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?”