* The Storm Flip is the newest item added to Fortnite. Many in the competitive Fortnite scene automatically noticed how broken it would be in the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers. Epic has responded and disabled it this weekend.*
The June 6 update to Fortnite brought us the Storm Flip, which does exactly what its name suggests. The damage it causes also scales with the current storm damage, which means it can be deadly if you save it for the late-game.
Immediately, the competitive player base was concerned about how the item would affect the late-game in the World Cup.
In a normal game, there are only a handful of players left when the storm is ticking by 5 or ten. In competitive, there are regularly ten to twenty players left at this time, leading to clips like this one.
STORMFLIP ENDGAME BTW pic.twitter.com/o4EqeMtcNK— Takeoffs (@TakeoffsFN) June 6, 2019
Thankfully, Epic was quick to see the error of their ways. They disabled the Storm Flip in Arena Mode and made a post on Reddit about their plans to disable the post during the Week 9 World Cup Qualifiers.
We will be temporarily be disabling the Storm Flip for this weekend’s tournament. All regions will play the Week 9 Fortnite World Cup Online Open with the Storm Flip disabled.
Additionally, the Storm Flip will be temporarily disabled in the Arena playlists until the weekend tournament concludes. This hotfix will be rolling out shortly later tonight, and you will not need to download or patch your client.
All other modes will continue to have Storm Flip enabled during this weekend.
Best of luck!"
This move is fantastic for players looking to qualify this weekend, but it represents more than that. For the first time, Epic is beginning to separate the loot pool in Competitive and base Fortnite modes.
Players have been asking for this for a while now, mainly fueled by the addition of the Drum Gun back into the game.
Epic has repeatedly stated that they don't plan on separating loot pools in their competitive game, but it looks like the Storm Flip was a bit too far.
The Storm Flip is a perfect example of a decent item in the base game and a broken item in competitive. It has a place in regular Fortnite - allowing players to save teammates in the storm and push players away from them.
In competitive, though, it's just plain broken.
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