Luminosity

Week Six: Luminosity Gaming’s Current Standing

With only one week left to go in the spring split, Luminosity Gaming has continued to show time and again that they deserve their spot in the pros. Unfortunately, with only the top two teams moving on to Masters in May, it’s unlikely that LG will be moving on for the spring split. That said, matches have been very even in North America versus the European rankings with every team performing remarkably well. Let’s take a look at the moving parts and see how the Luminosity machine is running as we move into week six.

Solo

What started out as a very safe, slow solo lane has slowly evolved as Ismael “KikiSoCheeky” Torres has become more comfortable with what his team can handle. His god picks have remained fairly consistent, favoring guardians such as Artio and Cerberus over more traditional warrior picks. With how strong magical gods and assassins presently are this is not terribly surprising, but it’s always exciting to see.

Mid

Keegan “Keegsmate” Twoeagle has been one of the most interesting players to follow this season. After transitioning from console, he has continued to show that he can just as easily contend on the PC. While he’s no Baskin, Keegs is certainly no slouch either. His form on god picks such as Poseidon and Scylla have been impressive to watch. He consistently brings the damage for the team and has no problem following up on opportunities when presented. You can see a great example of this from week five’s match up against Splyce. The Kraken follow-ups on Poseidon to NotGeno’s Dharmic Pillars on Ganesha to keep Divios’ Cerberus shut down during team fights were masterful.

Carry

Luminosity

Conor “Clout” Roberts, formerly Vetium, is a relatively fresh face but no stranger to the scene. While never underperforming, much like the rest of his team, he has continued to improve with each passing week. With picks like Sol and Hachiman, he has continuously brought the pressure in dual lane. Clout has shown he has no problem out pressuring his opponents and certainly deserves his spot on the team. It’s refreshing to see the new blood, Clout and Keegs, holding their own in North America.

Support

Michael “NotGeno” Lukashin, the support of Luminosity, has been a solid foundation for the team. With regular god picks of Athena and Sylvanus, Geno has done well applying pressure and keeping his teammates alive consistently. Between Geno and Kiki, the amount of sustain these two are putting out makes it difficult to take down LG when they come together for late game pushes. The biggest concern with Luminosity has been reaching that comfort zone as a team, and Geno is certainly there. He knows when to initiate, when to setup, and when he needs to protect his team to secure objectives or get them out of a fight.

Jungle

SmiteKurt “Weak3n” Schray has made a very interesting transition in the weeks since the spring split began. When Luminosity started the season, they were a team finding a way to work around Weak3n. His Arachne was dominating the jungle, and his team was helping to make sure he could secure those gank opportunities. Now, while still a strong component to the team, Weak3n is more of a utility and less the whole tool. Given the opportunity though, Weak3n excels at his role. Not only that, he has been one of the few players to utilize Achilles to great result. Should he continue to show how dangerous he can be with the Hero of the Trojan War, it will be difficult for opponents to find a way to keep him from dominating in the jungle.

Week Six

This coming week, Luminosity will have their rematch with eUnited. The defending champions didn’t look too strong earlier in the season when they faced off but have returned to fighting form. Much of whether or not LG can secure another victory against EU will be that team element. Both teams have players that have proven they can excel in their individual roles. Who can make the better calls and is able to secure more objectives will be the deciding factor. The way that Luminosity has shaped up coming onto the scene , it won’t be easy match for eUnited.

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Smite Season Ticket Predictions

Smite Season Ticket predictions: Week 6

Moving into the last week of the Spring Split, we’ve got some interesting matches lined up.

On the EU side, it will be exciting to see how Obey Alliance will perform. After their upset against NRG, they’ve proven they have what it takes to stand up to Europe’s best teams. And with match-ups against Team Rival and Dignitas, we’ll know how they stack up against the best by the end of the week.

