An Introduction To The *SMITE* Pro-League (SPL)


My article was featured in issue #19 of “The Official SMITE Magazine” seen [here]!


As a fellow SMITE player, you have probably already stumbled all over the icons, wards, skins and even frames dedicated to the “SPL”, short for “SMITE Pro-League”.

What started out in 2014 with the “TSM Apollo” skin as a tribute to Team SoloMid’s “SMITE Launch Tournament” win, has quickly been growing and achieving big popularity, especially during the “Summer Split” of 2015.

This was mostly thanks to the “SPL Season Ticket” bundle, which – bought for 300 Gems – offered us players the possibility to gain “Fantasy Points” (or “FP”) by either winning in-game matches or betting on which of the SMITE eSports teams would win throughout the course of a season. The more FP accumulated, the better the exclusive prizes (skins, icons, announcer packs) we could unlock were and soon the system began to mean more than just that: we actually started to get attached to groups and their members.

But what is the SPL and how does one keep track of all the regions and individuals?

The SMITE Pro-League consists of “splits” held over the course of Spring, Summer, and Fall. Every split ends with a LAN tournament held amongst the top EU and NA squads. Additionally, the “Fall Split LAN Regional” tournaments are also the qualifiers for the yearly “Smite World Championship” (“SWC”).

Since many of these (Thursday to Sunday) engagements are played directly from the pro-players’ homes, Twitch- and YouTube broadcasts will be held over the course of an ongoing season. Usually there are anywhere between 2 to 4 – what are called – sets of games; half of them EU, the other NA.

While “Round Robin” (each team faces off against all the other groups one by one) would be the fairest way to determine the best troop, it is also very time consuming. This is why during each set, 2 units fight each other for 2 ‘Conquest’ mode matches, gaining 1 point per win. That way, even if a group has a bad game, it is still possible for them to climb to the top of the ranking board, since whoever has the highest score in the end, wins.

LAN-Tournaments and the SWC are played in a bracket, by using a “Best Of 5/3/1” system. “Best Of 5” is common to advance to the next stage, while other events (such as determining 3rd or 5th place) are often done via “Best Of 3” or “Best Of 1.

Single games can range anywhere between 15mins – 60mins, however on average tend to last around 30mins. Beforehand though, there is a “Picks & Bans” phase – lovingly called “Ps & Bs” by most casters – during which a total of 3 Gods can be eliminated by each of the teams, thus excluding a total of 6 characters that can’t be chosen for the duration of the match.

The Ps & Bs are a critical stage that can heavily influence the outcome of an encounter, since this is where mind-games are played (e.g. baiting the enemies into a specific god selection). Depending on the end composition, groups can either make the event harder or easier for the opponents and themselves.

The team that gets to ban 2 Gods first is called “Team Order” or “Blue Team”. It has the chance to make their first pick, once the enemies (“Team Chaos” or “Team Red”) selected their 2 bans. The advantage of “going first” is, that the potentially strongest, or at the very least most-desired, character can be picked. After 3 picks from each team, both get the chance to remove an additional God from the roster, making it harder for the opponents to complete their dream comp and albeit Blue chooses the last deity, it also gives them the opportunity to counterpick[1] Red.

Although there are 5 regions (North America, Europe, Latin America / Brazil, Oceania and China), the currently ongoing Fall Split only hosts the below-listed participants. Please enjoy this little “cheat sheet” containing all the NA and EU teams, along with their respective members and every individual’s top-played gods.


