SPL: Spacestation Gaming week five preview

Spacestation Gaming (5-1) look to keep up their momentum in their week five rematch sets against Counter Logic Gaming (4-3) and Luminosity Gaming (3-4).

spacestation week one

Image courtesy of esports.smitegame.com

Counter Logic took the first set in a decisive 2-0 manner, but since then the two teams have taken divergent paths. Spacestation has won their last three sets since the March 28th meeting, while Counter Logic has gone 1-3 in that same span. This week, both teams will be looking to put themselves in a commanding position for clinching a top two seed in the 2018 spring split.

Luminosity has shown regression since losing 2-0 to Spacestation in week two. The roster mixed with fresh and old faces have shown inconsistencies this year on a week to week basis. After a strong 2-0 win against Counter Logic last week, Luminosity needs to prove they are capable of being consistent against North America’s best. Time is running out for LG this split with only three games left to move from 5th to 2nd in a competitive North American landscape.
Clinching Scenario: If Spacestation wins their two sets this week, they will clinch a trip to the SMITE Masters LAN event in May.

Counter Logic Gaming: Apr. 18, 2018 6:45 ET

Solo – Aquarius (SSG) vs fineokay (clg)

Ryan “Aquarius” Oh Neill has shown he is not to be doubted this season. The 18 year old Canadian has done more than hold his own in the solo lane. He has shown the ability to play both an aggressive style to capitalize on pressure, as well as a passive supportive role.

This week Aquarius will get a rematch of the week two matchup that saw Alec “fineokay” Fonzo come out on top with the help of seemingly constant ganks on the right side of the map. If Spacestation want to avoid the same fate this time, they will need to do more to support Aquarius in lane, either through ganks from the jungler, or through the selection of gods with global presence. After their first matchup, fineokay showed he has a slight advantage.

Most contested god: Achilles

Advantage: Counter Logic

Jungle – andinster (ssg) vs Homiefe (clg)

Andrew “andinster” Woodward’s return to the jungle has been seamless this split. After a shaky start, the Spacestation jungler has been a force for his team in tandem with Woonyoung “Baskin” Kim. His opponent in the jungle this week is Homiefe, one of the best junglers in North America this season. Homiefe was far and away the best player in the week two set against Spacestation earlier this split.

If Spacestation wants to avoid their second loss of the season, they will need to find a way to shut down the Counter Logic jungler. The goal for Spacestation should be to keep Homiefe off Baskin at all times. It was clear in week two that if Homiefe could get to Baskin, the fight would go in Counter Logic’s favor. Spacestation and andinster need to find a way to control Homiefe and keep him playing from behind. This means they will need to draft more control and movement to ensure Homiefe is not sticking to their carries.

Most contested god: Nemesis

Advantage: Counter Logic

Mid – Baskin (ssg) vs Hurriwind (clg)

The matchup in mid for this set will feature the rematch between two of the best mid laners in the world. Tyler “Hurriwind” Whitney has been incredible in the midlane for Counter Logic, while Basking continues to make his case for being the best player in the world. It is clear that the game plan for Counter Logic will be to shut down Baskin and get him out of team fights as early as possible. So far this season, Counter Logic has been the only team capable of doing so. Now, Spacestation will need to adjust and allow their best player to have a clean playing field.

Most contested god: Thoth

Advantage: Spacestation

ADC – BaRRaCCuDDa (SSG) VS sNOOPY (clg)

It has been a quiet split for John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter. Few ADCs in the league have been able to provide an impact in a meta that sees the role struggle to get farm. BaRRaCCuDDa and Evan “Snoopy” Jones once again are no strangers to each other. The two are not only having a rematch from week two, but have faced off as opponents and played together as teammates. As with previous weeks, don’t expect a big impact out of the duo lane. However if Spacestation is able to get BaRRaCCuDDa going, it will substantially take pressure off of Baskin and andinster in the midlane.

Most contested god: Jing Wei

Advantage: Spacestation

Support – JeffHindla (SSG) VS Jigz (clg)

Rosario “JeffHindla” Vilardi has been putting on a clinic in his games this split. From stealing objectives, to setting up kills, to peeling for his team, the Spacestation support has done it all. In his match this week comes a counterpart that JeffHindla has seen a lot of in his career. Both he and Jigz have been battling out the support role since season two. The two play a similar aggressive style of game that sees a lot of rotations around the map. Overall the advantage is in Spacestation’s favor as JeffHindla has been the top support in North America this split.

Most contested god: Terra

Advantage: Spacestation

Prediction

This matchup is one of the closest in the entirety of the SPL. After getting beat in week two, expect Spacestation to come back and get revenge on the Counter Logic squad.

2-1 Spacestation

Luminosity: Apr. 20, 2018 6:45 ET

Solo – Aquarius (SSG) VS KikiSoCheeky (lg)

The matchup between Aquarius and Ismael “KikiSoCheeky” Torres features two players that enjoy playing guardians in the solo lane. Don’t expect to see a lot of action here if the trend continues.

