Epsilon  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Epsilon  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Epsilon eSports Could Be Cheating SMITE Players Out of MLG Winnings https://www.gameskinny.com/cf6ak/epsilon-esports-could-be-cheating-smite-players-out-of-mlg-winnings https://www.gameskinny.com/cf6ak/epsilon-esports-could-be-cheating-smite-players-out-of-mlg-winnings Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:13:30 -0400 Auverin Morrow

Epsilon eSports has been on the minds of the SMITE community recently, as they have a namesake tournament -- the Epsilon Invitational -- coming up this weekend. But there's another reason that the community is starting to buzz about this international eSports organization: it's possible that they've been withholding money from members of its SMITE console team. 

Last October, at MLG's Pro League Tournament for SMITE on Xbox One, Epsilon's team came in third place after losing to Elevate in the semi-finals round of the event. The team walked away with $5,000 USD in prize money, which according to their contracts was to be split 80/20 -- with 80% going to the players, and 20% going to the organization itself. But it appears that the players never saw their cut of the money. 

A thread on the /r/Smite subreddit and several Tweets from well-known caster Dmbrandon, Epsilon is withholding the $4,000 USD that was contractually promised to its SMITE console team. It's unclear how this information was brought to light -- though most seem to agree that the source is likely a player who is remaining anonymous for fear of losing their place on the team. 

According to DM's source (and another anonymous source that GameSkinny contacted independently), Epsilon has offered several excuses as to why -- nearly ten months after the MLG event came to a close -- they still haven't received any of the prize money they earned. At first, Epsilon claimed that there was a 3-week delay in getting the money from MLG. Then they began to claim that they were missing essential information about the players' bank accounts and needed to rectify that before they could get the money to them. After a few more increasingly weaker excuses, Epsilon simply stopped answering inquiries about the prize money altogether. 

This is not the first time that Epsilon has been accused of keeping money out of its players' hands.

Earlier this year, HLTV reported that Epsilon's CS:GO team was leaving the organization due to being "unhappy at the lack of support provided by Epsilon, who allegedly failed to deliver on a number of promises made" when they signed. Further digging revealed that the organization owed those CS:GO players four-figure sums and hadn't paid up.

A few months after losing its CS:GO team, Epsilon abruptly parted ways with its SMITE PC team for undisclosed reasons -- a seemingly strange move given that the team had just brought home the World Champion title. But many are speculating that the split happened for similar reasons -- poor treatment of its players and rather shady management practices. 

So far, Epsilon has refused to answer Tweets or requests for comments in reference to the payout issues with their Xbox team. Now some members of the SMITE community have expressed concern that the Epsilon name is still attached to the invitational that is happening this weekend. 

GameSkinny reached out to Hi-Rez for comments on the situation with Epsi's Xbox team. COO Todd Harris had this to say: 

"Our default and preferred position with all Smite Pro League teams is to pay the players directly. In exception cases there are pre-existing contracts between teams and players that require payment to a team owner -- be that a portion of the winnings or the entire sum. In those cases we have players sign waivers releasing Hi-Rez of any payment obligation. But in the majority of the cases, including the Epsilon PC SMITE team, we directly paid the players."

Let me unpack that a little. Whenever Hi-Rez hosts an in-house SPL event, any prize winnings earned are sent directly to the players. But because the event in question was an MLG-sponsored tournament, the prizes won during the tournament were not handed out according to Hi-Rez's in-house policy, but according to MLG standards -- which explains how the money didn't make it to player hands in the first place. 

In response to the use of Epsilon's name on the upcoming invitational, Harris explains that Hi-Rez is simply fulfilling a commitment they made when the organization's namesake team won the World Championships back in January: 

"Epsilon did win the last Smite World Championship.  And Hi-Rez had committed to host an invitational tournament in the name of the winning team.  So this weekend's tournament fulfills that obligation."

So what's being done about the withheld winnings?

Unfortunately, not much right now. But an official comment left on the original Reddit thread reads says that Hi-Rez is investigating the issue and will take appropriate action according to what they find: 

Only time will tell how this inauspicious situation will play out.

We have reached out to Epsilon, its players, and our original sources for further comment, and will keep you updated with any new details as they arise. 

