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.

Smite Season Ticket PredictionsTeam Rival vs Obey AllianceSmite Season Ticket Predictions

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.

You can catch all of the week four action live on Mixer. The broadcast will be streamed exclusively through the SmiteGame channel on Mixer.

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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

 

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North American Smite esports teams are more balanced than ever before

It’s anyone’s league

Going into Season 5 of Smite esports, Smite fans knew exactly what team to look for: eUnited. The world champions, eUnited were the undisputed kings of Smite. Luminosity Gaming, on the other hand, were the opposite.

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Fans had mixed opinions on the organization’s new roster, fueled by Jungler Kurt “Weak3n” Schray’s polarizing reputation. When eUnited and Luminosity were scheduled to play against each other, most people wrote this match off as an easy 2-0 for eUnited.

Then Luminosity won. That was the first match of the NA Season 5 SPL. And the excitement didn’t stop there. Across the first week of the Season 5 SPL, we saw an amazing amount of close games and sets going to game 3.

The perfect storm has hit Smite esports this season, and the playing field has never been more even. There is no dominant team that nobody can take a game off of. There is no laughing stock that can never seem to win. The outcome of a match never feels predetermined going into any of this season’s matches. Anyone can win, and anyone can lose.

The causes

The new SPL rules have some part to play in this shift. Season 5 of Smite esports has only six participating teams, as opposed to all previous season’s eight. This increased barrier to entry has prevented weaker teams that would normally be bullied into the bottom seed.

But rule changes can only go so far. The heart of this season’s balanced state lies in the teams themselves. They’re all just a lot stronger than in previous seasons. Players have found rosters with amazing synergy, leading to some amazing performances.

The teams

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Space Station Gaming, who most agree to be the strongest team currently, feels like an old Cloud 9 reunion. Gathering most of the classic roster, they’ve most notably put Andrew “Andinster” Woodward back into the jungle after a long break playing Mid. And after his performance over the last week, it feels like he never left.

And they’re not alone: Counter Logic Gaming, Splyce and Trifecta are all full of veteran players who have shown they work well together. Each has proven that they have what it takes to stand up to Space Station Gaming. Trifecta took a game off of SSG in their set last Friday, taking the match to game three. Counter Logic Gaming beat both Splyce and Trifecta, but not without a fight: both matches went to game 3. In fact, the only matches that didn’t go to game 3 in the first week were the two matches that eUnited lost, against Luminosity and then Space Station Gaming.

eUnited’s problem

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It may be tempting to say that the world champions are washed up after their poor performance. But that would be a little naive. Only a few months ago, they won the world championship. It takes a little longer than that for a team to go from the best in the world to “washed up.” Instead, Space Station Gaming’s ADC John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter explained it best before their showmatch at the Las Vegas Esports Arena, saying “I think [eUnited are] still a little stuck in season 4.” Indeed, it seems eUnited are having trouble adapting to this season’s changes. While they may seem weak now, it wouldn’t be surprising to see eUnited turn it around and play like the world champions that they are.

In any case, this season of Smite esports is shaping up to be one of the best in years. The balance between each team gives each match a sense of excitement, and the close sets have never been a disappointment. Any Smite fan that’s not watching these turbulent early matches is missing out on some of the most entertaining matches in SPL history.

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SPL: Spacestation Gaming week one recap

Spacestation Gaming got off to a strong start in week one of the SPL.

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After winning the $15,000 Esports Arena Las Vegas showmatch, Spacestation (2-0) began their SPL season Friday night by winning a pair of sets against eUnited (0-2) and Trifecta (0-2). With the victories, Spacestation put themselves into a tie for first place with Counter Logic Gaming (2-0), a team they meet in week two. If Spacestation can continue the level of play they showed in week one, they will be strong contenders come the Smite Masters LAN event.

