Posts Tagged ‘SMITE’

Smite’s New Lad: Ah Puch, Horrific God Of Decay

By Philippa Warr on April 23rd, 2015.

I will add you to the mailing list

If I had to evangelise for one god, I’ve decided it would probably be Ah Puch, Horrific God of Decay. He’s coming to Smite’s Mayan pantheon of playable gods in the MOBA’s next patch [official god page here] so I guess I could evangelise about his in-game presence, but I’m thinking more about going door-to-door and asking people if they’ve heard the word of Ah Puch.

“Have you heard the word of Ah Puch?” I would say.

“Who’s that when he’s at home?” they would respond, wrong-footed by the unfamiliar name.

“WELL,” I would say, jamming my foot in the door and brandishing promotional literature. “He’s the lord of the ninth hell, the lowest and most horrible of them all, and the king of the underworld.”

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Dote Night: The Bouncers Of Smite

By Philippa Warr on April 22nd, 2015.

No really, this is supposed to be hilarious

I write a lot about Riot’s approach to negative player behaviour in League of Legends but it occurred to me that I don’t really dig into how other MOBAs – Smite and Dota, particularly – approach the subject. I think that’s because Riot are very keen to talk about the work that they do and pick out interesting bits and bobs from their research for use in talks and so on. Well, following a number of professional player bans in Smite stemming from an account sharing incident I emailed Hi-Rez with questions about how they approach the subject and to find out more about this particular situation. eSports manager Adam Mierzejewski (also known as HiRezAPC) got back to me to tell me a bit more.

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Smite Pro Players Nursing Bans Of Up To One Year

By Philippa Warr on April 9th, 2015.

Bellona looks like she's smiting things in this picture. Shut up.

Five professional Smite [official site] players have been hit with bans ranging from three days to one year after it emerged they had been account-sharing – a violation of the game’s Terms of Service.

All five were suspended from the game although the length of the punishment varied. For Enemy esports’ Josua ‘Tocketty’ Romroth it was a first offence so a three day ban was issued. Contrast that with COGnitive Gaming’s Suharab ‘Mask’ Askarzada – it’s his fifth offence so he’s staring at a one year suspension. Robert ‘Lloydy’ Lloyd, Samuel Lee ‘Soulshiner’ Thomas and a player whose real name I don’t actually know, Vetium, were all on third offences and get a 14 day ban.

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Smite Beefs Up Its God Game With Medusa

By Emily Gera on April 5th, 2015.

The team over at Hi-Rez Studios has good news for anyone who has ever wanted to play a character with hair modelled after my own. The latest character being added to the Smite [official site] roster is The Gorgon Medusa, Miss Medusa if you’re nasty.

Medusa slots quite nicely into the hunter role with lots of ranged attacks. She also, quite naturally, has a nice ultimate that turns enemies facing her to stone. The latest update also sees improvements made to the game’s clan system, along with new skins for Thor, Vulcan and Athena. There’s a hero introduction video explaining Medusa’s abilities below.

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Dote Night: The Influence Of LoL On Smite

By Philippa Warr on April 1st, 2015.

Free yourself from the shackles of laning conventions, Bellona!

Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na’Vi’s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart. THIS WEEK, however, she will be digging into how one MOBA can influence another:

Three lanes, patches of jungle, a bunch of player characters, items and minions, oh – and a base to defend. When you put it in those terms League of Legends and Smite [official site] don’t seem too far apart. But the devil’s in the detail and it’s what you do with that detail that counts. But from watching the first pro season of Smite it felt like a lot had been borrowed, or at least learned from other MOBAs in terms of playstyle– particularly League of Legends. With the second season of Smite well underway I got in touch with Graham ‘Hinduman’ Hadfield – a Smite expert caster with a League of Legends background – to find out how close the two really are and whether Smite is branching out.

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Smite Patch Brings Bellona, Goddess Of War

By Philippa Warr on February 26th, 2015.

Bellona and her modestly-sized sword

Smite’s Battle Frost patch has brough with it a new character – Bellona, goddess of war.

Flavour text ahoy!

“Bellona, Goddess of War, took no time to build temples or gather worshippers. She favors only those for whom war is life; for that is where she thrives- not on the steps of hallowed basilicas or in whispered prayers, but in the blood-soaked mud, among the breathless armored troops, in the roar of victory.”

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Dote Night: Build Me A Smite Build

By Philippa Warr on January 21st, 2015.

