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The brackets for the SMITE and Paladins World Championships

Published: 16/Nov/2018 13:35 Updated: 16/Nov/2018 13:36

by Joe O'Brien

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The Hi-Rez Expo at DreamHack Atlanta will see the best SMITE and Paladins teams in the world face off for the chance to be crowned World Champions.

It’s the highlight of the Hi-Rez esports calendar, with the World Championships for both games taking place side-by-side at the Georgia World Congress Center on November 16-18.

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Both tournaments will feature an eight-team, single elimination bracket, so there will be no room for error for the teams that hope to take home trophies.

Each event draws two teams from the NA and EU divisions of their respective Pro Leagues, while the final four teams in each secured their spots via an international qualifier.

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Smite

This year’s SMITE World Championship sees reigning champions eUnited return to defend their title, after topping the Fall season of the NA SMITE Pro League with a 9-1 record. They’re joined by Splyce as the second team qualifying through SPL, while the European division sends Team Dignitas and NRG Esports

There were no surprises in the international qualifiers for Smite. Obey Alliance, Team RivaL, Trifecta and Spacestation Gaming all entered the qualifier with top four seeds, and all made their way through the bracket to claim a spot at the main event.

The bracket will play out as follows, with best-of-threes for the quarter-finals and best-of-sevens for the semi-finals and grand final.

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Paladins

Paladins will also feature a defending World Champion in the form of Natus Vincere. Na’Vi went undefeated in the EU Paladins Pro League Fall split to claim the top seed, a clear step above even the second team in the league, Ninjas in Pyjamas.

In the North American division, Team Envy were an equally dominant force, also going undefeated at 8-0 in the Fall split. They’re followed by G2 Esports, who finished with a 6-2 record.

Unlike in SMITE, the international qualifiers for Paladins featured some notable upsets. First-seed Fnatic and fourth-seed Virtus Pro made it through, but the other two spots were taken by Kanga Esports and Spacestation Gaming, 9th and 10th-seeds respectively, neither of whom competed in either the NA or EU Pro League.

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Best-of-five matches will be played in the quarter-finals, followed by best-of-sevens in the semi-finals and grand final.

Call of Duty

CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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