Fortnite Removes Kinetic Blade from Tournaments

Kinetic Blade has been removed from Fortnite tournament playlists due to troublesome exploit issues. If there’s one thing most gaming fans agree on, it’s that Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 has been a wild ride. Season of MEGA has always been about a cyberpunk aesthetic mixed with lots of fun and hectic gameplay. This is especially evident in the addition of Mega City–a huge, futuristic named location filled with tall buildings, neon lights, and steam.

This season, players were introduced to various features including the Nitro Drifter, Rogue Bike, grind rails, and Kinetic Blade. These elements all contribute to the fast pace of Chapter 4 Season 2. In Fortnite, acquiring moving items is very important; not only can players avoid storm damage, but they can also escape tough encounters that could lead to their elimination. Unfortunately, gamers will find themselves slightly more limited now.

The official Fortnite Status Twitter account announced that Kinetic Blade has been temporarily retired from tournament play mode. Many players prefer to land in the southeastern part of the map, as the Kinetic Blade can often be found in these locations in Chapter 4 Season 2. It’s a mobility item with infinite recharge, fast cooldown, and easy to find, so many people prefer to use it instead of using vehicles or carrying ODM gear.

Most fans believe that this has something to do with a bug that was discovered a few days ago and that many gamers have started abusing. Players can eliminate opponents from any range without taking any damage by turning off Wi-Fi, attacking the enemy with the Kinetic Blade, and then turning it back. Once the bug became widely known in the community and players started reporting it, Epic Games took immediate action. Shortly after, a 24-hour ban was issued and the project was eliminated from the competition.

Oddly, the weapon hasn’t been temporarily removed from more modes either, as the exploit works across playlists, including battle royale, zero builds, and the new ranked game mode. This might just be a temporary solution to this problem, and maybe that’s why it’s only used in tournaments. It’s sure to keep gamers from using the exploit in the Champions Console Cup — a huge competitive Fortnite event with a $250,000 prize pool.

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