Over in North America, it’s still intensely even competition in the Spring Split. After finding their footing in week three of the split, we get to see how far EUnited has come. With matches against the teams that obliterated them in the first week of the split, Luminosity and Spacestation, EUnited has their chance at redemption.

With that, let’s go to the picks.

Tuesday

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsTeam Rival vs NRG EsportsSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Team Rival

Both of these teams are around the same skill level. However after dropping a game to Obey Alliance last week, I have to give this one to Rival.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsSK Gaming vs MousesportsSmite Season Ticket Predictions

SK Gaming

Mousesports are having some trouble finding their playstyle as a team. Everyone enjoyed watching their crazy picks at the beginning of the split. And while it may not have worked out for them in the short run, it’s better to be the meta definer coming up with new strategies if you aim to be a top team. In the past week, though, Mousesports have been picking fairly conventionally. And they haven’t seen any more success than when they were picking Janus Jungles and Chaac Mids. I don’t anticipate this being a good direction for the team, and I can’t see them finding their footing in the last week of the split.

 

Wednesday

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsEUnited vs LuminositySmite Season Ticket Predictions

EUnited

While Luminosity took this match up 2-0 in the first week of the split, EUnited is stronger than they were back then. While I don’t doubt Luminosity’s skills either, I think EUnited can manage to pull a win this time.

 

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsSplyce vs Counter Logic GamingSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Counter Logic Gaming

Splyce is still having trouble finding wins in this split. And while they’re not a weak team by any means, CLG is still looking stronger right now.

 

thursday

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsTeam Dignitas vs MousesportsSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Team Dignitas

Again, Mousesports are having identity problems. If they can’t manage to beat SK gaming, there’s certainly no reason to change my mind in a match-up against the EU powerhouse Team Dignitas.

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Team Rival

I want to believe that Obey can take these matches. They’re definitely the team to root for if you like underdogs. But I pick with my brain, not my heart, and my brain says Team Rival.

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsObey Alliance vs Team DignitasSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Team Dignitas

Again, I would love to pick Obey here. But with the information we have, Dignitas is just the stronger team.

 

Friday

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsTrifecta vs Counter Logic GamingSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Trifecta

CLG has been underwhelming lately. They’ve fallen from grace after looking like the strongest team in the split half way through. On the other side of the spectrum, Trifecta has been fairly impressive. Taking wins off of both EUnited and Luminosity, Trifecta has had a strong showing in the past two weeks. Because of that, I have to predict Trifecta.

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsEUnited vs SpacestationSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Spacestation

This is another match-up where I want to vote for EUnited, but I just can’t. Spacestation has seated themselves on the throne of the SPL, and while EUnited certainly has a chance to take this I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsSpacestation vs TrifectaSmite Season Ticket Predictions

Spacestation

Just like with the last match, Trifecta is a strong team that has a chance. But it’s hard to deny that Spacestation is the strongest team in North America right now.

 

Summary

Team Rival > NRG Esports

SK Gaming > Mousesports

EUnited > Luminosity

Splyce < Counter Logic Gaming

Team Dignitas > Mousesports

Team Rival > Obey Alliance

Obey Alliance < Team Dignitas

Trifecta > Counter Logic Gaming

EUnited < Spacestation

Spacestation > Trifecta

 

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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

 

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Luminosity

Can Luminosity Outsmart Counter Logic in Week Four?

Luminosity rounded out week three with an interesting set against Counter Logic Gaming. LG may not have secured the victory, but they certainly performed better against the at the time undefeated North American powerhouse than anticipated. Let’s take a look at how the game played out and what it might mean for week four.

Overview

Luminosity

Maybe it was Arachne-phobia?

While an initially surprising at first, Counter Logic choosing Arachne as a first ban was likely what kept Luminosity from being able to clench the victory in game one. This season, Weak3n has continued to show just how well he can perform with this god and every match she has been on the battleground has resulted in a win for LG. Choosing to put heavy focus on Weak3n from the start kept the jungler from being able to capitalize on the gank opportunities that the team has done so well setting up for him since week one. Despite this, LG played exceptionally well, showing they were more than capable of holding their own against CLG. Unfortunately, by the end of the game Luminosity was struggling to find a way to close out the match. Continuing to keep pressure on Weak3n allowed CLG to alleviate much of their late game pressure and it showed.

