Hi-Rez Studios, the team behind the highly successful multiplayer game Smite, has confirmed the Oceania leg of the Smite Pro League Finals for this November 25-27.
The event, which will also play host to a tournament final for Hi-Rez’s team based shooter Paladins, will take place in Sydney and will determine the Oceania champion who will then directly qualify for the World Championships next January, where a prize pool of $1 Million USD awaits.
6 teams from Australia and New Zealand have qualified for what’s known as the ‘Split 3’ of the Pro League, which is currently up and running, including 2015 champions Pandamonium and Split 2 winners Avant Garde. Only the top four teams of Split 3 will progress to the Oceania Championships. You might remember last year that PAX Australia hosted the Smite tournament finals for Oceania, so this is a step towards solidifying the tournament on its own within the local market. Just goes to show how much it’s grown in such a small space of time.
Paladins, meanwhile, is the younger brother to Smite and not quite as well known yet. As an inaugural tournament, teams will be competing for qualification through-out October and November for a chance to be a part of the Oceania Finals. The winner there will invited to the Hi-Rez Expo, a part of the Smite World Championships in Atlanta, where they will have a shot at becoming the first world champs. There’s not quite as big a prize pool, but if Smite is anything to go by, expect Paladins to grow in popularity especially amongst the FPS crowd. You can sign up your team via the official page here, with qualifying events happening over 5 weeks from September 14th.
For more info on the tournament, head to the official page and stay tuned to PN2 for all the results as they happen.
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