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The grand finalists of the 2019 SMITE World Championship have been decided

Published: 17/Nov/2018 19:31 Updated: 17/Nov/2018 21:42

by Wyatt Donigan

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Following an exciting Day 1 of competition, even more surprising results have set up what looks to be an exciting grand final at the 2019 SMITE World Championship. 

If you thought that the upsets were over after eUnited were taken out by Trifecta on Day 1, you would have been dead wrong as Splyce dug deep to come out on top against Europe’s No. 1 seed, Dignitas. 

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Meanwhile, Team RivaL put an end to Trifecta’s run at the World Championship with a surprisingly close 3-0 sweep in the second semifinal of the day.

Splyce advanced to the SMITE World Championship grand finals with a 3-0 sweep of the top-seeded Dignitas.

After the defending champions of eUnited were eliminated on Day 1, Dignitas looked to poised to secure the championship as the highest remaining seed. It became clear very quickly that Splyce had other plans, however. 

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Splyce showed great poise to wade through a lengthy Game 1 to strike first on the back of superior teamfighting before carrying that momentum right into Game 2 and picking up the first blood just 10 seconds in. 

That first blood completely set the tone of the second and third games as Splyce continued cutting through Dignitas with little opposition on their way to a quick 3-0 sweep that left the Europeans completely stunned. 

Team RivaL fought off Trifecta in a 3-0 series to advance to the grand finals of the SMITE World Championship.

While the final series between Trifecta and Team RivaL also ended up as a 3-0 sweep in favor of RivaL, it was by no means a blowout. 

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The first two games of this series were incredibly close, with just four kills separating the two teams as they jockeyed for position and waded through tense teamfights all the way. 

Even with Trifecta managing to keep things close, though, RivaL came out on top of both games to give themselves a strong 2-0 lead in the series. 

The final game was close once more, but this time RivaL broke things wide open just 23 minutes in to take the win and punch their ticket into the grand finals. 

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The grand finals between Splyce and Team RivaL will begin at 12pm PST / 3pm EST on Sunday, November 18. 


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. 

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

Published: 22/Jun/2020 23:23

by Bill Cooney

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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