The Update: June 3

By: Zachary Lange 

Here is The Update for June 3:

Samsora earns silver at major event Smash’N’Splash 5

Despite an impressive Championship Sunday run that included four consecutive losers bracket set victories, Ezra “Samsora” Morris fell just short at Smash’N’Splash 5, finishing as the tournament’s runner-up.

Over 1,600 participants packed the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin for the fifth annual edition of this major Smash tournament, featuring the newest release in Smash: Ultimate. Second place marks Samsora’s highest ever placement at an S tier event according to Panda Global Ratings.

In the 15 sets that Samsora played, he lost twice. Ironically, both were to tournament winner MKLeo of Echo Fox.

Samsora first ran into the dominant MKLeo in the winners bracket quarterfinals where he lost 3-0 after winning eight consecutive matchups across pool play and the top-64 competitors. Despite the loss, he had more work to be done in the losers bracket.

The Peach main decided to switch it up in his top-8 losers bracket bout against NAKAT, where Samsora played Daisy with his back against the wall down 0-2. In an improbable comeback, the other princess rallied off three straight games to complete the 3-2 reverse sweep.

The energy gained from that win carried throughout Sunday, where Samsora executed a variety of aggressive plays as Peach against top tier talents Ally, Marss and VoiD to secure the run back against the top talent of the event.

Unfortunately for Samsora, he could never get the mojo going against MKLeo’s Joker, losing 3-0 in the grand finals.

Also of note, Samsora and doubles partner CaptainZack placed top-6 out of 300 pairings on Saturday.

Next up is a trip to Long Island, New York for a one-day tournament on June 15.

Call of Duty score big with undefeated week in CWL Pro League

It was an excellent week of play for the Call of Duty team at MLG Studios in Columbus, Ohio during continued pro league action as eUnited earned a hot 3-0 record. 

The trio of victories puts the team in a two-way tie for first place with 100 Thieves at 11-3. The squad has a sizeable advantage over the cutoff line for playoffs, with two teams (Splyce and Team Envy) at 7-8, respectively. If eUnited can claim three victories this week, it would virtually clinch a spot into the CWL Pro League Playoffs in Miami on July 19-21.

Circled on the team’s calendar is a battle for clear possession of the top spot in Division B when eUnited squares off against the Thieves today at 7:30 Eastern. Here is a full breakdown of this week’s schedule. (All times Eastern)

Monday: eUnited vs. 100 Thieves @ 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday: eUnited vs. Elevate @ 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: eUnited vs. Denial @ 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: eUnited vs. Team Heretics @ 6 p.m.

As always, matches can be viewed on the official Call of Duty twitch account.

PUBG stay put for now in ninth in NPL play

A huge 13 kill first game on Sunday was also met with a few struggles along the way as the PUBG squad ultimately stood pat in the standings heading into the last eight matches in Phase 2 of the NPL.

eUnited sits comfortably inside the relegation cutline of 11th place by 26 points. On the other side, a trip to Sweden for the GLL Grand Slam is only 16 points away in fifth place currently held by Cloud9.

A full view of the current standings can be found here

The team currently ranks sixth in kills for the season and earned the seventh most points across their matches this weekend.

A highlight play from Sunday was an impressive team wipe of Tempo Storm, en-route to a weekend best third place in Game 1 on Sunday.

The fifth and final week of Phase 2 begins Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern.