Smite Odyssey 2018 T5 Skin Vote: Top 3

The time has finally come for Hi-Rez to release the top 3 skins that are in with the chance of becoming this year’s Odyssey T5 skin. The winning T5 skin will be the final reward for the Odyssey 2018 which will happen later this year.

*Edit: Voting has now closed and the T5 winner has been announced!

Firstly, here is the link you need to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/69B6XJQ

Jing Wei, Medusa and Ullr have been chosen and are now open to votes with the theme of the Elements. PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE NOT THE FINAL DESIGNS SO MAY CHANGE SLIGHTLY DURING PRODUCTION. ALL CONCEPTS WILL STAY THE SAME.

In my opinion these concept designs are lacking something considering they’re meant to be T5 skins. They will cost a lot in game to be able to unlock and I don’t think the entries are as strong as last year’s top 3. However, I do like the designs, I just hope Hi-Rez can put in some great effects to the winning skin and really make something great out of it (because after all, these are just concepts)! Let me know your thoughts.

 

Jing Wei:

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Jing Wei will change elements each time she uses her passive.

I really like this idea. Although the designs don’t seem to change much apart from differing in colour, I am pleased with the model overall. I think Hi-Rez will try to change some details to make the forms look slightly different (like the Medusa skin) during production if this wins otherwise it will be a pretty poor T5 compared to the others already in game.

When triggering her passive, Jing Wei will transform into a bird during flight, and switch element upon landing. I really like this way of the skin progressing as you will be able to go back to base to check out the other forms and it will be simple to swap form during game. With Anubis’ T5 last year, because the skin changed form per level, you barely got to see the first form as you start at level 3 in most games (even level 5 in some cases) and if the game ended early you wouldn’t get to play in the final form.

 

Medusa:

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Medusa will change form every time she uses her ultimate ability.

This concept art looks amazing. The detail is great and I love how the appearance changes slightly per form (I’d like to see the Jing Wei skin look more like this). The colours, designs and effects look great and this overall is a really great piece of concept art.

Again, I like the element change every time she ults as this will change frequently and you will be able to see all the elements throughout the game. It’s not quite as selective as the Jing Wei idea as you would waste an ult if you wanted to change form, but the idea is still good.

 

Ullr:

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Ullr will change form when changing stance – Fire in Axe stance, Ice in Bow stance.

This is another great idea, and although Ullr doesn’t have 4 different element changes, he will have 2 that greatly differ from each other. Again, the element change is easy to swap in game so you can play with both forms, however, I think this could cause some problems as the designs are very different and the stance change is very fast and can be changed very frequently. For this reason I think the developers may have to tone this concept down in order for the stance change to run smoothly.

Also, I actually thought the Ice form was Hou Yi when I first saw this art… although looking at it now it looks more like Rama.

 

At the moment my vote is tied between Jing Wei and Medusa (swaying towards Jing). I don’t play Ullr and I think the Ullr skin could cause the most problems in game, so for me that skin is out of the running.

The Medusa concept art is definitely my favourite, but I much prefer the idea of Jing Wei changing form after her passive. I also have Jing Wei rank X and therefore play her the most out of the 3 gods. If Hi-Rez are going to change the Jing Wei forms slightly like the Medusa skin, then that will 100% be the skin I want to see in the game.

Choose you vote wisely! Voting closes on 11th July and the winner will be announced at Dreamhack on 12th July (probably during the Patch Notes show).

Smite: Top 3 Angelic Awilix Community Skin Vote

*Edit: This competition has now closed and the winner has been announced. Check out my post about the winning skin concept here:

https://gamergalexe.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/smite-angelic-awilix-winner-of-the-community-skin-competition/

It’s that time again everyone. It’s time for the next stage of the Awilix community skin vote. Here is the link you need to place your vote which will be active until May 11th:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M2SG7TT

Here are the top 3 skins as voted by you, the community (these pictures are the Hi-Rez concepts so this is the closest to what they will look like in game):

1. Midnight Dove (by Oreo)

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2. Immaculate Moonlight (by DaGipsyKing)

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3. Angelic (by Julia Brand)

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If you’ve seen my previous post you will know how much I love the Midnight Dove skin since I first saw it. I think all 3 concepts have come together nicely and I like the Angelic (skin 3) a lot more after seeing the Hi-Rez concept than I did before.

I can see Midnight Dove working as a 600 gem skin and Angelic as a 400 gem skin, but I can’t place the Immaculate Moonlight skin… I think out of all 3 it looks the least like Awilix.

