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Smite

2 months ago

Feature: Throwing shade

Is Hi-Rez living in Blizzard’s shadow?

Hi-Rez, the developers of Smite and Paladins, don’t have it easy. They compete head-on with Blizzard’s juggernauts; with their fingers stuck in the same hero-shooter-flavoured pies the comparisons are inevitable, and rarely favourable. Depending on whose questionable extended metaphors you listen to, you might hear it argued that they spend their time looking at where their competitors’ fingers are, and then follow suit. You might…

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Feature: Not so high res

A sloppy setup marred the Smite and Paladins World Championships

The Smite and Paladins World Championships didn't get off to an impressive start. Several thousand fans gathered around several adjacent screens occupying the back wall of Dreamhack Atlanta, each blasting out hype reels with near identical scripts. It was cookie-cutter drama played in disconcerting semi-stereo, leaving me uncomfortable in half a dozen different ways.

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12 months ago

Feature: Update Night

Has Smite been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse. Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of the Hindu faith, is legendarily generous, wise, and optimistic. He’s a patron of the arts and sciences, and busies himself by working to remove obstacles in the path of honest and caring people. It’s not really on then,…

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1 year ago

Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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3 years ago

Smite World Championship 2017 Dates, Paladins Invitational, Spiralized Potatoes

The dates for the Smite World Championship have been announced for 2017: 5-8 January. This time around it will be taking place alongside a Paladins Invitational as well as the existing Xbox version of the professional Smite [official site] scene. In fact, all the accompanying bells and whistles mean developers Hi-Rez are referring to the Atlantan shindig as the Hi-Rex Expo rather than the Smite…

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Feature: It's EU vs NA all the way

Smite World Championships 2016: Semifinals Day

The Smite World Championship 2016 contenders have been whittled down to four teams. So far the tournament has involved possibly the fewest upsets of any esports event I've attended (precisely zero). But today is where the uncertainty starts to kick in as the final four bring highly skilled players with very different team personalities to the world stage. Here's the story so far [with proper…

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Feature: Good gods

Smite World Championship 2016: Everything You Need To Know

New year, new esports event coverage! And by that, I mean let's have a look at the Smite World Championship 2016 [official site]. Here's what you need to know about Hi-Rez's annual Smite-a-thon from the teams to the $1m prize pool:

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Feature: I'm with the banned

Esports: Is Skipping A Ban Ever A Good Idea?

When is a ban not a ban? That's a question which cropped up twice this weekend as League of Legends team Jin Air Green Wings and Smite team EnVyUs each passed up an opportunity to ban a character from a competitive match. No-bans or skipped bans happen in the phase before the main game starts. At this point the teams are working out which characters…

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Feature: Godlike

Smite Super Regionals: Deicides And Deciders

"FUCKING END THE GAME!" Jeppe 'Trixtank' Gylling was roaring as his team, Paradigm, bore down on the opponent's titan – the beefy glowing final objective you need to destroy to win a game of Smite [official site]. It was the European and North American LAN event known as Super Regionals and on the line for Paradigm and their foes was a place at the Smite…

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Feature: She burns like the sun

Shine On: Sol Arrives In Smite

This afternoon I have been reading about Sol, Goddess of the Sun as she's the most recent addition to Smite's [official site] roster of playable deities. She hails from the Norse pantheon and I don't think I knew much about her, preferring as a child to stick with the Greek myths and legends. The lore Hi-Rez offer up has Sol being punished for her father's…

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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…

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4 years ago

Feature: Mo money mo [pro gaming] problems

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

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.…

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Feature: Norse tales and tails

Dote Night: Squirrel Design And Ratatoskr Art

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…

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Feature: The straight and narrow

Dote Night: The Bouncers Of Smite

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…

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Feature: MOBA legacy

Dote Night: The Influence Of LoL On Smite

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…

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Feature: A Smite-y build

Dote Night: Build Me A Smite Build

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…

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Feature: The body Pratchett

Dote Night: The Monstrous Regiment Of Mobas

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,…

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Feature: Need To Know

Smite World Championships Cheat Sheet

Here's a brief fact dump of Smite facts because the first Smite World Championship is taking place this weekend and it has the third largest prize in eSports history. Smite. Smite. Smite. (I have typed that word too many times and now it looks unfamiliar and strange). Let's talk $2.6 million prize pools instead of typing single words repeatedly.

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