Epic has chosen to take action against players who swing their pickaxe or otherwise truce in Fortnite. The community has reacted.
Trucing – or swinging your pickaxe to signify that you’re friendly – has become a popular strategy in high-level competitive Fortnite, especially in Chapter 2. The lack of mobility has forced players to rotate on foot. When everyone is moving, no one has an advantage.
In competitive Fortnite, you only want to take a fight when it will benefit you. Two players rotating out of the storm will only lose by taking a fight. It’s common sense, which is why most players truce when they’re moving.
Epic decided to ban this practice on January 20, leaving the community a bit puzzled. Ninja, one of the biggest names in Fortnite, says that he understands the methodology but disagrees with the implementation. Instead of banning truces, Epic should add more mobility.
Ninja is right about this. The only reason that trucing has become so prevalent in Chapter 2 is because of the lack of mobility. If you have a Launch Pad in your inventory, for instance, it’s much easier to disengage from a fight that isn’t going your way. You might be more inclined to take a rotational fight if you know that you have the upper hand.
Pro player and streamer Benjyfishy agreed with this thought process. He wants Epic to add mobility rather than ban people from trucing while they rotate.
Several other Fortnite community members and pro players chimed in on the topic. Most of them joked about not being able to jump or swing their pickaxes anymore.
Chap responded to Ninja’s tweet, saying, “Can’t wait to switch to a pickaxe by habit and get banned.” He also published his own tweet, telling his fans to unbind their jump key.
Esports consultant Rod Breslau joked that Fortnite has more integrity than baseball for banning trucing signals in competitive matches.
He is, of course, referencing the massive cheating scandal that’s going on with the Houston Astros allegedly using electronic devices to signal incoming pitches. Many think that the MLB punishment was much too low.
The problem, in my opinion, has to do with the lack of mobility and the length of Chapter 2. We’ve seen some sort of truces happen all throughout the history of Fortnite. Ballers would sit in a tree together and planes would shoot at the sky to signify passivism. Pickaxing is only the latest version of the same thing.
Chapter 2 has been the longest season in Fortnite and also the least-mobile season. We don’t even have Launch Pads anymore, which means Fortnite players have resorted to trucing on foot for over four months. We’ve been seeing it for so long that trucing feels like a bigger problem than it is.
No one was trucing like this in Season 9. We had all kinds of mobility options back then, so a lot of players would take a fight if they knew they could escape with a Launch Pad or some Shockwaves.
Banning trucing probably won’t change much in the long-run. Epic is almost certainly going to add more mobility to Fortnite, which will eventually limit the amount of pacifism we see in the game. Until then, high-level players are going to know when to and when not to engage with an enemy. And, no, you won’t get banned for jumping.