In their first matchup, Aquarius dominated in lane both as Camazotz against Terra, and as Terra against Camazotz. In that set Aquarius outclassed Kiki in every facet of the game. The Luminosity solo laner will need to change that this week if he wants his team to have a chance at the win.

Most contested god: Camazotz

Advantage: Spacestation

Jungle – andinster (SSG) VS Weak3n (lg)

As the outspoken and charismatic leader of his teams, Kurt “Weak3n” Schray has drawn the ire of many fans throughout his career. This season it has been clear he has a chip on his shoulder to prove wrong those who doubt him. However, he will need to improve his consistency playing against one of the league’s top junglers in andinster. If the Luminosity jungler is allowed to control the game, Spacestation will be in for a rough set. Spacestation showed it was possible to shut down the Luminosity jungler, and they need to show the same this week to pull out a win.

Most contested god: Serqet

Advantage: Spacestation

Mid – Baskin (ssg) vs keegsmate (lg)

Keegan “keegsmate” Twoeagle has been living up to the hype since his spectacular week one debut. The rookie mid laner has put forth dominating performances against some of the world’s best. This week though, he is put up against the best mid laner in the world in Baskin. Luminosity will once again need to focus on shutting down Baskin if they want any chance at winning. The advantage in this game goes to the incredible experience and skill of Baskin.

Most contested god: Thoth

Advantage: Spacestation

ADC – BaRRaCCuDDa (ssg) vs Clout (lg)

Conor “Clout” Roberts has been arguably the best ADC in North America this season. The Luminosity ADC has shown the ability to take over games, which is not a common thing for other players in the role. BaRRaCCuDDa will need to match that level of play and not allow Clout to snowball early. After their first set, Clout showed he is more than capable of matching up with BaRRaCCuDDa, and you can expect a similar result until the Spacestation ADC can figure out a way to break through.

Most contested god: Sol

Advantage: Luminosity

Support – jEFFhINDLA (ssg) vs nOTgENO (lg)

As another newer face, NotGeno has been proving he can compete with the top supports in the league. He has had a promising start, outplaying many other top supports in the league. Both teams highly value Athena for her global presence, and you can expect to see her a lot in this set. If JeffHindla is able to continue making the MVP level impact he has had so far, then we should be in store for a repeat of the 2-0 set we saw in week two.

Most contested god: Athena

Advantage: Spacestation

Prediction

Luminosity has looked too inconsistent this season to favor, especially compared to the dominance Spacestation has displayed. Spacestation should take this one in a clean two games.

2-0 Spacestation

Things to watch

Expect to see a lot of Achilles and Terra in picks and bans this week. The changes to Terra have been a big boost to her stock, and it would be surprising to see her get through very often. Achilles on the other hand has been valued by just about every team in just about every role.

Watch out for how the teams treat the Fire Giant this week. In recent weeks there has been more fights around the Fire Giant pit, and it will be interesting to see if that trend continues this week.

All games are available exclusively through SmiteGame on Mixer.

You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from other great TGH writers along with Nolan Evans

Top image courtesy of Hi-Rez Studios

Smite Season Ticket Predictions

Smite Season Ticket predictions: Week 5

Now that we’re done with rerun week, I can start actually predicting things instead of regurgitating last weeks results. Which would be more fun in a different SPL climate. But this split’s North American teams are so even that it seems practically impossible to make clear power rankings.

EUnited beat Counter Logic Gaming, Counter Logic beat Spacestation, Spacestation beat Luminosity, Luminosity beat EUnited… All of these teams are in the same tier. It’s great for watching games, but stressful for predicting them.

At least the European side is a little easier. There seem to be two distinct echelons of EU teams, with Rival, NRG and Dignitas being top teams and Obey, SK and Mousesports being lower. But if teams from the same tier face off in EU, it can be just as hard as an NA game to predict.

Oh well, you’ve gotta pick someone. Let’s get into the picks for week 5.

 

Tuesday

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsTeam Rival VS Team DignitasSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Team Dignitas

Rival and Dignitas are both great teams, and both could easily take this. But for my money, Dignitas comes out on top. Dignitas are still the standout team of the European Pro League, even if they’ve recently lost some sets.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsObey Alliance VS MousesportsSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Obey Alliance

Two of the weaker teams square off in this set. But Mousesports is too inconsistent, and their drafts can get a little too crazy. And while I like experimental drafts as much as the next guy, they don’t translate cleanly into wins.

