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Fortnite Battle Royale • Mar 27, 2019

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

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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