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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

SMITE NA Championship: The Business of Hi-Rez Studios

25 November 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_business_of_hirez_championshipLore Hound has had the pleasure of covering Hi-Rez Studios since it was a fledgling little indie tucked away in a corner of PAX. At the time it was showcasing an ambitious third-person class-based shooter by the name of Global Agenda. Launched and heavily updated, it never took off. Purchasing the much loved Tribes intellectual property and the release of Tribes: Ascend followed next. During this time was the rise of MOBAs, leading to SMITE being created as a third-person MOBA in the Unreal engine. And all this time Lore Hound grew beside them.

The business of a gaming website, hobby, professional, whatever, is fairly straightforward. First you get the hits, then you get the ads, then you get the money. For most gaming studios we’re left with a rather vague rendition of have an idea -> ??? -> $$$! During this weekend’s SMITE NA Championship we hoodwinked Todd Harris, the COO of Hi-Rez Studios, to address some burning questions that has led to the rise of SMITE as one of the first MOBAs featuring a championship with a purse over $1 million and counting.

In reality, we’re just trying to get on the bandwagon to that last step and thought these risk takers may be of a little help. After all, we’re still that little gaming website in a small corner of the Internet moving along the ranks slow and steady. This tortoise may just be a little jealous of that rabbit hosting a tournament likely to exceed $2 million. Why else head to Atlanta (*zing*)?

Hit the jump for the full interview covering all three titles, the prospects on Global Agenda 2 and how the company itself has changed in these ensuing years. Continue Reading

SMITE North America Championship: Results Are In

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

IMG_6675The two-day party at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre thrown by Hi-Rez Studios has come to its epic conclusion. The winner of the weekend was, aside from SMITE fans that arrived, those that won our Guan-Yu 2014 Convention skins, and the digital cheerers was Cognitive. The California eSports group took first and second this year, knocking long-playing Team Dignitas and compLexity, who lost its jungler to Team Dignitas early this year, in the semi final rounds.

It was no surprise that Cognitive had a strong showing. The teams had a combined record of 31-9 during SMITE Pro League season one. Easily securing the top two spots and scoring them byes for Round 1 of the NA Championship. The seasonal outcome pit Team Dignitas against Fat Chunks, a team that coalesced late in the NA Pro League Qualifiers and placed second in the open invitation Play-in Cup. compLexity paired against Rambozos, the underdog of the sextuplet that earned their way in from the Challenger Cup. That being an open wildcard tournament.

Beyond the jump you’ll find all the results, photos from the event and more.

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SMITE North American Championship: In Pictures

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

IMG_6708It’s not everyday that you’re part of the first of something. This weekend gave us at Lore Hound such an opportunity, the first group of people to attend the SMITE North American Championship. Attending before it’s cool is the only way to turn your nose at something later, so we snapped up the chance, grabbed a ticket and flew to Atlanta. The venue has changed from the Pre-Launch Tournament earlier this year and so has the god-based MOBA. And that change was only for the better.

Six teams are facing off for a chance at two spots in January’s World Championship. If you weren’t able to snag a ticket come join us and live vicariously through our expert photography. Cosplay, environment, staging, Internet famous faces and plenty more resides beyond that humble page cut. Click it to put your peepers on our exclusive SMITE NA Championship slideshow.

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SMITE World Championship Digital Ticket

17 November 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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Please describe how badass this is in the comments.

Following in the footsteps of BlizzCon, Hi-Rez Studios announced that the upcoming SMITE World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia will be fully available online. If you can’t find your way to Atlanta in mid-January a light $24.99 will get you as close to the event as possible. And fret not, that Jefferson plus will earn you some additional perks, including an ad-free stream (courtesy of the official SMITE Twitch channel), access to subscriber only chat (less trolls! maybe?), the Tyr 2015 Convention skin and SWC Ares and Ward skins.

The SMITE World Championship pool continues to climb thanks to the novel progression system devised by Hi-Rez Studios. The base pool for the January 9-11 event has climbed to over $1.3 million from a start of $500,000. The Odyssey promotion is the driving force of the increase, awarding players with access to new items for the mythological MOBA while simultaneously making the 8-team World Championship that much more exciting.

The final Odyssey item, as voted on by the community, was announced to cap off today’s update of the World Championship details. A super epic Thantos skin that changes during play is the final prize. Featuring four different evolving models, the ‘angelic’ theme to the Greek Hand of Death will be a highly valued skin for any player.

IRL tickets for the event are available now and running out fast! Digital tickets will be made available in December. Don’t forget to put your peepers on our SMITE streams for your chance to win god and skin codes. You’re already too late on today’s giveaway!

MOBA Monday: Let’s SMOTE Some Heroes (Giveaways)

17 November 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_moba_monday_smite_heroes_storm_AoKuangMOBA 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.

How could we not follow up BlizzCon with a little taste of Heroes of the Storm. It’s not everyday that you receive an early taste of what’s to come in a MOBA guided by the art director for the company. Only to have that followed up by an in-depth interview on the overarching philosophy for the multiplayer online battle arena that’s been in development and changed names more than Blizzard likely cares to count. It hasn’t been nearly six weeks – the normal patch iteration for HotS – so Jaina, The Lost Vikings and Thrall aren’t possible. Nor is a romp on Sky Temple. But hey, Muradin is playable this week and that’s more than we can guarantee for World of Warcraft.

The back half of today’s stream will return us to the god-filled world of SMITE. Just as BlizzCon is being followed by its MOBA so is the SMITE Regional Championships being led to by the very game that is the reason for Hi-Rez Studios to organize a large tournament atmosphere in (hopefully sunny) Atlanta, Georgia this weekend. Lore Hound will be there with bells on, but before we show up there’s a definite need to get at least my head back in the game, some wins under my belt and Worshipers in my corner.

MOBA Monday will kick off around 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, including this week’s SMITE god and skin codes! Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Titillating TOME & Superb SMITE (Giveaways)

3 November 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_moba_monday_smite_regional_championshipMOBA 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.

Put away that install client, because we’re jumping back into the browser-based world of TOME: Immortal Arena. Yeah, we’re just as excited as the rest of the community after last week’s announcement of a November 21 Steam release, complete with a 5v5 map. It came out a little later that Kixeye is also working on a genre first, a 7v7 map, for release after the Steam launch. As I patiently wait I’m going to farm up some more experience for blessings. Not to mention run around as a flaming, rainbow pooping Diesel Orlon.

I decided that I am sick of simply farming Worshipers in SMITE, so it’s time to over commit and bum rush the suckers. As such, today’s stream will be the beginning of that dedicated effort to finally, finally get enough Worshipers to cross into actual ranked play. And yes, I’ll still be focusing my attention on Arena because it’d rather play a handful of games instead of just one. Maybe I’ll get back into Conquest after this goal is met. After all, there is the upcoming North American Regional that Lore Hound will be attending in late November. Need to have some Conquest chops if I’m to play the part.

MOBA Monday will kick off around 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, including this week’s SMITE god and skin codes and Diesel Orlon skin codes! Continue Reading