SMITE Season 7 World Championship: Event Format, Placement Rounds, & Broadcast Schedule

posted November 16th


Just yesterday, we wrapped up the penultimate event of SPL Season 7: the Phase 2 Playoffs. Now, the road to the SMITE World Championship begins! There are several stops on the path to SWC 2021, and both our SPL teams and some of our top semi-pro teams are facing a tough fight to claim those coveted seats on the World Championship stage.

Here’s how the road to SWC breaks down:

– December 10-13, 2020: SMITE World Championship Wildcard
– January 5-6, 2021: SMITE World Championship Placements
– January 8-10, 2021: SMITE World Championship

Keep reading for more details on the format, broadcast schedule, and prize pool for each of these events!

 


 

SMITE World Championship Wildcard

Dates: December 10 – 13, 2020

 

The SWC Wildcard event will feature our top SCC and SOC teams from each region, and will see them fighting for two available spots in the SWC Placement Round. Due to the ongoing circumstances around COVID-19, this event will be hosted online for both the NA and EU regions.

 

FORMAT & TEAMS

 

The SWC Wildcard event will use the following format:

Double-elimination bracket
 Six participating teams per region (top four SCC & top two SOC)
 Best-of-three (Bo3) matches until Grand Finals
Best-of-five (Bo5) Grand Finals matches, with a one-game advantage for the team coming out of the upper bracket

The winning team from each region will move on to the SMITE World Championship Placement Round in January.

As we mentioned above, the top four SCC teams and top 2 SOC teams from both NA and EU will be competing in this event. We have invited the following teams to the Wildcard round, listed in order of seeding for their respective regions:

NA:

Get A Grip (SCC #1)
Winner Dogs (SCC #2)
Froggy (SCC #3)
Hugs & Kisses (SCC #4)
SpreeeD (SOC #1)
Mind the Gap (SOC #2)

EU:

Belt Slap (SCC #1)
The Snake Pit (SCC #2)
Pikarinoobs 2 (SCC #3)
smileyface (SCC #4)
Cold Alpacas (SOC #1)
Warm Snails (SOC #2)

 

 

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

 

We’ll be broadcasting the Wildcard bracket over the course of four days on all our official channels, including Twitch, YouTube, and Steam, with two days dedicated to each region’s bracket. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

– December 10 (11:00 AM ET) — EU Bracket Round 1
– December 11 (11:00 AM ET) — NA Bracket Round 1
– December 12 (11:00 AM ET) — EU Bracket Round 2
– December 13 (11:00 AM ET) — NA Bracket Round 2

Due to the sheer number of matches that will be played during this event, we will only be broadcasting matches from the upper bracket and select matches from the lower bracket. You can keep up with the results of our offline matches by visiting the SWC Wildcard bracket pages. The EU bracket is available here and the NA bracket is available here.

 


 

SMITE World Championship Placement Round

Dates: January 5 – 6, 2021

 

After our final two semi-pro teams have qualified out of the SWC Wildcard event, the next stop on the road to Worlds is the SWC Placement Round! This event will see our top two semi-pro teams and all but the top two SPL teams go head-to-head in a battle for the four available seats in the SMITE World Championship Quarterfinals.

 

FORMAT & TEAMS

 

While this portion of the road to Worlds will be a cross-region event, we will unfortunately have to host it online due to the current travel restrictions around COVID-19, which prevent us from being able to fly any EU players to our studio. We’ve opened discussions with the team captains who may end up participating in this round to explore all possible solutions to the ping differences and other cross-region issues that could potentially impact the competitive integrity of these games. Fans can rest assured that we’ll defer to the feedback of those team captains and make every effort to ensure that competitive integrity is impacted as little as possible.

With that in mind, the SMITE World Championship Placement Round will use the following format:

Four individual matches, winners of each match move on to SWC bracket
Best-of-five (Bo5) matches all the way through
SPL #3 seed gets to choose which semi-pro opponent they face from the SWC Wildcard bracket

The winning teams from each of these matches will move on to the SMITE World Championship quarterfinal round.

While we don’t yet know which semi-pro teams will qualify for this event, we’re excited to welcome the following teams into the SWC Placement Round:

Spacestation Gaming (SPL #3)
Renegades (SPL #4)
Sanguine (SPL #5)
Knights (SPL #6)
eUnited (SPL #7)
Obey (SPL #8)
Wildcard Winner NA
Wildcard Winner EU

Check out the broadcast schedule below to see the exact matchups for this event.

 

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

 

We’ll be broadcasting all matches from the Placement Round on our official channels, including Twitch, YouTube, and Steam. The full broadcast schedule for this event is as follows:

January 5 (12:00 PM ET) — Wildcard Winner vs Renegades
January 5 (3:00 PM ET) — Wildcard Winner (of SSG’s choice) vs Spacestation Gaming
January 6 (12:00 PM ET) — Obey vs Sanguine
January 6 (3:00 PM ET) — eUnited vs Knights

Unique drops will be available on the SmiteGame Twitch channel for this event. More details about these rewards will be made available at smitegame.com in the coming weeks.

 


 

Season 7 SMITE World Championship

Dates: January 8 – 10, 2021

 

After surviving an absolutely grueling path to the SWC stage, our final six teams will face off in the ultimate showdown of Season 7: the SMITE World Championship main bracket.

We’re thrilled to announce that this event will be hosted LIVE on LAN at our esports studio in Alpharetta, GA. Our team is taking every precaution necessary to ensure that our final teams can safely compete in a LAN environment for the most important event of the season.

 

FORMAT & TEAMS

 

The SMITE World Championship will use the following format:

Single-elimination bracket
Best-of-five (Bo5) matches all the way through
Four placement round winners + top two SPL teams

While we don’t yet know which teams will qualify for this event out of the Placement Round bracket, the following teams will be invited to this year’s SWC:

Ghost Gaming
Radiance
Winner of Placement Round Match 1
Winner of Placement Round Match 2
Winner of Placement Round Match 3
Winner of Placement Round Match 4

The bracket for this event will be made available on our scores page after the Placement Round has wrapped.

 

PRIZING

 

This year’s SMITE World Championship will have a total combined prize pool of $600,000. Prizing will be broken down as follows:

– 1st Place: $400,000
– 2nd Place: $100,000
– 3rd Place: $40,000
– 4th Place: $40,000
– 5th Place: $10,000
– 6th Place: $10,000

 

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

 

We’ll be broadcasting this year’s SMITE World Championship on all our official platforms, including Twitch, YouTube, and Steam. The full broadcast schedule for SWC weekend is as follows:

– Friday, January 8 (1:00 PM ET) — SWC Quarterfinals
– Saturday, January 9 (1:00 PM ET) — SWC Semifinals
– Sunday, January 10 (3:00 PM ET) — SWC Grand Finals

Unique drops will be available on the SmiteGame Twitch channel for this event. More details about these rewards will be made available at smitegame.com in the coming weeks.