Epic Games finally backed down and nerfed the BRUTEs in Season X to appease the community.
Epic Games has been having a rough time of it lately due to constant calls to nerf the BRUTE. These cries for balance have been completely justified and have caused the developers to rethink their strategy. Even for the biggest game in the industry, listening to the player base leads to the best results.
In a surprising move, Epic finally nerfed the BRUTE mechs. The continued flight of streamers and influencers to other titles like Apex Legends probably had something to do with it.
Let’s quickly go over all the changes and what they mean.
Fortnite BRUTEs nerfed in several ways in balance attempt
Epic released an extensive list of the changes to the BRUTEs on August 22 with tons of large and small changes. While it might not be enough in the end, it’s still a massive step in the right direction. We’ll start from the top and work our way down.
No download is needed to receive these nerfs. They released the information in an official Fortnite blog post.
Amounts of Rockets reduced
The BRUTEs originally fired a salvo of 10 missiles per rocket attack, but Epic has now reduced this to 6. It’s a sizable nerf that will hit the mech’s ability to destroy builds from range. With that said, 6 rockets can still easily eliminate most players with little effort.
Decreased explosion radius of Brute Rockets
Now we’re talking. While reducing the flat number of rockets might affect the mech’s power, the explosion radius hits its power hard. The problem with the radius previously was that you could simply press one button and always hit your targets without the need to aim.
The radius was reduced by 42%. This means BRUTE users will need to use more time to aim their rockets.
Increased dash cooldown
The BRUTEs’ dash cooldown is now 5 seconds, up from 3. While the BRUTE is a massive target, it can still be hard to hit from a great distance. The dash allows for the mech to dodge incoming projectiles and explosives. Increasing the dash cooldown ensures that there will be more chances for opposing players to disable the mech with powerful weapons.
Decreased velocity gained from boosting while in air
Boosting around in the air with the BRUTE causes you to move really fast as you gain momentum rapidly. As we’ve all seen, this led to BRUTEs easily entering and exiting fights without a chance to retaliate. The 33% decrease should give players another key way to counter the mech as it can’t simply fly away before you can trade damage.
No more free materials granted when stomping
To us, this might be one of the biggest & most important changes. We can’t ignore the power of build materials in Fortnite and how it must take time to collect these mats. The BRUTE was able to quickly collect full 999 mats in a matter of seconds by arriving in locations like Sunny Steps.
This will mean that BRUTE players will have a reason to exit their tank. In order to gain resources, you’ll need to hop out and farm like everyone else.
BRUTE Spawn rates adjusted
Arena spawn rates for BRUTEs were already nerfed a little while back, but core modes still had these mechs dropping left and right. To mitigate this problem, Epic has reduced the spawn rates across the board.
In Storm Phase 1, there’s now a 29% chance that no BRUTEs will spawn. All other chance of spawn (up to five mechs) is now set at 14.3%.
In Storm Phase 2, there’s an even spread of 25% chance for spawns from 0 BRUTEs to 3 BRUTEs.
In Storm Phase 3, the same even spread appears as used in Storm Phase 2.
We’re unsure of these spawn rate changes having a major impact. The BRUTEs are tanky behemoths that should only spawn towards the beginning of the game. If players can still hop into these in the later phases, the endgames will still contain at least 2 of these. We’ve already seen this occurring in matches after the patch.
Two BRUTE buffs added to counteract nerfs
Epic still loves their BRUTEs and doesn’t want them to become a forgotten vehicle. In an effort to balance the big nerfs, two buffs have also been put into place. We’ve got to be honest, we’re very skeptical of giving such a menacing mech more power.
Overshield cost reduced
As BRUTEs can no longer farms mats by stomping on things, Epic wanted to reduce the Overshield’s materials drain. It now only rakes 75 mats of any type to activate the effect.
This isn’t a good change from our perspective. The whole point behind the stomping nerf was to ensure that pilots must hop out to farm mats every once in a while. Getting 75 materials doesn’t take long at all and players will be able to get 3 to 4 Overshields without any real risk.
Increased the health of the BRUTE mech
With the mobility nerfs, Epic thinks that the mech will now be destroyed too easily. We’re not of the same mind, but the increase in health does make sense from balancing point of view.
The health now sits at 1250, up from 1000. It’s a bit dramatic and could see BRUTEs once again disappearing behind mountains before damage can be dealt.
You can read the original patch notes here.
Overall, the nerfs and buffs are a good thing for Forrtnite. We love to see Epic taking steps to rein in the destructive power of the mech. However, we still can’t help but feel like the mech should simply be removed. Even after these nerfs, the gameplay feels wonky due to its disproportionate power when compared to regular players on the ground.
Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 3 start date and prize pool revealed
Fortnite has announced the Champion Series (FNCS) for Chapter 3 Season 3 in which pros worldwide will compete for 3 million dollars.
The Fortnite Champion Series is easily the most anticipated competitive event every season. In Chapter 3 Season 3, the likes of Bugha, Clix, and Arkhram, among others, will battle it out for a prize pool of 3 million dollars.
