Posts Tagged ‘SMITE’

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Cabrakan

26 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_deities_demigods_gods_smite_cabrakan_build_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: Cabrakan is the undisputed giant and god of mountains. Born of the Maya hell god Vucub-Caquix and giantess Chimalmat, Cabrakan is not known for his good deeds. The life of Cabrakan was dedicated to the utter destruction of of everything that exists. This dastardly desire to decimate the world lead to his, and many other evil deities of Maya mythology, drawing the attention of the heroic twins Hunahpu and Xablanque.

The Maya Hero Twins had to use a different tact to save humanity from Cabrakan. Unlike their defeat of his father, Cabrakan’s mountain shaking power forced them to devise a new plan. Trusting their superior intellect, a true brains over brawn battle, the twins targeted the hunger of the mountain breaker. Gifting him with poisoned fowls the reaction resulted not in Cabrakan’s death, but a violent episode that collapsed the mountain around him burying the giant alive. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Heroes of the SMITE

25 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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Not today’s rotation.

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.

The latest F2P Fridaywent off with a hitch, you couldn’t see my adorable mug. Actually, it was a couple of hitches, including video quality, sound quality, game performance and my inability to do a single thing correct while playing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. As such, I’m glad it’s time for MOBA Monday. Sure, the equipment and Internet connection remains the same, but I’ve had time to correct those issues I have control over, purchase a new Logitech headset and test game performance ahead of time.

Today’s experiment is also one that I hope increases my self esteem. SMITE has been a strong suit for me since early beta testing in 2012 and that hasn’t really changed. This is despite playing numerous gods with little regard for having any experience with them or their item builds.

Exactly the kind of learning curve that isn’t too apparent in today’s other game, Heroes of the Storm. The unique gameplay design by Blizzard to focus more on team play, up to and including shared experience, regeneration globes and map objectives and the complete removal of item builds radically alters the community. Any player with knowledge of MOBA tropes and design can quickly find a heroes niche, select the appropriate skills and hold their own. I hope this holds true for this week’s god rotation.

Today’s MOBA Monday will be returning to its normal time at 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. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Fictional & Mythological Pantheons

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

moba_monday_heroes_of_the_storm_rotation_smiteMOBA 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.

What do you get when you mix the great mythological pantheons of our ancestors with some of the great fictional pantheons of gamedom? Why you get today’s episode of MOBA Monday of course. I’ll be traversing the planes of existence between StarCraft, Warcraft and Diablo during the Heroes of the Storm session. Spending most of my recent time in the Warcraft realm thanks to Hearthstone (really, it’s thanks to Naxxramas and flapping my hands around), I’ll be stuck offering this week’s free rotation as the staple.

Not so for the adventure into Earth’s past, and in the case of Hinduism, present religious beliefs. There’s no limits here. Every god in SMITE is at my disposal with a wide variety of skins to boot. This should help as I so arduously continue to farm my way towards League readiness. And I’ve more skins to give away this week. The which god is given away will be determined by you, the SMITE-adoring community. Continue Reading

How Long Do You Play a Game?

14 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_comic_book_guy_time_spentThe upcoming tenth anniversary of World of Warcraft has me thinking about the shelflife that games have with me. After the rampant glee of a return to Molten Core for a Perdition’s Blade subsided my next thought was “Holy F&*#, I’ve been playing this game for a long a$$ time!” I then proceeded to spend the next hour or so attempting to determine exactly how long that’s been. A limited stint during the final moments of The Burning Crusade and an even more limited attendance for the opening of Mists of Pandaria will put that mark around a solid seven years.

No, you can’t have my /played.

WoW, without a shadow of a doubt, is the game I’ve spent the most time in during my long gaming career. It’s the exception to the rule. For me, and most gamers, it’s often one game to the next. The AAA sequel, random indie success or super cool original IP, they all fall by the wayside within a few months normally. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Infinite Smiteness (Livestream)

11 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

moba_monday_smite_Infinite-CrisisMOBA 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.