Victory! (at Smite)

I said a little while back that I wanted to open up Dote Night to include interesting things across the MOBA spectrum so this is the first foray into that. It doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten Dota 2 in any way, shape or form, nor does it mean there won’t be Dote Nights about Dota, but I’d like to try out a few things and see how they go. This piece is about how item builds work in Smite. It’s an aspect of MOBAs which has never come naturally to me but after speaking with Smite expert and analyst James ‘Krett’ Horgan it started making a lot more sense – and I don’t just mean for Smite. After transcribing this I went to play a few games of Dota and was able to approach my hero builds far more confidently and effectively. So yes, this is about a different MOBA but it exists as part of a broader scene.

If you’re looking for a quick and dirty version of what’s here you should head to the build guide cheat sheet we’ve done as a pared down companion, otherwise… read on!

“The core of every build in every game that has a build – even an MMO like World of Warcraft – is the methodology,” explains Krett. “What are you doing and how does your build help you do it?”

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Smite Basic Builds: Krett’s Quick And Dirty Guide

By Philippa Warr on January 21st, 2015.

Smite builds

Fun fact: we have a monstrously large article coming up which goes into a lot of detail about Smite builds thanks to expert and analyst James ‘Krett’ Horgan. BUT because you might also want build info to hand in a quick and easy-to-digest format we’ve made this – a separate Smite build cheat sheet with the bare bones information.

The idea here is not to be exhaustive but to give new players a basic structures for item builds on each character class so you don’t feel lost. Then you can start to play around with your own ideas, fill in the blanks, or tweak some of the items to fit specific situations. For a more in-depth look and to see how items work together check out the monsterpiece which will be going up as Dote Night’s first real foray into the world of other MOBAs.

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Dote Night: The Monstrous Regiment Of Mobas

By Philippa Warr on January 14th, 2015.

Rek'Sai

Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na’Vi’s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart.

For about as long as I’ve been playing MOBAs I’ve been aware of how monsters are portrayed in their game art. I love a good monster, just as I really like playing characters which fit different moods so when games seem to be holding back or skewing one particular direction I try to work out why and how I would change that. Here’s one of my ideas, plus some context.

Idea:

A Discworld MOBA would be a great idea, especially in terms of introducing more varied body types under the pronoun “she”. The point is not about losing busty ladies, but adding more diversity.

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Smite Crowns First World Champions

By Philippa Warr on January 12th, 2015.

The Smite World Championship is an eSports event taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. The prize pool is just over $2.6 million making it the third biggest in eSports history. Pip is out there writing daily reports, exploring the event and putting cans of Red Bull in her handbag (just in case).

Day three of the Smite World Championships and SK Gaming squared off against Cognitive Red to settle the matter of third and fourth place. It might not seem too consequential at first glance but the community-boosted prize pool meant the victor of the match would walk away with $391,839 while the losers would score $261,226 – a difference of over $100,000*.

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Smite World Championships: Day 2 Roundup

By Philippa Warr on January 11th, 2015.

The Smite World Championship is an eSports event taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. The prize pool is just over $2.6 million making it the third biggest in eSports history. Pip is out there writing daily reports, exploring the event and putting Hershey bars in her handbag (just in case).

Kicking off day two of the Smite World Championships, Europe’s top seed Titan took on the Brazilian team, We Love Bacon. Titan were in the quarter-finals after dropping a game to the American side, Cognitive Prime while WLB made their way into the match after defeating the Chinese side, Doage Is Dog.

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Smite World Championships: Day 1 Roundup

By Philippa Warr on January 10th, 2015.

The Smite World Championship is an eSports event taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. The prize pool is just over $2.6 million making it the third biggest in eSports history. Pip is out there writing daily reports, exploring the event and putting PayDay bars in her handbag (just in case).

Day one of the Smite World Championships opened with North American favourites Cognitive Red taking on the Chinese second seed Doage Is Dog. It looked briefly like there might be an upset as DID scored first blood on Cog Red’s Hunter, Snoopy. Unfortunately for DID, that was not a sign of things to come and the rest of the kills, and indeed the game, went to the young North American side.

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Smite: Season 2 Getting New Conquest Map

By Philippa Warr on January 9th, 2015.

Turns out the Greek gods have a nice pad - who knew?

Smite‘s Conquest map will be undergoing a serious overhaul in preparation for the game’s second competitive season.

The 5 versus 5 map which gets used in eSports events as well as by regular players has been reworked with the triple goals of increasing legibility of the play area, improving strategic play when you’re playing or countering different classes of characters, and just generally de-clunking the game.

What this means in real terms is ocean vistas, a volcano dripping lava, reworked neutral minions, changes to how leashing works and so on. Wanna see?

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