Today we announce changes to the SMITE Oceania Pro League list of teams.
1. WHY? Tainted Minds are disbanding.
Due to changes in player circumstances Tainted Minds are no longer able to field a roster in the Pro League. We have been working closely with the organisation and the captain Tom "Tomolomu" Morgan, who has contributed admirably to maintaining the team. A short note on Tomolomu, with respect to the circumstances that were beyond his control, we are extending a Roster Lock extension that applies to Tom only for two weeks. We wish him the best of luck should he find a new team.
Now, lets discuss the spot that has opened up in SMITE OPL.
2. HOW? Qualification pathway: Split One Challenger's Cup is the relevant qualifier to Split Two OPL.
When considering how to replace the spot vacated by Tainted Minds, we need to remember that this is Split 2. So when looking for qualification, we return to the results of Split One Challengers Cup. These are the results that determined the entrants into Pro League, so if possible, we need to maintain the standard for entry that the other teams had to adhere to.
So, the qualification will pass down to the highest placed team from Split One Challenger's Cup, that still has the requirement of 3 or more out of 5 team members in place from the Relegation tournament.
3. WHO? The team joining Oceania Pro League Split 2
The highest placed team that retains its roster from the end of the Split One Challenger's cycle was Team Yandegire. With 3 core members continuing in this team from their play to place in Challenger's Cup Split One. The team has maintained their commitment to competitive SMITE through play in Split Two Challenger's Cup and have accepted entry into the OPL.
Congratulations to Team Yandegire!
4. A word about Challenger's Cup Split 2 - in short, join up!
We encourage the newly formulated CC teams - and indeed, all SMITE players thinking of joining a team - to play, practice and fight your way to the top of Split 2 Challenger's Cup.
The opportunity to play into Split 3 is available through Challenger's Cup.
We also encourage players and teams of all skill levels to motivate themselves and their teammates to continually improve their play and participate in Challenger's Cup leagues, first of all because playing SMITE is fun, and secondly, to build towards the goals you set.
5. WHAT now for CC teams? Not a tournament qualifier?
We recognise that some players would like to see a tournament/qualifying match being played for this spot. The position of the league is that we have already played these matches and a team is available.
The Split Two CC teams are new teams formed after the qualification period. It would not be fair to the teams or the integrity of the process when a team that retained its roster in that period is available.
The best path for success for current and for what we hope to be many teams to join - is to keep your roster consistent and place well for Relegations at the end of Split 2.
We ask players with ambitions of participating in Pro League work hard and remember to conduct themselves in the spirit of Pro League - professionally. The admins and myself can answer further questions over time.
Ultimately: If you're ready and your team is good enough, we'll see you in Split 3!
Thank you to players, community and admins for your support of the league and love of SMITE. Play on!
Edited once, 13/6/16 - 3:08pm
For more information on the SMITE Oceania Pro League season visit http://au.cybergamer.com/smite