After some of the most intense competitive action we’ve ever seen in the SMITE Pro League, we’ve finally finished up the first phase of Season 7! That means it’s time for the Phase 1 Playoffs. This is the culminatory event of Phase 1, where the top six teams in our SPL standings will battle it out for the lion’s share of a $100k prize pool.
Keep reading for more details about the Phase 1 Playoffs — including the tournament format, participating teams, prizing breakdown, and broadcast schedule.
SPL Phase 1 Playoffs: Format & Teams
Dates: June 12-14, 2020
Due to the ongoing situation around the COVID-19 virus, we will not be hosting the Phase 1 Playoffs in a LAN environment. Instead, the event will be hosted online like the rest of our regular season games thus far. This change will not impact the format for the event.
The Phase 1 Playoffs will use the following format:
- Single-elimination bracket
- Best-of-five (Bo5) matches all the way through
- 1st and 2nd seeds from SPL Phase 1 will receive a BYE into the semifinals
- 1st seed will also be allowed to select their semifinal opponent from the quarterfinal match winners
- 3rd-6th seeds from SPL Phase 1 will play in the quarterfinals
Teams will earn SPL points and prizing based on their final placement in the Phase 1 Playoffs. The bottom two SPL teams who did not qualify for the event will earn no SPL points and no additional prizing for the Phase. A full breakdown of prizing and points is available in the next section.
All qualified teams from SPL Phase 1 have been locked in for this event. We’re excited to invite the following six teams to compete in our playoff event:
- #1 Seed: Sanguine Esports
- #2 Seed: Spacestation Gaming
- #3 Seed: Ghost Gaming
- #4 Seed: Pittsburgh Knights
- #5 Seed: Radiance
- #6 Seed: Renegades
The bracket for this event will be made available on our scores page.
SPL Phase 1 Playoffs: Prizing & Points Breakdown
Teams participating in this playoff event will earn both prizing and SPL points based on where they finished in the bracket. There is a total of $100k in prizing and 260 SPL points up for grabs, broken down as follows:
- 1st Place: $50,000
- 2nd Place: $30,000
- 3rd Place: $10,000
- 4th Place: $10,000
- Total: $100,000
- 1st Place: 90 Points
- 2nd Place: 70 Points
- 3rd Place: 40 Points
- 4th Place: 40 Points
- 5th Place: 10 Points
- 6th Place: 10 Points
The teams who finish 5th and 6th in the event will not receive any additional prizing, only SPL points. The 7th and 8th place teams who do not qualify for the event will not receive any additional prizing or points.
SPL Phase 1 Playoffs Broadcast Schedule
We’ll be broadcasting the Phase 1 Playoffs from June 12-14, featuring a different round of the event each day. Full broadcast schedule is as follows:
- Friday, June 12 (3:00 PM ET): Quarterfinals
- Saturday, June 13 (3:00 PM ET): Semifinals
- Sunday, June 14 (3:00 PM ET): Finals
That does it for the details on our SPL Phase 1 Playoffs! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @SmitePro for more information, broadcast reminders, and Phase 1 highlights as we prepare to kick off this event.