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Paladins and SMITE World Championships 2019 – Final Placements

Published: 17/Nov/2019 20:56 Updated: 18/Nov/2019 0:01

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.

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NiP Paladins champion isbittenner on emotional grand finals win

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

by Scott Robertson

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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.