Epic was accused by Ali “Myth” Kabbani of “trolling” competitors with the introduction of the “boombox” item. Capable of destroying builds en masse and was a direct factor in two results in this weekends WSOE Fortnite tournament. Going into the tournament there were high hopes – it was to be the first major event held by someone other than Epic themselves. That hope proved to be misplaced with the introduction of another game-breaking item on the day of a tournament that gave players no chance to learn counters to the overpowered item. Epic has previous for this sort meta breaking changes – having put hop rocks, stormwings and most recently the infinity blade on the eve of major tournaments.
The 6 game tournament was won by Ceice and Elevate who took home $40,000 between them. They showed initiative to go head-to-head with their nearest competitor in the final game, eliminating Psalm and Rhux to secure top spot.
The tournament wasn’t without some positives. The overall presentation was fantastic, a tightly run production and a stage that had all 100 competitors on it – it really gave you a look at what a properly competitive Battle Royale will look like, if not play like. There was also a unique point system giving players 10 points for every kill and 100 points for a win. It was an interesting idea if not problematic in practice – Psalm and Rhux who won 2 out of 6 games found themselves finishing 5th. The tournament was also hampered by the in-game ruleset, there were no popup cup rules here with there bonus health and material for each kill which produced the dreaded chaotic spam build meta that has plagued the end game.
All-in-all this was a tournament to forget.
WSOE Fortnite – Psalm is on a crusade
A player that took the ire of many fans of competitive Fortnite after his use of the Infinity Blade in the NA Winter Royale Grand Finals. He was unrepentant then tweeting that he “just had to show everyone how silly the sword is.” He struck a similar tone in after winning the first two games of the finals here stating, “You don’t need aim, you just need a boombox. You just need music, know what I’m saying?”
Psalm may be singlehandedly highlighting these issues in the best way possible – ruining tournaments. Let’s hope Epic will put a stop to it.
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