The Update: June 24

By: Zachary Lange 

Here is The Update for June 24:

SMITE finishes Phase 1 in fourth place

It was a bumpy ride for eUnited SMITE throughout play in the first phase of SMITE Pro League. Ultimately, however, the team managed to rack up enough wins to qualify them for the Mid-Season Invitational which starts with a play-in bracket on July 8.

The quintet’s 6-3 record (16-16 in map count) places them fourth in the overall standings. eUnited will battle against the fifth seeded Splyce on July 10 in a single-elimination bracket featuring the top-6 teams from the SPL and two teams from the aforementioned play-in tournament. The Mid-Season Invitational features a $200,000 prize pool.

Just last week on Monday, eUnited fell to Splyce in a 3-0 sweep. But on Friday, with their backs against the wall 0-2 against Dignitas, the squad counted off a trio of impressive victories to secure their fourth seed with a 3-2 victory.

A time for eUnited’s Mid-Season Invitational bout with Splyce is TBD.

Counter Strike faces pair of qualifications

The summer is continuing to heat up for eUnited Counter Strike as the squad is set to play in online closed qualifiers for IEM Chicago and ESL One New York on Wednesday and Thursday.

Chicago’s qualifier features usual suspects such as Luminosity and Team Envy in the single-elimination bracket. IEM Chicago runs from July 18-21 and features a $250,000 prize pool.

Should eUnited qualify Wednesday for the event in the Windy City, they would be faced with a good problem to have in choosing between attendance at Chicago or Americas Minor StarLadder Major, which is set to take place across the same dates in Berlin, Germany.

Thursday’s qualifier for New York City has the likes of Lazarus and Envy competing for a solo spot in the $200,000 event which runs from Sept. 26-29.

Coverage of the qualifiers, including information on streaming, will be updated on eUnited’s social platforms.

Samsora ready for CEO

Another major fighting games tournament is upon us, with over 3,500 total participants ready to head to the Sunshine State for CEO 2019.

The annual tournament, held at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida for the past two years, features a variety of fighting games including Smash: Ultimate, which has over 1,100 entrants for the singles bracket.

The event is a homecoming for Ezra “Samsora” Morris, who is coming off a top-6 finish at Smash at The Paramount in Long Island, New York a couple of weeks ago.

Last year, Samsora placed inside the top-24 in Smash 4. As of late, the 21-year-old Peach main has been in high form, taking home top placements at recent majors.

Pool play for CEO 2019 begins at 12 p.m. Eastern Friday. Streaming for later in the weekend, including the infamous player introductions for top-8 Sunday, is TBD.