Fortnite's Thanos nerf / buff merry-go-round continues

Fun isn't something one considers when balancing the universe.

Hot on the heels of Thanos' quickfire nerf in the all-conquering Fortnite, developer Epic has buffed the playable Mad Titan.

Epic has also changed the way the game works during this limited time Avengers crossover to allow more players to play as Thanos.

Let's start with the Thanos changes. His beam damage is increased from 12 to 20 on players. His punch damage is increased from 80 to 100. And his health has decreased from 800 to 500.

At first glance, these changes appear to be in reaction to community complaints about Thanos' recent nerf. He's certainly more of a damage-dealing threat, now. And the significant nerf to his health looks like a way to give more players the chance to play as Thanos, as he's easier to kill now. (His shield cap remains at 200, though.)

The video below shows how quickly Thanos' health can now evaporate.

The upshot: when you're Thanos, you're a killing machine. But don't expect the fun to last that long.

Now onto general changes. Epic has reduced the height of the bus when dropping, made the initial storm circle bigger and reduced storm damage in the early game. The initial Infinity Gauntlet spawn time is changed from bus rise plus 30-45s to bus ride plus 120-135s.

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