Teams: North America

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Solo


Jungle


Mid


Support


ADC


Cloud9 G2A
C9

Baskin

Sun Wukong, Loki, Bellona

Andinster

Thor, Serqet, Awilix

MLCst3alth

Janus, Nu Wa, Zhong Kui

JeffHindla

Geb, Sobek, Bacchus

BaRRaCCuDDa

Xbalanque, Apollo, Medusa


Cognitive Gaming
COG

Meerkat

Bellona, Sun Wukong, Tyr

DJpernicus

Serqet, Thor, Guan Yu

TheBest

Janus, Vamana, Bakasura

Aror

Ares, Fenrir

Cabom

Xbalanque, Neith, Medusa


Denial eSports
DNIAL

Whalrus

Sun Wukong, Bellona, Osiris

Sikandara

Serqet, Athena, Thor

MaceToDaFace

Isis, Agni, Janus

ShadowQ

Sylvanus, Geb, Athena

BronxBombers

Medusa, Xbalanque, Freya


Enemy
NMY

SaltMachine

Bellona, Osiris, Sun Wukong

Adjust

Serqet, Hun Batz, Awilix

Khaos

Nu Wa, Agni, Hades

PainDeViande

Athena, Geb, Odin

Vetium

Medusa, Freya, Rama


Team Eager
EGR

0mega

Bellona, Sun Wukong, Hercules

DareToCare

Thor, Serqet, Ao Kuang

Lassiz

Poseidon, Ra, Agni

PolarBearMike

Athena, Geb, Sylvanus

Zapman

Neith, Xbalanque, Medusa


Team eLevate
ELV

ScaryD

Bellona, Osiris, Sobek

Mytherea

Hun Batz, Serqet, Bellona

Adur0

Isis, Ah Puch, Agni

MetYankey

Geb, Sylvanus, Athena

Vessalius

Medusa, Freya, Rama


Team EnVyUs
ENVY

CycloneSpin

Osiris, Bakasura, Nemesis

Weak3n

Serqet, Thor, Thanatos

KikiSoCheeky

Isis, Nu Wa, Hades

Incon

Geb, Sylvanus, Athena

Allied

Xbalanque, Medusa, Rama


Team SoloMid
TSM

Bchm

Sobek, Bellona, Nemesis

DaGarz

Thor, Serqet, Hun Batz

TheBoosh

Agni, Poseidon, Janus

Eonic

Geb, Athena, Sylvanus

Snoopy

Rama, Xbalanque, Apollo

 

Teams: Europe

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Solo


Jungle


Mid


Support


ADC


Epsilon eSports
EPSI

Dimi

Nu Wa, Chronos, Loki

Adapting

Thor, Serqet, Fenrir

Yammyn

Janus, Nu Wa, Isis

iRaffer

Sylvanus, Geb, Ymir

Emilitoo

Neith, Rama, Ah Muzen Cab


Fnatic
FNC

Maniakk

Hercules, Sun Wukong, Tyr

CaptainTwig

Thor, Serqet, Ao Kuang

Zyrhoes

Janus, Ra, Neith

Badgah

Sylvanus, Athena, Geb

RealzX

Rama, Anhur, Xbalanque


London Conspiracy
LDNC

Zashu

Sun Wukong, Guan Yu, Chang’e

Cherryo

Ymir, Serqet, Bellona

Aero

Isis, Janus, Scylla

EmilZy

Geb, Sylvanus, Athena

Shaggyshenk

Xbalanque, Medusa, Neith


Myrmidons
MIMY

LeMoGoW

Hades, Chang’e, Hercules

LeFaeles

Thor, Bastet, Serqet

Tynz

Chronos, Fenrir, Ares

Dardez

Bacchus, Ares, Sobek

Jermain

Rama, Apollo, Freya


Paradigm
PDG

Xaliea

Vamana, Isis, Chaac

QvoFred

Serqet, Thor, Awilix

Lawbster

Agni, Nu Wa, Isis

Trixtank

Sylvanus, Bacchus, Hercules

Funballer

Freya, Anhur, Rama


Team Dignitas
DIG

Variety

Chronos, Sun Wukong, Osiris

FrostiaK

Thor, Hun Batz, Bellona

ShadowNightmare

Janus, Poseidon, Kukulkan

FrezzOO

Athena, Sylvanus, Geb

iRens

Freya, Rama, Anhur


Team JusTus
JUS

Xephyr

Fenrir, Thor, Serqet

Sanjo

Thor, Hun Batz, Sylvanus

Fexez

Janus, Agni, Isis

Qiwen

Geb, Sylvanus, Ares

VoteNBK

Apollo, Anhur, Neith


Titan
TITAN

Brotuz

Janus, Hel, Chronos

Repikas

Thor, Bellona, Awilix

PrettyPriMe

Agni, Isis, Scylla

KanyeLife

Sylvanus, Ares, Ymir

Ataraxia

Neith, Xbalanque, Hades


[1] Counter-Picking
is choosing a god specifically because it’s strong against one or more characters the enemies have already selected. There is a lot more to this though, and I’ll cover that in a future article.

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