SMITE and Paladins World Championship Day 1 interviews - Dexerto

SMITE and Paladins World Championship Day 1 interviews

Published: 17/Nov/2018 4:49 Updated: 17/Nov/2018 5:06

by Wyatt Donigan


The first day of the World Championships for both SMITE and Paladins brought plenty of exciting action, with some notable members of the community offering their thoughts on the proceedings.

The World Championship is the culmination of the two game’s respective seasons, as eight of the best teams from both SMITE and Paladins compete for the ultimate glory.

Throughout the first day of the competition, we caught up with SMITE Lead Designer AJ Walker and Ninja in Pyjamas Paladins’ star Ted ‘kowa’ Hansson.

AJ Walker is the lead designer for SMITE.

One of the biggest announcements to come from the World Championships was that SMITE would be making its way to the Nintendo Switch, something that Walker said gave the team at Hi-Rez a unique opportunity.

“We are really interested in the Nintendo platform as a whole,” Walker said of the record-setting console. “With the Switch, you can play SMITE really well [whereas] a lot of games like SMITE, you can’t play on the Switch. So we’re really excited to bring a unique type of game to that platform.” 

When it comes to balancing for the new system, though, Walker made clear that Hi-Rez focuses first and foremost on making sure the gods perform well thematically and according to their character design before doing any sort of specific balancing.

Ted ‘kowa’ Hansson is the flex/damage player for Ninjas in Pyjamas’ Paladins team.

Ninja in Pyjamas came into the Paladins World Championship as the second seed from Europe, but were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Spacestation Gaming. According to flex player kowa, chemistry issues ultimately led to the team’s rough exit.

“We never connected as a team. The chemistry wasn’t there,” recalled kowa after the series ended. “Everything was really good in the online season, but we had issues that we couldn’t help. The practice wasn’t really there.”

Kowa further explained that personal issues cropped up for some players that were unavoidable, but nonetheless looking forward to building team and developing team chemistry in 2019.

Day 2 of the event kicks off with the semifinals of both SMITE and Paladins at 8:15am PST / 11:15am EST. 

For everything you need to know about the SMITE and Paladin World Championships, be sure to check out our official hub with streams, brackets, and more.


NiP Paladins champion isbittenner on emotional grand finals win

Published: 18/Nov/2019 1:36 Updated: 22/Nov/2019 21:53

by Scott Robertson


Ninjas in Pyjamas claimed the Paladins World Championship over the Pittsburgh Knights in a near reverse sweep. After the finals, NiP player and Paladins champion Leander ‘isbittenner’ Aspestrand spoke to Melissa ‘TheBestTaco’ Posada and Dexerto on the Ninjas’ emotional win, and how they bounced back from a mid-season slump and two-game deficit in the finals.

Before the SMITE finals, the two best teams in Paladins squared off on Championship Sunday at Hi-Rez Expo. A dominant contender in Ninjas in Pyjamas met an underdog Pittsburgh Knights squad that had taken the long road through the lower bracket of the PWC qualifier.

But despite grabbing a 2-0 lead, the Knights couldn’t hold on as their adversaries borrowed some NiP magic from their CSGO division to win fourth straight games to raise the championship trophy.

Following the raising of the trophy, the young NiP damage star from Norway, isbittenner, could barely keep his emotions in check, telling TheBestTaco and Dexerto that he “would just go up in tears” when he’d try and think back on the hard-fought series.

NiP were forced to climb out of a 2-0 hole in the grand finals, but isbittener said that the roster was no stranger to having to reverse their fortunes themselves. They had a very strong Phase 1 of Paladins Premier League, but started off slow in Phase 2 with a collection of tough losses.

Isbittenner said he was really happy that the team was able to pull themselves out of that slump, and make their way to the championship finals. One of those tough losses during the PPL season was to Pittsburgh Knights, who they would meet in the grand finals.

When asked if they expected to meet the Knights again in the championship series, he responded,

“If you asked me two months ago? Never. But now? For sure, they’ve become a lot better.” He also said later in the interview that he expects the Knights roster to improve even more.

The NiP star praised the Knights’ ability to outdraft them, but credited the words of his coach and the energy of the crowd as being instrumental to gaining back momentum.

As the secondary drafter, isbittener said his leadership strength emerges pre-game, but his ability to be a playmaker during matches was instrumental to the Ninjas’ success as well.

As for the champion, he says that the immediate plan is for the team to go get “a nice dinner” and then go out and have fun to celebrate the title. As for next season, he says that NiP will take their time to “relax and re-group” after the long campaign, and come back strong for next season.