Posts Tagged ‘SMITE’

Don’t Get Sleepy with SMITE Patch 1.02091.1: Kumbakharna Awakes

17 April 2014 | No Comments » | Mordil

I’ll admit, this new Hindu god sure makes me sleepy just trying to figure out how to pronounce his name. Is it KHUM-bah-karn-ah or KOOM-bha-karn-ah? I don’t know – and I think he barely knows as well considering he’s barely awake even for the team fights!

This patch also brings Isis a new skin; which is something she’s been begging for since she was first released.

Things of note this patch:

  • Updated tech for the client – it runs super smooth now (I doubled my framerate at maximum settings)
  • Qin’s Sais is back (finally); returning to its original passive of extra damage based on the target’s max health.
  • Bastet & Zhong Kui received a small nerf
  • Chaac is no longer immune to damage during his ult & Vamana no longer receives cooldown reduction on his ultimate
  • Odin, Thor, and Nemesis received sizable nerfs
  • Thor was given a slight buff

After the cut, watch the God Reveal video for Kumbakharna. Then check out the rest of the details in this patch.

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All the Awesome Cosplay from the #SMITELaunch

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

Words, who needs words when we’ve every single cosplayer available behind the cut. Hit that button. Hit it! Continue Reading

SMITE Live Today! LoreHound Has You Covered (Video)

25 March 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

SMITE, the battleground of the gods, has gone live! Hi-Rez Studios has officially launched the live version of SMITE, and are celebrating its release with a massive $200,000 tournament that will run from Friday, March 28th until Sunday, March 30th in Atlanta Georgia. Half of this prize money was earned via community purchases in the SMITE cash shop – which I think is pretty cool! The tournament includes four European teams and four North American teams that qualified through the weekly tournament series that began in early January, and will occur in front of a live audience. It will also be livestreamed worldwide on the SMITE twitch channel.

Need to catch up on the action of beta? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. In fact, we’ll be in attendance at the launch tournament. Be sure to follow the Lore Hound Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates! Continue Reading

SMITE Introduces Ullr – The Glorious One

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

Well, isn’t that an aptly timed release of the latest deity for the god-based MOBA SMITE. Following the recent unveiling of Sylla, Hi-Rez Studios has patch in Ullr – The Glorious One. Hailing from the Norse pantheon, Ullr is the nordic version of Artemis, the pantheon’s Hunter deity. The stance-based Ullr is another ranged physical character that features high sustainability, making him far less squishy than his Greek counterpart.

The latest patch contains something unheard of in SMITE, potentially by any MOBA, at least by my ears. Hi-Rez Studios has refunded any player that purchased the Nightmare skin for Hades. The 400 Gem purchase has become his default skin – with updates to the Legendary and Golden skins to reflect this – yet not removed from the game. Any incoming player can purchase the Classic skin. Anyone with Hades is grandfathered in.

Aphrodite received a 3D model overhaul. Still as sexy as ever. Meanwhile Nemesis received the Golden treatment. In what could be the final patch before next week’s launch tournament, Hi-Rez Studios focused its efforts on small balance changes, a lot of General updates and a variety of bug fixes.

Full patch notes after the cut. Oddly, the team must be quite busy, as there was no God Reveal video with the patch notes. Continue Reading

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.

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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