Smite World Championship: Day 1

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Ninmengi

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Published on 2015-01-09 19:30:43

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DID vs COGR
The Quick and Dirty:
DID drafted a bruiser squad looking for an early advantage in the duo lane. COGR weathered the aggression and exerted their superior map control, getting all but one mid Harpie. DID surrendered at 15 minutes after getting wiped in their right side jungle.

Standout Player:
Divios once again put on a clinic in the solo lane. Even in a disadvantaged matchup against Apollo, Divios showed masterful control of Fenrir, often baiting out poorly timed serenades. Even after Snoopy gave up First-Blood, Divios remained calm and in control.

The Big Play:
After DID attempted to interrupt a Gold Fury, COGR turned and gave chase. A nice Cabraken ult should have cut COGR’s chase short, but TheBoosh lined it up and let his ultimate rip through two opponents, finishing off a triple kill.

It Was Over When:
At the nine-minute mark DID pulled out all the stops and made a large rotation to the solo lane to shut down a deeply-extended Divios. However, the Fenrir escaped and COGR’s own rotation to the duo lane

What’s Next:
COGR advances to the semifinal play-in match against the winner of SK and WL8. Meanwhile, DID will fight for their tournament lives against the loser of the same match.

SK vs WL8



Quick and Dirty:
played a by-the-book starvation game, shutting WL8 out of farm and experience. SK picked up nearly every Speed Buff. Several clutch Aegis plays almost saved WL8, but in the end it wasn’t enough.

Player:
As much as I want to give ManiaKK MVP honors for his excellent early-lane play, I think Zyrhoes definitely deserves the award this match. His Ao Kuang was everywhere. Even with his ultimate being blocked occassionally, no one could stop Zyrhoes from getting his kills.

Big Play:
aggressed on the WL8 duo lane. As Badgah was channeling his ultimate, Realzx dashed in and Serenaded Qe3q to keep him in range for the Ymir ultimate. Zyrhoes swoops in and finishes off both the Anhur and Sylvanus.

Was Over When:
picked up a fire giant without even a hint of contention from WL8 around the 20 minute mark. From there it was simply academic deconstruction.

Next:
advances to challenge COGR for automatic seeding into the Semifinals. WL8 will take on DID to hold on to their tournament hopes.

Titan vs OMG



Quick and Dirty:
OMG tripled down on the early game gods to attempt to end it before Titan's comp could ever come online. They displayed masterful control of the jungle, grabbing every Gold Fury in the match. Unfortunately for them, they did not push down the structures fast enough. An ill-fated teamfight shortly after the last Gold Fury brought Titan back into the game, and the boys in blue ran away with it from there.

Player:
Confrey once again worked miracles on Aphrodite. His target healing was on point and instrumental in surviving the early OMG onslaught. Repikas may have had the fancy kill line, but it was Confrey that kept the Kali alive long enough to get those kills.

Big Play:
There were SO MANY big plays this match, it's hard to pick just one. Ultimately I'll have to say the midlane fight around 22 minutes that saw OMG finally starting to push structures. Titan stood their ground and while they gave up their tier 1 tower, they won the ensuing team fight with a 3-2 kill advantage, showing that OMG's early game dominance was over.

Was Over When:
After the final Gold Fury, Repikas jumped in and started laying waste to his target. OMG's peel didn't hit its mark. Titan proceeded to smash everyone but Chaac, then rotated for a well-deserved Fire Giant. No fight was close after that.

Next:
gets a chance to go straight to the Semi-finals if they can beat the winner of COGP and Name Not Found. OMG unfortunately will have to struggle for their survival against that game's loser.

COG Prime vs. 404 Name not Found




Quick and Dirty:

Experience was King for Cog. Each player’s knowledge of their god and team proved to be dominant in this match up.

Player:
I’m going to give this to Omegatron. For the simple fact of not only getting First Blood, but continuing to own his entire side of the map, jungle and lane.

Big Play:
The Osiris first blood onto Zhong Kui set the pace for this game, hands down
Being down early is not fun and really hard to come back from.

Was Over When:
Andister cleans up three quick kills after a failed Gold Fury defense from 404. After watching each teams positioning and engagement you knew this game was over. No chance of a team fight existed after the Gold and XP lead that COG Prime sealed in that fight.

Next:
COG Prime moves forward to face off against Titan. After this dominant performance they look really hard to stop, a force to be reckoned with for sure. 404 falls to face OMG to keep their hopes alive.

