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Despite some potentially bad weather — that apparently turned out to be not all that bad — the Hi-Rez Expo went on as planned. While there were several new announcements, the highlights of the event were the three different tournaments taking place. This year, Hi-Rez hosted the third annual SMITE tournament, as well as the 2nd SMITE Console tournament and the first ever HRX Invitational for Paladins.




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The SMITE PC tournament featured eight teams from all regions, battling each other for three days for a chance to win the ultimate prize of $500,000 and their own personal trophy. By the last day of the event, four teams were left standing: Team Eager, Obey, NRG Esports, and Luminosity. Obey bested Eager, taking 3 out of five wins in the semi-finals, while NRG took down Luminosity with the same amount of wins to losses. These two teams progressed to the finals where NRG Esports took the whole thing, accumulating 3 wins before Obey could even get their second one.

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Meanwhile on another stage, the SMITE Console tournament was taking place. This event hosted four teams: Soar Gaming, Aware Gaming, Allegiance, and Team Eager playing the semi-finals and finals. Soar took on Aware and bested them 2-0 in a best out of three event while Team Eager took down Allegiance — 2-0 as well. This brought Soar and Eager together in a best out of five finals. Eager took the whole thing 3-1.

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Finally, eight teams were also in Atlanta to fight for the first ever Paladins World Championship title and their share of a $150,000 prize pool. Play was broken into group play for the first day, after which the semifinals and finals took place across 3 days. Team Burrito walked away the victor.

 

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Overall, it was an exciting few days. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until next year for more.

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QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community. For the past five years she's been a writer at Gamebreaker TV.

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