Posts Tagged ‘Smite’

Smite offers free Hercules-themed dungeon to players

Smite

I tried to wait out the Smite: Trials of King Hercules microsite loading loop by listening to the Disney Hercules soundtrack. Alas, the loading loop is indeed an eternal loop for me and I moved on to Moana before remembering I was supposed to write/finish/publish a news story. Let’s listen to Moana’s You’re Welcome and then I’ll explain Smite’s new MMO dungeon-style event: Read the rest of this entry »

Smite’s karting minigame, Apollo’s Racer Rumble

Smite [official site] has picked up a little karting mode for a limited time in the form of Apollo’s Racer Rumble. It’s pretty standard for MOBAs to offer up modes beyond the regular lane-pushing slugfest and often developers use limited time alternate modes to push the boat out a bit in terms of what you do with the characters. Where the mode you’ll see in professional tournaments is all SRSBSNS and PAYING ATTENTION, limited time modes tend to be daft/non-canonical/slightly broken/good for a bit of downtime between SRSBSNS. Read the rest of this entry »

Premature Evaluation: Smite Tactics

Every Monday Brendan prays to the gods of early access for favour, power and a winning hand. This week, the collectible card game battler Smite Tactics [official site]

Being a fan of Duelyst’s card-based lunacy, I was more than happy to dip my toes into Smite Tactics at Pip’s suggestion. It’s a spin-off CCG from the makers of the same-named MOBA, using their collected gods and mythical figureheads to get you collecting cards instead of pushing mid. Sadly, it’s as skeletal as an argonaut’s worst nightmare, in dire need of some fleshing out.
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Hi-Rez reveal Smite-based card game Smite Rivals

Smite Rivals

Hi-Rez Studios have announced a new project – Smite Rivals [official site] – billed as a collectible card arena game featuring familiar faces from its MOBA, Smite. Given Hi-Rez are also developing Paladins (which features some nods to Smite) and Smite Tactics which is a turn-based strategy card game also set in the same universe as Smite, I’ve been wondering if the mythology-and-deity Smite-iverse would end up turning into a full-blown franchise. It certainly looks like that’s more the case now that Rivals is being added to the studio’s roster.

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Smite Season 4 brings new pantheon, new map

The Morrigan

Along with all the new game announcements/closed beta phases and whatnot, Hi-Rez’s god-themed MOBA, Smite [official site] is getting its annual overhaul. The Season 4 changes include a Celtic-focused event to mark the first character from that pantheon (The Morrigan), an Egyptian-themed Clash map, item updates, changes to ranked play, integrated voice chat, multi-queueing and the addition of Rituals to name just a few.

Here’s a rundown of the main points.

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Smite Tactics Announced, A Turn-Based Action Spin-Off

Smite developers Hi-Rez today announced Smite Tactics [official site], a turn-based spin-off from their MOBA. Smite Tactics will combine turn-based combat with collect-o-deckbuilding card antics for both competitive multiplayer and a spot of singleplayer. No word yet on when – or how – it’ll fully launch but a beta will come later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Camazotz, Deadly God Of Bats Swoops Into Smite

I did not know that there was a god of bats. I guess that’s what happens when you’re not a bat and you don’t have any observant bat friends. Hi-Rez have heard about the god of bats though, and have invited him to join the cast of their MOBA, Smite [official site]. His name is Camazotz, by the way, and he fits into the assassin jungler class. Let’s take a closer look… Read the rest of this entry »

Wizard Battle: Smite Adding First PvE Mode This Week

You’ll have noticed the “No more than nine wizards at a time” handwritten sign in the corner shop window. It’s common knowledge that ten wizards together will inevitably brawl over some Ancient, Nexus, Titan, pick ‘n’ mix, or goodness knows what. Here’s a secret: five wizards are just as unsafe, as they’ll group up on an ‘epic quest’ and wander the neighbourhood to fight something, anything. ‘PvE’, they call it. A bloody nuisance, I say. Last night I found five steaming wizards tangled in my washing line shouting e.g. “It’s casting Root!” and “Watch the adds!” while swatting at the peg bag.

Citizens, be alert. Smite [official site] is adding its first PvE mode this week, and the five-wizard arena battles of Xing Tian’s Mountain will only encourage that rabble.

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eGames Announce Which Games Are Going To Rio

The competitive games being featured as part of the eGames competition over in Rio from 15-16 August has been announced. Remember the eGames? They were announced a little while ago as an esports tournament that would run alongside the Olympics in Rio but wouldn’t actually be part of the Olympics. So a kind of Olympics-ish-by-proximity affair which seemed to be experimenting with the idea of a tournament run on the basis of representing your country and gaining medals and national glory instead of, say, a multimillion dollar prize.

When the event was announced they hadn’t actually got the list of games to be featured but today’s announcement explains that it will be Hi-Rez’s gods-brawler Smite and then Super Smash Bros on Wii U. They’re also showcase matches so… it doesn’t really feel like they’re saying anything is at stake?

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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 World Championships nowadays.

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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 Amaterasu’s rice paddies, smears poop on her palace walls and “throws a flayed pony through the roof of her weaving shed”. I think the pony was sacred to Amaterasu so the gesture is even more provocative, although I’m just going to put it out there that if my brother chucked a flayed ANYTHING into my weaving shed I’d be pretty narked.

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Jing Wei, The Oathkeeper Flaps Into Smite

Jing Wei, The Oathkeeper is the latest god to join the pantheons of Smite [official site]. I’m now trying to find out where I put the Smite public test realm on my hard drive. Wait – it’s live on the actual servers! WELL. While I update the client I am watching videos to learn more about Jing Wei and her oaths…

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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 spoilers after the jump]:

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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 character’s mount is joining the Paladins roster as a standalone hero.]

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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 as the seventy-second addition to the Smite roster. Reading an article in the official Smite magazine, it also seems like the Japanese pantheon in general will be mostly Shinto deities but with scope for some other figures from Japanese mythology. But who is Amaterasu for a Smite player, how does she work and what the heck does Guan Yu have to do with her ultimate?

Read on:

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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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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 their team will play and which to remove from play. Choosing NOT to remove something is vary rare but it does happen. It’s well worth trying to understand what’s going on in those scenarios, whether it’s to unpick the strategic thought behind them or to nod sagely over the capacity for humans to make terrible blunders on the global stage. So let’s take a closer look at no-bans, what they are and how you can use them to your advantage:

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