As most of you may have seen the Smite Pro League (SPL) is making its return to Twitch in 2020. After a two year exclusive deal with Mixer, the SPL will be returning to Twitch. It will continue to be streamed on Mixer but no longer exclusively. Fans will also be excited to know it will also be streamed on Youtube, Facebook and Steam, but these aren’t all the changes happening to Smite’s professional scene.
SMITE ESPORTS 2020 INCOMING
Introducing the Season 7 SMITE Pro League, the Challenger Circuit, and the Open Circuit!
It's gonna be a great season. pic.twitter.com/q8TJXwBNTf
— SmitePro @ #HiRezExpo (@SmitePro) November 18, 2019
Next season the SPL will be changing in a few ways. The teams will still be having all their games played on LAN and will again be given a minimum salary, but another big change will be no platform exclusivity. Which means cross-play will be in the SPL, this will combine the Console League with the SPL league. This is happening for their new minor leagues (Challenger Circuit and Open Circuit).
The format will still be the same for the regular season with a few tweaks. It’s still a Bo3 on game day, but it’ll now be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The return to scheduling games on a weekend will be a welcome announcement for fans as it means games will be played when most are off work or school. They have also changed the league standings to a points system. Last season there were a lot of games at the lower end of the standings that were just meaningless. Now with the new system, it looks like teams will get points for their finish in both Phase 1 and 2. Meaning to qualify for Worlds next season teams need to have the best finish in both splits. The team that finishes Phase 2, however, will still be the first seed going into Worlds, but the team that acquires the most points will automatically qualify as the second seed.
Another new change is the league going from ten teams to eight. Over the past few seasons, less and fewer teams have been in the SPL. This is Hi-Rez’s point to make it more competitive and have tighter games. The run SK Gaming had to win Worlds this year is the sort of thing they want. The league being so competitive that any team could win it. If you haven’t seen the revealed teams for next year, we’ve included them below.
What do you think about the changes to the SPL? Who will you be rooting for in 2020? Let us know in the comments below.