A string of tweets has seen multiple Fortnite stars calling for Traps to be either nerfed or removed from competitive Fortnite.
It’s nothing new, as one of the longest standing items in the game, Spike Traps have always been controversial, but now the pros have had enough. These Traps deal 150 damage to enemies, and are the number 1 defence against someone W-Keying into your box, but are they too strong?
like to remove traps and snipers from competitive its worse than controller players not even joking— benjyfishy (@benjyfishy) January 16, 2020
Sure, it always feels nice to outplay an over aggressive opponent with a Trap, but knowing how hard it can be to get hold of shield these days, they could at least be a bit weaker. Some people argue that you just have to react quickly and avoid being hit, but with the speed they activate at, this isn’t always possible even for the best players.
The tweetstorm stemmed from an incident that EU star Benjy “Benjyfishy” Fish had in one of his recent Cash Cup matches. Benjy was seemingly about to pick up an easy kill, dealing around 160 damage without being hit once. However, his enemy slapped a Trap above him and broke the ramp before he could escape, taking him straight from 150HP back to the lobby.
Once he had calmed down a bit, Benjy enlisted the help of Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson and Dmitri “Mitr0” Van de Vrie to get the word out that Traps need to go. He made his own tweet which got a whole lot of gas and sparked plenty of other pros to get involved.
Traps are worse than controller players, there is only like 10 good controller players but give a KBM player a trap and they're benjyfishy— crr (@ohcrr) January 16, 2020
Whether anything will come of this we will have to wait and see, but with Spike Traps remaining untouched for so long it seems unlikely. It’s easy to see both the positives and negatives of the item, so perhaps a damage nerf would be the best way to go.