Across both console and PC, eUnited found themselves in the heat of deep playoff runs that resulted in a 4th place finish for Call of Duty and a bronze medal for SMITE, respectively.
With the biggest stage in the world championship only a few short weeks away for CoD and only a few months away for SMITE, these playoffs served as an additional tune-up in preparation for the chance to compete for a combined $2.5 million
CoD starts strong, fizzles late
After the dust of a three-way tiebreaker cleared during regular season play in Division B, eUnited found themselves in second place with a winners bracket matchup against Echo Fox to start playoffs.
eUnited came out of the gates hot in the $500,000 Stage 2 Playoffs. Behind the performance of Tyler “FeLo” Johnson, who had 35 kills in the Game 1 Hardpoint, eUnited cruised to a 250-161 victory in the game and won the series by a final of 3-1.
Of course, the road ahead only got tougher.
Two time WW:II champions Rise Nation, who placed fourth in Division B, defeated eUnited in the second round of the winners bracket by a final of 1-3. Despite performing well on respawns throughout the course of the playoffs and in the regular season of Stage 2, eUnited failed to capture a victory in the series on a respawn game type, with the only game win coming from a Game 2 Search and Destroy.
With a losers bracket run now in the cards, eUnited defeated UNILAD Esports by a final of 3-1 to begin a tough road ahead to grand finals. But a matchup against arguably the top European team in Red Reserve proved to be too much for the team, with eUnited bowing out by a final of 1-3.
After the conclusion of the Stage 2 Playoffs, which saw Team Kaliber win, groups were drawn for the 2018 Call of Duty World Championship. Headlining Group D is eUnited who will be joined alongside European talents Splyce and “Team Sween”, as well as North American foe EZG eSports.
SMITE takes down Spacestation, falls to Team Rival
For the second straight split, eUnited found themselves back at Hi-Rez Studios in Alpharetta, Georgia for the split finals.
This time, eUnited was the No. 1 seed in North America (an improvement from Spring, where they were the No. 2 seed) after going 8-2 in the Summer Split. After a quick 2-0 against the Australian team Athletico, eUnited found themselves back in a rematch of the 2018 SMITE World Championship against Team Rival.
Despite closely contested games, eUnited fell to the Europeans by a final of 1-2.
However, their run also was not over. Beginning the climb through the losers bracket began with a matchup against friendly rivals and top North American contenders Spacestation Gaming, where eUnited won by a final of 2-1.
Next up was yet another rematch against Rival. However, due to Rival playing eUnited earlier in the tournament, the series was deemed a “continuation” of previous results despite both teams being in the same place in the losers bracket.
In a best-of-five series, Rival led 2-1 before play even began. With only one game left to win, Rival sent eUnited home by a final of 3-1.
For Call of Duty, the world championship will begin on August 15, with group stages being held at the MLG Studios. The team now has only two short weeks to get their final prep work done before the big event.
And for SMITE, the team will head back to the battlefield for the Fall Split, which will begin in late August.
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