By: Zachary Lange
Here is The Update for August 5:
Samsora takes home fourth at EVO 2019
In the largest Smash tournament in competitive history, Ezra “Samsora” Morris battled through the gauntlet to claim a fourth-place finish.
On Championship Sunday, with a guaranteed fifth place as a result of coming through the winners bracket, Samsora stumbled with an opening round 2-0 defeat at the hands of Team SoloMid’s Tweek. With the loss behind him, the Peach main was able to then quickly recover and defeat ProtoBanham in a thrilling, 2-1 final in a losers bracket quarterfinal match.
But against the No. 1 rated player in the world – Echo Fox’s MKLeo – Samsora came up just short, losing by a 2-0 final.
Coming into the weekend, Samsora was ranked as the No. 4 player worldwide by Panda Global Rankings.
EVO, an annual fighting games convention held this year at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, featured over 3,500 entrants into the Smash: Ultimate bracket.
Next up for Samsora is Super Smash Con 2019 in Northern Virginia on Aug. 8-11.
Call of Duty World League Championship pools announced
After winning the CWL Pro League Playoffs, eUnited was guaranteed the top spot in Pool A for the 2019 Call of Duty World Championship.
Now, eUnited knows who their competition will be when play opens at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Aug. 14. Joining eUnited are “The Bhoys,” Elevate and RBL eSports to round out the group of four teams, with the top pair advancing to a 16-team, double elimination bracket.
eUnited went 2-0 in head-to-head matchups against Elevate during regular season play in the pro league earlier this year but have yet to play The Bhoys or RBL eSports in any capacity.
The Bhoys are coming off a first place at the world championship qualifying CWL Amateur Finals tournament that ran alongside the playoffs in Miami, Florida last month, while RBL eSports squeaked into the championship event as one of the last four teams in, respectively.
As previously mentioned, the world championship carries a prize pool of $2.5 million, with $800,000 designated for first place. All matches will be streamed live across multiple Call of Duty Twitch channels, with detailed info TBD.
SMITE begins SPL Phase 2 this week
After a short offseason to reset, eUnited SMITE is back at Skillshot Studios in Atlanta, Georgia to start play in SPL Phase 2.
Finishing as the No. 4 seed in Phase 1, eUnited will look to improve their efforts with an opening set against SK Gaming on Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern.
Streaming can be found on SMITE’s official Mixer channel.