I Hate Deciding Where To Land In Fortnite

This won’t end well

Lately, I’ve been playing squads in Fortnite, instead of my usual short-lived solo runs. I mostly play with strangers and keep voice chat off. Playing squads has definitely helped me get better at the game, but there’s one thing I still can’t master: Choosing where to land.

Because I’m not playing with voice chat, there’s no ability to discuss where to land once the Battle Bus takes off. I tend to wait until someone else chooses a spot by placing a marker on it, and then I place my marker next to them immediately so I seem like a team player, even if it’s not my ideal landing spot. But sometimes another player sets a different marker, or someone insists on another spot by selecting and de-selecting it multiple times.

I don’t know what to do in these cases. Should I trust the person who was quickest on the draw because they seem confident? Should I go with the person who seems most emphatic, since maybe they have their reasons — a challenge to complete, or maybe a plan? If I switch my marker, will I look wishy-washy? If I don’t, will I look stubborn? Will I make an enemy of a team member that will come back to bite me when things get tough?

In some ways it’s worse when no one picks, because then I feel like I have to. In these instances, I’ll pick the least populated area that catches my eye first and wait to see what happens. When the rest of my squad goes along with me I’m always a little disturbed—why would they trust me? Does this make me the leader? Will I have to call all the shots now? Sometimes the act of choosing will convince another player to pick a different spot, and I’ll quickly swap to that one. But does that make me look like a pushover? How do I establish myself in the hierarchy of silent strangers through nothing but setting a glowing beacon on the game’s map?

I asked folks on Twitter to tell me how they decide where to land, and people’s answers varied. Some told me they followed whoever picked first, while others said they wanted to be the one to pick. No one seemed like they overthought it quite as much as I do, which is probably a sign that I’m reading too much into things. Still, picking a landing spot is the first way your team learns about you, and I want to make a good impression on the people who will be responsible for my virtual life for the next two seconds to ten minutes, depending how the match plays out.

Other than this brief moment of social stress, I’ve been having a great time playing with strangers. The other night I ran back into the storm to rescue a squadmate who had fallen off something high. Later, I was caught in the storm and died. I knew my squadmate was too far away to save me, but I like to believe they felt bad about it, the way I do when I can’t get to someone to revive them. Fortnite feels like a different game when played with others, and it’s definitely helped me rank up my Battle Pass (I just got a new dog!). I’ve even gotten a bunch of eliminations, which rarely happens when I’m solo. I’m going to stick with it, even if all my matches start with a bit of awkwardness.

How do you pick who decides where to land? Let me know in the comments. (Also, let me know if it’s rude not to accept friend requests from strangers I play with, because that’s a whole other can of social worms...)


Comments

    hehe, i feel like i wrote this article. The social part of playing fortnite together with strangers is both alittle anxiety ridden yet highly rewarding for me too.

    Its great when u get good team mates that share items or heal you while another drops meds or a campfire and another builds a 1x1 around you.
    Feels even more amazing if your squads goes on to win together.

    I dont like choosing a landing spot but my rule is if no ones pinned by half way, i must be playing with defaults and i drop a pin.

    And to avoid the friend request dilemma altogether, i set it to automatically decline via settings.

    Just pick a spot and master it. You can reach anywhere from the bus.

    I always picked flush factory. Knew where every cheat could spawn

    I don't understand why people play multiplayer based games with random people with chat off or while not accepting friend requests.

    I have a group of friends that I play with everyday ( not Fortnite ) that I met through random chance in GTA5O. I had just completed an online mission with randoms and spawned back into free mode when I bumped my controller and accidentally pulled out a weapon. The player behind me was worried I was going to kill him like some people do and decided to shoot me in the back of the head. I chased him down to a spot near a store and while he was behind cover I fired an rpg and killed him. I then received a msg saying "nice kill dude, I thought you were going to kill me so I shot first" I replied saying that I understood and mine was eye for an eye. We got in a party together and I met a bunch of his mates, that was 5 years ago.

    "play with strangers and keep voice chat off"

    don't... people get annoyed with that? I mean, don't get me wrong, I would totally do that myself if I played squads. But I thought people would get annoyed if you have voice chat off.

    I honestly don't know what the best spot is, for squads. But I reckon its like solo, depends on what kind of player you are. Landing at a crowded spot gets you in amongst the action right away. Landing somewhere else gives you time to gear up and make a plan.

    You should have at least one place that you are comfortable to land at, regardless of the mode, and that is easily accessible from any part of the map. If you're teammates choose a spot, then best go with them, but if they haven't, then choose a spot that you are comfortable with.

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