Spacestation Gaming vs eUnited

Game 1 – (SSG)

SSG picks:

Solo: Ryan “Aquarius” O’Neill – Cu Chulainn (4/3/6)

Jungle: Andrew “andinster” Woodward – Camazotz (3/8/10)

Mid: Woonyoung “Baskin” Kim – Thoth (4/2/9)

Support: Rosario “JeffHindla” Vilardi – Athena (2/3/11)

ADC: John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter – Hachiman (2/2/7)

SSG bans: Nemesis, Arachne, Bastet, Ravana

EUN picks:

Solo: Ben “Benji” McKinzey – Cerberus (1/6/10)

Jungle: Lucas “Screammmmm” Spracklin – Serqet (4/1/13)

Mid: Brandon “Venenu” Casale – Discordia (8/4/9)

Support: Michael “PolarBearMike” Heiss – Amaterasu (1/2/13)

ADC: Maksim “PandaCat” Yanevich – Ullr (4/2/7)

EUN bans: He Bo, Da Ji, Sol, Jing Wei

It was a war of attrition in game one as Spacestation and eUnited went back and forth in a 56 minute game. Spacestation looked to be in trouble throughout the middle of the game, as eUnited attempted to siege their phoenixes. However, it was Spacestation’s superb defense that allowed them to make a comeback.

Venenu looked like the strongest player on the battleground for the majority of the game. Piloting Discordia, Venenu was able to provide control and burst for his team. Unfortunately for eUnited fans, once Spacestation was able to take Venenu out of the fight, the tables were immediately turned.

After struggling in the early and mid game, andinster was able to turn it around late. Through diving onto the eUnited backline, andinster was able to pick off Venenu in multiple team fights, giving Spacestation control of the map.

Player of the game: Venenu

Game 2 – (SSG)

SSG picks:

Solo: Ryan “Aquarius” O’Neill – Cerberus (1/0/9)

Jungle: Andrew “andinster” Woodward – Da Ji (8/0/4)

Mid: Woonyoung “Baskin” Kim – Camazotz (8/0/3)

Support: Rosario “JeffHindla” Vilardi – Geb (0/2/9)

ADC: John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter – (1/0/7)

SSG bans: Nemesis, Ullr, Cu Chulainn, Amaterasu

EUN picks:

Solo: Ben “Benji” McKinzey – Sobek (0/3/0)

Jungle: Lucas “Screammmmm” Spracklin – Ravana (0/3/2)

Mid: Brandon “Venenu” Casale – Nu Wa (1/4/1)

Support: Michael “PolarBearMike” Heiss – Athena (1/4/1)

ADC: Maksim “PandaCat” Yanevich – Sol (0/4/2)

EUN bans: Thoth, He Bo, Hachiman, Jing Wei

In a complete reversal of game one, Spacestation dominated eUnited from start to finish. After a quick gank in the duo lane gave andinster the first blood, Spacestation took complete control over the game. As the game went on, andinster built a five level lead over his jungling counterpart Screammmmm. With this lead, Spacestation was able to control the objectives, and finish the game in only 28 minutes.

For the second time this season, eUnited lost a set in which they looked clearly in control. This loss will be a major test of adversity for a team that only lost four games in the fall split.

Player of the game: andinster

Spacestation Gaming vs Trifecta

Game 1 – (SSG)

SSG picks:

Solo: Ryan “Aquarius” O’Neill – Cerberus (0/1/4)

Jungle: Andrew “andinster” Woodward – Da Ji (7/1/4)

Mid: Woonyoung “Baskin” Kim – He Bo (6/6/4)

Support: Rosario “JeffHindla” Vilardi – Athena (1/2/10)

ADC: John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter – Jing Wei (0/2/3)

SSG bans: Nemesis, Thoth, Anhur, Agni

TFECT picks:

Solo: Ronnie “ScaryD” Belair – Amaterasu – (3/1/4)

Jungle: Suharab “MASK” Askarzada – Ravana (3/4/9)

Mid: Michael “Metyankey” Fasciano – Hou Yi (3/5/4)

Support: Neil “Neirumah” Mah – Artio (0/3/7)

ADC: Steven “Zapman” Zapas – Chronos (3/1/6)

TFECT bans: Ullr, Camazotz, Hachiman, Geb

Game one between Spacestation and Trifecta saw close back and forth action. Both teams had their moments where they looked to have the game under control.

