Respawn Entertainment tweaked the first Ring so that it hits just as hard as the second ring and closes much faster. As a result, players can no longer "tank" the first ring to finish looting, fighting or simply rotating as it will incur a heavy cost in consumables.
In theory, these moves should force outer squads to move faster and games to end sooner. Some players in the community have already made their discontent with the changes known to some of the devs, and now some of the game's most prominent pros are speaking out against the moves.
"On the gas change," TSM Phillip "ImperialHal" Dosen said during a recent stream, "I don't think it's good at all. It doesn't even feel right. I've played the game since the very beginning and the game feels so fucking weird. I guess it's because I'm just not used to it because I've played this game for three years and I've never had to run away from zone one, and to the point where I can't even craft out of spawn."
NRG Christopher "sweetdreams" Sexton agreed wholeheartedly with ImperialHal's stance in a separate stream, mentioning that the Ring adjustments were "too extreme."
"I'm all about making things different for the sake of it being fun again," sweetdreams said, "but I dislike the gas change. I think the gas change is too extreme even for fucking seasoned pros and it kind of fucks with the pacing of the game too much.
"I feel like there's no one in the game that's like, 'Yo, these gas changes are fucking lit!' Right? I feel like you either don't like it or you just don't mind it."
Respawn Entertainment has yet to respond to player complaints.
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