Paladins and SMITE are headed back to the main stage at PAX Aus 2017. Hi-Rez announced today that the Hi-Rez Oceania Championships will again be held at the convention.
Both Paladins and SMITE will be on show with the top four teams from each game will share in prize money and a spot at Hi-Rez Expo (HRX) in Atalanta in January 2018. The top four teams for SMITE will compete for a share of $35,000 while Paladins’ prize pool is $15,000.
The tournament will be held at the PAX Arena booth during Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. The best players in the region will face off while fans can get a chance to have some freeplay with Hi-Rez titles. Players will also be able to go hands-on with Hands of the Gods: SMITE Tactics. Hi-Rez’s esports manager Steven Cooper said that Hi-Rez loves coming to Australia, especially to PAX Aus.
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PAX Aus 2017 will be Cooper’s third trip to Australia this year and he’ll be joined by a SMITE Pro League caster. Paladins’ team, Kanga Esports, continue to be the favourite and to head back to Atlanta. SMITE’s Legacy Esports will be eager to secure a spot at HRX after taking victory at the mid-year finals.
SMITE Season 4
The 2017 Oceania Pro League will be held over five weeks and broadcast live on Twitch. Six teams will battle it out to determine the top four to compete at PAX Aus 2017. The prize pool is $35,000 and the winning team will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, USA to compete at HRX in January 2018.
Paladins Global Series
The Paladins Global Series Oceania will be held over four weeks, broadcast live on Facebook. Eight teams will take part and attempt to earn a spot in the top four. The top four teams will compete at PAX Aus 2017. The Global Series, as a whole, is held over 10-months and has a prize pool of $70,000 USD. The first three weeks of every month are open bracket tournaments for qualifying. The top eight teams will compete in the monthly finals for a $7,000 USD prize.
You can watch Oceania matches on Facebook, live every Thursday between 7.30pm and 10pm AEST. To sign your team up, head to the registration page.
The finals for both SMITE and Paladins will take place at PAX Aus 2017 in Melbourne, October 27-29 2017.