An undisclosed bug had Epic disable the Reboot Van for about a week in competitive playlists.
That bug has been repaired and the van has been returned to competitive modes.
While it was disabled it changed play style in competitive modes a bit as it became less important to find the other member of a duo.
Without a squad mode in competitive playlists, the Reboot Van doesn’t have nearly the same effect as it does in casual games so it really wasn’t missed by a ton of players.
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In competitive situations where one player has been eliminated, the other member of the duo is almost always already engaged in the same fight.
It’s good that the van has returned before this weekend’s Duo World Cup qualifiers begin as losing a crucial mechanic in the weekend would change teams strategies.