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BRUTE nerfs met with mixed reactions from community – Timthetatman, Nate Hill, and more

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Epic Games nerfed the BRUTE mechs, but the community isn’t quite ready to forgive the developers just yet.

While the nerfs to the BRUTEs are hefty, the Fortnite community (including us) are highly skeptical about forgiving their addition in the first place. The reactions to the nerfs have been mixed to say the least with a definite lean towards the negative.

Don’t get us wrong. The nerfs themselves have gotten a great response, but many players simply want the mech removed completely. Let’s get into the replies!

Community has mixed opinions of BRUTE nerfs

As we mentioned, the reactions to the nerfs have been a wild mix. The balance patch was supposed to deliver a striking blow to the ease of use that the BRUTEs have. Instead, it cut down on the “noob-friendly” mechanics while still keeping a ton of its power intact.

Liquid Chap was among the first to reply after the updates went live. In proper fashion, his single replay contains both a positive and a negative. Junk Rifts were temporarily removed from Arena due to bug and we suspect that competitive players will be angry as soon as the item returns.

Chap also mentioned the BRUTE only as the “terrible vehicle.” Its power has been chipped away at, but there’s still no way around the fact that Epic added the BRUTE to allow easy wins for newer players.

Nate Hill, another professional player, took a more tactful approach. While he slightly praised Epic on the condition of being able to counter the BRUTE with builds, he pointed a plethora of other Fortnite issues.

Many of these bugs and glitches mentioned have been lingering within the game code for all of Season X so far.

Timthetatman was among the only truly positive comments in the pack. He posted short video as a reply simply saying “Yes, yes, yes.” The difference between casual and competitive players is notable in this respect.

Dakotaz also expressed his interest in the update with a GIF. We shared his enthusiasm for such an update and had a similar look on our face when we saw the blog post.

Prominent data miner & leaker, Lucas7yoshi, chimed in on the BRUTE nerfs as well. “Too little, too late” was his conclusion after reading through the patch notes.

The nerfs do hit the mech, but we tend to agree with the hesistation to give praise to Epic. The developers, unfortunately, caused this problem themselves and you don’t get overflowing credit for cleaning up your own mess.

Cloud 9’s Keeoh pointed out the possible reason behind Epic’s sudden change of mind. They were adamant about keeping the BRUTE as is for weeks, but many streamers decided to stop streaming Fortnite all together.

This meant that other games like Minecraft and Apex Legends overtook Fortnite several times in the viewership charts on Twitch and other websites.

The Fortnite Guy made a simple and quick response that sums up the surprising nature of Epic bending to the community’s will. The nerfs aren’t the end of controversy, but Epic has realized that they can’t just do anything they want without repercussions.

With the nerfs, the casual and competitive sides of the community may once again split into opposing camps. BRUTEs may no longer be a problem in casual matches as they take a small amount more skill to use. However, competitive matches will still be plagued by the mech until the day they are removed.

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Fortnite Battle Lab mode removed in latest update (Updated May 4)

Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has disappeared from the mode select screen and Epic Games has made no comment on where the mode went.

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Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has been disabled in the v16.30 patch, and fans aren’t happy with its removal.

UPDATE: The Battle Labs mode has been turned back on as of May 4th, 2021.

Battle Lab was added in December of 2019 close to the start of Fortnite Chapter 2. This core game mode replaced the Playground mode which allowed players to explore The Island alone or with friends.

While Playground was mostly a vanilla battle royale experience, Battle Lab allowed players to set their own rules and change loot pools. Video editors would use Battle Lab to produce high-quality content, and it also allowed younger players to enjoy the game without allowing them to play with strangers.

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However, Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has seemingly disappeared in the latest update without any word from Fortnite or Epic Games. This has led to an outcry from fans on Twitter who are asking for the game mode to be reinstated.

Downtime for the Fortnite v16.30 started at 4 a.m. EST on April 27, and shortly after the servers came back online players started to notice Battle Lab was missing. The Fortnite Status Twitter made various posts noting the changes made in the update, but Battle Lab wasn’t mentioned a single time.

Over the past 24 hours, Fortnite Status has also acknowledged various bug fixes and server issues. While it remains unknown whether Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode was removed by accident, the lack of acknowledgment makes it seem as if it were removed intentionally.