Eventually, the gap was too wide for Luminosity come back from. Following up a close game one, the picks just weren’t strong enough from LG to contend with the superior team composition. Between Homiefe’s Mercury pick effectively countering Weak3n’s Da Ji, Hurriwind’s Discordia mid continuing to burst down the team and a tenth pick Cu Chulainn from solo Fineokay, Luminosity struggled to find their footing. Counter Logic Gaming took a quick and decisive game two to close out the set.

THE RESULTS

LG Picks:

Solo: Cerberus (Game One 2/4/5), Nemesis (Game Two 0/5/1) – KikiSoCheeky

Jungle: Serqet (Game One 2/2/2), Da Ji (Game Two 0/4/4) – Weak3n

Mid: Ullr (Game One 3/7/1), Janus (Game Two 2/4/1) – Keegsmate

Support: Athena (Game One 1/0/3), Sylvanus (Game Two 1/1/1) – NotGeno

Carry: Jing Wei (Game One 0/3/2), Cernunnos (Game Two 1/4/2) – Clout

LG Bans: Game One – Sol, Thoth, Janus, Geb / Game Two – Sol, Thoth, Osiris, Nu Wa

CLG Picks:

Solo: Camazotz (Game One 4/3/5), Cu Chulainn (Game Two 3/1/8) – Fineokay

Jungle: Da Ji (Game One 3/1/7), Mercury (Game Two 7/0/7) – Homiefe

Mid: Discordia (Game One 3/1/6, Game Two 5/0/4) – Hurriwind

Support: Fafnir (Game One 3/2/11), Athena (Game Two 0/1/14) – Jigz

Carry: Hachiman (Game One 3/1/8), Hachiman (Game Two 3/2/7) – Snoopy

CLG Bans: Game One – Arachne, Nemesis, The Morrigan, Poseidon / Game Two – Arachne, Camazotz, Ullr, Jing Wei

Winner: Counter Logic Gaming 2-0

Predictions

Moving into week four, we will see Luminosity rematch Counter Logic Friday, April 13. This is a great opportunity for the team to figure out how to adapt if Weak3n can’t gank. There needs to be more focus on strong picks during draft that also gel with the rest of the team. They need to try and adapt to their opponents’ choices to really play off god picks and read into strategies to keep themselves in the game. As long as they play similarly to how they did in the first game and we can see more confidence from the rest of the team to perform regardless of their jungle’s presence, it’s possible we could see the results just as easily tip in LG’s favor as they did CLG. Perhaps after their loss to eUnited, this will be the start of a Counter Logic losing streak?

LuminosityRegardless of the outcome, just like the rest of the North American split has been, it’s guaranteed to be an interesting game. Before CLG though, Luminosity will be once again be facing off with Trifecta.

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Luminosity

Progress report: The new LG on the scene

Coming into the season unestablished, Luminosity has been developing excellent teamwork as the spring split progresses. With four games under their belt, Luminosity has done well to establish themselves this season. LG has struggled against some of the top teams in North America, but they have been extremely entertaining to watch. They are also playing much better than many had anticipated.

The Team

Luminosity Gaming

The current Season 5 Luminosity roster.

It’s no surprise to see Weak3n bringing strong pressure from the jungle, especially given the opportunity to bring Arachne or Serqet onto the battlefield. Week two saw Clout come into the roster to take over carry. While Oceans had performed well against eUnited, Clout had no trouble stepping into his role. His strong presence in dual lane has shown why he is the primary carry for Luminosity. Coupled with solid support from NotGeno in dual lane has looked great and will likely continue to improve moving forward.

