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SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Nox

30 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_demigods_gods_deities_nox_DefaultSMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive back story of lore. From the Greek to Hindu, each week we’ll look at two characters from a major pantheon and provide a quick recap of their history and in what capacity their digital incarnation will represent on the field of Hi-Rez Studios’ new MOBA.

Lore: Nox has a preponderance for stalking around the darkness. She’s at the beginning and the end of creation where there was nothingness as far as the eye could see. Wielding the extraordinary power of darkness itself she became the Goddess of Night. Her power was so great and beauty to enchanting it was said that even Zeus himself feared her wrath, staying his hand when one of her kind upset the God of the Sky.

Being an originator, perhaps that of Chaos itself depending on the source, Nox is responsible for the creation of much of the early Roman pantheon. Naturally, the majority of her offspring dealt in her realm of darkness, such as Hypnos bringing mortals to bed or Thanatos offering an eternal nap. Other children, like Hemera, the goddess of day, is never seen with her mother again. Continuously cycling their appearances to create the circadian cycle we live by today. Continue Reading

How To Score a Nu Wa Water Dancer Skin

30 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_free_code_nu-wa-water-dancer-skinI mentioned on a recent stream that SMITE has a large collection of partners. These SMITE partners allow players to earn free gems, favor, skins, what have you. Raptr, Curse, ad partners, Twitch. Now they’ve added Daily rewards, giving players yet another avenue to secure some free favor, and even gems in the later days simply by logging in. Early on, Hi-Rez Studios gave away free skins to attract players to social media, from Solar Eclipse Ra to Stalker Artemis (both now dead). It’s been awhile, but now it’s Nu Wa’s turn.

Players have a limited time to unlocked Water Dancer Nu Wa. It’s once again coming by way of some social media pandering. This time players will have to subscribe to the official SMITE YouTube channel and then verify the account. Once they do, the company’s plug-in will spit out a code that players can redeem in game from the Gem icon in the upper left. An easy peasy, two-step process for a free Nu Wa non-recolor skin.

Be sure to follow us on Twitch for additional chances to win SMITE god and skin codes – including the elusive Convention skin codes – and stay tuned for our upcoming on-site coverage of the SMITE Regional and National Tournaments. As always, we’ve a massive repository of SMITE coverage by way of our long-running SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained column. Heck, it’s about to reach its 59th entry courtesy of Nox!

Nox is the 59th God of SMITE (Video)

29 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_patch_water_dancer_Nox_Default_CardThe Goddess of Night is upon the. Hi-Rez Studios patched SMITE, its third-person god-based multiplayer online battle arena that’s been tearing up the eSports scene. The latest addition is from the growing Roman pantheon, one which is no longer meant to deliver the lawlz, and fulfills the role of a magical ranged mage with ludicrous area damage. Opposing players should check their casting around Nox, as when any other god casts an ability in her vicinity she lights a candle. Upon the fourth, her next ability costs no mana. Some clutch no mana situations easily avoided!

Naturally, Nox is not all Hi-Rez has been working on for today’s patch. In addition, there’s a pair of Odyssey additions, including a new badass skin for Rama, Orbital Bombardment, a new daily login promotion – gain Favor, then Gems – associated voice packs and the addition of lobby emotes. Things are about to get noisy!

The combatants of SMITE continue to morph as the community of pro players hones in on their design. Geb has been nerfed, seeing his Stone Shield no longer provide knockback immunity, Hel has been buffed to stance dance even fiercer, Sun Wukong is buffed for better laning capabilities, Tyr is being closely watched, but has been given a single-target heal buff, Ra saw his escapist abilities crushed and Ah Muzen Cab is now more difficult to pronounce. I mean AHC saw his ultimated buffed for fluidity and a tad of damage.

Full notes, the official God Reveal, details to promotions and more after the cut. Continue Reading

Instance Gratification 11: Still Doing that WoW Thing

29 October 2014 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_instance_gratification_Mogushan_Vaults_world_warcraft_lfrInstance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

Come join me as I attempt to remember how on earth to play my priest as I run Looking For Raid group, heroic dungeons and aimlessly run around the Timeless Isle looking for lootable purple hogging chest. All in a largely pointless attempt to increase my ilvl far enough to simple run something that will be fully available when Warlords of Draenor is released in a few weeks. That’s right folks, I’m grinding gear in World of Warcraft moments before a new experience is released because I have nothing better to do with my time!

Thankfully, an old guildie, and I mean vanilla WoW old, pointed me in the direction of an awesome guide for the Timeless Isle chests over on MMO-Champion. Unfortunately, those two other aspects of the stream will remain largely uneducated. I will be clueless in a few heroics, and while I have done both LFR options available to me so far, I don’t understand the mechanics in the least since everyone flies through them. But hey, it’s a new week now. Maybe the RNG gods will give me better luck.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. The show will kick off around 1:00 PM EST and continue until approximately 3:00 PM! The floggings will continue until the ilvl has improved! Continue Reading

Why is Anyone Grinding Gear Ahead of Warlords of Draenor?

