Season 4 Team Changes

EU Teams

Burrito-Esportslogo-squareBurrito Esports: Burrito Esports joined the SPL as part of the Summer Relegations, beginning their run under their old name of Optimus Gang due to some shady sponsor shenanigans at the end of the Spring Split. The week of their first SPL game, Burrito Esports picked up the squad. Burrito Esports was forced through the Fall Split relegations, but returned to the SPL – placing first. Prior to the week 1 games of the Fall Split, Deathpanter left the team and FaraKrik – the team’s sub – took his place in the mid-lane. Following the week 1 games, FaraKrik was announced as the team’s official mid-laner.

elevate_1000x1000_whtElevate: BlizzardFX joined the team as the new mid to start the season. In Spring Split Week 3 N0Numbers joined as solo and Nulisa joined as mid. They remained as roster members from Week 4 onward. Following the Spring Gauntlet, Faeles left the team and Nika joined as jungler for the Summer Split. As of week 2 in the Summer Split, Nika has been replaced as jungler by Cherryo. Less than a week before the start of the Fall Split, nulisa announce she was leaving as the team’s mid-laner.

Lion Guard EsportsLion Guard Esports: Beginning the season as Team Dignitas, the roster was dropped prior to Spring Relegations and played under the name Novus Orsa – with some new members. Novus Orsa became Lion Guard Esports in Spring Split Week 2. Frostiak left the team before Spring Split Week 6, with Alexi (Rearward) joining the team as the jungler. Following its loss in the Spring Gauntlet, Duck3y  and Alexi left the team, and the team name reverted to Novus Orsa – due to the organization not paying the team. R3bound and Axioz joined as solo and jungler for the team for Summer Relegations, but the team did not retain their SPL spot. Since that time, the team has disbanded.

NRG_LogoNRG Esports: NRG went into Season 4 without any roster changes, following some uncertainty with Dimi returning. The team stayed together through the end of the Summer Split. Prior to the Fall Split, ManiaKK took over the solo lane from Dimi, and Dimi moved into a coaching role – taking over the job from Gorgonzola.

Obey_1000x1000 (1)Obey Alliance: Prior to the start of  Season 4, Obey Alliance parted ways with Frezzyy (PandaLike) as a support and Variety as their solo laner. EmilZy took over the support role, while ManiaKK claimed the solo lane. Following their defeat in the semi-finals of the Summer Split, ManiaKK left the team for a role in the solo lane with NRG Esports. Shortly there after, Xaliea joined the team to take over for the departed solo laner.

PapisThe Papis: The Papis joined the SPL as part of the Summer Relegations, placing first in the Summer Relegations. Following the end of the Summer Split, Ojoboom – the Papi’s mid-laner – retired from the SPL. MrNazer joined the team as their new mid-laner. The Papis endured Fall Relegations, returning to the SPL.

Sanguine EsportsSanguine Esports: Prior to the Spring Split, TheDarkDodo moved to solo, Nika moved to ADC, MiketheMagikarp joined as jungler, MrSt3fan joined as mid, and Deathpanter joined as support. In Spring Split Week 5, Nika and MiketheMagiKarp role swapped. For the Spring Gauntlet, MrSt3fan left the team, Baas joined as ADC, Nika move to solo, Deathpanter moved to mid, and MiketheMagikarp moved back to jungle. MiketheMagikarp and Deathpanter left after Spring Gauntlet, with Alexi and Cherryo joining. Sanguine was relegated as in Summer Relegations. Alexi and Baas are the only remaining members of the team at this time.

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Team Dignitas: Prior to Spring Relegations, the old Dignitas roster was dropped and the Open Bracket team “Variety’s New Team” was signed. The old roster went to play under the name Novus Orsa.

300px-TeamRivalTeam Rival: Name changed from Cyclone GG to Team Rival prior to Spring Split Week 6.

 

Valance SquadValance Squadron: Name changed from Valance Squadron prior to Spring Split Week 6. Xaliea and Cherryo left the team following Eanix’s losses in the Spring Gauntlet. Duck3y and Faeles joined the team as solo and jungler prior to the Summer Split. Following the Summer Split, Eanix dropped the SMITE team due to issues with Hi-Rez Studios. The team went back to their old name of Valance Squadron.

NA Teams

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eUnited: Originally beginning Season 4 under the name Enemy, the name change took place prior to Spring Split Week 3. At the same time, the solo-laner Eruzies left the team, and Benji joined the team. After a disappointing showing at the Spring Gauntlet, Varizial left the team – only to rejoin prior to the Summer Split under his old name of Scream, with PainDeViande leaving the team, instead. PolarBearMike has joined the team as the new support, with Khaos becoming team captain. Following the Summer Split, Khaos left the team for a programming position at Hi-Rez. Prior to the Fall Split, Venenu joined to fill the vacancy left by Khaos in the middle lane.

FP-AVAFlash Point: After a disappointing Spring Split – and turmoil within the organization – Incon, Aquarius, and XenoTronics left the team. Summer Relegations saw DanteLeFargo join as solo, Sheyka as mid, and sops as ADC. The team successfully defended their SPL spot for the Summer Split. After very underwhelming play through three sets, DanteLeFargo left Flashpoint half way through week 2 of the Summer Split, with Whalrus taking his place. Prior to week 3, ManRay took the place of Sheyka in mid. Following the Summer Split, mirage and Whalrus left as the team’s jungler and solo laner, respectively. Flash Point was relegated to the Challenger Cup after being defeated in Fall Relegations.