Epic Games has finally announced the FNCS for Chapter 3 Season 3. This time around, the logo seems to have a tropical theme that matches the ‘Vibin’ season. The meta has also changed significantly, and it will be interesting to see how some of the most talented esports athletes have adapted to it.
Everything to know about Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Chapter 3 Season 3
Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 3 Season 3 will begin on July 6 with 3 Qualifier rounds. The top five teams (Duos) from each round will directly advance to the FNCS Finals.
The qualifiers will take place till July 18 and the Semi-Finals will begin on July 21. As per Epic Games, the key to reaching the finals is Victory Royales and consistency. In the three Semi-Finals sessions, 6 Victory Royale winners and the top six consistent teams will move ahead.
The Finals will take place between August 12-14. There are two ways for a team to win the Fortnite Champion Series in Chapter 3 Season 3:
- The first team to get three Victory Royales and earn 475 points will be declared the FNCS champion. This is called the Match Point.
- If no team is able to acquire a Match Point at the end of 12 Finals matches, the duo with the highest points will win.
Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS prize pool distribution
The prize pool for the Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS is a whopping $3 million. However, it will be divided across several regions:
- EU: $1,350,000
- NAE: $690,000
- BR: $240,000
- NAW: $240,000
- ASIA: $240,000
- ME: $120,000
- OCE: $120,000
The prize pool is different for each region, primarily because of Fortnite’s prominence there. It is evident that the viewership numbers in Europe are much higher than in the Middle East and Oceania.
It is worth noting that fans should be able to unlock some free cosmetics by watching the matches. New FNCS-themed cosmetics also arrive in the Item Shop.
All in all, it is safe to assume that the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 3 Season 3 will be more exciting than ever. A ton of new features and weapons have arrived recently, and even map changes have been quite frequent.
Football star Mesut Ozil might turn pro in Fortnite following retirement
Based on his agent’s statements, it won’t be a surprise if we soon find former Arsenal player Mesut Ozil ‘Vibin’ as a Fortnite pro.
After having a glorious run in Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Schalke 04, Mesut Ozil joined Fenerbahçe S.K. Reports claim that the footballer might take up esports as a career after retirement.
Mesut Ozil has nothing left to prove in the world of Football. He’s won several trophies over the years and is easily one of the best playmakers in the history of the sport. Ozil recently unfollowed Fenerbahce on his social media and seems to be all set for retirement.
The footballer has always been an avid gamer, and his manager claims that Ozil has the potential to become a Fortnite pro.
Mesut Ozil has a long history of playing Fortnite
Ozil’s admiration for Fortnite has never been a secret. He’s been streaming the game on Twitch for years and it has even been a matter of controversy on several occasions.
Back in 2020, fans of Arsenal accused Fortnite of causing Ozil’s back injury. They claimed that playing the battle royale title continuously with a bad posture affected his health.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Ozil’s manager stated:
“He will go more into esports, and maybe become an esports athlete. He’s really good at Fortnite, and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he is competing”
The former Arsenal midfielder already owns an esports organization that competes in Fortnite and FIFA. He’s definitely had success as a streamer, but it is too early to assume if this will be the case with his esports career as well.
Several sports icons like David Beckham, Michael Jordan, Ronaldo, and Shaq have invested in Esports. It is evident that the industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and now is the perfect time to capitalize on it.
How to jump off of a diving board in Fortnite Season 3
A Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 3 challenge requires players to jump off of a diving board and here’s a quick guide to completing it.
Fortnite players must search for a diving board and jump off of it this week. This will complete one of the latest Week 3 challenges and provide them with 15,000 XP.
Quests and challenges have always been the most reliable source of XP for Fortnite players. The developers release three Daily Quests every day and seven Weekly Quests every week.
Weekly quests for Week 3 of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 have arrived, and here’s a guide to completing the one based on jumping off a diving board.
Where to find Diving Boards in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3
To complete the Weekly quest, players first need to find one Diving Board. It is located near Rocky Reels and the exact location is marked (blue marker) in the image below:
The diving board is placed on the top of a massive rock in the desert region south of Rocky Reels. It basically gives players a small push and they can dive into the river flowing underneath.
The quest requires you to jump off of a diving board three times, and they don’t need to be unique. This means that the challenge can be completed by jumping off of the aforementioned board repeatedly.
How to reach the diving board in Fortnite Season 3
Another thing to note is the accessibility of the diving board. There’s no way to reach the top of the massive boulder in Zero Build modes owing to the lack of ziplines. Jumping while sprinting might help but it is better to take on this challenge in modes with building enabled.
Obviously, players can directly land at the diving board near Rocky Reels in Zero Build modes but this will only allow them to jump off of it once.
All in all, completing the weekly challenge will grant players 15,000 XP. Seven new quests have been added this week and there will be an additional bonus for completing them. This implies that the total XP output will be over 200,000 which is equivalent to almost three levels in the Battle Pass.
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