Posts Tagged ‘SMITE’

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Hou Yi

26 February 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_deities_demigods_god_explained_HouYi_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: Houyi, aka Hou-i, Shenyi, and even simply Yi, is the famed archer husband of Chang’e, Faerie of the Moon, and is one of the more prolific deities of Chinese mythology. Often portrayed as the god of archery Hou Yi is seen as coming to aid all of mankind. His skills were requested by none other than Yao, the Emperor of China after the ten Sun-birds began to grow tired of their divine routine. Rather than appear alone each day the sun birds ventured out. Together. Their combined heat scorched the world, dried up lakes and decimated crops. The Emperor had to protect his subjects. Hou Yi, the renowned archer, was given the blessing of Dijun, the God of the Eastern Heaven, to frighten his mischievous sons. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Smitten with Smoting in SMITE (Giveaway)

16 February 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_moba_monday_smite_gods_giveawayMOBA Monday is a weekly showcase of how to perform, eh, let’s go with adequately – we hope – in a multiplayer 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.

Aphrodite and Cupid are no longer be spreading romance across the universe of SMITE. That’s fine, I’ve been smitten with the MOBA for quite some time. That’s why we’ll be returning to the god-based MOBA for tonight’s episode despite the fact that I played a solid amount this weekend. I mean, I wasn’t going to let a heart-shaped icon past me by simply because I didn’t win one game in a weekend!

The odds are strong that I’ll once again be forced into a support role, which goes well most of the time. Granted, the team composition my force my hand into playing a particular god I am not familiar with. Or, of course, there can always be crucial disconnects and such to interfere. At any rate, you guys should really be cheering for that occurrence, because I’ll be giving away some god and recolor unlock codes. That’s right, there is a solid chance that a plural amount of codes will be given away during tonight’s episode of MOBA Monday!

Don’t forget that all Lore Hound Twitch shows have been moved to their new time at 7:00 PM EST. We still have the same great line up, the same shenanigans and the same daily dose of awesome. 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

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!

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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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