On the opposite side of the map, we have continued to see KikiSoCheeky holding his own in solo. Non-traditional picks and safe farming has kept his lane from causing any real major issues for the team. Maybe not the most aggressive or most exciting of the season, Kiki is still capable of sustaining and holding his own. Rounding out the team has been one of the more interesting players to watch this season in their middle lane. Coming from the Smite Console Championship, Keegsmate has proven that he is able to transition to the PC scene and has demonstrated just why he was a console champion in season four.

The Games

While Luminosity defeated defending champions eUnited handily in their debut match, they failed to overcome the old Luminosity blood pumping through the impressive machine that is Spacestation Gaming. Similarly, LG easily defeated Splyce with a commanding 2-0 in final week two match but fell to Trifecta 2-1 for their first game of week three. This leaves Luminosity with a 2-2 split for the season so far. Luminosity will be taking on a presently undefeated Counter Logic Gaming to round out week three.

Predictions

Fresh out of the gate, Luminosity has proven that they deserve to be taken seriously despite the roster change. In many of the matches they have lost, the culprit tends to look more like weak picks than anything else. Playing against teams that have far more experience playing together has caused some growing pains, it seems unlikely that will continue to be the case moving forward. With each game they play, Luminosity continues to develop better teamwork and display the ability to adapt to their opponents. The biggest factors for Luminosity’s success will likely come from how well newcomers NotGeno and Keegsmate continue to perform. Perhaps not world champion material yet, but don’t count them out yet. Luminosity will likely continue to build on a strong foundation to become a real contender in the Pro League.

Luminosity Gaming

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Luminosity takes on Counter Logic Gaming Friday, April 6 at 6:45 PM ET. The broadcast will be streamed exclusively through SmiteGame on Mixer.

 

 

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Eunited

What’s wrong with eUnited?

At the beginning of the spring split, eUnited was the team to beat. Riding the wave of their victory at the Smite World Championship, most people ranked them as the best team in the world. Over 80% of spectators predicted that eUnited would win their first match of the split against Luminosity Gaming.

But it didn’t go the way everyone expected. After their shocking loss against Luminosity, a team widely considered much weaker, most people called it a fluke. But two weeks and a couple Smite Pro League matches later, and eUnited has yet to find a single win. In fact, they haven’t managed to win a single game, let alone a whole match. It wasn’t a fluke; eUnited just isn’t playing well in season 5. Which leaves Smite Esports fans with a question: What’s wrong with eUnited?

Drafts

EUnited

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A consistent error in eUnited’s play this season has been their poor drafts. They let powerful gods get picked by the enemy team, construct team compositions that lack synergy, and just make some strange picks. A good example of this is game two of their match against Luminosity gaming.

Looking at eUnited’s draft, they picked up both Athena and Cerberus. These gods form a strong set of initiations with Athena’s Taunt and Cerberus’s Ultimate. But they didn’t pick any gods with strong follow ups to those abilities. They picked The Morrigan without providing her any particularly powerful Gods to transform into. In the duo lane, eUnited let Luminosity take Sol, one of the most powerful gods in the ADC role. But their most questionable decision was picking up Bakasura for the Jungle role.

Bakasura is a weak character that hasn’t seen competitive play in years- and for good reason. And while many strong Jungle picks had been banned out, the powerful Assassin Camazotz was still available. EUnited’s Jungler Lucas “Screammmmm” Spracklin had shown he was capable of playing Camazotz well in the first game of the set. There was no apparent reason why eUnited chose Bakasura instead. This problem continues into most of their games, picking up bad compositions and letting powerful gods slip through the cracks and into the enemy team.

Metagame

eunited

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Alternatively, eUnited could just be having trouble adapting to the new meta of season five. With the many item and jungle changes, along with the entirely new map, the season five Patch is one of the biggest changes to the smite metagame ever. And while eUnited has made an effort to pick Gods that mesh well with the changes of season 5, those Gods might not mesh well with eUnited’s playstyle. In addition to that, at times their objective play has been significantly weaker in season 5, which could be caused by the increased size of the map making it harder to respond to objective calls.