After Trifecta was able to turn a team fight 25 minutes in and pick up three kills, they turned their sights to the Fire Giant. However, Baskin had a different plan when he blinked in at the last moment and stole the Fire Giant kill with his Water Spout. The steal quickly turned the game in Spacestation’s favor, as andinster was able to follow up the steal with a quadra kill. This allowed Spacestation to storm up the right side of the map and end the game 28 minutes in.

While his score line does not indicate it, Baskin had an unbelievable game on He Bo. After being banned throughout most of the SPL games played in week one, Trifecta made the mistake of letting Baskin pick it first overall. From an amazing Blink double kill, to overall control, to the final Fire Giant steal, Baskin was an absolute force on He Bo making Trifecta regret their decision to let him through.

Player of the game: Baskin

Game 2 – (TFECT)

SSG picks:

Solo: Ryan “Aquarius” O’Neill – Cerberus (2/3/7)

Jungle: Andrew “andinster” Woodward – Thor (3/2/7)

Mid: Woonyoung “Baskin” Kim – Scylla (7/6/3)

Support: Rosario “JeffHindla” Vilardi – Athena (1/2/11)

ADC: John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter – Ullr (1/5/6)

SSG bans: Nemesis, Thoth, Geb, Artio

TFECT picks:

Solo: Ronnie “ScaryD” Belair – Cu Chulainn (7/4/4)

Jungle: Suharab “MASK” Askarzada – Da Ji (6/2/9)

Mid: Michael “Metyankey” Fasciano – Sol (3/3/10)

Support: Neil “Neirumah” Mah – Sobek (1/3/13)

ADC: Steven “Zapman” Zapas – Hou Yi (1/2/9)

TFECT bans: He Bo, Camazotz, Serqet, Thanatos

After the heartbreaking loss in game one, Trifecta turned it around in game two. MASK was able to provide the same level of impact andister made in game one with Da Ji, dominating from the jungle. ScaryD played a pivotal role in the win, matching Baskin’s triple kill late in the game with a triple kill of his own, allowing himself and MASK to end the game.

Player of the game: MASK

Game 3 – SSG

SSG picks:

Solo: Ryan “Aquarius” O’Neill – Artio (3/3/5)

Jungle: Andrew “andinster” Woodward – Camazotz (6/3/2)

Mid: Woonyoung “Baskin” Kim – Thoth (6/2/4)

Support: Rosario “JeffHindla” Vilardi – Ganesha (0/0/13)

ADC: John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter – Jing Wei (2/0/7)

SSG bans: Nemesis, Ullr, Serqet, Ratatoskr

TFECT picks:

Solo: Ronnie “ScaryD” Belair – Amaterasu (3/1/3)

Jungle: Suharab “MASK” Askarzada – Susano (3/5/2)

Mid: Michael “Metyankey” Fasciano – Sol (0/3/3)

Support: Neil “Neirumah” Mah – Sobek (1/5/3)

ADC: Steven “Zapman” Zapas – Hou Yi (1/3/1)

TFECT bans: He Bo, Da Ji, Sylvanus, Athena

In a similar story to game one, Spacestation and Trifecta went back and forth attempting to establish control of the map. This time, Trifecta caught a pick onto andinster in the mid lane, allowing them an attempt at the Fire Giant. However, as Baskin did in game one, JeffHindla was able to penetrate the Fire Giant pit, and steal the objective with his Dharmic Pillars. The steal stunned Trifecta, as Spacestation once again marched up to their titan and ended the game soon after.

JeffHindla showed why he is one of the best Ganesha players in the world. Showcasing an absolute mastery of Dharmic Pillars, JeffHindla controlled team fights for Spacestation. Multiple times, the Ganesha ultimate was dropped perfectly to separate Trifecta members allowing Spacestation to pick up kills. In the end, his objective steal led to another heartbreaking loss for Trifecta.

Player of the game: JeffHindla

Takeaways

Not only does Spacestation have the ability to siege well in season five, they also showed their ability to defend. Against eUnited, their base seemed to be impenetrable as they held strong against a constant onslaught from an eUnited team buffed by the Fire Giant. If they can keep up this defense after the newest changes in patch 5.5, Spacestation will have a strong season.

