Posts Tagged ‘SMITE’

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

MOBA Monday: Pantheon Pandemonium then Into the Heart of the Storm

28 July 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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A very early lineup of Heroes of the Storm

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 in our weekly Twitch channel staple.  

SMITE returns to the forefront of MOBA Monday thanks to a two week break by iTZKooPA during his on location stint at QuakeCon 2014. Jonesing for additional quadra kills, he’ll be taking it to the Arena as he continues his farming of Worshippers and his quest for being the master (of all the SMITE gods). Mastery of skill may or may not come later. We shall see.

Slicing of shrink wrap will continue this week. Heroes of the Storm will be featured for the first time in the history of the Lore Hound Twitch channel. Follow us as we step into a MOBA that doesn’t penalize heavily for character deaths and even features a hero of the Blizzard universe that’s meant to die. Repeatedly.

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. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Kumbakharna

8 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.

Lore: The difficult to pronounce Kumbhakarna is a jovial, pious deity twisted by his warrior’s code. A core part of the Ramayana, one of two revered Hindu epic poems, he is a giant of a man that routinely feeds, even on monks if only to showcase his power. Brothers to Ravana and Vibhishana, he often fights for the side of evil out of family loyalty to Ravana.

After performing a particular moving yajna to Lord Brahma the brave Kumbhakarna was rewarded with a blessing. Goddess Saraswati acting on behalf of a jealous Indra cursed his tongue causing the intelligent giant to slur ‘Nidraasana,’ or sleep, instead of the anticipated ‘Indraasana,’ or seat of Indra, which would have endowed him the realm and title of Lord of Heaven. Tricked, Kumbhakarna became the Sleeping Giant setting the mountains to rumbling with his snores. Continue Reading