eUnited To Kick Off 2018 SMITE World Championship Against Black Dragons

By: Zachary Lange

After an eight week hiatus from competition, eUnited’s SMITE team traveled to Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday to compete for the 2018 SMITE World Championship.

eUnited will look to start out hot against the Brazilian organization Black Dragons, who defeated Entity Gaming 2-0 to face the top seed in North America in eUnited. The team earned a bye into the quarterfinals with their performance in the 2017 SMITE Super Regionals back in November by claiming victory in the event.

“We just want to play in front of the crowd for the first time,” said midlaner Mike “PolarBearMike” Heiss. “A few people (on the roster) have never been to worlds before so just getting that first experience out of the way of playing on mainstage will be nice in a matchup we should win.”

Since super regionals, the team has been preparing by practicing daily with Luminosity Gaming, including the past two weeks of nearly six hours of practice a day in the morning and evening.

One of the keys to the tournament is maintaining the same energy levels throughout the event, according to coach Cassidy “Cardiac” Cameron.

“If we make it to semifinals or finals it’s not going to be a 3-0 set either way,” Cardiac said. “So if we lose a game we just have to go into the next game thinking that we can recover. We just have to go out there and play our game, and don’t get in our own minds about, ‘they only have to win one more game’ or whatever, it’s that mentality we have to have.”

Should eUnited defeat Black Dragons, they would face off against the winner of Obey Alliance and Elevate, two European teams that many on the squad have taken notice of, including Cardiac, who specified that Obey was on the squads radar heading into the weekend.

“They were really strong all year,” he said. “And they’ve been at the top of the European region pretty much all year. It’s going to fun if we get to go against them and I’m excited to see what we can do.”

After watching the opening sets of matches for the first two days of the Hi-Rez Expo, all of the team agreed that they were looking to get in on the action.

“I think the more we get to see the other teams play it will be really good for us, and I’m really excited and confident in getting to beat people,” PolarBearMike said.

eUnited’s matchup against Black Dragons will be streamed live from the Hi-Rez Twitch channel at 3 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan 5.