Posts Tagged ‘SMITE’

Smite World Championship: Overview

17 January 2015 | No Comments » | Jonathon Whittington

Following the regional championships of North America and European Union, in addition to the more impromptu regional championships of Chinese and Latin American/Brazilian, the first ever Smite World Championship was held in Atlanta, Georgia from January 9-11th of 2015. The best teams from around the world were gathered to determine the best, and the surprise addition of the only recently put together leagues of South America/Brazil and China only fueled the excitement. Cognitive Red and Cognitive Prime from North America,  Titan and SK-Gaming from Europe, Oh My God and DID from China, 404 Name not Found from Latin America and finally We Love Bacon from Brazil!

The crew here at LoreHound being big fans of smite decided to dedicate our time to covering this event for you, our fans, and we have a metric-shit-ton of stuff for you to check out!

Enjoy LoreHounds!

Sincerely,

Your LoreHound Crew

SWC: HiRezKelly on SMITE eSports & Breaking Into Streaming

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

lh_smite_world_championship_SWC_Kelly-LinkHiRezKelly wasn’t always the female face of SMITE eSports. Nope, she joined that crew after having her own successful stream over at HelloKellyLink. A stream that is still plenty alive with over 35,000 followers and a slim margin shy of 1.5M views. This not only means she knows a thing or two about the eSports industry, but streaming as well. Hi-Rez Studios, her current employer and the maker of SMITE, recently had a small shindig that enabled us to hunt down the girl in the little black dress for some Q&A on topics near and dear to the hearts of our community (and us, naturally).

Clocking in at under six minutes, our discussion includes the incredible journey of the prize pool for the SMITE World Championship from a delectable $600,000 to the incredible final sum of $2.6 million plus. But the discussion wasn’t focused on money. Rather, we took a tangential view from Hi-Rez’s recent “breaking into the game industry” video segueing discussion to the bombastic growth of eSports and the associated market of streaming. Most importantly to some will be a frank conversation on the competitive spirit, perhaps even social stigma, that causes some people to overlook eSports as an avenue.

After watching the video we’d love to hear your thoughts on the focus of the last two minutes or so of discussion. Do you find eSports an acceptable professional for any and everyone? Hit the jump to take a gander and leave us your thoughts in the comments. Continue Reading

SWC: Best of Smite World Championship Cosplay

15 January 2015 | No Comments » | Jonathon Whittington

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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SWC: Season 2 of SMITE as Told By Todd Harris

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

lh_na_championship_smite_todd_harris_not_bob_sagat_hi-rez_studiosYes, 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.

You may call the interview a spiritual successor to the Partnerships and Business interview from the SMITE NA Championship in November. Hit the jump for the six minute discussion. Continue Reading

SMITE World Championship: Day 3 Results

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

lh_smite_world_championship_titan_cognitive_prime_team_profileThis 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

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.

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