28 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_wow_ubrs_level_90_grinding_ilvlI never understood the reasoning behind massive returns shortly before an MMORPG expansion. For the most part, everything previous to the expansion is simply abandoned. Content, gear, storylines, freaking everything. Without events like the Operation Gnomeregan or the devastation of all of Azeroth (thanks, Deathwing), which were fantastic ideas, there’s zero reason from a story standpoint. Gear, well, that’s usually even more pointless as anything you earn, even the pimpest of epics, is quickly replaced by quest gear or your early leveling dungeons. My days of slaving over vanilla World of Warcraft epics for the first green from a quest may have traumatized me forever. Bitter may even be applicable.

Before I continue, let me point out that I completely understand the completionist angle. I get it, people like achievements, seeing the finality of what they’ve worked towards in MoP and all that. And, frankly, it’s insanely easy to do some of the more difficult challenges now so why not take advantage. Still, it’s not my cup of tea, but a reasonable excuse for those looking for something to do. Continue Reading

Neverwinter: Module 5 – Rise of Tiamat Coming Mid-November (Video)

28 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

NW_M5 Announce Screenshot 2_WatermarkedCryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment are pushing out the fifth major content patch for the action-oriented Dungeon & Dragons MMORPG on November 18. The driving feature of Rise of Tiamat is the continued epic storyline of the Season of Dragons, which may or may not be culminating with the Rise of Tiamat.

The short trailer contains some minor, yet obvious, spoilers and even pre-emptively answers a question we sent off to Cryptic Studios as part of an upcoming design interview. It’s short and sweet, done in the in-game machinima style with voice over work that’ll get you pumped for the upcoming expansion and the return of Tiamat from the Nine Hells.

In addition to the return of the multiheaded leader of evil dragonkind Module 5: Rise of Tiamat will include a new paragon path for the Scourge Warlock, introduced as part of Tyranny of Dragons, new items, epic sized battles and, naturally, plenty of gear.

Lore Hound will have an all-new interview on the design of the Rise of Tiamat available ahead of the November 18 release. Until then, hit the jump for the full story trailer and additional Module 5 assets. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Heroes of the SMITE (Giveaways)

27 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_heroes_storm_moba_mondayMOBA Monday is a weekly showcase of how to perform, eh, let’s go with adequately – we hope – in a massive online battle arena. The streaming squad features the hottest, upcoming or most interesting titles of their and the communities fancy for a few rounds of PvP shenanigans in our weekly Twitch channel staple.

Blizzard’s answer to the MOBA craze is leading off this week’s MOBA Monday. Heroes of the Storm received a massive patch early this month, which focused predominantly on user interface tweaks. One large enough to force Blizzard to reset everyone’s account. This means that I’m now back to square one, but the experience bonus for having friends in your group should expedite the ordeal. Of course, it would have been more efficient to simply earn 100% more experience during the double XP week. Oh well.

Hi-Rez Studios is stealing the second time slot. I won’t be starting from scratch in SMITE, but considering how long I’ve been farming Worshipper for my squad it seems that way. Thankfully, the end is near. Not a moment too soon, since I’ve only two or three more tanks to grind! I’m going to stick with Arena for the stream, but at least this will get me prepared for the upcoming SMITE Regional Championship, which Lore Hound will be attending in late November.

MOBA Monday will kick off around 1:00 PM EST. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities, including this week’s SMITE god and skin codes! Continue Reading

Join the Struggle Against or With Vampires in Nosgoth (Giveaway)

24 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_nosgoth_giveaway_closed_betaWondering how you can join the death-filled world of Nosgoth? The third-person fighting game remains in early beta testing so it’s not exactly easy. Sure, you can pre-purchase for Early Access, but who wants to spend money when you don’t have to? The answer should be “no one!” Psyonix and Lore Hound is teaming up to make that a really easy task. We’re simply giving closed beta access away!

Come join the asymmetrical PvP combat in the gothic world before the rise of Kain and appearance of Raziel. Featuring class-based team combat across two rounds, Nosgoth evens the playing field by forcing players to play two rounds, one go with the brutal humans and their contraptions and a second as ravaging vampires. Equip yourself with a crossbow, wings or a massive health pool. Whatever your playstyle, Nosgoth has a class for you.

If free closed beta access and the above summary doesn’t make you committed, you can check out its appearance on F2P Friday and our recent interview with Eric Majka, which introduced the game to us. It’s interesting to see how far Nosgoth has broken from its single-player origins as part of the now-canceled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun.

Head over to the Nosgoth giveaway page to claim you closed beta key. Head over to the official website to redeem and begin playing!