Hello SMITE esports fans!
As our league operation team continues to monitor the ongoing situation around the COVID-19 coronavirus, we’ve made the decision to cancel our Phase 2 Circuit Playoff LAN event originally scheduled for early July. Although some parts of Georgia have begun reopening, we still have some concerns about the safety of hosting a LAN event while the virus continues to spread. As always, the health and safety of our players and staff is our utmost priority, so we can’t in good conscience expose them to the potential hazards of international travel and LAN interaction at this time.
Similar to what we did with our cancellation of the Phase 1 Circuit Playoff LAN, we will be hosting an online playoff event to close out Phase 2 of the SCC/SOC.
At the conclusion of Phase 2 for both these circuits, we will host two separate online brackets — one that features the top teams in North America, and an identical one that features the top teams in Europe. The top Open Circuit teams in each region will still qualify for this event.
These regional playoffs will follow the same format as the originally planned Circuit Playoff LAN event:
- 4 participating teams per region (top 3 SCC and top 1 SOC)
- Double-elimination bracket
- #1 SCC team plays #1 SOC team first round
- #2 SCC team plays #3 SCC team first round
- Best-of-three (Bo3) matches all the way up to Grand Finals
- Best-of-five (Bo5) match for Grand FInals
- Winner bracket finalist will have a 1-game advantage in the Grand finals
The prizing for this event will be the same as the prizing for our previous Circuit Playoffs event, with $32,000 in prizing allocated for each region.
We’ll release more information about this event — including participating teams, broadcast schedule, and a full prize pool breakdown — once those details are finalized.
We understand this decision may be disappointing for players and fans, but we appreciate your support as we try to keep our players and staff happy and healthy in the midst of these unprecedented circumstances. Follow us on Twitter @SmitePro for more updates as this situation unfolds.