It’s back into the depths of the growing ranks of human mythology later today. Join me in my continuing trek towards League play readiness for the Arena mode of SMITE. Who knows which god I’ll end up being forced into playing this week. Hopefully not a tank, since I’ve only a few of those gentle giants left to farm. Maybe I’ll give Serqet her first go.

The other half of MOBA Monday is heading into an entirely different mythology. That of the DC comics universe and its Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline. I haven’t been in the ranks of Infinite Crisis in quite some time, so it could be a little hectic, a little more death prone and a little more likely to lose. But hey, at least I still have a ton of in-game money with no idea of what to buy quite yet. Seeing as development is currently in a bit of a crossroads, there’s a chance I may be able to catch up skillswise before release.

All this and more shall begin around 1:00 PM EST. Hit the jump or headdirectly to the channel page to watch live. We’ll be giving away a god and recolor skin during the SMITE portion of the stream. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Continue Reading

Nu Wa Revamped, Zeus Redrawn in SMITE’s Latest Update

7 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_revamp_patch_notes_NuWa_Default_CardHi-Rez Studios has once again rerolled one of its released characters. No longer reaching far back into the history of SMITE, which, let’s not forget, did kick off way back in 2012, the developer revamped the last god released in the Year of the Snake, Nu Wa. The In addition to being way hotter, the Guardian of Heaven gets a large overhaul saving only her Clay Soldiers and fog from the original design. To further annoy me, Hi-Rez Studios has given Nu Wa a new ultimate, which puts her in the class with Freya, Thanatos and others that leave combat during their ultimate.

Nu Wa’s changes obviously champions the latest patch for the MOBA, but Hi-Rez has much more. Zeus has his abs redone for his new model and dramatically altered portrait cards. Four other gods receive new skins, including an awesome Ymir and a zombie surviving Ullr. Voice packs are naturally included.

If you’re not a mage player or don’t care too much about the revamp there’s something else this patch brings; Treasure Boxes. These items will award players with everything from ward skins to god skins. You will be able to receive skins for character you don’t own, effectively bribing them to buy the god!
Full notes after the cut. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: SMITE of the Storm (Livestream)

4 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_livestream_moba_monday_Kali_Chamunda_Card_OldMOBA 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.

I couldn’t get enough of last week’s pairing for MOBA Monday. I continued playing both SMITE and Heroes of the Storm after closing down the episode. All Lore Hounds know that a few of the contributors to the site enjoy SMITE, but after taking a forced break from the title it was nice to get back to farming my Worshipers and dominating the occasional Arena match with a hero I barely use.

Heroes of the Storm didn’t go exactly the same way. It was more the former critic in me coming out. I began analyzing the game design choices, such as a substantially reduced death penalty, the sharing of resources, maps that modify strategy and the complete lack of gear. Together, it all makes HotS the most unique MOBA I’ve played since, well, SMITE, actually. Granted, SMITE’s difference is primarily in the way Hi-Rez Studios presents the combat.

All this and more shall begin around 1:00 PM EST and rock on for roughly two hours. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. We’ll be giving away a Kali 2013 Convention skin during the SMITE portion of the stream. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Serqet

29 July 2014 | 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’ new MOBA.

lh_deities_gods_demigods_serqet_Default_CardLore: Serqet, spelled in a variety of ways over the thousands of years of the Egyptian pantheon, has nothing to do with secrets. Often selected as the patron of pharaohs like The Rock, she was the Egyptian goddess in charge of healing venomous stings and bites. Of which there were many in the dangerous wilds of North Africa. In this charge Serqet was depicted as a women with a scorpion on her head, or in the earliest stages of Egyptian rule, a scorpion.

Arachnids are scary.

The realm of Serqet directly opposed that of Apep, the great snake-demon of evil. She was often scene aside the fallen evil incarnate upon his capture. With so many dangerous creatures in their lands Serqet was no minor god. Protector of embalmers, and perhaps more importantly, their canopic jars, she was given a strong associated to Isis, Nephthys and Neith, each whom had similar responsibilities. Over the millennia, she eventually merged with Isis, today explained by the lack of her own temple and the increasing power of the Isis cult. Continue Reading