Chalice of the Oracle is clearly being favored by the entire team, with four out of five members purchasing it each game.

Spacestation’s objective control was proven to be one of the best in the league. The way they are able to pull and leash major objectives to force fights shows a high level of coordination within the team. Few others are able to match this shot-calling, and it is clear that the loss of MASK did not have a major impact on this aspect of their play.

Any questions about Aquarius and andinster appear to have been answered. After struggling in the first game against eUnited, andinster turned into a different player for the rest of the night. Both he and Aquarius dominated their roles, proving that Spacestation fans have nothing to worry about.

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SPL: Spacestation Gaming week one preview

Week one of Spacestation Gaming’s spring split kicks off this week with a pair of Friday night best of threes. The first set of the night features eUnited, marking a rematch of the North American finals at the 2017 Super Regionals.
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Nine out of the ten players in this set were involved in the Super Regionals best of five, which was taken by eUnited in five games. Now, with the addition of Andrew “Andinster” Woodward, Spacestation’s roster is hoping for a better outcome on Friday. There is good reason to have hope, as the roster that now comprises Spacestation Gaming was able to beat eUnited three times in the 2017 fall split. Only one other team was able to do so once, as eUnited went on to dominate European competition and win the 2018 Smite World Championship.

In the second set of the night, the Spacestation squad will see familiar faces in Trifecta’s jungler Suharab “MASK” Askarzada and solo laner Ronnie “ScaryD” Belair. MASK and ScaryD have spent time with much of the Spacestation roster, being the jungler and solo laner for the group when they were all on the Luminosity roster last season. This year though, MASK and ScaryD will be flying under the Trifecta banner, looking to prove wrong the decision to move on from them.

eUnited: Mar. 23, 2018 6:45 ET

Solo – Aquarius (SSG) vs BENJI (eun)

Looking back at their games last season, Aquarius was able to hold his own admirably against one of the best North American solo laners in Ben “Benji” McKinzey. This year, Aquarius is going to need to show he can continue that play without working as closely with his jungler. If he can apply enough pressure to out-rotate Benji, then Spacestation has a solid chance to come out the victor. But after Benji dominated his competition in season four, the advantage is in his favor.

Most contested god: Cu Chulainn

Advantage: eUnited

Jungle – Andinster (ssg) vs screammmmm (eun)

On Friday night, Andinster will take on one of the most dominant junglers in the world in Lucas “Screammmmm” Spracklin. In Andinster’s first set back in jungle, it will be a true test for the 21 year old to prove he can still succeed in his old role. Though, Screammmmm has had consistency issues throughout his career that he needs to show are in the past. If not, Andinster needs to take advantage of the mistakes Screammmmm has been prone to make. If Screammmmm plays as he did in the 2017 fall split, the advantage will be clearly in eUnited’s favor.

Most contested god: Serqet

Advantage: eUnited

Mid – baskin (ssg) vs venenu (eun)

Going into what is arguably the closest matchup of week one, Woonyoung “Baskin” Kim and Brandon “Venenu” Casale will both want to prove they are the best at their role. Baskin has proven that he is one of the most mechanically gifted players in Smite, while Venenu on the other hand brought home the 2018 SWC MVP. If the two play to their full potential, fans will be in for an absolute treat in the mid lane on Friday. In a matchup this close, the advantage goes to the reigning MVP. However, Baskin still might be the best player in this set.

Most contested god: The Morrigan

Advantage: eUnited

ADC – BARRACCUDDA (SSG) VS PANDACAT (EUN)

It has not taken long for Maksim “PandaCat” Yanevich to establish himself along with John “BaRRaCCuDDa” Salter as the top two ADCs in North America. If PandaCat is able to keep up the pace he set in the 2017 fall split, he is going to give BaRRaCCuDDa everything he can handle. Here, the side that can generate pressure and play off their jungle and mid will be the side that sees success. Overall, BaRRaCCuDDa’s efficient style gives him the advantage in this close matchup.

