The Fortnite community have been debating whether wall taking is still a coin flip for a while now, and the developers have finally commented.
Back in Season X, amongst the mess of mechs and the turbo building nerf, a change was made that a lot of players were pleased to see. The delay between a structure being destroyed and replaced was increased, and if two players tried to replace the structure a random coin flip would decide the outcome. This reduced the effects of ping, and gave players with a poorer connection a better chance in box fights.
Wall taking is ping dependent again instead of a coin flip. This needs to be addressed. from r/FortniteCompetitive
Early into Fortnite Chapter 2 however, reports started to surface that wall taking has gone back to normal. More and more people have been complaining that they can no longer hold or take walls, and blame it on their ping. This is not a one-sided argument though, plenty of players including Ali “SypherPK” Hassan believe that the coin flip rule is still present.
For weeks now Fortnite fans have been reaching out to Epic for an answer. Without patch notes, there is no way to know if gameplay changes like this have been made, and if they have to what degree. However, finally the developers have responded, replying to a reddit post on the subject from a few weeks ago.
Epic Games Community Coordinator “FreightTrainUSA” was the one to break the silence. Apologising for the delay, he commented that the Fortnite team have been looking into it and have found that the feature is “working as intended”.
Although some were just grateful for the communication, not everyone was satisfied with the message. Competitive Fortnite caster and analyst “ballatw” wasn’t convinced by the wording of the statement. He replied to FreightTrainUSA asking “Can you explain more what working as intended is?” and an hour later posted another comment about his concerns.
Balla expressed his scepticism, wondering why the term “coin flip” was avoided in FreighTrainUSA’s answer. He clearly feels that despite his own testing showing that coin flip still exists, there is something more going on.