Epic was doing so well. It seemed like they had learned from the Infinity Blade lesson and were going to try to better balance the meta.
You thought. Fortnite’s Season X brought in the BRUTE suit, a mech that has 1,000 health, can jump into the sky and land almost like Thanos and also has rockets and a another gun.
While you can’t move and shoot at the same time unless you are playing duos or squads, the BRUTE is still just so overpowered its not even funny. To be expected, the community was immediately up in arms.
That’s a large section of the community who absolutely hates the addition. Individual streamers were having fun playing with the mech but absolutely hating when they had to go up against it.
Here’s Timthetatman laughing like a maniac as he absolutely destroys Pleasant Park.
Credit to HighDistortion, he knew during the Fortnite World Cup that it was only a matter of time before Epic came in and destroyed the meta they had built.
And those are all guys who are focused more on entertainment streaming than competitive play. The actual competitive community has been in an uproar all day.
Poach tells a sad mini-story in his tweets:
This feels like a similar situation to the planes back in the winter. Epic will introduce something way to strong and slowly nerf it each week before eventually removing it entirely while adding a new vehicle into the game.
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Since the planes were first introduced, there has always been a strong vehicle in the game. The Baller was arguably the best in the state it reached before the World Cup, but now that vehicle is gone and we will be dealing with the BRUTE for at least the first half of Fortnite Season X. Yay.
Fortnite Spider-Man Web-Shooters get huge nerf in competitive
Fortnite Chapter 3 is off to a hot start thanks to Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters, but the mobility item is getting a huge nerf in competitive.
Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters have been a game-changer in Fortnite Chapter 3, but Epic Games is about to give them a massive nerf next update.
Fortnite Chapter 3 started off hot with Epic Games adding Spider-Man’s Web-shooters shortly after the start of Season 1. The gloved would give players the power to zip across the map insanely fast.
A fresh pair of Web-Shooters comes with 80 shots which is more than enough for most players. As well, if you eliminate a player with Web-Shooter, they will drop fully charged.
A traversal item this powerful is a must-have for competitive players, but it’s getting a serious nerf. Nerfed already in Fortnite v19.20, the Web-Shooters have been hit again.
Web-Shooters get huge competitive nerf
The Fortnite Web-Shooters were nerfed at the beginning of February as a part of update v19.20. This took the Web-Shooters from 80 uses to 20 in competitive modes.
However, a second nerf lowers the number of times a Web-Shooter can be used even further from 20 to 10. This is a massive nerf as players can only use Web-Shooters for 1/8 of the time they normally could.
However, this nerf only affects competitive players. Web-Shooters in casual lobbies will remain at 80 shots.
Epic Games states the nerf is intended to “encourage players to make more strategic decisions.” While it is still a useful mobility item, players won’t be able to zip across the map as freely as they once could.
The reception this change has garnered is a mix of those in favor and against the nerf. Some players praise the nerf as it will stop players from constantly running from fights.
Those who oppose the change claim competitive is too sweaty without Web-Shooters. Regardless, here’s where you can find web-shooters in Chapter 3.
How to use pre-editing to your advantage in Fortnite
Don’t turn off pre-edits so fast! Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these new competitive strategies.
Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these competitive strategies.
Pre-edits in Fortnite can be maddening when you’re in the middle of a fight. More often than not, the pre-edits will work against you as you accidentally edit a hole in your floor or a window in your wall. Before you know it, you’re taking fall damage or getting shot because you hit the wrong button while battling someone.
Epic recently added a lon-requested setting to Fortnite, giving players the ability to toggle pre-edits on and off. Now, with a simple setting change, you’ll never need to worry about pre-edits again.
This doesn’t mean that pre-edits are entirely useless. In the patch before the setting change was released, pro player Maken used them expertly to outplay his opponent.
Useful pre-edits have also been posted to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit in the past. These pre-edits focus on cones, and give players the ability to fake-out opponents and even place their structures through turbo-builds.
The first strategy involves subverting the expectations of your opponent. Most skilled players anticipate edits, but using a pre-edited cone can get you a free shot.
As you can see, all you have to do is edit the wall, place your triangle cone, resent the cone edit, and shoot your opponent. There’s hardly anything they can do to prevent this free shot – especially since they aren’t going to see it coming.
The above clip from u/DemianNieuwenhuis has a very niche application. After all, using a regular cone is going to be far more useful in most situations. The only time your pre-edited cone will work is when someone is standing outside of your box.
This next clip is more of an exploit than anything. It also requires you to pre-edit your cone; this time in a V shape. You can exploit the new Turbo Building system and place the V-cone under your opponent’s ceiling after breaking their cone.
Again – like the other clip – this strategy will only be useful in certain situations. You won’t be able to cone-block opponents or even protect yourself from above if you run around with your cones all jacked up like this.
Still, these strategies are worth mentioning – especially if you find yourself in a 1v1. You can surprise your opponent with both of them, and steal some shots without taking damage.
Fortnite v14.00 patch made secret change to reboot vans
Epic shipped a secret change to Fortnite’s reboot vans without telling players in v14.00.
Epic has once again shipped pretty major changes without telling Fortnite players. They’ve buffed the cooldown between revives on the reboot vans dotted around the map, which will be crucial in the trios competitions this season.
Epic seemingly has a penchant for not telling Fortnite players new changes to the game. They leave it up to the data miners to reveal the “patch notes,” but even then, not all the changes get listed.
While this is fine for most bug fixes, when weapon values or other cooldowns get changed, it can completely shift the meta. The Fortnite devs have managed to do it yet again though after the v14.00 update.
In the major Season 4 update, players were caught up in the hype of Marvel skins, the mythic abilities, the new battle pass, and more. However, smaller gameplay changes were also made that could have a big effect on competitive play.
Reboot vans have reportedly had their cooldown between revives halved from 120 seconds to 60 seconds.
This is obviously a huge buff if you have multiple player cards you need to reboot. Less time spent in one location means you have a higher chance of living, especially when you consider how hotly contested these areas are in trios events.
The buff came at somewhat of a cost. The devs removed Reboot Vans at Authority and Fortilla, meaning there’s less places to try and get your allies back up from. If the storm moves central, or down to the South-East, you could be left in a spot of bother.
Regardless though, it’s probably an overall buff. Losing two reboot vans might have you hamstrung from time to time, but there’s still a dozen dotted across the map. Being able to do two reboots now in the same time as one old one can definitely help you rotate easier with the time saved.
The change does pose a bigger issue though — Epic needs to tell players about these updates. This small detail can change how you play the game massively, and players need to know about it.
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