The Fortnite community is absolutely fuming after Fortnite developers, Epic Games, made the decision to nerf turbo building in the newest v10.20 update.
How has the Turbo Building nerf impacted gameplay?
Numbers-wise, the nerfs don’t look like much, but in gameplay it is huge. The new update implemented a time nerf between building, the original speed of 0.05 has been adjusted to 0.15. This means that the time between building is 3 times longer.
Twitch streamers and competitive players have both expressed their opinions on the change. Team SoloMid’s ‘Myth’ showed a video of the inability to ’90’ in the newest update with the title, “Rip turbo build”.
RIP turbo build pic.twitter.com/veW8HYcdE2
— Myth (@TSM_Myth) August 27, 2019
In another video by Myth, he shows that clicking is now more reliable than turbo building, displaying that turbo is “always going to miss something”.
What was the reason for the nerf?
The Fortnite dev team released a statement on why the Turbo Build nerf came into play after a large amount of backlash and hatred for the new update was displayed.
Why Change Turbo Build?
We did so as a first step addressing several problems:
- Rapid Turbo Building favors players with low ping in disproportionate ways.
- Taking walls (racing with another player to place a wall before them)
- Turtling (continually rebuilding a wall that is taking damage)
- Turtling disproportionately favors defender
- E.g. holding mouse button vs. squad shooting at 1×1
- Building piece placement accuracy
- Easy to accidentally place multiple pieces “at once”
- Spam building
- Easy to spam build
- We want building to be a bit more deliberate
What we don’t want to dramatically impact:
- How responsive building feels
- The ability to perform 90s
- Rapidly gaining high ground by building up within single tile
- The ability to “waterfall”
- Building wall pieces as support while falling down
Many players are confused about the statement as the “What we don’t want to dramatically impact” included some of the most dramatically impacted ways of building, such as the ability to perform 90s. Ninja was one of the players conflicted by the statement, saying “Well, you did that! That’s the number one thing you guys impacted” when referring to the impact to perform 90s.
You can read the statement posted by Epic Games here.
Hashtags have also gone out in support of the reversion of the Turbo building, with #RevertTurboBuilding trending on twitter after the patch.
Please just revert this it’s going to kill your game #RevertTurboBuilding
— FaZe Dubs (@Dubsfn) August 27, 2019
Many players are thinking about a strike, not playing or streaming until the change is reverted. Obviously, these changes have impacted the majority of the community, and without a revert, Epic is in hot water.