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SMITE World Championships 2016 Grand Finals Results https://www.gameskinny.com/oxlqw/smite-world-championships-2016-grand-finals-results https://www.gameskinny.com/oxlqw/smite-world-championships-2016-grand-finals-results Sun, 10 Jan 2016 15:00:45 -0500 Auverin Morrow

Two world champions were crowned today at SWC 2016. Neither of the two best-of-five matches we saw today made it past Game 3 -- EU team Epsilon shut out the NA dark horse Enemy on PC, and EnvyUS dominated fellow NA team Cognitive Gaming on Xbox. 

Along with the World Champion title, Epsilon left the stage with a $500,000 prize, while EnvyUS earned $75,000. Here are the highlights from the Grand Finals:

Epsilon vs. Enemy

3-0, favor of Epsilon

Game 1 Picks: 

  • Epsilon: Ymir, Neith, Thor, Sol, Sobek
  • Enemy: Osiris, Hun Batz, Zhong Kui, Chiron, Serqet

Epsilon started strong in this game, taking first blood and an early lead. A 2-2 scuffle helped Enemy even out the lead, but it didn't last long. Epsilon landed a 5-0 wipe that gave them the Gold Fury, then another 4-0 that gave them an even bigger advantage. They came dangerously close to Enemy's base with another 4-0 fight in their favor, then made a move on the Fire Giant. Enemy forced them out, but couldn't commit to taking it themselves.

After another advance, Epsilon took the Fire Giant, which left them with a 15K EXP and 17K gold lead. At just 28 minutes in, Epsilon went for the Titan kill with a 22-7 kill count on the board.

Game 2 Picks: 

  • Epsilon: Thor, Neith, Geb, Isis, Tyr
  • Enemy: Bellona, Serqet, Zhong Kui, Chiron, Bacchus

Enemy looked a little bit better in Game 2. Epsilon nabbed first blood, but Enemy retaliated with a 3-1 fight that went in their favor. They took the Gold Fury shortly after. But an extended engagement following the Gold Fury respawn helped Epsilon close the lead. They managed to steal the Gold Fury, but it cost them 3 members. Enemy got a little too bold in their engagements, and an over-extension during a tower siege resulted in a 4-1 scuffle, favor of Epsilon. 

This marked a turning point in the game. The map was clear for Epsilon to take the Fire Giant, and they managed to make a 5,200 gold swing in 10 minutes. A long dance around the second Fire Giant eventually fell in Epsilon's favor,  and they nailed another 4-0 wipe on Enemy. Enemy took the Gold Fury, but it wasn't enough. Epsilon farmed the map a little longer, grabbing another 4-0 fight, the Fire Giant, and a few more objectives. A devastating 5-0 sweep in their favor left Enemy's Titan totally vulnerable, and Epsilon took the game. 

Game 3 Picks: 

  • Epsilon: Sol, Thor, Geb, Sobek, Medusa
  • Enemy: Athena, Neith, Hun Batz, Osiris, Zhong Kui

Enemy shocked everyone by stubbornly sticking with their Zhong Kui pick, which hadn't worked out at all for them in the first two games. We expected to see an Agni pick, which mid-laner Khaos had been making some stellar plays with in other games. 

But at the outset of Game 3, it looked like Enemy might force the match to Game 4. First blood went to Epsilon, who also took the Gold Fury with just 3 minutes on the clock. But Enemy grabbed an early advantage by landing a 2-1 and 3-1 trade on Epsilon. After that, Epsilon started winning most encounters, but the gold and experience lead still sided with Enemy, who farmed the map for some key objectives. 

This lead must have gone to Enemy's head, because they started making messy engagement decisions. Epsilon was able to wreck them in several team fights, landing a 4-0 wipe that cleared the way for them to take the Fire Giant. After landing another 5-0 slaughter, they skipped the Phoenixes to go straight into Enemy's base. They took down the Titan and sealed their place as the reigning World Champions. 

Xbox One Invitational: Cognitive vs. EnvyUS

3-0, favor of Envy

Game 1 Picks:

  • EnvyUS: Xing Tian, Athena, Xbalanque, Serqet, Kukuklan
  • Cognitive: Bellona, Chiron, Zhong Kui, Hun Batz, Sobek

Game 1 was almost dead even for the first 10 minutes. Envy started to take a slight lead after that, with a few more kills on the board. Two 2-1 encounters gave Envy a considerable lead, and by the 35 minute mark they'd increased the kill count to 13-6 in their favor. With a 10K gold and EXP lead, they took a Tier 2 objective. After a 4-2 encounter fell in Cognitive's favor, they were able to take the Fire Giant away from Envy. 

