Fortnite pros and streamers slam changes to eliminations and health in update v8.20 - Dexerto

Fortnite pros and streamers slam changes to eliminations and health in update v8.20

Published: 27/Mar/2019 9:45 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:53

by David Purcell


Epic Games have come under heavy criticism for adding some crazy features to Fortnite, but after the community lauded their decision to increase health after every elimination, Jack ‘CouRage‘ Dunlop, TSM’s Daequan Loco, Brett ‘Dakotaz‘ Hoffman and other high profile players can’t believe they’ve only gone and reversed the move. 

Many people expected the v8.20 update to be a standard, run-of-the-mill patch to make some general fixes and add the new Poison Trap item that’s been advertised in the Fortnite Item Shop since March 25.


However, little did anyone know that Epic were going to completely reverse some of the changes made in public matches to not only health replenishments after kills, but also material farming, the material cap and more – sparking some stern opposition from pro players and streamers.

The v7.40 patch, which many regarded as the best update in Season 7, introduced a feature whereby players would have their health or shield increased by 50 for every elimination they recorded, but the developer is now saying that it resulted in an “unhealthy level of aggressive play” in the game’s Battle Royale mode.


That’s not all, though. The v8.20 update also lowered the amount of materials that drop when a player is eliminated, removed the 500 cap on mats and reversed the 40% increase in harvest rates.

Clearly, a lot of high profile players are confused by the changes, with the likes of Brett ‘Dakotaz‘ Hoffman, Jack ‘CouRage‘ Dunlop, and others posting messages of bemusement on their Twitter accounts on March 27.

These mechanics, Epic says, have proved to be very popular in competitive playlists since their arrival and will remain active in Fortnite’s new Arena game mode – which is the title’s first step into the world of ranked play.


With all of the negative feedback from pro players already out there for Epic to take a look at, it’s unknown if the developer would execute another U-turn and return these features in the future. For now, players will just have to adapt.


Fortnitemares 2020 could be bringing back Zombie Husks with a twist

Published: 20/Oct/2020 3:12

by Brad Norton


Fortnite’s annual Halloween event has evolved over the years though new leaks stemming from the 2020 iteration of Fortnitemares could hint at a return of controversial Zombie Husks.

Introduced back in 2017, Fortnitemares began as a Save The World event. It soon expanded as the spooky festivities took over the battle royale mode in 2018 as well. It was in this version of the annual event that players were forced to fend off hordes of Zombie Husks.


Cubes would spawn around the map as dozens of AI-controlled Husks would charge toward squads. It could often be overwhelming and outright end your run if they’re not taken care of instantly. This led to a rather drastic change in the 2019 event where individual Zombies would spawn at random while looting instead.

While certain emotes and various items have already leaked, we now have a new piece of intel on the upcoming Fortnitemares event. Nothing is set in stone though it appears the 2018 threat could be returning in some form.

Fortnite Zombie Husk gameplay
Epic Games
Zombie Husks were quite controversial in the 2018 Fortnitemares event due to just how many spawned at once.

In Fortnite’s 14.30 update, plenty was changed on the surface and under the hood. As new content was added in, Epic Games also made some secret adjustments in preparation for the Halloween-themed event.

“A sound for the Zombies cube spawners was changed in 14.30,” prominent dataminer ‘Mang0e revealed. While this could be nothing of significance, it would be odd for the developers to make a change like this out of the blue.

There’s no telling exactly how these cube spawners will be adjusted, though it seems certain they’ll be back in some form. 


This means every player will need to be on high alert just like in 2018. You won’t have individual jump scares to worry about this year, but overwhelming swarms of AI could threaten your run.

We won’t have to wait long to see how the annual event evolves this time around. The 2020 iteration of Fortnitemares doesn’t yet have a date locked in. However, things typically kick off in the final week of October. 

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few days as the frightful update rolls around. In the meantime, be sure to get ahead of the upcoming event with our rundown on everything we know about Fornitemares 2020 so far.