From January 7-10, the Smite World Championships were hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. Nine teams from all around the globe came out swinging for the title and the grand prize of $150,000 in the rising star of a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena(MOBA), Smite!
The initial placement round took place on Thursday morning, with teams playing in a best of one double elimination bracket to determine who would advance . Winning in this bracket allowed teams Fnatic and QG Reapers to advance to the quarter finals that took place on Friday.
Quarter Finals were to be determined in a best of three format thus enabling increased tactical play and decision making in pick and ban phases. Taking part in the quarter final matches were Europe’s Paradigm Gaming against China’s OMG B, North America’s Enemy Gaming against Brazil’s paiN Gaming, North America’s defending world champions Cloud 9 against China’s QG Reapers, and Europe’s Epsilon Esports against fellow European team Fnatic. Paradigm Gaming, Enemy Gaming, Cloud 9, and Epsilon Esports all advanced with 2-0 victories over their opponents.
The semi-finals, which started Saturday morning, were to be played in a best of five series. North America rejoiced when underdog Enemy Gaming defeated the EU favorite Paradigm in a 3-1 series and advanced to the grand finals. Episilon Esports also defeated Cloud9 3-2, shutting down the NA favorite. It was down to the Enemy Gaming Vs Epislon Esports in the Grand Finals for Sunday.
Epsilon Esports went on to take the title of World Champion Sunday evening in a decisive 3-0 victory. Both teams had been runner up from their respective nations, and Enemy Gaming was originally never predicted to make it out of their regional qualifier. Epsilon Esports had been among the favorites from analysts and casters throughout the tournament and had very strong showings to prove they meant business. On top of being crowned the best team of Smite in the world, demanding respect as competitors by analysts, they also won $150,000 as a cash prize to be split among the team and managers.
During the course of the tournament, Smite developer Hi-Rez Studios made announcements about new skins for the game and the inclusion of a new Japanese pantheon of gods to join the fray. Several days prior to the tournament, the studio also released a new cinematic trailer that can be seen below.
Smite is a free to play, third person MOBA that puts players in control of gods from Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, Chinese, and Mayan pantheons as they do battle on various maps with various objectives.
Image courtesy of Hi-Rez Studios.
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