Most contested god: Hachiman

Advantage: Spacestation

Support – jEFFHINDLA (SSG) VS POLARBEARMIKE (EUN)

If there is one player in North America that can match Rosario “JeffHindla” Vilardi as an all around support, it is Micheal “PolarBearMike” Heiss. The eUnited support has been an incredible leader for his team, helping them win the aforementioned 2018 SWC. PolarBearMike has shown he is a play-making support with one of the top minds in the game today. Both players can have massive impacts on their games, and as with mid, the advantage in a matchup as close as this goes to the reigning champion.

Most contested god: Fafnir

Advantage: eUnited

Prediction

Spacestation and eUnited are primed to put on a show in week one in the SPL. The two teams should provide a close set that ultimately sees eUnited victorious in three games.

2-1 eUnited

Trifecta: Mar. 23, 2018 8:30 ET

Solo – AQUARIUS (SSG) VS SCARYD (TFECT)

The solo lane in this matchup features two players that have had their fair share of question marks surrounding them. Aquarius was brought on to replace ScaryD on the Luminosity roster before the 2017 fall split, due to inconsistencies within his play. Aquarius on the other hand needs to prove he is capable of being a difference maker on the Spacestation roster. This is a close matchup, but ScaryD has shown himself to be too inconsistent to favor.

Most contested god: Artio

Advantage: Spacestation

Jungle – ANDINSTER (SSG) VS MASK (TFECT)

In another matchup featuring a player going against the man who replaced him, MASK and Andinster are set to face off. Both players play aggressive styles of jungling, so expect to see speed buff invades and ganks throughout the game. Ultimately though, this matchup is going to be won through efficient farming and objective play. With that in mind, the advantage goes in favor of MASK who was seen as a top North American jungler last season.

Most contested god: Serqet

Advantage: Trifecta

Mid – baskin (ssg) vs metyankey (tfect)

In possibly the most lopsided matchup of week one, Baskin is set to take on Michael “Metyankey” Fasciano in the mid lane. Baskin is widely considered to be one of the best players in the game currently, while Metyankey split his time in season four between mid and ADC on a faltering Allegiance Gaming squad. Look for Baskin to take advantage of this disparity and apply strong pressure on the lane and enemy jungle. The advantage is easily on the side of Spacestation in this matchup as Metyankey looks to simply be outclassed.

Most contested god: Thoth

Advantage: Spacestation

ADC – barraccudda (ssg) vs zapman (tfect)

BaRRaCCuDDa and Steven “Zapman” Zapas have a long history in the ADC role. Both have been thriving in the league since the original launch tournament in 2014. Zapman though, has had a recent dip in play. After taking the 2017 summer split off, Zapman returned for the 2017 fall split with disappointing results. As the ADC for Spacestation gaming, Zapman struggled to find the success he had become accustomed to in the league. Zapman needs to put up a big performance against BaRRaCCuDDa in order to stop the questions regarding his disappointing play. However, BaRRaCCuDDa’s farming style is perfect for a map that rewards efficiency, giving him the advantage in this matchup.

Most contested god: Ullr

Advantage: Spacestation

Support jeffhindla (ssg) vs neirumah (tfect)

As a relatively new face in the SPL, Neil “Neirumah” Mah is going to have his hands full competing with JeffHindla. Neirumah is considered by analysts to be a strong up and coming presence in the SPL. However after a weak showing as a part of the now disbanded Allegiance Gaming, Neirumah needs to show he is capable of matching the excellence of other top-tier supports in the league starting in week one with JeffHindla. The advantage here goes to JeffHindla through his experience and versatility in the role.

Most contested god: Ganesha

Advantage: Spacestation

Prediction

These are two aggressive teams that are going to look to capitalize on their objective play in this week one matchup. Overall a well matched set that should see Spacestation come out the victor in three games.

2-1 Spacestation

Things to watch

Keep an eye on early game relic choices in week one. Relics such as Teleport, Belt of Frenzy, Blink, and Horrific Emblem are likely to see a lot of play. As well, pay attention to when these relics receive an upgraded purchase, as it may come earlier than last season.

