There are several storylines for the SMITE esports scene going into this weekend’s World Championship at the Hi-Rez EXPO live from DreamHack Atlanta, but two in particular came to an abrupt end today. eUnited and Obey were both eliminated from the event, one making its exit from the scene altogether while the other is unable to live up to the previous year’s victory.
Obey revealed in a tweet early this week that they would be leaving the SMITE scene after this year’s World Championship. With the organization’s announcement, many had hopes that they could create the miracle run and show the organization a proper farewell from the scene they’ve been a part of for years. Unfortunately, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Splyce would cut that Cinderella story short and send home the squad on day one of the playoffs.
The team gave its farewell following the victory and fans can look out for an official documentary created over the last several weeks which was revealed in the departure announcement.
Our journey ends today as we fall to @Splyce in the SMITE World Championship Quarterfinals.
Thank you SMITE fans for an incredible three years. 💙
— Obey Alliance (@ObeyAlliance) November 16, 2018
On the other side, eUnited would fare only slightly better in a later game of the day. The 2018 World Champions were paired against Trifecta in the quarterfinals and going into game three all tied up, things were up in the air. With one map on the board and confidence from last years victory, it was still hard not to pull for reigning champs. The repeat would not be possible, however, as Trifecta would overpower eUnited in game three and send the team home earlier than anticipated.
— SmitePro @ #HRX/#DHATL18 (@SmitePro) November 16, 2018
Trifecta, Splyce, dignitas, and RivaL have all secured victories and will move into the semifinals tomorrow with only two moving on to the Grand Finals on Sunday. RivaL were the runner-ups last year and will be looking to make the leap into first with eUnited out of contention and NRG falling 2-0 by their hands.
You can find the tournament bracket below: