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Paladins and SMITE World Championships 2019 - Final Placements

by Scott Robertson
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The best pro players in SMITE and Paladins converged upon the Hi-Rez Expo at DreamHack Atlanta for their respective world championship tournaments. 

Here are the final results for the world championships for both of Hi-Rez's esports titles.

Paladins World Champions: Ninjas in Pyjamas

After a full season of the Paladins Premier League, the best Paladins teams in the world competed in an eight-team single elimination bracket for a chance at the World Championship. 

Na’Vi, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Virtus.pro, and Envy all finished top four of PPL Phase 2 to earn their spot in the playoffs. Spacestation Gaming, Pittsburgh Knights, Renegades, and Kanga Esports all qualified through the World Championship qualifier.

Pittsburgh Knights started off with a shocking upset over the higher-seeded Natus Vincere, and carried that momentum into a semfinals win over Envy in series that went to all seven games. However, despite getting out to an early 2-0 lead over NiP in the grand finals, it appears NiP magic is not exclusive to CSGO, as the Ninjas responded with four straight games to win the World Championship.

NiP’s Dylan ‘DiGeDoG’ Chainski was named the finals MVP.

Final Placements - Paladins World Championships

Place Team
1st Ninjas in Pyjamas
2nd Pittsburgh Knights
3rd/4th Team Envy
3rd/4th Virtus.Pro
5th/6th/7th/8th Natus Vincere
5th/6th/7th/8th Renegades
5th/6th/7th/8th Spacestation Gaming
5th/6th/7th/8th Kanga Esports

SMITE World Champions: SK Gaming

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The road to the SMITE World Championship is very unique, as their placement tournament gives opportunities to teams from the Pro League, from the North American and European minor leagues, and even to console teams.

The top six teams from the Pro League went straight to the main event, meaning Team RivaL, Splyce, Renegades, Dignitas, Pittsburgh Knights, and eUnited had already qualified for Atlanta. Via the Placement tournament, SK Gaming and minor league team Sanguine Esports qualified for the final two spots.

Number one seed Team RivaL snuffed out the hopes of Sanguine and Dignitas with sweeps, while SK Gaming stunned Splyce and Renegades in series that went to maximum games to earn their grand finals spot. SK Gaming defeated RivaL 3-1 to claim the championship hammer.

SK Gaming's sam4soccer2 took home the MVP honors.

Final Placements - SMITE World Championships

1st SK Gaming
2nd Team RivaL
3rd/4th Renegades
3rd/4th Dignitas
5th/6th/7th/8th eUnited
5th/6th/7th/8th Splyce
5th/6th/7th/8th Pittsburgh Knights
5th/6th/7th/8th Sanguine Esports

Be sure to follow along with our live coverage from the event floor on Twitter, where we'll be offering post-match interviews from both SMITE and Paladins.