eUnited SMITE Claims Top Seed for 2018 SMITE World Championship

By: Zachary Lange

eUnited SMITE defeated Trifecta 3-0 and Luminosity Gaming 3-2 at the 2017 SMITE Super Regionals to claim the first seed in North America for the 2018 SMITE World Championship.

Led by aggressive team fighting, eUnited rolled through Trifecta in a blazing fashion with a staggering 24-3 advantage in kills in Game 2. After a long pause in Game 3 of the Super Regional Semifinal matchup, eUnited claimed the series sweep with a final kill advantage of 14-7.

Against Luminosity the team struggled after a Game 1 victory, dropping the next two games and finding themselves on the ropes in Game 4. However, the team bounced back fast, winning a 20 minute Game 4 to set up a Game 5 which remained even until an eventual midgame turn that resulted in a victory for eUnited.

Postgame Mike “PolarBearMike” Heiss was visibly excited for his squad.

“This team is the best I have ever been on and certainly the most fun,” PolarBearMike said. “It just gives you the feeling of wanting to play well for them and getting that win was a great feeling.”

Despite being down in the series versus Luminosity, the team remained level-headed.

“Even though we were down 2-1 we never really panicked,” PolarBearMike said. “I think Games 4 and 5 were pretty calm and we knew how we had to play in order to win. I didn’t know we were for sure going to win until about halfway through Game 5, then I knew we had it.”

“The turning point in Game 5 was us just overall drafting better,” said midlaner Brandon “Venenu” Casale. “After losing Games 2 and 3 we needed to reassess what was going wrong. With that going into Game 4 and 5 we got the perfect draft we wanted.”

For Maksim “PandaCat” Yanevich turning the tides in the series proved the team’s resiliency.

“Keeping your team and yourself in the right mind and coming back after those losses isn’t something every team can do,” PandaCat said. “I’m very proud of my team for performing as they did and there’s only room for improvement.”

Moving into preparation for Worlds, eUnited SMITE will continue to play Luminosity as their primary  scrimmage partner before a trip to Atlanta, Georgia at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre from January 4-7. For Ben “Benji” McKinzey, the preparation is business as usual.

“We’re gonna keep doing what we’ve been doing and grind out scrims with Luminosity.”

Coverage of the 2018 SMITE World Championship can be found on the Hi-Rez Twitch channel and all eUnited social media platforms.