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Smite World Championship: Day 2 Results

11 January 2015 | No Comments » | Jonathon Whittington

Today was chock-full of brutal, heated fights, no teams letting up the pressure. Moving on, you may have expected more cautious play, but we here at LoreHound are happy to report: that was certainly not the case. The anticipation prior was intense and it only made the awesome matches even more heart-pounding, the crowd either baited breathe or cheering constantly.

So, with that in mind, here is the match-by-match for Day 2 at SWC, brought to you by LoreHound:

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Smite World Championship: COG Prime vs. Red?

10 January 2015 | 3 Comments » | Jonathon Whittington

Being down here in Atlanta for the Smite World Championship with Lore Hound has been rousing! A lot of interesting things are happening right now at Hi-Rez Studios and even more concerning the implications of their Xbox One reveal of Smite on the gaming and eSports scenes, however, that is for another – promptly posted – article.

As anyone may be sure, every team on the show-floor and playing today were exceptional, and there are many action-packed, juicy moments that Patrick has shared, but none of the tension, pressure and anticipation hold a candle to tomorrow’s potential for a rematch of COG Prime vs. COG Red. For those of you that didn’t tune in during the Smite North American Championship, in a surprising win by COG Red, the respective child-team of the almighty COG Prime won in a best of three match. The crowds, the fans, the onlookers, everyone was surprised and exhilarated. Now, here in Atlanta again, the Smite World Championships are shaping up, and guess what teams have a potential match-up tomorrow? Continue Reading

Smite World Championship: Day 1 Results

9 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_world_championship_day1_resultsThe Odyssey was an amazing way for Hi-Rez Studio to hype the first SMITE World Championship while simultaneously increasing the prize pool for pro gamers. That simultaneously made #SWC more attractive as an eSports draw to everyone, gamer, reporter and viewers. By contributing the community was awarded with unique items, from ward skins to icons and character skins. The community didn’t miss a beat far surpassing the aspirations of a $2 million that Todd Harris hoped for at the North American Championship.

Cognitive Red beat out sister team Cognitive Prime to enter the World Championship with the #1 North American seed. Latin America and China come into the first championship at a severe disadvantage thanks to the game only recently releasing in the respective territories. SK Gaming, on the other hand, is as experienced as any team and secured itself the #1 seed from Europe. Eight teams entered today’s round robin vying to win the first match and guarantee a spot in the quarter finals. Two of them failed and were ultimately eliminated from play. A further two teams moved into the semifinals undefeated and with a bye. The other four remaining teams will duke it out in the quarterfinals after a 1-1 start.

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This’ll Get You Ready for the SMITE World Championship This Weekend

6 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Fear not, we’ll be in full attendance ensuring that our own Twitch channel is well stocked with Tyr Convention 2015 skins for the year to come. And that’s simply in addition to our tour of the new office, cosplay coverage, results summaries and more planned coverage of the first SMITE World Championship.

MOBA Monday: Time to Giveaway Those Artemis Skins!

5 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_moba_monday_Artemis_Convention_CardMOBA 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 inour weekly Twitch channel staple.

Weeks on weeks we’ve been touting a major Lore Hound giveaway. Not one, but the shot at two super ultra rare Artemis 2012 Convention skins. This isn’t some ridiculous mark of rarity that’s routinely perpetrated on the eBay masses. Oh no. This is straight up unicorn’s with rainbow tails that fart cinnamon buns kind of rarity. You see Artemis was one of the original gods for SMITE, a game that’s had some sort of beta nomenclature attached to it for ages. The semantics may have changed but that hasn’t made this throwing-knife wielding Goddess of the Hunt any less sought after.

The Lore Hound community stepped up, with an assist from the SmiteCentral community to expand the Twitch stream over the 750 follower threshold. Dozens extra ensured the number would hold through the new year earning all followers a shot at the very first Convention skin from Hi-Rez Studios. Yes folks, that’ll be two skins given away during the stream!

Naturally, there are some rules and stipulations to concern yourself with. First and foremost is that the first skin will be given away live during the stream. To enter that roll you must be a follower. The second will be given away to a random follower. Both will be messaged via Twitch to the winners. The stipulation? The codes will be shot out to our Facebook and Twitter communities 48 hours after the giveaway to prevent eBaying of the codes. Use it quick or lose it!

MOBA Monday will return to its famed 1:00 PM EST timeslot. Hit the jump or headdirectly to the channel page to watch live. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Guess Who’s Playing Conquest Again?! (Giveaway)

22 December 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_conquest_giveaway_swcMOBA 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.

Well, there’s something off my 2014 List of Things To Do. I finally, after dozens of MOBA Mondays, hundreds, possibly thousands of kills and quite a few four letter words, have earned enough Worshipers in SMITE to enter into ranked Conquest mode. Sadly, I haven’t been earning them in that actual mode instead preferring the faster games of Arena. As such, I fully expect to be a bit out of touch running around the map later today. Ever the thoughtful teammate I plan on sucking it up and playing a large amount of non-ranked matches before joining Season 2.

Naturally, this is all to get even more pumped up for the upcoming SMITE World Championship in mid January. That plan could go horribly sideways if I am so out of touch that my K:D ratio ends up being an improper fraction or my tanking becomes completely ineffective with horrendous initiations all over the place. Oh, there’s at least one other item that can ruin my return to Conquest, Comcast continuing to maul my Internet service. Hopefully the upgrade to 150/20 Mbps will correct the recent lag issues. Ya know, since it costs like 2x as much…

MOBA Monday will return to its famed 1:00 PM EST time slot. 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. This is a double dip week. We’ll have skin codes for SMITE today! Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Awilix

18 December 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_deities_demigods_gods_maya_Awilix_Default_CardSMITE: 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: Ahh, another Maya deity with a bit of conflicting origin. Awilix, the moon goddess, is, in some regions of the Maya empire, actually a moon god. Yeah, the sex isn’t entirely set in stone. Most tellings, including those of a large Maya kingdom in Guatemala, revered Awilix enough to erect a large temple in the honor of their patron. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before but academics don’t agree on her early origins. Although it is believed that Awilix spawned from the classic moon goddess tales featuring Xbalanque and Hunahpu.

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SMITE NA Championship: Learning from Partnerships (Interview)

1 December 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_na_championship_smite_todd_harris_not_bob_sagat_hi-rez_studiosSet in the backdrop of the SMITE North American Championship we caught up with Todd Harris. Our earlier interview with the COO focused on how Hi-Rez Studios, an Atlanta-based independent game developer and self publisher, has gone from a small company with one ambitious product to one with over 150 employees, three games and a sequel for Global Agenda, its freshman entry, in the works. It’s early products had only a handful of partnerships, be they technology integrations to expanding the community through localization support. That all changed when SMITE blew up.

SMITE started small. It was on the radar due to positive critical reception of Tribes Ascend. But it was in a genre that was, and remains, all the rage at the time: multiplayer online battle arena. The war between god-based pantheons past and current and a third-person perspective gave the title its unique features. Hi-Rez continued building it and a community followed. Then came the partnerships, from Twitch and Curse integration to international arrangements for Latin America and China.

But how does all this happen? What does it entail? Which company is reaching out to which? Why’s the sky blue and where have all the cowboys gone? Perhaps, like me, you’re more interested in how the non-obvious partnerships can positively impact the community. More players is great, as it begets more money for additional development, but we gamers want details on a direct impact. Our short interview with Todd Harris after the cut has the answers. Continue Reading