 

Wednesday

Smite Season Ticket PredictionseUnited VS TrifectaSmite Season Ticket Predictions

eUnited

It’s hard to vote against eUnited in these match-ups after their Week Three comeback. Last week they looked as strong as they did in the World Championship. And while I don’t doubt that Trifecta could take this, the same could be said for the team I vote against in practically any North American match-up. They’re just too even.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsSpacestation VS Counter Logic GamingSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Spacestation

On the opposite end of the spectrum, before eUnited’s comeback CLG was looking like the best team in the world. But after taking a loss from not only eUnited, but from Luminosity, they don’t look so tough anymore. Spacestation, on the other hand, is a consistently great team.

Thursday

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsTeam Dignitas VS SK GamingSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Team Dignitas

This is the day where that short tier list I made starts coming in handy. Dignitas is in the top three, and SK is in the bottom, which makes this prediction easy.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsNRG Esports VS Obey AllianceSmite Season Ticket Predictions

NRG Esports

Thursdays in the EU SPL seem to be the designated strong team versus weak team days. NRG is good, Obey isn’t. Easy FP.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsNRG Esports VS SK GamingSmite Season Ticket Predictions

NRG Esports

I like the low stress environment Thursday is creating here. I don’t have to think very hard. But there’s also not much to write about. That tier list is pretty real; so far none of the lower echelon teams have managed to take even a game off of the top three, let alone a whole match. It would be exciting to be wrong about these matches. But it also wouldn’t be responsible of me to predict SK.

 

Friday

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsTrifecta VS SplyceSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Trifecta

This is the battle of teams I’m not quite sure what to think of yet. Splyce has a number of talented veteran players that we haven’t seen in action for a while, and I’d love to see them find their footing in this match. But for right now, they’re not great. Trifecta in the short term is a pretty lukewarm team. They never seem to look that strong or that weak. But in the short term, I have to give this one to Trifecta.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsLuminosity VS SpacestationSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Spacestation

This is the match that I’m most unsure of. Spacestation is still a consistently strong team, but Luminosity had a strong showing last week. But when in doubt, vote for Spacestation. That way at least John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter fans won’t get mad at me.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsLuminosity VS SplyceSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Luminosity

I’m still reluctant to give Splyce my vote, and to repeat myself Luminosity has been looking incredibly strong lately. This is probably about as easy to predict as North American matches can get. And even here, I have no doubt that Splyce could take the game. It’s really anyone’s league in North America.

 

Summary

Team Rival < Team Dignitas

Obey Alliance > Mousesports

EUnited > Trifecta

Spacestation > Counter Logic Gaming

Team Dignitas > SK Gaming

NRG Esports > Obey Alliance

NRG Esports > SK Gaming

Trifecta > Splyce

Luminosity < Spacestation

Luminosity > Splyce

 

You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from other great TGH writers along with Philip.

Top Image courtesy of Smitegame.com, SPL logo and Esports Team logos courtesy of Esports.Smitegame.com

Smite Season Ticket Predictions

Smite Season Ticket predictions: Week 4

At first this looked like a hard week to start on. Not only am I late, but accurate predictions of NA match-ups are getting harder. With EUnited’s comeback, North American teams are so even that it’s nearly impossible to tell who will win in these match-ups. And Europe, while not as bad, is still harder to predict than past SPL seasons.

But looking at the next week’s schedule gave me déjà vu. Which is probably because they’re the exact same match-ups as last week. I don’t understand why, but it does make predicting the winner pretty easy. Just vote for the team that won a week ago. So let’s get into my Smite Season Ticket predictions for the next week of the Spring Split.

Tuesday, April 10

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsNRG Esports VS Team DignitasSmite Season Ticket Predictions

NRG Esports

Well, at least this whole rerun week makes the picks pretty easy. Remember last week when NRG beat Dignitas? I’ve used my expert deduction skills to decide that that will probably happen again.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsObey Alliance VS SK GamingSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Obey Alliance

Both of these teams have been a little weak so far. And while Obey took this match-up last week, it was incredibly close. This game could easily go to SK as well. But Obey’s chances are still a little bit better.

 

Wednesday, April 11

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsLuminosity VS TrifectaSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Trifecta

Trifecta won last week, and I don’t see any reason to doubt them this time. Last week they won the set but lost game two. Trifecta learned a valuable lesson during that second game: Ban Nemesis. Even if she winds up in solo lane, you still need to ban Nemesis. And as long as they remember that, they should be able to beat Luminosity again.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsSpaceStation VS SplyceSmite Season Ticket Predictions

SpaceStation

After the last week, Splyce has been looking like one of the worst teams in the league. Meanwhile SpaceStation looks like one of the best. It’s not quite that simple, though. Splyce is full of team members that have been out of the SPL for a while. And as they continue to readjust themselves to competitive play and learn to work with their new teammates, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Splyce rise above SpaceStation. But that’s in the long term, and this match is next Wednesday. So I have to give it to SpaceStation.

