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SMITE Welcomes Scylla – Horror of the Deep (Video)

5 March 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

The latest god to join the round of playable characters in SMITE hails from the depths of the ocean. Unlike the Chinese river God He Bo, this Greek God terrorized generations of sailors with her childlike laughter as long dog-headed tentacles reduced massive ships to splinters of drift wood.

Scylla is a ranged mage focusing on dealing some of the best area damage in Hi-Rez Studios’ god-themed MOBA. Sylla’s passive is one of the more unique in the game, granting abilities a new effect when they’ve reached the level cap. We’re not talking a shorter cooldown or more damage, but the addition of aspects like two more enemies being hit by Sic ‘Em at max level.

Alongside this ancient Ursula, comes Golden Geb, Space Monkey Hun Batz and the 2014 Convention skin, Guan Yu. Itemization has been reorganized into a revamped tree structure. While the presentation is different, the final costs of Tier 3 items remain largely the same.

Hit the jump for the full patch notes and God Reveal video.   Continue Reading

Hi-Rez Studios Revamps Agni – God of Fire (Video)

24 February 2014 | 2 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

AIBFB4617 - First half!Hi-Rez Studios has revamped one of the original gods of SMITE, the company’s upcoming pantheon-based MOBA. The two-headed Hindi God of Fire has received a substantial visual overhaul in the latest patch making him far more fearsome, borderline demonic. Just look at those angry mugs! This is simply the latest in a long run of early god remakes ahead of the title’s release festivities next month.

And yes, all of Agni’s skins have been tweaked to fit the new art direction.

Naturally, a reskin isn’t the only thing to place your peepers upon. The patch is companioned by a new God Reveal video for the one touched by fire. Long-time players will be happy to see the inclusion of Player Icons, an Updated Arena map. The Tribes-inspired Blood Eagle Thor has received his own updates.

Head to the God Reveal video after the cut. It may just be worth your while to dig around for a new skin code! Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Chaac

31 December 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

SMITE: 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’ upcoming MOBA.

Lore: Chaac, like many gods from the Maya pantheon, is often described or spoken of as being comprised of multiple beings. The God of Rain tends to be denote by four specimens based on the cardinal directions and the corresponding colors. In the ancient pantheon, Chaac, be him the single form or the multiple, was the God of Rain and worshipped for lording over the objects that required it for life from foods to animals to humans themselves.

Again, like many Maya gods, Chaac had numerous interpretations throughout the territories of Central and South America. According to our usual sources for this column, no one interpretation ever won out. Nor does a single legend truly capture his image. Yet the commonality was his rain staff and lightning ax used in tandem to call down thunder and lightning with the life-giving rains. In the physical aspects, Chaac is normally depicted as a human figure with reptile or amphibian scales with menacing fangs and a very large nose. Continue Reading

SMITE, Now with More God of Rain

27 December 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Forget the cold. Baby, it’s wet outside. Hi-Rez Studios introduced the latest god to its increasing roster of the god-based third-person MOBA SMITE. The largest change is that Chaac, the Maya God of Rain, is available now. However, that’s not the only major revision to gameplay. Vulcan, just revisited a few weeks ago, has received a second retuning, grabbing a new ult, passive and 1.

Naturally, no patch comes without its heap of Au. The latest sees the addition of sparkly Guan Yu and Tyr. New voice packs are spread between Kali, Ao Kuang and the just added Chaac. Usability changes and enhancements to numerous menus will once again greet those that have been away for awhile, including some interesting changes to the Loading Card system.

Chaac is a dangerous physical melee combatant. Capable of numerous debuffs to enemies and trolling around with high sustainability, Chaac is a force (of nature) to be reckoned with for any champion with low defense, mobility or escape options. Looking at you, Anubis. Better hope you land that wrap. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Nu Wa

16 December 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

SMITE: 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’ upcoming MOBA.

