The final series in the SMITE World Championship came down to a one-sided battle of the underdogs. Epsilon eSports and Enemy eSports were both required to climb through the placement rounds but it was Epsilon who truly the deserved the championship title and $500,000 first prize.
On Sunday, the SMITE World Championship came to a conclusion with Epsilon eSports proving without a doubt that they are the best team in the world. The Grand Finals ended in a 3-0 sweep against Enemy eSports with more than 60,000 concurrent fans watching on Twitch. Enemy and Epsilon finished second in their respective regional tournaments to secure a place in the championship, and they each took down the top team from the other region. However, the finals wouldn’t prove to be nearly as exciting as the Epsilon vs Cloud9 semifinals matchup.
Game 1: Epsilon
Enemy: Athena, Zhong Kui, Chiron, Osiris, and Hun Batz
Epsilon: Sol, Neith, Thor, Ymir, and Sobek
The start of the first game would mark a trend for each thereafter. Adapting made excellent use of his jungle Thor by rotating in to pick up a quick first blood on Athena. This is a trend we’d continue to see in each of the SMITE World Championship Grand Finals matchups. At 6 minutes, Enemy makes a poor engagement in the jungle and takes too much damage from the Gold Fury. A well-timed World Weaver from Neith helped Thor and Yamir secure another series of kills for Epsilon. Enemy responded by cutting the lead a few minutes later, but a one-sided clash in the jungle at 13 minutes gave Epsilon a huge 11-6 advantage.
A key strategy for Epsilon was to force Enemy Gods to use Purification Beads before major team fights. This allowed Epsilon to lockdown key Gods and control the pace of nearly every team fight. By 21 minutes in, the game was pretty much over as Epsilon won every key engagement despite Enemy’s nearly perfect draft. By the end of the game, Epsilon was up almost 20,000 gold and simply walked into Enemy’s base to take the first win of the series.
Game 2: Epsilon
Enemy: Bellona, Serqet, Zhong Kui, Chiron, and Bacchus
Epsilon: Neith, Thor, Geb, Isis, and Tyr
In similar fashion to Game 2, Enemy’s Bellona is picked off by Thor and Tyr at 2 minutes in to give epsilon first blood. However, once Bellona returns, Serqet ganks Tyr to even things up. The next few engagements go Enemy’s way and it looks like they might have a chance to pull off the win. At 27 minutes, things still look relatively even between the two teams, but Enemy becomes over-confident after picking off Neith. They push into an Epsilon tier 2 tower, but the tables are turned by excellent ability placement by Epsilon who comes out ahead 4-1 in the exchange. With 4 enemy Gods dead, Epsilon secures a Fire Giant Kill and rotates to destroy a handful of Enemy towers to gain a significant gold advantage.
At just over 35 minutes, Bellona and Chiron are caught alone in the jungle and Epsilon takes another free Fire Giant buff. Saltmachine tries to turn things around with an aggressive initiation in mid lane, but Enemy doesn’t have the follow through and Epsilon takes a 20-18 kill lead. Epsilon picks up a 3rd Fire Giant at 42 minutes after a very one-sided fight in the jungle. Enemy’s last hope is for Epsilon to make a mistake while pushing into their Phoenix, but Serqet falls early and Epsilon cleans up the rest of the Enemy objectives to win Game 2.
Game 3: Epsilon
Enemy: Osiris, Hun Batz, Zhong Kui, Neith, and Athena
Epsilon: Sobek, Thor, Medusa, Geb, and Sol
By now, Enemy should have caught on to Adapting’s Thor play style. However, around the 2-minute mark Adapting helps with another first blood. A risky move by Epsilon to take the Gold Fury at 3:30 pays off, but while it puts them slightly ahead in gold they lose a large amount of experience from missed lane minions. Things remain rather back-and-forth in gold, experience and kills until nearly 20 minutes in with neither team wanting to make a risky play. At this time, Enemy manages to make a 2 for 1 trade and picks up the Gold Fury to take a 3,000 gold and 4,500 experience lead.
At this point it looks like Enemy might press a Game 4, but it isn’t meant to be. Saltmachine’s Osiris is caught out of position in the jungle. The rest of Enemy rushes to his aid but Epsilon capitalizes on their near-perfect position and the fact that Osiris is nearly dead. Despite Saltmachine making it out alive, the rest of Enemy ended up paying the price. The advantage Enemy had been building all game was demolished in an instant and one final push by Epsilon ended in a perfect Deicide, which only left Epsilon with one thing to do: win the SMITE World Championship.
Throughout the series, Yammyn and Adapting played excellently for Epsilon and set their team up for success. Epsilon simply outplayed Enemy at almost every turn from better rotations to controlling the flow of team fights. They truly deserve to be called the best SMITE team in the world.
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