Thursday, April 12

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsTeam Rival VS SK GamingSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Team Rival

Unfortunately for SK gaming, they just don’t stack up to Rival. Last time we saw this match it went 2-0 to Rival, and I don’t see any reason that would change.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsNRG Esports VS MousesportsSmite Season Ticket Predictions

NRG Esports

Thursday is going to be a whole day of strong team versus weak team. And unfortunately for Mousesports, they don’t give Fantasy Points for voting for underdogs.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsTeam Rival VS MousesportsSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Team Rival

It’s bad enough that Mousesports is having to face Rival, but they also have to play two matches in a row. And they’re likely coming into this match after losing to NRG. And they lost both of these matches 2-0 last week. This match will probably feel like a recurring nightmare for Mousesports. But who knows? Maybe they’ll win against NRG and bring that momentum into this match. That scenario’s a little too unlikely to get me to vote for Mousesports, though.

 

Friday, April 13

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsEUnited VS SplyceSmite Season Ticket Predictions

EUnited

EUnited proved last week that they’re still a powerful team, taking a decisive victory against Counter Logic Gaming. While this match was fairly close last week, EUnited are sure to be more confident after that comeback.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsLuminosity VS Counter Logic GamingSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Counter Logic Gaming

Don’t let their loss against EUnited distract you: Counter Logic Gaming is still a force to be reckoned with. And while Luminosity certainly isn’t a bad team, I don’t see any reason to vote for them over CLG.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsEUnited VS Counter Logic GamingSmite Season Ticket Predictions

EUnited

I was really hoping that I would get the chance to play devil’s advocate and vote for last week’s loser at least once. But after the dominance EUnited showed in this match-up last week, I couldn’t possibly vote for CLG. The message of this game last week was clear: EUnited is back, and they’re still the world champs.

 

Summary

NRG Esports > Team Dignitas

Obey Alliance > SK Gaming

Luminosity < Trifecta

SpaceStation > Splyce

Team Rival > SK Gaming

NRG Esports > Mousesports

Team Rival > Mousesports

EUnited > Splyce

Luminosity < Counter Logic Gaming

Eunited > Counter Logic Gaming

 

You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from other great TGH writers along with Philip.

Top Image courtesy of Smitegame.com, SPL logo and Esports Team logos courtesy of Esports.Smitegame.com

 

SPL: Spacestation Gaming week two preview

After a strong week one, Spacestation Gaming (2-0) look to keep up their momentum in their week two sets against Counter Logic Gaming (2-0) and Luminosity Gaming (2-0).

spacestation week one

Image courtesy of esports.smitegame.com

Counter Logic matched Spacestation as the only other North American team to win win two sets in week one. Spacestation fans will see familiar names, as Connor “Jigz” Echols, Alexander “Homiefe” D’Souza and Alec “fineokay” Fonzo have all spent time with Spacestation. For them, it will be a chance to prove the organization made a mistake by not bringing them back in season five.
Coming into the season, few people predicted Luminosity to finish above 5th in North America. But after defeating the reigning world champions eUnited in week one, Luminosity created believers throughout the SPL. Now they look to prove they are a legitimate contender by taking down another top team in Spacestation.

Counter Logic Gaming: Mar. 28, 2018 6:45 ET

Solo – Aquarius (SSG) vs fineokay (clg)

Ryan “Aquarius” O’Neill helped to answer many of the questions that surrounded with his performance in week one. Now, he will be tasked with going against the man he beat out when he joined the now Spacestation roster in the 2017 fall split. Both solo laners played guardians in week one for the majority of their games, so expect a slow start to the games in this one. Guardians are typically picked for their safe laning phase and excellent team fight, so if the trend continues, don’t expect much action in the solo lane. Aquarius has shown himself to be solid in the solo lane this season, while fineokay has been playing a more supportive role. Overall the slight edge goes to Aquarius in this matchup.

Most contested god: Cerberus

Advantage: Spacestation

Jungle – andinster (ssg) vs Homiefe (clg)

In week one, Andrew “andinster” Woodward did not show much rust being back in the jungle. After a shaky start, the Spacestation jungler was dominant in both of his sets. His opponent in the jungle this week is Homiefe, one of the best junglers in North America last season. Don’t be surprised to see a lot of early aggression and ganks in this set, especially coming on the duo lane side. This is another extremely close matchup, but with how dominant Homiefe looked in his games along with his play last season, the advantage is in his favor.

Most contested god: Nemesis

Advantage: Counter Logic

Mid – Baskin (ssg) vs Hurriwind (clg)

The matchup in mid for this set will feature two of the best mid laners in the world. Tyler “Hurriwind” Whitney was an absolute force last season for Trifecta, and the trend looks to be continuing on Counter Logic. Woonyoung “Baskin” Kim played a monumental role last week in securing the victories for Spacestation, and there is no reason to expect any different this week. If Counter Logic are not able to shut down Spacestation’s superstar, they will be in for a very short set.