Spacestation Gaming’s ADC John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter predicted their performance would suffer for this reason before their Las Vegas Esports Arena Showmatch, saying “I think [eUnited are] still a little stuck in season 4.” The world champions could be having trouble finding their place in the new metagame, leading to poor performance in the early matches of the spring split.

Conclusion

I don’t know everything about eUnited. These are just theories from an outsider trying to explain their sudden drop after the World Championship. And while I’ve presented two likely problems, there are a slew of possible problems the team could have behind closed doors. But one thing is certain, eUnited needs to change something to start looking like the world champions again.

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How good is Hide of the Urchin?

In the European Smite Pro League, Hide of the Urchin is a common sight. The item has been picked up frequently by Solos, and sometimes even some Tanky Junglers. By my count, so far European players have picked up Hide of the Urchin 15 times this season in only three total days of play.

Hop across the ocean, though, and you’ll see a pretty different attitude towards the item. In the North American Pro League, this season players have only built Hide of the Urchin twice. Both times by Counter Logic Gaming’s Alec “FineOkay” Fonzo.

There’s a rift between these two continents in the value of this item. And that begs the question: Who’s right?

The numbers

First off, let’s look at Hide of the Urchin’s stats. For 2450 Gold, Hide of the Urchin gives you: 30 Physical and Magical Protection, 250 Health and 250 Mana. The Passive can net you an additional 2 Protections for every kill or assist you get. After capping the item at 10 stacks, you get an extra passive: a 100 + 5 per level shield that regenerates when out of combat.

The pros

Hide of the Urchin

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Hide of the Urchin’s stats are great, if you can manage to get the item stacked. 50 of each protection is a decent chunk more than its biggest competition, Spirit Robe. It’s also got 250 Health, which makes it one of only three items that give both types of Protections and Health. In one item you get every defensive stat you need to survive, which makes it efficient when building mostly damage items.

In addition to its decent base stats, if you get the full passive shield it’s technically giving you 450 health. That makes it the third most effective health you can get off a single item in the game, only outclassed by Bulwark of Hope and Warlock’s Staff. That is, if you can get the whole shield.

The cons

That’s Hide of the Urchin’s achilles heel: the shield is too difficult to regenerate fully. You have to stay out of combat for 30 whole seconds, eons in Smite time, to fully stack that Shield. Late game, that’s a privilege you can’t often afford. In practice you’re rarely going to get the full 450 health that the item potentially gives. Unlike real health, the shield on Hide of the Urchin isn’t immediately full upon respawn, and can’t be healed. Compared to Hide’s peers, this Passive is awful.

But that’s not Hide’s only weakness. Hide only gets to this level once you’ve received 10 stacks from kills or assists. Before getting those stacks, there’s no controversy: Hide of the Urchin is garbage.

Hide of the Urchin

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2450 gold is relatively expensive for a defensive item, and with only 30 of each protection and 250 health you’re better off going with something else. Like its neighbor on the other end of the Robe tree, Spirit Robe. For 50 less Gold, Spirit Robe gives 10 more Protections, 10% Cooldown Reduction, 20% Crowd Control Reduction, and a powerful passive that gives you 15% Damage Mitigation when under the effects of Hard CC. Before you manage to find those 10 kills or assists, you’ll be much better off with Spirit Robe.

In some games, that might not be too easy. If your team falls behind after you commit to Hide of the Urchin, you might never get those stacks. And if you do, it will be much slower. Hide of the Urchin can make a bad situation much worse if you aren’t getting your stacks.

Conclusion

So that leaves us with the original question: Who’s right? The North American teams, or the European teams? That’s partially up to your own opinion and play style. Do you value immediate power spikes, or do you not mind getting your stats gradually? Do you value useful passives, or raw stats? Do you value a wide spread of stats, or do you want to focus on one or two?