Cognitive tried to make a comeback, but they got completely wiped out. Their base was left wide open for Envy to move in and take the first win of the match. 

Game 2 Picks: 

  • EnvyUS: Bellona, Chiron, Kukuklan, Mercury, Geb
  • Enemy: Xing Tian, Athena, Bastet, Neith, Hel

In a slow (and rather strange) start, Envy grabbed the Gold Fury and Cognitive took down a Tier 1 tower before first blood was finally drawn at 16 minutes in. Enemy's strategic map farming in the early game had gotten them a serious advantage, and Cognitive had trouble standing up to them in team fights. They managed to nail a 3-3 trade to earn a slight lead, but Enemy wiped them out a few minutes later. This let Enemy grab several objectives, snowballing their lead until they were up 18K EXP and 15K gold.

Cognitive knew they couldn't hang on much longer, and they started a surrender vote. It didn't come through, but Envy quickly grabbed the Fire Giant and made their final push on the Titan to take the Game 2 win. 

Game 3 Picks:

  • EnvyUS: Chiron, Athena, Thor, Hades, Osiris
  • Cognitive: Bellona, Odin, Zeus, Kumbhakarna, Freya

Cognitive started strong in this game, landing a 3-1 trade when they moved in for first blood. They maintained a steady lead until the 16 minute mark. They overextended in the mid lane, and it was the proverbial arrow in their knee. Envy gained a slight advantage that snowballed as they took objective after objective. They turned a 6-6 kill count into an 18-9 lead in just over 10 minutes.

Once Envy got the Fire Giant buff in hand, they breached Cognitive's base to take down all three Phoenixes. They could have ended the game there, but instead they returned to farm the map and grab another Gold Fury before making the final push toward Cognitive's Titan. Their victory in Game 3 gave them the match, and they walked away as the very first World Champion team for Xbox One. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for dev interviews and more SMITE updates as we begin to look forward to Season 3!

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SMITE Super Regionals Grand Finals Results https://www.gameskinny.com/p57l0/smite-super-regionals-grand-finals-results https://www.gameskinny.com/p57l0/smite-super-regionals-grand-finals-results Sun, 22 Nov 2015 14:31:09 -0500 Auverin Morrow

After a long six days of matches, two teams from both the NA and EU circuits have proven themselves to be the best of the best. In the Grand Finals round of the SMITE Super Regionals today, these teams went head-to-head to claim the $70,000 first place prize, first place seeds in the World Championships, and recognition as the best teams in their regions. 

A long-standing champion was unseated in the EU match between Epsilon and Paradigm. But the reigning NA champ, Cloud9, stood strong and shut out the competition. 

EU Final: Epsilon vs. Paradigm

3-2, favor of Paradigm

Epsilon was the clear favorite going into this set of games. They were undefeated throughout the tournament, and they only lost one game to Fnatic during the entire fall split. Epsilon has a reputation for showing lots of early game aggression, and there hasn't been a single game (Fnatic loss aside) where we haven't seen them take and keep the lead from start to finish. 

Game 1 started with the typical early game push from Epsilon, as they came out on the winning end of a 3-1 encounter early in the game. Not long after, they went for the first Gold Fury. But Paradigm wasn't going to let them take it without a fight. The ensuing team fight fell 4-1 in Paradigm's favor, and this marked a turning point in the match. Paradigm started to dominate team fights, taking another 3-1 victory in the next scuffle. When we tuned into the Paradigm comms, they were significantly calmer and more focused than we're used to hearing. They worked seamlessly to grab the Fire Giant and a 7k gold lead. Once they'd gained a better edge, they made a relentless push to Epsilon's titan to take the first game. 

Since team fights were the key to Paradigm's first victory, their team composition for Game 2 was clearly aimed at organized team fights. But Epsilon picked up Hun Batz for his disrupt ability -- a choice that proved to be crucial as the game played out. Paradigm grabbed first blood, but every team fight after that fell in favor of Epsilon. After winning a 2-1 encounter, Epsilon took the first Gold Fury. A 3-1 scuffle only gave them more of an advantage, and they snowballed that lead to win the game, tying the match. 

