The Gauntlet ended April 16th with three teams qualifying to the Masters; Team Rival, SoaR Gaming, and NRG eSports. However, there were four other teams from both North America and Europe that were waiting in the midst that qualified through the online portion.
Coming into Masters from North America as the #1 seed is djpernicus’ Team Eager. With a very diverse god pool between every member, this team is keen on experimenting until they’ve established their own meta. It’s not uncommon to see a multitude of different gods in their arsenal, specifically between Divios and Aror as either one of them can swap between Guardians and Warriors. Not to mention the new and old school ways that their captain djpernicus brings to the table. Whether he’s running the Bastet and constantly diving the backline or split pushing, to healing his teammates and acting as the setup man with his Chang’e games – he is the focal point that has turned this team into the powerhouse they are today. With only three splits against Luminosity, Memory of Gabe, and eUnited – Team Eager have been dominant the entire online portion. They have a BYE until the bottom Quarter Finals where they await the winner between the LATAM Champion vs. Black Dragons.
Luminosity has been a team that had it’s staple duo combination of JeffHindla and BaRRaCCuDDa since it’s origin. Transitioning from Season Three to Four, picking up Baskin in mid in place of former Xenotronics, they have strayed away from their Sol and Jing Wei flex pick strategies and more into a traditional mid mage style. However, that’s not to say the former solo laner won’t play highly mechanical demanding gods such as Thoth or Scylla. Starting off strong in the first half of the split before the BYE, Luminosity only lost one game to Noble. However, Luminosity started slipping as they proceeded to split with their next three opponents; In Memory of Gabe, eUnited, and Team Eager. Going into their first Best of Three set, Luminosity takes on Team Rival, the Gauntlet winners that defeated NRG eSports.
The second place team from Smite World Championships 2017, Obey Alliance have continued to succeed going into Season Four. As maniaKK and EmilZy joined replacing both Variety and Frezzyy in the solo and support role respectively, this squad with it’s core three members ended the online phase in spectacular fashion. Only dropping one game to Elevate in Week Three, Obey had a near perfect season out of their 14 games. The captain Ataraxia with his Titan teammate PrettyPrime have built a lot of synergy alongside their Season Three jungler, CaptainTwig, and have adapted their strategies with unconventional picks such as He Bo jungle and double hunters. Obey Alliance await the victors of the NRG vs. LG Dire Wolves set and we could potentially see a Worlds Finals rematch!
A Frankenstein team of great players combined to make this Team Dignitas squad that finished second place out of Europe that avoided dropping into the Gauntlet by 2 points. Losing both games in their set with Obey Alliance and splitting against Elevate alongside NRG eSports, Dignitas had a strong showing online. This will be the first time that these collective players will strive together in a LAN setting to see if their mechanical skill matches their synergy where adversity can easily rear its ugly head. Emotional players is a best way to describe the captain, Zyrhoes, and their first opponents will be the North American Gauntlet winner, SoaR Gaming.
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Anatoliy “AnatoLiy” Alekseyenok is an Associate Esports Specialist at HiRez Studios. You can follow him on Twitter @iGAnatoLiy.