But in my opinion, North America wins this one. The eventual stats just aren’t worth the downsides; too many things can go wrong with this item. And the passive shield is just terrible. But what do you think? Do you think Hide of the Urchin is better than I’m giving it credit for? Let me know by tweeting me, or in the comments below.

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Smite

An All New Luminosity Steps Up for Season Five

Luminosity

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Smite season five has brought with it many changes, many of the pro rosters included. The largest roster change in the SPL has to be that of Luminosity Gaming. With the majority of the team moving to Spacestation Gaming, many were left wondering who would make up LG this season. How well would the team fare with a completely new roster? After week one, it looks like the team may be equipped to perform better than anticipated.

The Team

The most immediate name that many will recognize on LG’s new roster should be Weak3n. Weak3n is no stranger to the pro circuit and more than capable of filling the jungle role on the new roster. In the solo lane is another SPL regular, KikiSoCheeky. Replacing JeffHindla in the support role is less well known NotGeno. While the name may not be as recognizable, NotGeno actually played for team Cryptik last season in the SPL. Another name from Cryptik as well as Spacestation in the previous season is Clout in the carry role. If the name if unfamiliar, he previously played under the name Vetium. Likely the most interesting pick up for the roster is the mid-lane, Keegsmate. Keegsmate won the Smite console championship earlier this year playing for Myth Gaming in the ADC role. Despite the platform change, Keegsmate has played many years in the PC realm, so this is not uncharted territory for him. Rounding out the team as the coach and substitute is Oceans, who picked up carry for the team in their debut match against eUnited week one. Interestingly, Oceans and Weak3n played together in 2017 under Allegiance, where the team went all the way to Worlds.

Game One Vs. eUnited

LG Picks:

Solo: Tera (Game One 2/2/8, Game Two 1/0/6) – KikiSoCheeky

Jungle: Ravana (Game One 5/4/8), Arachne (Game Two 6/0/3) – Weak3n

Mid: Poseidon (Game One 2/3/7), Hou Yi (Game Two 1/1/6) – Keegsmate

Support: Athena (Game One 2/4/10), Artio (Game Two 0/0/10) – NotGeno

Carry: Sol (Game One 7/3/7, Game Two 3/1/6) – Oceans

LG Bans: Game One – Ullr, Thoth, Ratatoskr, Susano / Game Two – Thoth, Ullr, Da Ji, Susano

EUN Picks:

Solo: Artio (Game One 1/2/11), Cerberus (Game Two 0/2/1) – Benji

Jungle: Camazotz (Game One 9/3/5), Bakasura (Game Two 0/2/2) – Screammmmm

Mid: Agni (Game One 5/5/9), The Morrigan (Game Two 1/3/0) – Venenu

Support: Cerberus (Game One 0/3/2), Athena (Game Two 0/2/1) – PolarBearMike

Carry: Hou Yi (Game One 1/5/8), Anhur (Game Two 1/2/0) – PandaCat

EUN Bans: Game One – He Bo, Nemesis, Medusa, Odin / Game Two – He Bo, Nemesis, Serqet, Ravana

LG played their debut match in what might have been considered to be a trial by fire. Pitted immediately against the world champions, many were skeptical how the team would perform. It was important for the new LG to prove themselves coming into season five with a completely fresh roster. After this match up though, it’s hard to argue that Luminosity doesn’t plan on showing up for the season. Game one of the series was extremely close and eUnited showed strong presence, dominating many of the objectives and team fights throughout. In the end, the damage output from Luminosity (specifically Oceans’ Sol) proved to be too much for eUnited to keep up with. Once the momentum was there, LG kept up the pressure in game two with another impressive showing from Oceans’ Sol in the dual lane and well coordinated ganks from Weak3n in the jungle. Game one had been close all the way to the end, but once the Luminosity train left the station in game two eUnited was nowhere to be seen.

