SPL Preview: ALG vs. EGR
https://www.twitch.tv/hireztv -- Sunday September 4th -- 1:45pm CDT
Team Allegiance (1-1-1, 4 pts) took their first set win in the Season 3 Fall Split of the SMITE Pro League this past Thursday. Those 3 points against Enemy move them into 4th place on the table. They look to ride that momentum through their second and final Week 2 match against current 6th place squad, Team Eager (1-0-2, 3 pts). Another three points here could secure their presence in the talks of being considered an elite SMITE team.
In order to show the SMITE scene their recent success is no fluke, Incon and Team Allegiance will have to find a way to limit the effectiveness of renowned hunter, Zapman. Although posting a lackluster 1.2 KDA on the split, the impact Zapman can have on a game is undeniable. In their only single set win of the Fall Split, Zap was given Chronos and posted big numbers going a perfect 7/0/15 across the two games against The Randozos. Part of the gameplan going into Sunday should be to limit Zapman’s ability to impact the game by forcing him onto a God he’s less comfortable on. Of course, EGR has shown before they’re ready to surprise teams by switching their team around and putting Zap into the jungle role.
On the other side of the duel, new Team Allegiance member MLCst3alth has shown up big time. His 4.6 KDA puts him in a tie for 8th in the SPL and leads his team. The combination of the mid laner’s unusual pick in Kukulkan with Weak3n’s sharp Susano has taken much of the SPL by surprise. Coupled with the consistency Copebby has shown in the solo lane, ALG have found a formula for success without relying on veteran support Incon to steal away objectives and carry his team to victory. Much of this is the ability of the team’s young guns to hang in against stiff competition.
In the early goings, Allegiance may have two candidates for Rookie of the Split in Copebby and Venenu. While still early in the split, Cope’s excellent play in the solo lane have given the squad the rock they need to find wins and climb the table. On the opposite side of the map, rookie hunter Venenu has shown flashes of brilliance on Gods like Jing Wei and Freya and is looking for the experience and consistency to prove he’s a force to be reckoned with in the long lane. Undoubtedly, Incon’s leadership will help these rookies develop into some of the best the NA region has to offer.
A weakened Enemy lineup, missing their star hunter Pandacat, may have gifted the Allegiance three points earlier this week. A set win and three more points against Eager will be anything but a gift, it will be earned. This match should serve as a solid assessment on where the young team is at in the middle of the placements stage of this Fall Split. Can Incon lead this young but prosperous team to victory against this once undeniably great Eager lineup? Only one way to find out: tune into twitch.tv/hireztv Sunday September 4th at 1:45pm CDT.