Most contested god: Discordia

Advantage: Spacestation

ADC – BaRRaCCuDDa (SSG) VS sNOOPY (clg)

It was a relatively quiet week for John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter. A familiar story for most ADCs in a meta that sees the role struggle to provide an impact. In week two, hunter items will see a big buff, possibly leading to a resurgence within the class. BaRRaCCuDDa and Evan “Snoopy” Jones  are no strangers to each other. The two have faced off as opponents, and played together as teammates. When two players know each other so well, you can expect a very safe early game to be played. If BaRRaCCuDDa is able to make his presence known in week two, good things will be in store for Spacestation.

Most contested god: Jing Wei

Advantage: Spacestation

Support – JeffHindla (SSG) VS Jigz (clg)

Rosario “JeffHindla” Vilardi put on an absolute clinic in his games last week. The Spacestation support did it all, including peeling, setting up, and even stealing a fire giant. In his match this week comes a counterpart that JeffHindla has seen a lot of in his career. Both he and Jigz have been battling out the support role since season two. The two play a similar aggressive style of game that sees a lot of rotations around the map. Overall the advantage is in Spacestation’s favour as JeffHindla has shown himself to be one of the best supports in the world.

Most contested god: Ganesha

Advantage: Spacestation

Prediction

Overall this is an extremely close set with two of the best teams in the world. The games will ultimately be decided with objective play, and after the changes to make attacking phoenixes easier goes into effect, don’t expect many phoenix defenses in week two. This one should be won by Spacestation in three games.

2-1 Spacestation

Luminosity: Mar. 30, 2018 6:45 ET

Solo – Aquarius (SSG) VS KikiSoCheeky (lg)

The matchup between Aquarius and Ismael “KikiSoCheeky” Torres features another two players that enjoy playing guardians in the solo lane. Once again, don’t expect to see a lot of action here if the trend continues. KikiSoCheeky has been a journeyman within the league, seeing play with a variety of teams. His play last week showed why it is that teams keep giving the 22 year old a chance. However, with how well Aquarius played in week one, it is hard not to give him the advantage in this set.

Most contested god: Cerberus

Advantage: Spacestation

Jungle – andinster (SSG) VS Weak3n (lg)

As the outspoken and charismatic leader of his teams, Kurt “Weak3n” Schray has drawn the ire of many fans throughout his career. Last week it was clear he had a chip on his shoulder to prove wrong those who doubted him. He will need to continue that strong play against another top jungler in andinster. If the Luminosity jungler is allowed to control the game, Spacestation will be in for a rough set. However consistency has been the major issue in Weak3n’s recent career, and until he proves that to be in his past, andinster will have the advantage in this one.

Most contested god: Serqet

Advantage: Spacestation

Mid – Baskin (ssg) vs keegsmate (lg)

Keegan “keegsmate” Twoeagle was the biggest unknown coming into season five. The former console worlds MVP made the transition to PC after the 2018 SWC. He did so with the hopes of proving wrong the doubters that insist console players can’t make it in the SPL. The rookie midlaner got off to a fantastic start to his career, making big plays against eUnited and outplaying the PC worlds MVP Brandon “Venenu” Casale in week one. Now he will be tasked with going against one of the best players in the world in Baskin. With the way Baskin played in week one, it is clear he wants to prove that he is in fact the best in the world, and one of the front-runners for the spring MVP. The advantage in this game goes to the incredible experience and skill of Baskin.

Most contested god: Thoth

Advantage: Spacestation

ADC – BaRRaCCuDDa (ssg) vs Clout (lg)

It is hard to make an accurate assessment of Conor “Clout” Roberts this week. The Luminosity ADC makes his season debut after missing their first game in week one. The player formerly known as Vetium has had a solid career in the SPL, and you can expect BaRRaCCuDDa to have his hands full in this set. This one will once again come down to the player that farms the most efficiently, so expect BaRRaCCuDDa’s experience to give him an advantage.

Most contested god: Sol

Advantage: Spacestation

Support – jEFFhINDLA (ssg) vs nOTgENO (lg)

As another newer face, NotGeno is going to need to prove he can compete with the top supports in the league. He had a promising start to that goal, outplaying one of the top supports in the world in Michael “PolarBearMike” Heiss. Luminosity will need their rookie support to keep up with the veteran JeffHindla if they want a chance in this game. But after how dominant JeffHindla looked in week one, the advantage is in his favor.

Most contested god: Athena

Advantage: Spacestation

Prediction

Luminosity looked strong in week one, but they still have a lot to prove. They should put up a good fight against Spacestation, but ultimately it will be Spacestation coming out the victor in three games.

2-1 Spacestation

Things to watch

Watch out for how teams react to the changes being implemented in patch 5.5. The Fire Giant will give a more powerful buff making phoenixes easier to kill. This may force teams to take more fights around the Fire Giant instead of giving it up to defend.

Another important change in patch 5.5 is a bonus to the damage of T1 towers. By dealing more damage, we will either see fewer tower dives, or more deaths by players that choose to dive.