Congrats to the 3 artists who got this far and good luck in the next stage. Make sure your vote for you favourite to increase the chance of seeing it in game. The winner of the competition will be announced May 12th!

Smite: My Top 3 Gods since Season 4

Since the beginning of Season 4 I feel like a lot of Gods who weren’t as popular before are now being picked quite frequently and I’m liking the variety of the picks. In this post I will talk about who I like playing the most right now (April 2017) and which gods I believe are quite strong currently as well as how I like to build them and what I think works well.

3. Hel

Hel wasn’t a strong hero in Season 3 and wasn’t really picked all that often, however since her abilities were changed slightly at the start of Season 4 she has definitely improved. For me, the change on her Decay/Restoration (ability 1) is the main game changer for me as now it passes through enemies and does damage rather than it stopping on the first enemy hit. This change has made her wave clear safer and she now doesn’t have to get so close to actually do some decent damage.

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I’ve found that sunder is such a great relic for her due to her slightly shorter range and huge burst damage output. I also like to buy Shield of Regrowth and this helps with her escape even more so than just the movement speed buff from her heal anyway. It also makes her a little but tankier so she can afford to play a bit more aggressive. Rod of Asclepius also helps with the escape as it gives increased healing and even more movement speed which I think is key to playing Hel.

All she needs now is a remodel…

2. Aphrodite

Aphrodite has always been quite a versatile and decent hero and can be great with the right team setup. Since healing was nerfed in general at the start of Season 4 I was worried that this would affect her performance as I generally build her as a support than as a damage mage, but Hi-Rez actually increased her healing. Although this sounds really overpowered I think she needed it when in combat, since unlike other healers she can only heal herself and one other ally at a time, but I still feel like it’s probably a bit strong when out of combat.

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I still like to play her mostly as a support, but the other day I played her using a standard mage build instead and did really well. This is definitely a build I would like try again as I could never really get it to work in mid Season 3.

My support build generally consists of the new Celestial Legion Helm, Rod of Asclepius then either Breastplate of Valor or Chronos Pendant (for the cooldown) depending on the game. Lotus Crown, Pythagorem’s Piece and Divine Ruin are other items I sometimes choose to build, but I will always start with Sands of Time, Mana Chalice and Meditation Cloak (relic).

1. Jing Wei

I honestly love this hunter at the moment. I must have got her from rank V to rank X over the past few weeks without playing any other hunter. I loved playing her when she was first released but she wasn’t as good as some of the other hunters at the time, but I think because I like her kit and no one else really picks her I wanted to play her well. I can say that actually she is one of the gods I am most comfortable playing now and definitely my go to hunter.

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One of the best things about her kit is definitely her dash. Although it has a long cooldown it can really help her to be more aggressive as if she gets knocked up she can dash out of it in the air and travel twice as far than if she was on the ground. Jing can also use her 1 to launch herself before she dashes (just be careful not to use the dash before she is fully knocked up as I’ve noticed recently it just puts the dash on cooldown and she doesn’t actually dash anywhere…). This is a great counter to Sobek, Bacchus, Erlang, Awilix, and basically anyone with a knockup.

She was slightly buffed a few patches ago and I can actually really feel the changes even though they were quite small. There is a bug with her at the moment where sometimes during basic attacks the Explosive Bolts animation will play which at full attack speed looks quite funny… annoying though as the sound effects play too although activating and using Explosive Bolts again will fix this for a while.

My general build is Odysseus Bow, Warrior Tabi, Executioner and Wind Demon. Sometimes I will pick Hastened Fatalis if I need the chase, Deathbringer for more crits or Bloodforge if I’m doing really well and for the lifesteal.

I also LOVE the new Mini-Metal skin for her! I’m guessing it’s a reference to the band Baby Metal as she does look a lot like them, but the skin reminds me of Ruby Rose from RWBY.

Other:

From my experience, some popular gods that I’ve seen a lot of are Poseidon, Anhur, Zhong Kui (since his buff in recent patches), Hel and Bastet. I have seen so many Poseidons do really well no matter what game mode and I’ve heard that Anhur is one of the most favoured gods in Duel at the moment.

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I haven’t actually seen anyone pick Cernunnos for the past few weeks or seen anyone play with the new Hades changes yet. Kali, Freya and Isis are also goddesses I haven’t seen in a while which seems a bit odd considering they all used to be really strong picks.

Around 6 months ago I was playing mostly Arachne, Sol and Izanami so I’ll review this post a few months from now and post about who my favourite gods are then.