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Epic Games seem to have listened to complaints from the Fortnite community over the lack of Limited Time Modes available since the beginning of Chapter 2.

In the last week we have been able to play both the Sniper Shootout and High Explosives modes, and now the Siphon LTM has been enabled. As of right now (11/29/2019), Siphon is only available in Duo format, but it will likely change to Solo or Squads over the next day or two.

Fans of the “health on elimination” mechanic have been asking for Siphon to return to standard public playlists since it was removed after a brief trial earlier in the year. It is still present in competitive game modes, such as Arena and Cash Cups, where players will receive 50 effective HP plus 50 of each material upon killing an enemy. Concerns are growing within the community over the lack of shield currently available in-game, and many feel now is the perfect time for the developers to reconsider the Siphon mechanic.

For now, players will have to stick to the LTM to get their Siphon fix. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work quite the same in this mode. Usual healing items like Bandages, Med Kits and Shield Potions are all disabled, leaving taking down opponents the only option. Since this is the first time the Siphon LTM has been featured in Chapter 2, I decided to see if you could still catch fish. Although the fishing spots do still spawn, they will only give you weapons and ammo, so don’t try beating the system that way.

A Thanksgiving poll run on the official Fortnite Twitter account asked people what they are most thankful for. The choices offered were “Rare Weapons”, “Med Kits”, “Shield Potions” and “Rippley”. At time of writing there are a few hours left to vote, but Shield Potions are winning by a landslide. Hopefully, this will help to bring Epic’s attention to our Shield woes, and they will up the spawn rate as a Christmas gift.

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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