Patch v11.11 reduces the overuse of a powerful strategy.
Epic Games has shied away from obscene changes to Fortnite Battle Royale since the release of Chapter 2. In addition to minimal changes, the Fortnite developers have nixed patch notes. Players now have to discover the changes live and in-game.
The r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit has taken the initiative, allowing members the opportunity to provide input on what has changed from patch to patch. After a brief overview of the changes implemented, competitive Fortnite players can rejoice over one significant difference in the latest patch.
Heavy Reliance on Grenades
One of the most significant advantages of competitive Fortnite in Chapter 2 is grenade spamming. Previously, players could carry ten grenades in one inventory spot. This allowed players to completely break down an opponent’s structure as long as the grenades hit their mark. Grenade stacking became an intricate part of the current meta, specifically in squads. A team had the option to stack as many grenades as possible in their inventories for use at any point in a given match. Often this advantage led to a complete squad wipe in competitive matches.
Patch v11.11 appears to have lessened the likelihood of players relying on grenades.
The patch significantly impacted the number of grenades that occupy a player’s inventory slot, as well as a reduced spawn rate. A maximum of six grenades can now fill an inventory slot. In addition to this, grenades will not spawn as frequently. These two changes alone address the community's consistent complaints regarding Fortnite Battle Royale's newfound grenade spamming. This rage-inducing strategy became extremely popular in competitive Fortnite. Although grenade stacking will still be viable, it likely won’t dominate lobbies as much as it once did.
Patching in Chapter 2
Epic Games has refined their approach to patching in Fortnite Chapter 2.
Season X might have been the lowest point in the Battle Royale’s short history. Gimmicky rift zones, mech suits and overpowered weapons are just a few of the questionable items included last season. The newest version of Fortnite has seen minimal changes since its release on October 22nd. Epic Games’ lack of patch notes is still a point of criticism, but the fewer changes have allowed the game to develop naturally. Only time will tell how these infrequent adjustments affect Fortnite Battle Royale overall.