It’s a new season of SMITE esports, and this year we have a new entry-level league for aspiring pros to compete in — the SMITE Open Circuit! This amateur circuit is a dedicated proving ground for upcoming talent. Throughout the season, the SOC will provide players with the opportunity to compete for prizing, qualify to LAN, or even get promoted into the semi-pro Challenger Circuit.
Keep reading for more details on the SMITE Open Circuit and how you can participate in any week of this open-entry tournament series for the 2020 season.
SMITE Open Circuit 2020 Details
Here’s a quick overview of the format the Open Circuit will follow:
- Single-elimination bracket
- Best-of-one (Bo1) matches until semis & finals
- Best-of-three (Bo3) semis & finals
- Three weeks of open bracket, followed by a final week of closed bracket
- Top team in each region will qualify for Circuit Playoffs
- Top two teams in each region will be placed in Relegations after each phase
This bracket will be 100% crossplay, so it is open to players on all platforms (PC, XB1, PS4, Switch) with the option to use KBM or a controller. There is also no region-locking meaning that any international player can compete on an SOC team — as long as you are able to play on an NA or EU server, you are welcome to sign up!
SMITE Open Circuit 2020 Tournament Schedule
The SMITE Open Circuit will begin in March, and is broken into four phases that will run throughout 2020. Each phase will last four weeks, including three weeks of open bracket play followed by one week of closed bracket play. At the end of each phase, the top teams from each region will qualify for the Circuit Playoffs LAN event. These top teams will also have the opportunity to participate in SCC relegations for the next phase of the season.
Here’s a timeline overview for the 2020 season:
- March 7 — Week 1 Open Bracket
- March 14 — Week 2 Open Bracket
- March 21 — Week 3 Open Bracket
- March 28 — Week 4 Closed Bracket
- April 2020 (TBD) — Circuit Playoffs
- May 9 — Relegations
- May 16 — Week 1 Open Bracket
- May 23 — Week 2 Open Bracket
- May 30 — Week 3 Open Bracket
- June 6 — Week 4 Closed Bracket
- July 10-12 — Circuit Playoffs
- July 18 — Relegations
- August 1 — Week 1 Open Bracket
- August 8 — Week 2 Open Bracket
- August 15 — Week 3 Open Bracket
- August 22 — Week 4 Closed Bracket
- September 11-13 — Circuit Playoffs
- September 19 — Relegations
- September 26 — Week 1 Open Bracket
- October 3 — Week 2 Open Bracket
- October 10 — Week 3 Open Bracket
- October 17 — Week 4 Closed Bracket
How to Participate in the SMITE Open Circuit
Participating in the SMITE Open Circuit is a simple process! All you need is a team of five players who are able to play on an NA or EU server, and you’re ready to sign up for any week of the open bracket! Here’s a step-by-step rundown of how you can sign up.
Step 1: Join the SOC Discord Server
Joining our Open Circuit Discord server is the first thing you need to do. This channel will be used for all communications around our SOC tournaments — including rules, announcements, sign-up reminders, and chatting with tournament admins.
Step 2: Register to Participate for Your Region
After you’ve joined our Discord server, all you need to do is wait for sign-ups to open! Your tournament admin will send out registration reminders in the SOC Discord when sign-ups open.
Registration for both NA and EU teams will open on Saturdays at 10:00 AM ET. Sign-ups for both regions will close at 11:00 AM ET.
Below is an exact schedule of which days we’ll be holding sign-ups for our Open Circuit tournaments.
|Open Bracket (Week 1)||September 26, 2020||10:00 AM ET (4:00 PM CET)||NA/EU|
|Open Bracket (Week 2)||October 3, 2020||10:00 AM ET (4:00 PM CET)||NA/EU|
|Open Bracket (Week 3)||October 10, 2020||10:00 AM ET (4:00 PM CET)||NA/EU|
|Closed Bracket (Week 4)||October 17, 2020||10:00 AM ET (4:00 PM CET)||NA/EU|
A sign-up link will be posted in our Discord server on the dates and times listed above. Once it’s posted, your team captain will need to fill it out completely.
Step 3: Play!
Once your registration form has been accurately filled out and submitted, your tournament admin will use the Open Circuit Discord server to communicate with all teams and run the matches. They will post a bracket for your team to see your matchup, then give you the rundown on all tournament rules and further instructions for how to play your games.
SMITE Open Circuit FAQ
Can I compete in the SMITE Open Circuit if I’m on console?
Yes! The Open Circuit is open to players on all systems, including PC, XB1, PS4, and Switch. Console players will be permitted to use KBM if they choose to do so.
Can I compete in the SMITE Open Circuit if I’m not a resident of North America or Europe?
Yes! You may compete in the Open Circuit if you are not an NA or EU resident. However, please understand that all games will be played on NA or EU servers. So if you live outside those regions, make sure you can comfortably play for an NA or EU server before signing up.
***Note: Once you participate in the SOC for one region, you are not allowed to switch regions and will be locked into your chosen region for the remainder of the phase.
Are there any other requirements for participating in the SMITE Open Circuit?
There are no account level or minimum age requirements for participating in the SOC. However, you must be old enough to play the game according to SMITE’s Terms of Service (13 years old) and you must have an account that is in good standing. You must also have a team of at least 5 people to compete.
Active SPL pro players and SCC semi-pro players will not be allowed to compete in the SOC.
I missed the check-in time! Can I still play in the tournament?
If you or your team misses the registration period or doesn’t show up punctually to play after registering, you cannot participate in that week of qualifiers. But you are still welcome to sign up for subsequent weeks of the open bracket if you show up on time!
We’re excited to see the fresh talent that hits the Battleground to test their mettle in the SMITE Open Circuit. If you have any questions about the sign-up process or how you can participate, reach out to us on Twitter @SmitePro or in the SOC Discord server. Or visit our blog for more information about the SMITE Open Circuit. GLHF!