Posts Tagged ‘SMITE’

Dote Night: How To Fix Tutorials (Sort Of)

Welcome to part two of “Thoughts about MOBA tutorials” – I hope you are as excited as I… WAIT COME BACK!

Tutorials might sound like a weird thing to devote two columns to given the wealth of other shenanigans and dramas in the MOBA communities at any given time but tutorials (or lack of them) can be the difference between having a good introduction to those games and communities and bouncing off so hard you could have treated the game as a launch rocket.

Last time I took an in-depth look at what Valve are doing in Dota 2’s Reborn client, this time I’ve had a chance to return to Smite [official site] and League of Legends [official site] to check out what they’re doing and not doing. I also have some suggestions for other ways to get players up to speed. Here’s what I reckon:

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Paladins: A F2P FPS From Smite Devs Hi-Rez

After starting out under ye olde subscription model with their first game, Global Agenda, Hi-Rez Studios turned it free-to-play and have stuck that way since. Over-the-shoulder MOBA Smite was the first game of theirs that seemed to really take off (poor, dear, sweet Tribes: Ascend, left to fade away). Now they’ve announced another F2P game, and another FPS – a fantasy “strategic team-based shooter” named Paladins [official site].

It sounds a bit MOBA-y to me. This being Gamescom week, they don’t have much to say about Paladins just yet but will be yammering all about and showing everyone in a few days.

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FREE KEVIN: Smite’s Sorbo Hercules Freebie

Search the 7½th floor of your office building for a small door. Open it, take a deep breath, and crawl inside. Squelch through the dark tunnel until you find yourself somehow, impossibly, seeing through my eyes. You are sat in a swanky restaurant opposite a woman with great cans and the face of Kevin Sorbo. “Kevin Sorbo?” she asks. “Kevin Sorbo Kevin Sorbo.” A waiter arrives and he too is Kevin Sorbo. You panic. You flee through a crowd of Kevin Sorbo. Everyone is Kevin Sorbo. How can this be. Kevin Sorbo? Kevin Sorbo! Kevin Sorbo Kevin Sorbo.

And that is what will get me to finally install and play Smite [official site]. The Sorbet himself, Kev Sorbsteen, has reprised the role of Hercules for a free voice pack. Kevin Sorbo? Kevin Sorbo!

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Smite World Championship 2016 Details

Developers Hi-Rez have announced that their 2016 Smite World Championships will be taking place in Atlanta, Georgia from 7-10 January.

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Dote Night: Smite’s $1m Prize Pool Cap And What It Means For The Pro Scene

The riches of heaven - no more than $1m in your prize pool thx

Earlier today game developers Hi-Rez announced that they would be capping the prize pool for their Smite World Championships at $1m. Smite [official site] is an over-the shoulder MOBA whose character roster is populated by the gods of various religions. Its inaugural World Championship took place earlier this year in Atlanta, Georgia with a total prize pool of $2.6m, the majority of which was crowdfunded. I got in touch with Hi-Rez president Stew Chisam to dig into why he thinks the cap will benefit the professional gaming scene:

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Smite World Championships Prize Pool Capped At $1m

The prize pool for Smite’s World Championships has been capped at $1m by publishers Hi-Rez. The move is part of an effort to rejig the financial rewards involved in playing the over-the-shoulder MOBA professionally so that more players can get a share of the winnings and hopefully finance their fledgling eSports career.

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Dote Night: Squirrel Design And Ratatoskr Art

The final version as per the god reveal page

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 sharing concept art for an upcoming Smite god and asking questions about the design process!

The most recent character reveal for Hi-Rez’s MOBA, Smite [official site] was for Ratatoskr, a little squirrel from Norse mythology who carries messages up and down the world tree Yggdrasil. Ratatoskr is already scurrying about on the test server while the developers see how he functions in the hands of real players but I wanted to take a look at the earlier bits of the process, particularly the early concept sketches as the artists and animators tried to figure out his final form.

First up, here are some of the concept sketches – just click on the picture for a bigger version:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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