The picks that are made for each team’s ADC will be very telling about the state of the hunter class. With the buffs to hunter items we could see magical ADCs take a backseat. The amount of picks between magical and physical ADCs will be an indication towards how much the buffs helped hunters.

Look for some early game group ups this week. Teams have had some good success at catching a pick with an early fight. If they are successful, check the time to see how long until minions spawn. The closer it is to the start of the game equates to a bigger impact on the rest of the game.

All games are available exclusively through SmiteGame on Mixer.

You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from other great TGH writers along with Nolan Evans

Top image courtesy of Hi-Rez Studios

Smite Game Spl

Smite Pro League – Week One Game Recap

So here we are, the end of the first week of the Season 5 Smite Pro League. There’ve been many twists and turns, some predictable results and some not-so-predictable ones – and I’m here to break them all down for your reading pleasure.

Rival vs NRG – Rival win (2-1)

What a start to the season! Amidst some less-than-ideal viewing conditions while Mixer found its feet, the season was kicked off by an absolute barnstormer.

Game 1 – NRG win

Game One was a rough one for Team Rival. Although they made a decent start, getting First Blood and staying even through 14 minutes, once the team fighting begun it was clear that Alexandru “Wlfy” Lefterică was suffering from hangups from the finals of Worlds in January. Again, his Poseidon ultimates seemed to be panicked and early, leading to several missed opportunities, NRG gaining a 15k gold lead and then ultimately ending the game with ease

Game 2/3 – Rival win

Games Two and Three, Rival really showed their intent and knowledge of the meta. Wlfy playing Janus was the complete opposite of game one and he provided so much utility and pure damage with his cooldown-oriented build, dropping the team all around the map and proving why Rival are the top team in Europe at the start of this season.

SK vs MouseSports – MouseSports win (2-1)

While the second set couldn’t quite live up to the first in terms of pure technical skill, it made up for it in janky picks and out-of-meta plays.

Game 1 – MouseSports win

Game One was dominant from MouseSports. Solo He Bo was ineffective from SK and Mouse cleaned up in 22 minutes, with BigManTingz impressing on Discordia in his first professional game as a mid laner.

Game 2 – SK win

Again, game two was the direct opposite, James “Duck3y” Heseltine securing 7 kills on Solo Camazotz, dominating the lane and doing over 26,000 player damage. The game again was shorter than some Season 5 games and left the set finely balanced heading into game 3.

Game 3 – Mousesports win

In a game notable for weird picks, Mouse brought three assassins to a very janky team composition. In a support match-up battle, Kumbhakarna was no match for Bastien “Dardez” Proust’s Fenrir support. Although the game was close, and SK even had more kills, ultimately when jungler Mohaned “Cherryo” Walied soloed SK’s midlaner at 38 minutes, the set was all over.

EUnited vs Luminosity – Luminosity win (2-0)

The most shocking game of the first week, this was a fantastic upset. Going into the set, the vast majority of players expected Kurt “Weak3n” Schray’s team to have very little chance against the reigning world champions, however, the opposite was the case!

Game 1- Luminosity win

Almost immediately, it was easy to say that everyone had underestimated Luminosity. A perfect early dive for First Blood by Weak3n set the tone as Luminosity quickly proved they understood the early S5 meta better than the world champions. In a back-and-forward first game, Luminosity established a mid-game lead only to be pegged back by EU. The game was ultimately decided twofold, by first a huge through-the-wall titan defense by new player Keegan “keegsmate” Twoeagle, followed by an incredible siege at 50 minutes, to take game 1.

Game Two – Luminosity win

Game two seemed almost completely one-sided; Luminosity looked dominant with Eunited potentially tilted from throwing game 1. Establishing a 10k gold lead by 20 minutes, courtesy of a perfect 4-0-2 score by Weak3n, the LG team were easily able to convert the game into a 2-0 clean sweep, to the shock of almost all observers.

Splyce vs CLG – CLG win (2-1)

Showing once again how close all of the teams are in the league this season, this was another very close set. CLG ultimately won out, with great performances by leader Connor “Jigz” Echols from the support role as well as the veteran mid-laner Tyler “Hurriwind” Whitney proving the difference.   

Game One – Splyce win

The set started out with a confident performance by Splyce. Gaining an early lead which was fought back by CLG, Splyce were able to win pivotal team-fights twice in a row to end the match around 41 minutes.

Games Two and Three – CLG win

Making a decision to put Alec “fineokay” Fonzo on Sobek, a god he could be far more effective with in teamfights than in game one, CLG was able to edge a close match. Their double hunter composition provided too much objective damage for Splyce to win out. Game Three was very similar, a close game in which CLG ultimately was able to win a very close set overall.

 

Dignitas vs MouseSports – Dignitas win (2-0)

Looking to atone for their Super Regionals horror show at the end of the last season, Dignitas had a lot to prove having gone from being one of the favourites to win worlds to not even qualifying. MouseSports fresh from their earlier win picked up where they left off with weird and wonderful picks, however Dignitas were just too strong and managed a relatively easy win.  

