By Jordan “Joslimity” Guest, Oceania League Coordinator.
The Hi-Rez Oceania Championship in 2016 was a spectacle to behold. It was an intense competition over two days with hundreds of raucous SMITE fans in the live audience while thousands more watched live online.
The LG Dire Wolves took the top spot and represented the region at Hi-Rez Expo in Atlanta in early January. Although they faced some of the toughest opposition first round against the eventual 2nd place team Obey Alliance, they did the region proud.
Teams will be fighting this split for their share of the $10,000 AUD prize pool with the top team being sent to the SMITE Masters LAN in Atlanta in April. The total prize pool for this international event is an incredible $120,000 USD. This is an unbelievable opportunity for Oceania teams to face international play, usually reserved for the end of the season. It goes without saying that all teams will hit the ground running and the competition will be extremely fierce.
The full roster of teams is below with some of the region’s top esports organizations involved, as well as other up and coming teams:
- LG Dire Wolves
- Avant Garde
- Legacy Esports
- Team Noxide
- Daddy Daycare
- Pretty Boiz
Split one kicks off this Saturday, February 18th at 5pm AEDT (1am EST) and will be streamed at Twitch.tv/HiRezTV. The competition will continue for 7 weeks finishing on the 2nd of April at which time a winner will be decided.
The full schedule can be found at http://au.cybergamer.com/smite or http://esports.smitegame.com/oceania-pro-league-landing-page/##overview-section