Paradigm started strong in Game 3, taking first blood against and getting up by 3 kills before Epsilon got a kill on the board. As much as Epsilon tried to prod Paradigm and pull them into fights, Paradigm's discerning offense knew when it was best for them to engage. They steadily increased their lead. Sitting at a pretty 13k gold advantage, they picked off 3 Epsilon members. In the next encounter, Epsilon got completely wiped and their titan was left vulnerable. Paradigm swept in for the victory. 

Game 4 was a landslide win for Epsilon. Knowing they needed to force the match into Game 5, they fought furiously from start to finish this time around. After grabbing first blood, they took a strong early lead and held it throughout the game. They looked much more like the Epsilon we've been seeing during the fall split. As the game neared the 30 minute mark, Paradigm only had 3 kills on the board, while Epsilon had more than quadruple that number at 14. This rose to 19-5 in their favor as they made the final push for the titan and the Game 4 victory. 

"Today, Paradigm proved that Epsilon is mortal."
-Fdot, Commentator

Everyone was on the edge of their seats as the match entered Game 5. No one had expected Paradigm to make it this far against such a formidable opponent. But they proved to be a worthy competitor. Epsilon took the early game lead, grabbing 6 kills in the first 15 minutes while Paradigm couldn't get a single one. But Paradigm bided their time, farming the map and grabbing objectives that helped them gain a considerable gold/EXP lead, in spite of their lack of kills. They took the first Gold Fury, but Epsilon wiped them out in the next team fight.

After another 2-1 scuffle in Epsilon's favor, they managed to even out the advantage that Paradigm had gained. But Paradigm kept pushing the lanes and closing in on Epsilon's base. In a 5v5 encounter at the Fire Giant, Paradigm nearly wiped Epsilon for the first time all game, regaining their original lead. Their push for the titan was successful, and they nailed a surprise victory in both the game and the match.

Having unseated the nearly undefeated reigning champ of their league, Paradigm is officially the top European team. They'll be the #1 seed when we see them on the Worlds stage in January. 

Cloud9 vs. Enemy

3-0, favor of Cloud9

This match was significantly different than the Epsilon vs. Paradigm game. Cloud9 was the favorite going in, and they proved from start to finish that they're the dominant team in their league. 

The first game was a nearly textbook victory for Cloud9. They took first blood, then seriously crippled Enemy in a 4-2 encounter not long after. Cloud9 took the Gold Fury and several other objectives with relative ease, building a steady lead. The gold/EXP difference charts were a nearly perfect arc in their favor. Cloud9 breached the Enemy base several times, poking holes in their defense before finally taking the Titan. 

At the outset of Game 2, it looked like Enemy might make a comeback. They drew first blood, then came out on the winning end of a 3-0 encounter. But Cloud9 started to turn things around when they stole the Gold Fury. Total gold was about even between the teams, but Cloud9 had a huge lead in EXP. They returned Enemy's earlier jab by wiping 3 of their members in a clean team fight, then trading 1 death for 4 kills in their next encounter at the Fire Giant. With the Fire Giant buffs and 25 kills under their belts, Cloud9 pushed into Enemy's base to take the titan and the second win. 

Things were looking dire for Enemy going into Game 3, and it looked like they were starting to crack a little under the pressure. They eked out a slight early lead without engaging directly, but Cloud9 took first blood and the advantage. This lead snowballed as the game continued. The gold/EXP difference charts for this game looked a lot like the ones from Game 1 -- a steady arc in Cloud9's favor. They nailed each attempt at the Gold Furies and the Fire Giant, and Enemy just couldn't defend themselves against such a powerhouse. Cloud9 finished the game with their third victory, completely shutting out the match. 

Now that they've tested their mettle in the Grand Finals round, they are the #1 team in the North American league. They'll also be the top NA seed at the World Championships. 

What's Next: World Championships

Now that the Super Regionals are over, it's time to start looking forward to the World Championships. During the Grand Finals broadcast, we got a sneak peek at the brackets for the Worlds:

The next big event on the road to the World Championship is the MLG NA Pro League finals for SMITE on Xbox One, happening December 5-6. Once that event has played out, both the Xbox One and PC teams will have about a month to get themselves ready for the Worlds on January 7-10. 

To keep up with the action that's coming in the next few weeks, follow @SmitePro and @MLG on Twitter. And stay tuned to GameSkinny for updates and event coverage. 

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