Games One and Two – Dignitas win

Janus Jungle was not quite as horrible an idea as it sounded, with Dignitas needing 40+ minutes to win, but ultimately Joakim “Zyrhoes” Verngren and Anders “QvoFred” Korsbo proved too mechanically gifted for Mouse.

Game two MouseSports decided to play Chaac in the mid lane and Morrigan support. While neither were horrible ideas in theory, neither worked in practice with QvoFred proving himself once again as one of the best junglers in the world, finishing the game with a cool 9 kills and 0 deaths.

Rival vs Obey – Rival win (2-0)

In a game many expected to be much closer, it took the new Obey squad (Craig “iRaffer” Rathbone joining last season’s squad) a little longer than some had expected to mesh together, and although the set was close overall, Rival’s teamplay was exceptional and lead to an easy victory.

Game One and Two – Rival win

Alexandru “Wlfy” Lefterică picked up where he left off in game 2 and 3 on Monday, hitting multiple two-man Ra snipes and carrying the game from the start. Finding picks before teamfights broke out was the clear strategy, with setup provided by Petar “KaLaS” Matejić proving too strong for the obey roster. Game two picked up where game one left off, with Rival maintaining a similar composition and winning in a similar way.

Dignitas vs Obey – Dig win (2-0)

Continuing a horrible start to the split for fan-favourites Obey, Dignitas joined Rival in having two victories in week one of the split.

Game One and Two – Dig win

In game One, Obey proved their lack of understanding of the early season 5 meta. Their composition with Chang’e, Arachne and Neith was dubious, and iRaffer still seemed to be on a different page to the rest of the roster. Game one lasted only 25 minutes, and was not a good look for Obey.

Game two was slightly better, Obey gaining six early kills and a small lead, however, the Arachne pick for CaptainTwig again didn’t work out and once Dignitas caught up in gold in the late midgame and killed the entire of Obey, the result seemed inevitable.

Trifecta vs CLG – CLG win (2-1)

CLG came out looking strong on Wednesday and this Friday game was no exception. Game 1 was won by CLG, Game two by Trifecta, and then game three, the pick of the set, was run by CLG’s solo laner Fineokay, leading to the overall victory.

Eunited vs Spacestation –  Spacestation win (2-0)

What a fantastic set! In the first matchup between two of the top teams in a region, these heavyweights slugged it out over two games. This set had everything, and I would recommend watching it, if you missed out.

Game One and Two – Spacestation win

In a 57 minute slugfest between two teams who earlier in the week played in a spectacular “showmatch” in Vegas, this game is better watched than read about, so please check out the VoD on twitter. Spacestation ultimately came out on top, but Eunited were on top for a lot of the game and couldn’t quite get the game over the line.

Game two was entirely different.  Andrew “andinster” Woodward and Kim “Baskin” Woon-young were on a completely different level. Both playing assassins, Camazotz Mid lane and Daji Jungle. They were able to completely run the game right from the first minute, ending the game in under half an hour with a combined score of 16 kills and zero deaths. Domination!

Trifecta vs Spacestation –  Spacestation win (2-1)

The final set of the week was also exceptional. Spacestation again looked amazing, and the only thing which stopped this being a sweep like the previous match was Ronnie “ScaryD” Belair, who’s triple kill at the end of game two won the game for Trifecta. However Baskin’s game 1 fire giant steal combined with another spectacular combination of Thoth and Camazotz for Baskin and Andinster in game 3 closed out the set in Spacestation’s favour.

Feedback? Tweet me

Like this article? Let TheGameHaus know on twitter too!

 

Esports Arena: Spacestation Gaming vs eUnited showmatch recap

esports arena

Image courtesy of esportsarena.com

It was a big night for the SPL on Thursday, as Spacestation Gaming and eUnited met in a showmatch for the opening of Esports Arena Las Vegas. Playing at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, a $15,000 prize pool was available in the best of one.

Unfortunately for eUnited fans, Lucas ”Screammmmm” Spracklin was unable to attend the event, leaving Cassidy ”Card1ac” Cameron to fill in as a support, and Michael ”PolarBearMike” Heiss to go off-role as their jungler. In the end, the absence of Screammmmm was too much as Spacestation won without much trouble in 33 minutes.

