Epic kicked off another update day with outrage, this time it was turbo building which was reverted back to the 0.15 second mark on first build.

At first, people were outraged. And with good reason, building is a core mechanic of Fortnite and the highest skill capped area of the game. That means it is the aspect of Fortnite that most rewards practice and dedication to improvement.

There is a reason the biggest esports in the world are the biggest, they all have absurdly high skill caps. Fortnite’s building is what provided that skill cap and made it such an intriguing esport.

Removing the ability to place structures effectively immediately knocks the ability in a major way. This afternoon, Epic released a new blog post detailing why they decided to make this change. Here is what they said:

Why Change Turbo Build?

We did so as a first step addressing several problems:

  • Rapid Turbo Building favors players with low ping in disproportionate ways. 
    • Taking walls (racing with another player to place a wall before them)
    • Turtling (continually rebuilding a wall that is taking damage)
  • Turtling disproportionately favors defender
    • E.g. holding mouse button vs. squad shooting at 1×1
  • Building piece placement accuracy
    • Easy to accidentally place multiple pieces “at once”
  • Spam building
    • Easy to spam build
    • We want building to be a bit more deliberate

Now let’s break this down. The ping issue is an important point, interactions in the game shouldn’t be decided by who is closer to the server. In competitive play, especially the WC qualifiers, this was a big issue.

Turtling is a notable way to protect yourself from opponents but Epic apparently doesn’t want the box to be effectively impenetrable. We can agree with this point as well, there should be a way to break through a box for the person on the outside.

The final point appears to be nerfs to building in general. Spam building isn’t really an issue unless the person is good at building, which then wouldn’t make it spam.

The blog post goes on to talk about what they didn’t want this to affect. With this change, they have made it difficult to crank solid 90s and waterfall down from high places. That was not intended according to the blog post and they will be looking at ways to improve that going forward.

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