Watch how the junglers on each team decide to start their pathing. It will give an indication of where they will want to apply pressure on the map. This decision may dictate the outcome of the game.

After a cost increase in patch 5.4, watch for any purchases of Chalice of the Oracle. Both PolarBearMike and JeffHindla have valued this item out of support in the past. Now, we will see if it will still be attractive for them and other roles in week one.

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SPL Summer Split: North American All Star team

With DreamHack around the corner, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the Summer Split, and the players who deserve to be part of an All Star team.

Solo Lane All Star

This one is tough to choose. We saw strong play out of the Solo lane this split, but the All Star selection comes down to two players. The Short Lane veteran Jarod “CycloneSpin” Nguyen, and the newcomer Alec “fineokay” Fonzo.

Cyclone returned to form this split, posting the highest KDA out of the Solo lane at 3.88, as well as posting the 4th fewest deaths per game out of every player at 1.5. He was a rock for Team Allegiance, and always looked good, even in their losses. If Cyclone can continue this play, ALG will have a good shot at making Worlds.

Even with how well Cyclone played, the rookie fineokay deserves the All Star nod. Joining Spacestation Gaming (SoaR at the time) in the middle of the Spring Split, fineokay has shown he’s not to be treated like a rookie. He finished second in KDA behind Cyclone in the Solo Lane, and just behind him at 1.6 deaths per game. Yes, Cyclone had the better stats, but what doesn’t lie is the record. fineokay helped to propel his new team to a first place finish in North America.

Jungle All Star

The Jungler of choice for the SPL All Star squad is much easier than the Solo Lane. Alexander “Homiefe” D’Souza of Spacestation Gaming was an absolute monster this split. There were discussions whether Suharab “Mask” Askarzada or Homiefe were the top Jungler in the world. That was answered this split, and it’s Homiefe.

Homi boasted a KDA of 5.2, which was a whole 2 points higher than Brooks “Cynosure” Mattey of Trifecta. On top of that, Homiefe finished 2nd in NA with 4.5 kills per game, and 5th with just 1.6 deaths per game. He also participated in 78.2% of Spacestation Gaming’s kills, good for 4th highest in North America.

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Mid Lane All Star

Just one split off of his first pro split spent in a new role, who would have thought the best player out of the Mid Lane would have been Andrew “andinster” Woodward? We saw flashes out of the Spring Split whenever Andi would play Ra, but he turned it up during the Summer Split, and showed why he was once considered the best player in the world.

Andi was a Jungler when he was known for being the best, but he has shown that it was more about his skill at Smite then his ability in the Jungle. Andi had the highest KDA in the North American SPL this split at a whopping 5.36 as he carried Spacestation to the top. He also finished second in the league in deaths per game at just 1.3.

Support All Star

The closest race when it comes to All Star in a specific role has to be out of the Supports. Between Connor “Jigz” Echols and Sinjin “Eonic” Thorpe, we had some impressive guardian play.

Jigz captained his newly named Spacestation gaming to first place in North America while posting the highest KDA in his role at 4.62. He led his team by example when it came to deaths per game by leading the league with 1.2. Everyone on Spacestation gaming finished top 5 in that category, and everyone died fewer than 1.7 times per game.

Eonic led the resurgent Trifecta to a strong 10-4 record, good enough for second in North America. He was right behind Jigz in KDA posting a 4.28 stat line. He finished first in the SPL in assists per game with an insane 10.5, as well as third in deaths per game at 1.4. Eonic also participated in 77.2% of his teams kills, good for 6th in the SPL.

ADC All Star

This split saw Steven “Zapman” Zapas step away from the Smite scene. The stage was set for someone to fill his shoes, and Evan “Snoopy” Jones stepped up in a big way. For reference, he played Vulcan ADC and dominated with it, so there’s that.

Snoopy posted a solid 4.76 KDA in the Carry role, as well as leading the league in kills per game at 4.9. He also fell into the group of players that died just 1.6 times per game. Snoopy stepped up for SPL fans in the absence of Zapman, and now he’s got a shot to step up for North America come DreamHack.


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