Matt Pryor
Matt Pryor
Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.

Fortnite: Epic Vaults Rocket Launchers, Cuddlefish & Explosive Bows From Competitive

A Fortnite hero in the B.R.U.T.E Gunner skin stands against a blue and purple background. The words "Competitive Loot Pool Changes" appear in yellow. The banned weapons also appear inside a red circle with a cross through it
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Epic drops a bombshell of changes ahead of FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 6.


Epic Games has announced the removal of three controversial items from Fortnite's competitive loot pool today. The Rocket Launcher, Cuddlefish and Mechanical Explosive Bow are no more. While no explanation followed the announcement, Fortnite's competitive scene will welcome this change with open arms. This loot pool adjustment follows Epic's removal of the Shockwave Bow last month. As the competitive possibilities narrow, players are actively preparing for this season's Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS).

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A Welcomed Change in Competitive Fortnite

Cuddlefish, Rocket Launchers and Explosive Bows each have their respective issues in Fortnite, mainly from a tournament standpoint. Many players earlier this season discovered the true power of Cuddlefish, which could be strung together and eliminate opponents through fully built structures. They also made our list of five changes that would make Season 6 more competitive.

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Rocket Launchers have been a topic of controversy since the dawning of competitive Fortnite. Their removal is a significant and welcomed change in Season 6 that balances out the landscape even more. Like Rocket Launchers, players could abuse and spam Explosive Bows, albeit for far less damage. Nonetheless, it's refreshing to see Epic making such critical adjustments before the FNCS commences next weekend.

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The developer's recent Primal Shotgun nerf and general weapon balance changes show that they are taking the competitive scene more seriously. If this trend continues, Season 6 tournaments will be top-notch.

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