DID vs WL8



Quick and Dirty:
DID drafted a high-damage composition, bringing out the famed Chinese Anubis. aBing bullied qe3q early in the duo lane with some excellent synergy between his Bakasura and IF’s Ares. WL8 survived the early game and their more traditional team composition won the day.

Player:
OReiTroll was the sole bright spot for WL8’s early game, pressuring DID’s Zhong Kui and even getting a solo kill. When he finally started rotating out of the lane he made his presence known, securing kills and setting up others.

Big Play:
Suzuki blinked from behind DID’s speed buff and found two unsuspecting opponents with his Sylvanus ultimate. WL8 followed it up with a couple kills and an easy Gold Fury.

Was Over When:
As both teams postured for Fire Giant, IF was caught out near the midcamps as Ares. With their teamfight setup gone, DID fell apart and slapped with a Deicide. WL8 ran down the midlane and finished off the Titan.

What’s Next:
Unfortunately, DID now exits the tournament in 7th/8th place. WL8’s tournament hopes are still alive, and they will play the loser of Titan and COGP.

OMG vs 404
Quick and Dirty:
Jungle Buff Invades was the name of the game for OMG today. 404 wasn’t able to get a handle on their Speed or Blue buff until very late in the game. There were several back and forth fights, where OMG would overextend into 404’s Jungle, but slowly OMG built up their lead and knocked down the Titan.

Player:
MingZhiYu had an excellent Anhur game. He freed up his team to aggress elsewhere on the map by consistently solo killing 404’s carry, Oxiledeon. Later his Desert Furies would always be on target, often hitting more than one opponent.

Big Play:
During one of OMG’s buff invades on the solo side, they stayed a little too long, baited by a low-health Chronos. They grouped up just enough for Agni bombs to deal maximum damage, and 404 picked up three kills.

Was Over When:
A fight broke out a little after 20 minutes in the duo lane. At first it looked like MingZhiYu had overextended, but it quickly became a rout with three 404 members falling. OMG rotated quickly to Fire Giant, picked it up, and killed off the two remaining 404 players.

What’s Next:
404 is out of the tournament. OMG advances to play the loser of SK and COGR.

COGR vs SK




Quick and Dirty:

An excellent show of European and North American power teams. A slow start for both teams, the first tower didn't fall until 16 minutes in. SK won several important teamfights and exerted excellent Gold Fury control. COGR put up an valiant defense despite being almost 20k behind, but in the end the lead was too much for them.

Player:
Zyrhoes put on a show with Ao Kuang. He consistently out-rotated DaGarz's Mercury, and on two occasions used his Ultimate to great effect, getting out of sticky situations while also getting a kill.

Big Play:
Snoopy tried to sneak behind SK, but missed his Earthshaker. SK turns on him, and it looks like he's about to escape but Realxz chased him down, hitting every single in hand attack to bring down the unconventional ADC. It was a beautiful execution from a top-notch hunter.

It Was Over When:
This game never really felt over, but it was certainly the beginning of the end when SK wiped 4 of COGR and picked up the fire giant at around the 20 minute mark.

What's Next:
COGR falls to the Quarterfinals match against OMG. SK advances straight to the Semifinals where they'll face the winner of the other Quarterfinals match.

COGP vs Titan



Quick and Dirty:
Titan picked their tried and true Protect the Kali composition, but COGP looked ready for it and itemized into a lot of anti-healing to shut down Repikas on the Kali. There weren't a ton of fights, but the ones that did happen were explosive. Thor dunks into Athena taunts into Scylla ults blew up Titan's backline over and over again. COGP pushed the towers early and often.

Player:
MLCSt3alth put on a highlight-reel of Scylla plays this match. Finishing with a 11 KDA, he consistently landed Crushes on the squishy Titan carries.

Big Play:
At 13 minutes a fight broke out near the left mid Harpies. JeffHindla landed an amazing double taunt which set up a stun from Andister. MLCSt3alth finished off an escaping PrettyPrime to wrap up the double kill.

Was Over When:
Confrey was forced to waste his ultimate early after getting chunked near the right mid harpies. COGP smelled blood and swooped in to kill off Ataraxia, Repikas, and Confrey. This allowed Omegatron to finish pushing down the solo lane second tier tower and the rest of his team to secure Fire Giant.

What's Next:
COGP advances straight to the semifinals where they face the winner of tomorrow's match between COGR and OMG. Titan falls to the opposite Quarterfinal where they take on WL8 to fight for their tournament lives.