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4 years ago

Susano Storms Into Smite’s Playable Pantheon

Smite's [official site] pantheon of playable gods continues to expand apace with the addition of Susano, God Of The Summer Storm. He's from Japanese mythology and is the brother of an earlier addition, Amaterasu. In terms of sibling rivalry, they seem like quite the handful. One account I'm looking at describes the fallout from an argument about who wins a creation challenge. Apparently Susano destroys…

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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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Smite’s Pet Treant Goes Solo, Joins Paladins Roster

"Gonna wash that man right out of my hair." This is both a fantastically useful response to a) a failed relationship and b) to being a long-suffering treant in Smite who has spent their entire time having to carry an elderly god in your branches and have now decided it's time to go it alone in Hi-Rez's FPS game, Paladins [official site]. [Translation: A Smite…

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Amaterasu Leads Smite’s Japanese Pantheon

Smite [official site] developers, Hi-Rez, have been teasing their Japanese pantheon for a while now but they've been keeping tight-lipped over which deities they were working on. All president, Stew Chisam, would tell me a few months back was that we could expect a goddess. Amaterasu, a sun (and universe) deity from the Shinto religion, was a common guess and today's announcement officially confirmed her…

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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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Peek At Paladins, The Next F2P FPS From Smite Devs

Y'seen those folks behind Tribes: Ascend and Smite are working on a new free-to-play FPS, right? After showings at shows, Hi-Rez Studios are now ready to show Paladins [official site] to those of us who didn't schlep ourselves to shows to see the showings. Show. Show? Showww. Which is to say Hi-Rez have dropped a trailer showing bits of gameplay alongside scenes of people using…

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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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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…

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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…

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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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5 years ago

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

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…

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