Harrison “Psalm” Chang wraps up his Fortnite career and discusses the future

Psalm is one of the most renowned Fortnite “boomers,” clocking in at the ripe old age of 24. In a game absolutely dominated by young, responsive, and mechanical players as young as 13, Psalm countered this notion. His strategic planning led him to be known widely as the “META Master”

The META Master would take his skills to qualify for the Solo World Cup finals. And when everything was on the line, he performed at an elite level. Psalm would secure 2nd place, good for a $1,800,000 purse. Yes, two commas

Fast forward roughly a year from that life changing moment and Psalm is entering yet another life altering event. Today, Psalm announced that he will be leaving Fortnite to pursue other competitive passions

My dream is to be the most decorated competitor in gaming history. I have my eyes set on @PlayValorant next.

Thank you @FortniteGame for everything. I was given the chance to achieve what only few have had the pleasure of accomplishing.

“Dedication sees dreams come true.”

— psalm (@psalm) April 5, 2020

“My dream is to be the most decorated competitor in gaming history. I have my eyes set on VALORANT next,” Psalm noted in his departure announcement. As it stands, Psalm has a legitimate claim to already be considered the most successful gamer due to how prowess in a plethora of titles

In the last decade, Psalm achieved the following:

Top 20 Heroes of Newerth ladder

Diamond Starcraft II S1 (highest at the time)

DotA 2 semi-pro (this one I regret quitting)

CS:GO Global Elite

Top 70 Overwatch S1 ladder

Best HotS pro in NA

2nd at FN World Cup

Hit D3 in LoL in 2 months (brand new)

source: Psalm

Needless to say, Psalm has already proven to his friends and peers alike that he has the intelligence to carry his skills between strategy and shooter games flawlessly. As Psalm makes his transition to Riot Games’ highly anticipated first person shooter VALORANT, it will be a matter of when and not if we see him dominate

Fortnite as a competitive Esport title has been taking huge hits, as many core players have left in droves. We recently covered top OG players like Kaysid bow out, but nothing of this magnitude. Needless to say, Psalm’s departure has the entire competitive community shaken up

Faze Sway among many of his peers are beginning to notice how “in shambles” the state of competitive Fortnite is

how can a esports scene be so uncompetitive that the 2nd place winner at worlds literally quits the game, 3rd place switches to a completely different game input, and 4th place is banned

— Code: YoSway #ad (@FaZeSway) April 5, 2020

As of today, the Solo World Cup top performers represent how demotivated a subsection of the competitive community is. Fourth place, Kreo, is banned for 60 days due to his contributions to the “collusion” scandal in FNCS Week 1. Third place, EpikWhale, switched from keyboard to controller due to how overpowered aim assist is. And second place, Psalm, has just quit Fortnite completely. The only Solo World Cup standout left is Bugha. All of our eggs are in one basket. Bugha, you’re our last hope

When a competitive games’ most adored players are quitting in droves, you’ve got to imagine that it’s not much better for the core player base. Changes must be made to retain that playerbase as more and more players announce their intentions to pursue VALORANT competitively. If Fortnite cannot work under the core concepts of competitive integrity, or at least get it fixed by summer, VALORANT could be the true “Fortnite killer”

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