The Update: August 12

By: Zachary Lange 

Here is The Update for August 12:

Samsora falls just short in grand finals at Super Smash Con

It seemed so close.

Up 2-1 in an opening, best-of-five series against MKLeo of Echo Fox, Ezra “Samsora” Morris was one stock away from defeating the No. 1 ranked player in the world and winning Super Smash Con 2019.

Fate would have it another way.

MKLeo was able to battle back, even the series at 2-2, and subsequently rattle off four straight game wins (including a 3-0 result in the second set) to claim yet another S-tier championship. Samsora was SSC’s runner-up.

Not to be forgotten, however, was the amount of precision and effort it took for Samsora to make it to grand finals. The Peach main racked up 11 set wins, including a winner’s semifinal victory against MKLeo to send him to the losers bracket, by mixing up a variety of in-air and on the ground attacks.

A win against TSM's Tweek, his doubles partner earlier in the weekend, sent Samsora to his second grand finals appearance at an S-tier major in 2019.

SSC had over 2,700 entrants into the Smash: Ultimate singles bracket, making it the second-largest tournament in competitive Smash history.

Next up for Samsora is Glitch 7, which is set to take place on Sept. 14-15.

Call of Duty begins world championship run Wednesday

For the final time in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, eUnited will Stand United when the team travels to Los Angeles for the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship.

Months of daily, nonstop practice and competing will come to a head when eUnited takes the stage at the Pauley Pavilion for the group state of the $2.5 million tournament beginning Wednesday.

There’s palpable excitement in the room for the team. Fresh off of a win at the CWL Pro League Playoffs in Miami, eUnited finally punched a hole in the proverbial glass ceiling by becoming the fourth organization in Black Ops 4 to win a major tournament.

eUnited will open up Pool A at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern) against RBL eSports.

Full streaming information will be updated on eUnited’s social media platforms.

SMITE takes down SK Gaming to open SPL Phase 2

In a season-opening match, eUnited claimed victory over SK Gaming 3-1 to begin play in Phase 2 of the SMITE Pro League.

Jungler Aleksandar “iceice” Zahariev led the set in kills with 25 across all four games. Guardian Petar “KaLaS” Matejić racked up 40 assists.

With a 1-0 overall record now in the league, eUnited will look to keep the momentum rolling against Luminosity Gaming on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.