perhaps Epic will continue tweaking the system and reward players in-game with Arena-specific cosmetics. Check out our guide on reaching the Champion League if you’re looking to level up!

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