The removal of Battle Lab won’t affect the majority of Fortnite’s player base, it will have an impact on content creators. As stated by Frenzy2nd on Twitter, it would be ideal for Fortnite to let players know what its plans are for the future of Battle Lab.

In the meantime, there are still plenty of modes available for players to enjoy. These include the new Free For All Arena mode, One Shot duos, and an assortment of featured Creative modes. Stay tuned for the latest information regarding Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode.

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May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes Save The World and Spotify Premium

The May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes the exclusive Deimos skin set, the original Save The World mode, and three months of Spotify Premium.

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Fortnite revealed the upcoming May 2021 Crew Pack which comes with a membership exclusive skin, the game’s original Save The World mode, and Spotify Premium.

Epic Games introduced the Fortnite Crew Subscription service during Chapter 2 Season 5. For $11.99 USD a month players would receive an exclusive skin set, 1,000 V-Bucks, and instant access to the current season’s Battle Pass.

As Fortnite has continued the service, it has also sweetened the deal by including memberships to other subscription services like Disney+. For the month of May, subscribers are being offered more for their money than ever before.

The May Fortnite Crew Pack will offer the Deimos skin set which comes with a pickaxe, back bling, and weapon wrap. This also includes Deimos’ green skin variants and a loading screen background. Fortnite’s Deimos is a modernized depiction of the Greek god of dread.

Deimos will also be introduced as a playable character in Fortnite’s original Save The World game mode. Fortnite launched in 2017 with only the Save The World mode but was popularized when the Battle Royale mode launched a few months later. May Fortnite Crew members will also gain permanent access to Save The World.

Subscribers are also being offered three months of Spotify Premium for free. However, this offer is only available to new Spotify Premium customers. Existing or previous customers will have to create a new account if they want to redeem this offer. The offer expires on June 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST.

The May Crew membership comes with the normal monthly benefits such as access to the Battle Pass and 1,000 V-Bucks. Epic Games stated that every Thursday during the month of May, Fortnite Crew members would receive special in-game bonuses.

While the weekly benefits remain a mystery, it will be interesting to see what Fortnite has in store for players. The May Fortnite Crew pack is offering the best deal yet and weekly challenges/rewards will only add more value. We’ll keep you posted about the weekly Crew bonuses whenever they’re announced.

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How to Get new Justin Jefferson ‘Griddy dance’ NFL Fortnite emote

The Minnesota Vikings’ Justin Jefferson is the first NFL player to be featured in Fortnite with the Icon Series Get Griddy traversal emote.

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Justin Jefferson will be the first-ever NFL player to be featured in Fortnite with the addition of his own Icon Series emote and Locker Bundle.

The Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Justin Jefferson is known for celebrating touchdowns with the iconic Griddy Dance. Fortnite players will be able to style on their opponents with the official emote. Fortnite has also taken this crossover one step further by giving Jefferson his own Locker Bundle.

Fortnite has a ton of emotes inspired by viral videos or online trends. There are also various emotes made in collaboration with internet personalities, movies, and other video games. However, specific athletic superstars are just now starting to be featured in Fortnite.

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How to get Fortnite Justin Jefferson Griddy Dance emote

With the addition of pro footballer Neymar Jr., sports icons are finding their place in Fortnite. Now, American football player Justin Jefferson follows Neymar’s lead by blazing a trail for other athletes.

Fortnite announced Jefferson’s crossover emote alongside his official Locker Bundle, which comes with the emote. The bundle also includes the Hit Man outfit and back bling, Weathered Gold pickaxe, Arcade Kid wrap, and Signature Shuffle emote. The bundle and emote will land in Fortnite’s Item Shop on April 28 ahead of the NFL Draft.

The Get Griddy Fortnite emote is a traversal emote, meaning players will be able to move just like Justin Jefferson when he’s cruising into the end zone. It also features the song Right Foot Creep by YoungBoy Never Broke Again.

Despite this crossover featuring Justin Jefferson, Fortnite does note in an official release that the Griddy Dance was created in 2017 by Allen “Griddy” Davis, a former high school football player. Some fans are disappointed that long-time Fortnite fan and NFL wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wasn’t chosen to be featured.

Regardless, the Justin Jefferson Get Griddy emote will be a very sporty addition to any player’s locker. Adding athletic superstars to Fortnite’s massive roster of crossovers pushes the game one step closer to becoming Donald Mustard’s metaverse.

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