Lore: Hmm, how to introduce Nu Wa. Well, let’s just hit it with the title of the snake of a lady, Guardian of Heaven. This is no token position, as a child of the Jade Emperor, Nu Wa is, quite simply, the creator of mankind in Chinese mythology. On par with the Titans of Rome and the Aesir of Norse mythology, the mythology around Nu Wa places the god at the center of creation, or in lesser tellings, at least the repairer of the Wall of Heaven.

It’s the shattering of the Wall at the hands of Gong Gong that Nu Wa is bound to the many crystals that give her power in SMITE. After Gong Gong came to blows with another powerful god over a petty quarrel, the water god, smashed Mount Buzhou, a pillar that held the sky. Utilizing the legs of a giant tortoise to replace the fractured pillar and sealing the wall with seven different colors, Nu Wa saved the animals and humanity that she created out of yellow clay.   Continue Reading

SMITE Holiday Skins Return with Revamped Kali (Video)

15 December 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Kali is the latest original god to receive an overhaul but that’s just part of the most recent patch to SMITE. The god-based MOBA from Hi-Rez Studios is now fully invested in the holiday spirit, unlocking the original Jingle Hel for purchase, which was revamped in early October, Bacchus Father Chrishsmash and a Wreck-the-Halls Fenrir.

Before we move on, it’s important to note that the holiday skins are available for a limited time. If you don’t pick them up by January 8, you risk the chance of missing them entirely, or at least another year.

Back to Kali, the Goddess of Destruction and the first god of my SMITE career. The vampiric melee assassin remains in that role but is now even more of a hunter thanks to her reworked passive. She’ll now will randomly mark an opponent for death, gaining a massive 80% health regen and 25% gold bonus for completing the task. The death of her target or herself will reassign the mark.

That’s hardly the only change to Kali. She can now be more aggresive thanks to the ability to leap at her opponent with Nimble Strike and follow that up with an AoE stun from Incense. Full details, the trailer and all the patch notes after the cut. And it’s Odin’s turn to have the Midas touch, as his Golden skin has been added. Continue Reading

SMITE Welcomes Heavenly Nu Wa (Video)

9 December 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

The Chinese pantheon is one larger thanks to the most recent weekly patch for the god-based MOBA from Hi-Rez Studios. SMITE is now blessed with another heavenly body thanks to the addition of Nu Wa, the Guardian of Heaven. Nu Wa is another god that has an added mechanic thanks to her passive, making her a bit more difficult to pick up and play as her designed Mage role.

Nu Wa draws power from each ability used to charge a five-colored elemental crystal. When all colors have been activated, Nu Wa transforms into her true snake form gaining an addition +10 to all crystals. The crystals buff a variety of attributes, from physical protection to movement to regen to basic attack modifiers. Outside these perks, Nu Wa is a dangerous mage full of crowd control abilities including her ultimate which imprisons, damages and slows.

The Nu Wa patch brings golden skins to Thanatos and pantheon buddy Zhong Kui. No new voice pack was added beyond Nu Wa’s own. But hey, at least we have jump for all gods now. An addition that was implemented because ‘that’s what people expect.’

Full notes and official God Reveal after the cut. Continue Reading

Holy Heavens SMITE Has a Release Date

26 November 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

And that date is March 2014. After well over a year of beta testing, patching, god revamps, game mode redesigns, tons of art changes and a parade of interviews with Todd Harris, SMITE is finally approaching gold status. The god-based MOBA from Hi-Rez Studios is slated for the full monty on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

To celebrate the watershed moment for Hi-Rez Studios, the company is organizing a hefty $100,000 purse for a LAN launch tournament. The tournament will take place the weekend following launch, from March 29-30 with four qualified teams from Europe and America making the cut. For more on the tournament, and all tournaments for SMITE, you can point your browser to the dedicated eSports page.

This gives players new and old a clear end game for earning that Cacodemon Ymir skin. You’ve got about four months, slacker. And if you’re missing that critical thinking part of your brain, this also means that no data will be reset at launch.

We’ll see you and the other 2.5 million and counting registered players on March 25, 2014.