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Storm Surge is a mechanic within Fortnite designed to maintain server performance in stacked competitive lobbies. It does this by enforcing aggression through a match.

If too many players are alive at various phases, Storm Surge will begin to hit the people who have dealt the least damage – forcing them to either fight or die. This goes on until a more manageable number of players remains.

Earlier this week, Epic Games adjusted the Storm Surge values to be even harsher in Arena and Duos tournament playlists.

When does Storm Surge activate?

Storm Circle

Old Values

New Values

0

100 remaining players

100 remaining players

1

100 remaining players

100 remaining players

2

70 remaining players

64 remaining players

3

70 remaining players

54 remaining players

4

50 remaining players

44 remaining players

5

50 remaining players

40 remaining players

6

30 remaining players

30 remaining players

7

30 remaining players

30 remaining players

8

30 remaining players

30 remaining players

9

30 remaining players

30 remaining players

Image via Epic Games (Turn phone sideways to see new values on mobile)

The big concern with these changes was that they arrived right in the middle of the Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS, giving players very little time to adjust.

Semi-Finals kicked off on Friday evening, giving us our first chance to see how the new Storm Surge values fared in a high-end, single lobby event. And based on initial reactions… it was a huge success!

“The new surge change was the best change ever btw” tweeted two-time FNCS Champion JannisZ. He and many others believe that it made the best teams more consistent, as less experienced players didn’t know how to adapt.

Crucially, server performance has improved too – which is the whole reason Epic made the update. Falcons Esport star Refsgaard said things felt “way, way better”, but added that they could probably find some sort of happy middle ground between the old and new Storm Surge values.

Another great benefit of the increased aggression was that it made the broadcast more entertaining. A key complaint for competitive Fortnite viewers has always been the boring mid-games, where everyone is just focused on rotating to zone and boxing up.

“Day 1 of semis yesterday felt so much more action packed” said Fortnite analyst Reisshub. He also made another good point; that having a few less teams alive in endgame took nothing away from the hype of those final zones.

It’s rare that a change like this goes down so well with the community, especially halfway through a tournament! There’s probably some finetuning to be done, but this can wait until after the Season 3 Champions have been crowned.

Author Bio

James Peskett

James is a freelance Esports writer from the United Kingdom. He has been playing Fortnite since the release of Battle Royale mode and is especially interested in the competitive scene.

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