Thoughts

It will be interesting to see how Luminosity carries this momentum moving forward. For one, week one was arguably not a true showing of what the team may be capable of. This might be due to eUnited perhaps not fully committing to game two. EU played a strong match in game one, but once dual lane fell in game two, it seemed like they weren’t exactly present. More telling may be whether or not LG’s primary carry being absent will have any impact in future games. Of course it is hard to deny that Luminosity had a strong showing, but Oceans is still only the sub for the team and we have not seen how Clout will mesh with the rest of the roster.

Predictions

All new, all different seems to be a recurring trend for season five. Pulling out such a decisive opening set against eUnited will certainly help with LG’s notoriety going into the spring split. Not only that, but Weak3n certainly has an opportunity to help keep the team relevant with the prominence of jungle in the current meta. Additionally, it will be interesting to watch Kiki in the solo lane and a safe bet that we will see a number of mage/guardian picks in the lane throughout the season as such. While perhaps too early to definitively say LG will go the distance, it’s safe to say their journey will be an interesting one to keep an eye on.

The new Luminosity will face off against the old in game two of their season. They will be playing Spacestation Gaming Thursday, March 29 at 6:45 PM ET. The broadcast will be streamed exclusively through SmiteGame on Mixer.

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eSports

Esports come to the Las Vegas Strip

eSports

Image courtesy of www.esportsarenavegas.com

March 22, 2018 marks the official opening of the Esports Arena Las Vegas and a big day for esports. Located at the Luxor Hotel on the Las Vegas strip, this 30,000 square foot arena boasts a competition stage, telescopic seating, broadcast center and production studio and a 50 foot video wall. The sight may prove to be the ideal location for major gaming events in the Las Vegas area.

To celebrate the grand opening, Esports Arena Las Vegas is hosting multiple game competitions and broadcasts to demonstrate the capabilities of the arena. Games such as Super Smash Bros., Rocket League and Dragonball FighterZ will be showcased. There will also be a special broadcast by Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins. Ninja recently made rounds in gaming news thanks to a Fortnite broadcast on Twitch this month featuring special guest appearance by musician Drake.

eSports

Image courtesy of www.esportsarenavegas.com

Along with these events, the Smite Pro League will take to the stage as well. Reigning champions eUnited will take on newly formed Spacestation Gaming – a team comprised of the previous season Luminosity Gaming roster. This match up will not be part of the Smite Pro League 2017 Spring season. The two teams will have their first official match following the event on March 23rd.

This will certainly be worth watching to see how both teams are adapting to changes in Smite’s latest season. The event will hopefully serve to widen the audience. More importantly, it may help bring more attention to the Smite community. Hi-Rez continues to improve on the gameplay of their flagship title and provide thrilling competitive experiences on the battleground of the gods.

This is not the first arena of this nature. Esports Arena alone has opened two similar locations previously in Oakland and Orange County. The medium continues to garner popularity thanks to streaming services like Twitch and Mixer. Along with new organizations like the Overwatch League, it is unlikely to be the last either. Arlington, Texas recently made an announcement that the city will open a 100,000 square foot esports stadium later this year.

Fans can check out the Esports Arena Las Vegas event at twitch.tv/esportsarena where they will stream matches and broadcasts from March 22nd to the 25th. eUnited and Spacestation Gaming will play Thursday evening.

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Team Rival

Team Rival storms into Season 5 as the EU team to beat

Team Rival

Team Rival has been with the smite scene since 2017. image courtesy of Team Rival https://twitter.com/TeamRivalGG

 

Most of us know Team Rival from their showings in the SPL for the mid to latter half of Season 4. You can be forgiven for this, as Rival had a brief tenure on the North American side of Smite in 2015, where they had a brief tenure. This isn’t the story being told of the Rival that made a small showing in 2015 though. This is the story of Rival, a highly successful team that joined in the early days of season 4. This is the story of Rival’s achievements thus far, and the exciting story that they will be telling for Season 5.

