eUnited Looks to Book Ticket to SMITE World Championship at Super Regionals

By: Zachary Lange

eUnited will look to lay it all on the line in the Super Regionals to book a ticket to the SMITE World Championship in January.

On Wednesday, Nov. 1 the team will begin their Super Regional run in a best-of-five Regional Semifinal matchup against Trifecta at the Hi-Rez Studios in Alpharetta, Georgia. The victor will face off against the winner of Luminosity and Spacestation Gaming on Sunday, Nov. 5 in the Regional Finals.

For some of the team, a win against Trifecta would book them a first-time ticket to Worlds in Atlanta, Georgia.

“For me to qualify to Worlds is definitely the best thing that would have ever happened to me,” said midlaner Brandon “Venenu” Casale. “I would be able to prove to everyone that knows me that all my effort I have put into SMITE has finally meant something.”

“Qualifying for Worlds would be essentially a dream come true for me,” said hunter Maksim “PandaCat” Yanevich. “I started playing this game with one intent and that was to prove to everyone I’m the best and I’m capable of being the best. I’ve never made it to worlds yet so it would be huge if we made it, I just feel like all this hard work would pay off for me and I can finally feel accomplished.”

One of the biggest challenges in this matchup could be maintaining the same in-game focus throughout the course of a high-pressure and lengthy best-of-five matchup. But Mike “PolarBearMike” Heiss felt the matchup’s intensity favored the squad.

“I think the best of five favors us honestly,” said PolarBearMike, who was a Fall Split Week Five MVP. “Though the online split doesn’t matter too much, I feel like if we play at the level that got us first seed we should win this set. All of us have played in this high pressure best of fives before and I don’t expect nerves to come into play.  We’ve trained all split for this set and I know we’ll be ready for it.”

For Lucas “Scream” Spracklin keeping things simple is the recipe to success.

“The main key to success is just playing our game and just showing up to play,” Scream said.

In the Fall Split, eUnited fell one map short of being undefeated after a draw with Luminosity in the season finale. Despite almost setting a SMITE Pro League record, Ben “Benji” McKinzey stayed humble in his observation of the split.

“I don’t think I had any superstar moments personally,” Benji said. “But my favorite part of the Fall Split was just watching the team improve and almost have an undefeated split.”

Of course, the opposition will have some pushback. Trifecta placed second in the Season 4 Summer Split and once again placed in the top half of the standings in the Fall Split. Most of the team’s roster has remained largely intact throughout the year, and will be looking to proving the title of underdogs as false.

Benji cited Ismael “KikiSoCheeky” Torres as a player that he will have to keep a sharp eye for, while Venenu felt that hunter Evan “Snoopy” Jones was Trifecta’s standout player.

“The most impressive player on Trifecta is Snoopy,” said Venenu. “Snoopy brings the scare tactic of him being able to hard carry a game even if his team is behind.”

Looking past the Super Regionals is a date with destiny in Atlanta, Georgia at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. At the SMITE World Championship being held on Jan. 4-7, eUnited will be able to flex their muscles and prove to the world why they belong at the top.

“The goal is to win Worlds,” PolarBearMike said. “I’ve been proud of this unit’s improvement throughout my time on the team and I’d be extremely disappointed if we don’t get that shot to show what we can do on the world stage.”

Coverage of the Super Regionals begins on November 1 and all matches can be found on the Hi-Rez Twitch channel.