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Fortnite Battle Royale • May 09, 2019

Pros and streamers react as Fortnite Season 9 update vaults the Pump Shotgun

Pros and streamers react as Fortnite Season 9 update vaults the Pump Shotgun

One of the most iconic weapons in Fortnite Battle Royale entered the vault upon release of Season 9, and many of the top streamers and pro players are far from happy.

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The pump shotgun has been present in Fortnite since the game’s inception, enjoying plenty of changes over the seasons, making Epic’s decision to vault the weapon all the more surprising.

In a blog post, the developer revealed that the weapon accounted for over 26% of the eliminations in game and would be vaulted in order to allow players to explore additional ways of having fun using items such as the new combat shotgun.

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All variants of the widely loved pump shotgun entered the vault upon release of Season 9

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Fortnite pro players react to pump shotgun vaulted

The biggest Fortnite star on the planet, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney was quick to share his confusion given how important the weapon can be during competitive play in a short tweet shortly after the patch notes were revealed. 

Many of the competitive community were hoping to see a field-of-view slider added following the recent ban on stretched resolution and Team Liquid’s Ryan ‘Chap’ Chaplo stated the employee who decided to remove the pump should be fired.

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A lot of the Fornite community were actually hoping to see the tactical shotgun enter the vault due to its extremely low damage compared to other weapons, and NRG’s Williams ‘Zayt’ Aubin couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

Fortnite streamers react to pump shotgun vaulted

As well as the Fortnite pro community, the decision to remove one of the most popular guns has left the vast majority of the top streamers puzzled.

Jack ‘CouRageJD’ Dunlop shared a memorial tweet dedicated the weapon that “was always in our hearts” while Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff summed up his reaction in a short GIF.

Luminosity Gaming’s Sypher ‘SypherPK’ Ali revealed his confusion over the decision while TSM's ‘HighDistortion’ believed that Epic vaulted the weapon to prevent fans spamming them to bring back the infamous double pump meta

It remains to be seen whether people’s opinions will change when they finally get their hands on the new shotgun to see how it compares to the power of the pump.

Nevertheless, a massive change like this, with ballers still not being removed, has proven to be another unpopular decision so far.

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