SK Gaming’s sam4soccer2 on ‘surreal’ SMITE Championship and MVP - Dexerto

SK Gaming’s sam4soccer2 on ‘surreal’ SMITE Championship and MVP

Published: 18/Nov/2019 4:01 Updated: 22/Nov/2019 22:03

by Scott Robertson


After a historic SMITE championship victory over Team RivaL, SK Gaming’s Samuel “sam4soccer2” Waxman spoke to Melissa ‘thebesttaco’ Posada and Dexerto about his team’s road to the finals, his MVP trophy, and what he’s looking forward to in the next season.

The Cinderella run is complete, as SK Gaming has claimed the 2019 World Championship with a win over top-seeded Team RivaL. 

After the confetti fell and the trophy was lifted, MVP sam4soccer2 spoked to thebesttaco and Dexerto about his accomplishment.

Sam described the moment as “crazy, surreal” and “like a dream” following SK’s 3-1 victory over RivaL. He credited the comeback in game three as the tipping point in the series, saying that after a game like that the team just had a feeling that everything was going to go well.

Sam said one of SK Gaming’s biggest strengths is their ability to play from behind, and not getting flustered in those situations.

He acknowledged that SK’s start to the regular season did not go well, citing work on team communication and consistency as being key to beginning their run towards the tournament. SK went 4-5 in both phases of the SMITE Pro League regular season this year, meaning they’d have to run through the Placement tournament to make it to the Worlds main event.

SK went 4-0 across the Placement tournament in early November to earn one of two open spots at the Main Event. They would defeat the top three teams from the regular season throughout the main event, in Splyce, Renegades and eventually Team RivaL.

SK Gaming won seven straight series across the month of November between the Placement tournament and the main event to take home the championship trophy.

Looking forward to next season, Sam said that he would be most looking forward to some potential map changes as well as some new jungle buffs, but also said that he wasn’t even going to think about season 7 just yet.

Update: On November 18, Hi-Rez and SMITE released a blog post about the format and schedule for the upcoming 2020 Smite Pro League. The list of teams participating does not include SK Gaming. So far there has been no official announcement from SK regarding the status of their championship roster.


Avatar The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra characters coming to SMITE

Published: 22/Jun/2020 23:23

by Bill Cooney


SMITE will be teaming up with Nickelodeon for the game’s July 2020 Battle Pass that will feature skins of Aang and Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, along with Korra and Naga from The Legend of Korra.

Avatar and The Legend of Korra are both two of Nickelodeon’s most successful animated series of the last few decades but, apart from an ambitious and impressive fan project, there haven’t really been any recent video games of note featuring characters from either series.

There is relief on the horizon though, as we’ll get to see Aang in action again, along with Zuko and Korra as they head to SMITE as an exclusive in the latest Battle Pass.

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Honestly, this might be the best-looking video game Aang we’ve seen yet.

Sadly, the trio won’t be their own unique characters, instead, they’re being worked in as reskins for three existing SMITE heroes that share a similar move set to each bender.

Aang, for instance, will come in the form of two different skins for The Master Wizard Merlin, one with him rolling around on his air ball, and the other Prestige Track skin in full-on Avatar mode looking ready to kick some Fire Nation butt.

Zuko will be a reskin of the Japanese god Susano, who also prefers to carry a sword, just like the exiled prince himself. As with Aang, he will get two skins – regular and his “Blue Spirit” alias from The Last Airbender as the Prestige Track selection.

Finally, the water tribe Korra will be a reskin for the Norse god Skadi. Her Prestige Track skin along with Aang is also her in the Avatar form. As an added bonus, she has her faithful polar bear dog sidekick Naga fighting alongside her, and even participating in abilities.

“We went overboard with detail, capturing each ​Avatar ​character’s unique personality and referencing fan-favorite moments from the shows,” Travis Brown, Executive Producer of SMITE told IGN​. ​“These are essentially all-new characters that happen to use the same abilities as existing ​SMITE ​Gods ​–​ and we can’t wait for our more than 30 million fans to play with them.”

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Naga is the best part of this skin and you can’t convince us otherwise.

Like we mentioned earlier Aang and friends will be joining SMITE when the next Battle Pass drops sometime in July 2020, but Hi-Rez hasn’t released a more precise date than that yet.

Finally, Avatar fans have some kind of video game content to look forward to, and as a result, SMITE may just find themselves with a few new players once the Battle Pass actually drops.