It seems like every week we are discussing something new and game-breaking in Fortnite. Recently, the B.R.U.T.E., Airstrike, and the Storm Flip have all created controversy within the competitive Fortnite community. This week, the Junk Rift is the item causing a stir among players, and for good reason.
Though the Junk Rift can be thought of as a B.R.U.T.E. counter, it continues a negative trend for Epic Games. The developing studio seemingly adds in overpowered items at will and throws them into competitive playlists. While these items are perfectly fine for standard play, competitive Fortnite is another monster.
Many would argue that any item like the Junk Rift has no spot in competitive. One item that can deal 200 damage to players and destroy all structures isn’t what you would call “fair.” You are able to carry four at one time, and all it takes to use is a simple push of a button.
While they do serve a purpose — to clear out areas for escapes and counter the mech — the amount of damage they deal is unheard of. No item in the history of Fortnite has dealt as much damage as the Junk Rift does. Below you can find some clips/opinions on the Junk Rift.
— Ninja (@Ninja) August 20, 2019
— LG SypherPK (@SypherPK) August 22, 2019
remove the junk rift
— SEN Bugha (@bugha) August 20, 2019
im placing top 5 in every solo custom feeling good and consistent then this bullshit happens didn't even know it was on me thought it was far away or just idk honestly pic.twitter.com/URIPg6z2RS
— Wobosaba (@Wobosaba) August 20, 2019
In addition to the crazy damage output, it seems like Epic Games is actively looking for ways to nerf building. The Airstrike, Storm Flip, and Junk Rift are all direct nerfs to building since all three items destroy structures/make you stop building.
The reasoning for this is unclear, but it’s apparent Epic is trying to make this game casual-friendly. The mech and overpowered items that take little-to-no skill to use are evidence of this. If Epic is catering Fortnite more to the casual player base, then include these items in standard playlists. Competitive playlists should be for skillful players that take full advantage of in-game mechanics and features to win the game.
As of right now, however, Epic isn’t going to be making any changes to competitive Fortnite.
What do you think about the Junk Rift? Let us know in the comments below. Keep up with Daily Esports for all Fortnite coverage.
Joey Carr is a University of North Georgia Journalism graduate. He has 5+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including Dreamhack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.