Going to the Smite World Championship in Atlanta to see the professionals kick ass at the game we all love is great however, one of the greater charms at the event was none other than the wonderful cosplayers supporting their love for the game by creating extremely elaborate costumes and dressing up as their favorite characters. We here at LoreHound have recognized how much our viewers enjoy the pictures of cosplay we provide and so we’ve dedicated an entire article and reel of photos to bring you the best of the best down at the World Championship!
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Yes, there was a $2.6M prize pool at the SMITE World Championship, tons of action, cosplay and a first hands-on with the Xbox One edition of SMITE. For many of us all these activities only made us more excited. I mean, the company has spent countless dollars on promoting SMITE eSports domestically and abroad. Quite simply we wondered what else the company has been working on (besides Global Agenda 2).
Reading our minds the company spent a few commercial breaks detailing what Season 2 will bring to the community. First and foremost was the reveal of a new Conquest map. Altered to increase visual queues, form a tighter immersion with players and soak up a ton of the art team’s time, the upcoming Conquest map looks amazing. But there’s no way in Hel we’re going to let COO Todd Harris get away with a few softball questions about a map change. We query the man with a plan on numerous issue pertaining to Season 2 from the removal of Domination to increased competition. Even reactions from the PC SMITE community to the Xbox One version of the title are discussed, including the “marketing muscle” from Microsoft.
This is where the bread and butter is. What all the teams have trained for over the course of months and years, Day 3 of the SMITE World Championship. Making it this far firmly cements a squad as one of the greatest in the world. The number one seed Cognitive Prime comes into the championship game without dropping a set running through the winners bracket. Titan is more tuckered out after earning its way through the quarterfinals and past SK Gaming. The Consolation match features the heavy hitters of the regional championships, SK Gaming from Europe and Cognitive Red out of North America. Consolation is no joke thanks to Odyssey contributions pushing that award over $300,000.
Best of three Consolation Series
Cognitive Red vs. SK Gaming (2-0)
Cognitive Red refused to alter its strategy too much throughout the tournament. The consistent aggressive play off the backs of typical draft pick enabled them to force every team fight and gain map control. On the flip side, SK Gaming added some cheese to the match with less routine picks that ultimately got them in trouble. Red controlled the flow of both games at all points for a lopsidded series against their European equals in today’s opening and rather lackluster series. Even if you’re a Cog Red fan seeing such professionals as SK Gaming get outplayed so badly doesn’t make for enjoyable viewing. For instance, in game 2 SK Gaming scored its first kill defending the final push. Continue Reading
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:
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
The 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.
Continue after the cut for match-by-match breakdown, synopsis and expectations. The #SWC has already produced far more aggressive play than the NA Championship matches. Continue Reading
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 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