 

Season 4 Spring and Summer Splits

Rival picked up what was the former roster of Cyclone, and headed into the Spring Gauntlet with a new look. The Impact was immediate with Rival winning the Spring Gauntlet and punched their ticket to the Masters tournament. Things didn’t quite go so well, as they fell to Obey Alliance, who went on winning the tournament overall. Rival then went into the Summer split, starting slow with a 7-7 win/loss record, though showed a lot of resilience. It was at Dreamhack Valencia where Rival made it big, as a low seeded team, and advancing to the Valencia finals against Team Dignitas. It was Rival’s off-meta picks that gave them a narrow loss in the finals, though it was clear Rival had become a powerhouse of EU, winning the hearts of the Smite fan base.

Fall Split, Super Regionals and SWC

With their success at Valencia, it was on Rival to show that they were a top tier team in the final split of the year and win on the biggest stage of them all, the Smite World Championship. However, despite making a name for themselves where it counts, Rival fell to another 7-7 record, struggling with the top teams of EU, clinching the 3rd seed only on the last week of the split. Did Rival lose its momentum from Valencia during the fall? Absolutely not, as it was business as usual for Rival however, as Super Regionals came around and Rival once again found themselves on top of all the other EU teams, avenging their Valencia defeat against Dignitas (taking a 3-0 series), before winning the EU Super Regionals against Obey Alliance (3-1).

With the momentum back in their favor, it was onto the Smite World Championship as the team to beat. For Team Rival this was business as usual, playing at a top tier LAN team. Rival just did Rival things at the SWC, dispatching Nocturne Gaming in the Quarter finals. It was up to Rival’s unusual off-meta tactics to carry them further (let’s say using Thoth in the ADC role is just brilliant). From there, it was onto fending off the reigning world champions NRG, in a nail biting 3-2 set.

Smite World Championship Finals

The stage was set for Rival, on the grandest platform of them all and where teams are immortalized in the battleground of the gods, they held the task of taking down the North American powerhouse eUnited, to win the Smite World Championship. Both teams came out with victories in game one and two respectively, showing that they deserved to be there as the best. Unfortunately on that day, eUnited proved that they wanted the title of champions more by taking the last two sets, and winning the championship once and for all. For Rival, it was just another split where they came so close but couldn’t quite finish the job. Through their success in Season 4, Rival went from a mid-tier team to the best team in Europe and became known as a powerhouse at LANs.

Team Rival

Team Rival’s successful season 4 roster carries into season 5. image couresy of http://www.teamrival.gg/

Season 5

Now that we’ve reached Season 5, it’s time to look ahead to what Rival brings to the SPL. The most impressive thing about this squad since the beginning, is their ability to adapt and change with the meta and all the teams around them. You know that team that went to every LAN and had success in Season 4? It’s the exact same team of guys from the onset of Rival to today. In fact, they are the only team in the Smite Pro League that can say that they have not had one roster change since its inception. This team just grows together, and builds on their success.

At the ADC role is Liam “Vote” Shanks, a man that commands success with his diverse god pool in the duo lane(remember that Thoth ADC? yeah that was Vote.) In the Support and team captain role is Petar “KaLaS” Matejić a fearless support who will not allow his opponents to wipe out the team’s backline. In the mid lane is Alexandru “Wlfy” Lefterică, who has a commanding knowledge of any and all mages in Smite. Jungling for the team is Aleksandar “iceicebabyy” Zahariev, who can lock down an enemy jungle no matter who he is facing. Finally, probably the most publicized of the group is Adrian “Deathwalker” Benko, the solo laner for the team and master of any and all things related to it(Go watch Dreamhack Finals game 3 to see what I mean).

These gentlemen are back for season 5, and you can bet that they are ready for the new map that comes with it. This time it’s different however, they are the team to beat in EU. They are the standard, they are ready for their opening game against NRG. If they somehow struggle during the season, don’t panic because you know when it comes to a LAN, they will show up. They always do.

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