Smite World Championships Cheat Sheet

Here’s a brief fact dump of Smite facts because the first Smite World Championship is taking place this weekend and it has the third largest prize in eSports history.

Smite. Smite. Smite. (I have typed that word too many times and now it looks unfamiliar and strange). Let’s talk $2.6 million prize pools instead of typing single words repeatedly.

So!

Smite is that god-themed over-the-shoulder MOBA from Hi-Rez I was talking about enthusiastically in our end of year awards.

It plays similarly to Dota and League of Legends in that you have two teams of five players each trying to shove their way along the map’s three lanes and into the enemy base. You can make use of the camps of minions which spawn in the jungle to gain particular buffs and there are also beefier minions – the Gold Fury and Fire Giant which grant bigger buffs but are more risky to take down (think Dragon and Baron in LoL or Roshan in Dota).

The differences include the fact that the game is played from an over-the-shoulder third person perspective, more like a third-person shooter, and that it’s reliant on aimed attacks – basically everything is a skillshot. The easiest way I’ve found to describe it is it’s like playing the Jumanji version of League of Legends where you’re down on the map with your character.

The Smite World Championship is the culmination of the game’s first official competitive season of play and has a prize pool currently teetering on the brink of $2.6 million.

The prize pool itself echoes Valve’s successes with Dota 2 and The International’s last two multimillion dollar prize pools which were achieved largely through community contributions via a digital booklet called The Compendium.

Smite’s version is The Odyssey – a series of items available for purchase in-game in the run up to the tournament where a proportion of the money which was spent on those items fed into the prize fund.

In terms of how that breaks down for players:

1st: $1.298,071
2nd: $519,228
3rd: $389,421
4th: $259,614
5th-8th: $32,451

Speaking of players, here are the teams participating:

EU: Titan (formerly Aquila, formerly Agilitas)
EU: SK Gaming
NA: Cognitive Red
NA: Cognitive Prime
Latin America: Name Not Found
Brazil: We Love Bacon
CN: OMG
CN: Daoge Is Dog

You can find out a bit more about both the EU teams via our Regionals feature – suffice to say Titan had a true underdog victory tale while SK have a reputation for pulling great play out of the bag when it comes to LAN events.

Cognitive has two teams in the contest (it was nearly three as Titan were briefly sponsored by Cog). Red is – on average – the youngest team in the contest. They’re being seeded higher than their sister team Prime after beating the latter in the NA Championship. In fact, Red are being tipped as the ones to watch for the whole contest.

In terms of China the teams are considered more of an unknown quantity as the game has a far younger competitive scene in the region – Daoge Is Dog are probably the stronger of the two teams and it’ll be interesting to see how OMG fare as they need to play with a handful of standins.

Latin America is being represented by Name Not Found – formerly known as Old Partners. They’re one of the newer teams to Smite in terms of professional experience. We Love Bacon are the Brazilian side and, conversely, come with a wealth of time with the game and come to the World Championships off the back of a strong performance in their regional scene.

We’ll be doing daily roundups here but you can also see the matches as they happen from 11:30 EST on Twitch.

Watch live video from Smitegame on www.twitch.tv

13 Comments

  1. Turin Turambar says:

    35K viewers, not bad.

  2. Goodtwist says:

    Those are some smity chests.

  3. SuddenSight says:

    Thanks for the update, Philippa, but could you warn us about embedded twitch streams in future? Some of us search the web from our archaic dinosaurs on slow connections, and those videos make our browsers sad.

    • Shadow says:

      Auto-playing videos in general can be considered bad web design.

      Especially in ads, which I’ve seen on RPS on at least one occasion.

      • Vandelay says:

        To counter this, RPS is very good at getting rid of nuisance ads. They seem to hate that sort of thing as much as us and will act if they are made aware. In recent times, I have found most ads on RPS to be fairly unobtrusive.

        And thanks Philippa for covering this. I have played DOTA (as well as Smite, to a lesser extent) for quite sometime now, but it was only until last years International that I really enjoyed watching the pro games. Will have to try and watch some of these matches.

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          Graham Smith says:

          We definitely hate that stuff and it’s not supposed to happen. Unfortunately they sometimes sneak in, and often in countries where we’re unable to see it until someone tells us about it. If you ever see an auto-playing ad, drop us a screenshot and your location to either our Twitter or to graham [at] rockpapershotgun.com. We’ll get it sorted.

    • airmikee says:

      NoScript? Flashblock? Adblock? RPS is hardly the only website to autoplay videos, why not just download a quick, easy app for your browser to prevent autoplay from ever happening?

      • Cockie says:

        Because some of us like the websites we visit getting paid and thus don’t use adblock normally?

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          Phasma Felis says:

          I actually got a subscriber account so I can justify blocking ads on RPS. I love this site and I want to support it, but if I whitelist it Ghostery reports 54 trackers on this page alone. Fifty-four. Whups, it’s 55 now, they’re still loading each other after more than two minutes. Chrome reports that this single tab is using up more than 400MB of RAM, and that’s not counting Flash.

          Block everything but Gravatar, and RAM usage drops by 80%, it loads way faster, doesn’t lag as much, and I don’t have to look at insulting, off-topic Taboola clickbait.

          Every year or so, I decide I want to be a responsible, supportive consumer and only block the most egregious and abusive ads and trackers. So I turn off AdBlock/Ghostery/whatever, browse around the web for about half an hour, get reminded that that’s about 90% of them and no mortal man could hope to weed out the handful of diamonds, and raise shields again. I dunno.

        • Jalan says:

          Adblock Plus is one of the biggest memory hogs on up-to-date Firefox installs to add on top of that.

          Anyway, certainly a matter of give consideration/get consideration – any site (not any specific site, mind) that wants ad revenue not to be blocked/etc. should endeavor not to fall back into habits best left on the internet as we knew it a decade or so ago.

    • fish99 says:

      Yes please don’t embed a live stream or video that auto starts.

  4. airmikee says:

    “Smite’s version is The Odyssey – a series of items available for purchase in-game in the run up to the tournament where a proportion of the money which was spent on those items fed into the prize fund.”

    I was wondering how a no-name developer like Hi-Rez could suddenly appear with a multi-million dollar prize for their just barely released f2p game. They seem to only be able to create games that mimic other games, they have nothing in the way of innovation or ingenuity, they’re just ripping off Team Fortress and other shooters and now LoL and DOTA.

    Step 1. Release a game.
    Step 2. Stop supporting that game to release another game.
    Step 3. Repeat step 1.

    link to rockpapershotgun.com
    At least the comments on that article seem to show a lack of interest for this shady developer and their complete lack of regard for their players.