This might be Fortnite's most impressive near-miss ever

Before watching this clip from Reddit user not_five, I recommend shoving an ice pack and a pillow between your legs. Comfortably numb? Good. Now check it out

not_five's aim is true, but their shot found no purchase. On review in the replay editor, the reason becomes clear. That's one hell of an opportune toe-touch. Let's loop that last bit. (Again, watch the whole thing for proper context.)

In the title of the Reddit post, not_five quotes the note that rests at the bottom of the item store: "These items are cosmetic only and grant no competitive advantages." Apparently, that's not the whole story.

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It's a fun jab, but I doubt the target player knew what was coming their way and, duh, emotes aren't actually going to become the meta. But in any other big-time competitive shooter, these shenanigans would not stand. Patched out tomorrow. Not so in Fortnite, where the 99 other players aren't your only problem. Awful luck is the true meta, and if we get clips like this out of it, I'm cool with emotes sometimes being Matrix-style bullet-dodging defense weapons.

James is PC Gamer’s bad boy, staying up late to cover Fortnite while cooking up radical ideas for the weekly livestream. He can still kickflip and swears a lot. You’ll find him somewhere in the west growing mushrooms and playing Dark Souls.