Luminosity-Logo_300x300Luminosity Gaming: After placing third in SWC 2017, Luminosity’s dropped Xenotronics as a mid-laner and picked up Baskin – who role swapped from the solo lane. This roster remained unchanged for the Spring and Summer Splits, despite losing in the quarter finals of each split’s LAN. Prior to the Fall Split, ScaryD left the team as the solo laner, and Aquarius took the role.

2016-Noble (1)Noble Esports: After jettisoning its Season 3 roster, the Season 4 team entered the Spring Split with a lot of hype. After failing to perform to these expectations, Uzzy and ElChapo left the team after the Spring Gauntlet. Aquarius and Copebby joined the team as the new solo and jungler for Summer Relegations, and helped the team successfully defend their SPL spot. Post-relegations, Copebby left the team, and Skeeledon joined in the role of jungler. Prior to the Fall Split, Aquarius left the team, and Whalrus re-joined the team in the solo lane. Further, MLC_Stealth retired from professional SMITE and was replaced by Moswal in the mid-lane.

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Spacestation Gaming: Spacestation Gaming began the season as Monkey Madness seeing some unexpected early Spring Split struggles, culminating in Week 3, when Benji left the team last minute and the team was unable to compete against eUnited – the team that Benji joined. Fineokay joined the team in Week 4 as the new solo laner, and the team saw renewed vigor for the rest of the split, before seeing some backsliding in the Spring Gauntlet finals and in the Spring Masters LAN. Prior to the Summer Split beginning in earnest, SoaR Gaming dropped sponsorship of their SPL team. The team was renamed Monkey Madness shortly thereafter. Prior to the start of week 4, it was announced Zapman joined Monkey Madness after talking only a single week off after leaving Team AI (Team Eager). This was incorrectly announced early. Before their week 4 game, Monkey Madness announced they had been picked up by Spacestation Gaming. However, prior to the start of the Summer Split, Vetium left as the team’s ADC.

Allegiance_DarkTeam Allegiance: Season 4 began with ALG locking down their team for a one-year contract. While a great idea, the idea was quickly dashed as PolarBearMike left the team for “personal reasons” prior to the Spring Gauntlet. ViviaNx3 joined as the teams new support for the Gauntlet, but left before the Summer Split – Neirumah took his place. Prior to the Fall Split, Team Allegiance stopped sponsoring the team, as the organization folded. Before the first games of the split, the team announced an intra-team role swap – Oceans taking the mid-laner position, and Metyankey returning to his role as a hunter. On September 1, it was announced the organization had re-signed the SMITE roster, and is again part of the SPL.

ailogoTeam AI: Despite ending the Spring Split as NA’s #1 seed, and advancing to the Spring Masters LAN semi-finals, Team AI – then playing as Team Eager – made changes going into the Summer Split. Divios , djpernicus, and JMarvalz – the team’s sub and coach – left the team following the Spring Masters LAN, but Divios returned prior to the Summer Split. Sam4Soccer2 has joined Team Eager as their jungler for the Summer Split. After week 2 of the Summer Split, Zapman stepped down as captain of Team Eager. Zapman will be taking a hiatus for the Summer Split. Aror was made the captain, though the organization will no longer be sponsoring the team. Before the start of week 3 games, Xenotronics joined as the hunter, and ElChapo joined as the jungler. Team Eager took up the name Team AI prior to week 3 of the Summer Split. After failing to make LAN and ending up in Summer Relegations, Divios left the team as their solo laner, Thebest left as their mid laner, and Aror left the team as captain and support. The team no longer has any of the members that started the season. Prior to Fall Relegations, Incon joined the team in the support role, Tmoney joined in the mid role, and Whalrus joined as the solo role. Team AI failed to return to the SPL for the Fall Split, being defeated in Fall Relegations.

AMightyStormTeam Cryptik:  Starting the S4 Fall Split under the name A Mighty Storm, the team placed second in the Fall Relegations, securing a spot in the SPL. Prior to the week 3 games, ViviaNx3D kicked all other members of the team, and replaced them with Fineokay as Solo, Sam4Soccer2 as jungle, Shadowchair as mid, and Vetium as Hunter. After a poor showing in week three, ViviaNx3D announced his “retirement” from professional SMITE, and was replaced with Genocide. The belief is that the team kicked him after signing up with Team Cryptik as their sponsor.

 

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Trifecta Gaming: Joining the SPL through Open Brackets, Trifecta Gaming began life under the name In Memory of Gabe, and had an up and down Spring Split. They were briefly known as Carbon Six prior to the Spring Gauntlet, but left that organization when it was folded under Most Wanted – an organization the team did not want to play under. Following the Spring Gauntlet, Whalrus has left the team as solo laner. Meerkat – the Spring Split sub – was briefly the solo laner for the team, but now remains as a back-up, as the team picked up Kikisocheeky prior to the Summer Split starting in full. In Memory of Gabe was picked up by Trifecta prior to week 4 beginning. Following losing in the quarterfinals in the Summer Split, Eonic has left the team and stepped away from SMITE. Following the NRG Invitational, Aror joined the team to take over the support role

SPLgatekeepersVigilant Esports: SPL Gatekeepers joined the SPL after winning Fall Relegations. Prior to the week 1 games, Moswal – the team’s mid-laner – left the team and joined Noble Esports. ManRay took his place in week 1 and week 2. After roster check-ins, but before games were played, ManRay left the team as their mid-laner during week 3. AkillaTheHun joined in his place. Prior to week 4 games,  the team became sponsored by Vigilant Esports. The day before the first games of week 5, Grave announced he was taking a break from competitive SMITE, and Mirage joined the team in his place as jungler.

 

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