Cognitive Red Pulls Off The Upset at NA Smite Pro-League Kick-Off
The underdogs came out on top once again in the world of competitive Smite last weekend during the North American Pro League Kick-Off LAN tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. Cognitive Red, the fourth seeded team of the tournament, overcame the odds and defeated both the number 1 and 2 seeded teams of the tournament on their way to winning the $25,000 prize. The result mirrors the results of the European Pro League Kick-Off LAN tournament where fourth seeded SK Gaming surprised everyone by beating the heavily favored number 1 seed Cloud 9 in the finals
From the beginning, the cards were stacked against Cog Red. Their first round of the tournament was against their sister team and number one seed, Cog Prime. The teams knew each other well, as you might imagine. In fact, Cognitive Gaming Owner David Frye, said that Cognitive Red was actually brought on board as a scrimmage partner for Cog Prime.
“The reason why we picked up Cog Red was to get a sister and scrimm team for Cognitive Prime because for a good 2 or 3 months, no one would scrimm Cog Prime,” said Frye.
Another hurdle that Cog Red had to overcome was the fact that they are a very young and relatively inexperienced team. The average age of the members that make up Cog Red is about 17 with the youngest being 14 and the oldest being 18. The average age of the players on the three other teams on the other hand, is about 23 — according to a team roster packet handed out by Hi-Rez Studios.
Looking at the way Cog Red played though during the tournament, you’d have thought that they were actually the team that no one would want to scrimmage against.
After dropping the first game to Cog Prime, Cog Red came back in a big way in games two and three and sent their sister team home with the fourth place prize.
“I don’t know if we have a ton of strengths but we just played our team fights really really well,” said Snoopy, the captain of Cog Red, in a post game interview regarding the match. “We’ve been scrimming Cog for the past couple of weeks, which is kind of counter-productive because they know our stuff and we know their stuff, so it’s a toss up. But I think that helped us a lot to deal with their aggressive nature.”