Picks and Bans

EUN Picks:

Solo: Hercules – Ben ”Benji” McKinzey 1/2/2

Jungle: Thor – Michael ”PolarBearMike” Heiss 2/4/0

Mid: Ullr – Brandon ”Venenu” Casale 0/4/2

Support: Geb – Cassidy ”Card1ac” Cameron 0/8/1

ADC: Sol – Maksim ”PandaCat” Yanevich 2/3/0

Eun Bans: He Bo, Da Ji, Cerberus, Cu Chulainn

SSG Picks:

Solo: Artio – Ryan ”Aquarius” O’Neill 0/0/15

Jungle: Camazotz –  Andrew ”andinster” Woodward 5/1/13

Mid: Janus – Woonyoung “Baskin” Kim 12/3/8

Support: Athena – Rosario “JeffHindla” Vilardi 2/0/16

ADC: Jing Wei – John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter 2/1/11

SSG Bans: Nemesis, Thoth, Serqet, Ravana

Both teams turned in a fairly traditional picks and bans phase with every role seeing a familiar god. Spacestation drafted an incredibly strong global presence with the selections of Janus mid and Athena support, while eUnited looked for early pressure and control with Sol ADC, Ullr mid and Geb support.

Early Game

A standard 2-1-1 start was the choice for both teams with the two supports starting in the duo lane. In duo, both teams ran into a stalemate with only one moment of low health for JeffHindla and BaRRaCCuDDa.

Baskin got off to a strong start at Esports Arena Las Vegas, catching Venenu with a Portal bringing him below half health on the first wave. However it was Baskin getting caught with a Thrown Axe from Venenu, as PolarBearMike collapsed on the Spacestation mid laner leading to the first ever kill at Esports Arena Las Vegas.

Card1ac’s inexperience showed early, as he was caught out of position five minutes in leading to andinster putting Spacestation on the board.

Both Aquarius and Benji seemed content to wait out the early game. Neither side made any forced plays until seven minutes in. Here, Benji looked for an invade onto Spacestation’s right side experience camp, turning it into a kill onto andinster. However a quick rotation by Aquarius, JeffHindla and Baskin led to a response kill onto Benji by Baskin.

Mid Game

As the teams transitioned into the mid game, it was clear that Card1ac was having problems in the support role.

Already two levels behind, the eUnited substitute mistakenly used his Cataclysm before using his Blink. This caused Cataclysm to be missed entirely leaving him without an ultimate. Baskin took advantage soon after with a beautiful ultimate that caught Card1ac as he attempted to return to base 15 minutes into the game.

Spacestation looked to push their lead, as andinster picked up another kill on PolarBearMike then helped to secure the Pyromancer at 17:50.

PolarBearMike gave eUnited fans some hope 19:50 in when he connected with Mjolnir’s Attunement onto Baskin. This gave eUnited both a solo kill, as well as an uncontested Gold Fury. In response, Spacestation tried to to start a fight, leading to Card1ac being killed by JeffHindla and BaRRaCCuDDa being taken down by PandaCat.

The hope did not last long for eUnited however, as another misused Cataclysm by Card1ac at the 22 minute mark led to Spacestation getting a triple kill for Baskin, the middle T2 tower, a kill for andinster, the middle phoenix, the Pyromancer and finally the Fire Giant. This ultimately proved to be the turning point of the game.

Late Game

With the Fire Giant buff around their belt, Spacestation pushed their lead even further going into the late game.

Spacestation was able to follow up by taking both duo lane towers, along with another quick double kill by Baskin. This gave them the opportunity to siege the duo lane phoenix with ease while killing Card1ac again in the process. With two phoenixes and three eUnited members down, Spacestation decided to play it safe by taking the Gold Fury instead of trying to end the game.

From here, Spacestation played a slow and steady game, picking up kills onto PandaCat, PolarBearMike, Card1ac, Venenu, and the middle phoenix for the second time, only losing Baskin in the process.

Off of that, Spacestation was able to get their second Fire Giant kill of the game at around the 30 minute mark. With the enhanced buff Spacestation easily destroyed the remaining phoenixes, killing the majority of eUnited in the process, allowing them to kill the Titan and end the game in 33 minutes.

Takeaways

Chalice of the Oracle looks to still be valued by both teams, as five players purchased it at some point in the game. Look for this trend to continue in future games.

Spacestation showed great poise and patience with respect to ending the game. Other teams, including eUnited, have thrown wins in the SPL this season by overextending to try and end the game. Spacestation decided to instead play a safer style, waiting until all phoenixes were down before committing to attacking the Titan.

Strong performances by both andinster and Aquarius should have Spacestation fans feeling good going into Friday. The two were Spacestation’s biggest question marks heading into the season, but if they play as they did tonight, expect dominant sets from Spacestation.

The importance of Screammmmm to eUnited was clearly on display in the Esports Arena. While PolarBearMike showed promise filling in for the jungler, their substitute Card1ac had a game to forget. Multiple missed ultimates led directly to Spacestation building a lead that they never surrendered. If Card1ac fills in this season, he needs to show that his performance here is not indicative of his ability.

Player of the game: Baskin

eUnited and Spacestation will play again on Mar. 23rd 2018 at 6:45 ET exclusively through SmiteGame on Mixer.

You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from other great TGH writers along with Nolan Evans

Top image courtesy of Hi-Rez Studios and Esports Arena