Epic Games announce change to new Storm Flip for Fortnite World Cup qualifiers

Alan Bernal
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Epic Games have announced on June 6 a big change coming to the Week 9 iteration of the Fortnite World Cup Online Open that will disable a major new component to the game.

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The Fortnite devs introduced the Storm Flip in the v9.20 update, and while it added a new dimension to how players maneuver in the zone, it looks the tournament organizers are keeping it away from official competitive matches.

The Epic Rarity throwable item lets players create a sphere-shaped zone upon impact that either provides for a safe haven in the storm or a storm in the safe zone.

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The Storm Flip might not see any use in official Fortnite World Cup matches soon.

In a Reddit post, Producer at Epic Games Matt ‘Loomin’ Layman didn’t give much of a reason for the item being disabled, but notified the fan base of where they can expect to see the Storm Flipped disabled.

“We will be temporarily be disabling the Storm Flip for this weekend’s tournament,” Loomin said. “All regions will play the Week 9 Fortnite World Cup Online Open with the Storm Flip disabled.”

Furthermore, the Storm Flip is going to be disabled in Arena playlists for the time being, at least “until the weekend tournament concludes.”

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Plenty of members of the community welcomed the change, but were perplexed to see how the Fortnite Battle Royale devs didn’t have the foresight to

“That’s good I guess,” Reddit user ‘kinsi55’ said. “But somebody has to ask this question: How could you not possibly realize that this is completely broken without even having released it.”

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Epic Games have been disabling items they think could negatively impact the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers.

Storm Flip joins list of items previously disabled in the Fortnite World Cup

Even as the Storm Flip introduced a ton of potential strategies for teams to incorporate, it seems like the developers have decided to keep it away from the upcoming competitions.

The quick turnaround didn’t come as a surprise to many as controversial items in the past have been disabled for Fortnite World Cup matches.

Previously, items like the Drum Gun and vehicles had been disabled prior to official qualifiers due to balance issues or heinous glitches that made them more of a liability than a tool to use.

Either way, players should take note of the change seeing as it doesn’t look like they’ll be able to get their hands on the Storm Flip for the next qualifiers.