My MOBA Adventures With Smite: Part One

When not writing, working, or interacting with the fam, I find myself dawn to playing the MOBA game Smite. For those not in the know, MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena.  Essentially you’re play with and/or against other people online.  I am far behind the curve, as the game’s been out for a while, and I’m quite new to it, and MOBAs in general. With this post, I hope to explain a little of the game, and what hooks me, partly because I feel I should write about things that fascinate me in addition to writing.

First, let’s establish that the characters in the game are all based on the gods from various mythologies, gives them roles, and me-the player must not only level up my character, and secure objectives, but build items on my god to enhance his or her existing abilities (or kit as they are called). That said it depends on which game mode you play, which determines objectives.

Let’s talk roles. Smite has four of them that you can play: Mage, Warrior, Guardian, Hunter, and Assassin. I’ll try to keep two sentences for each role.

  • Mages do ranged, magic-based attacks which ranges from crowd control, healing/sustain, and damage. Mages, however, lack strong defenses against damage.
  • Guardians do lower magic-based damage, but function like tanks (highly defensive/take heavy damage). They usually have strong crowd control ( AKA CC/debuffs) or healing (buffs) abilities, and are referred to as “supports.”
  • Warriors do physical-based damage and function like tanks as well. They usually have abilities that help them do high damage and stay in fights longer.
  • Hunters do physical-based damage, have ranged weapons, and are very item dependent to enhance their kits, but also use their basic attacks for damage.
  • Assassins are physical-based damage roles with melee-based weapons that specialize in quickly getting into a fight, bursting down a foe’s health, and getting out.  Their defenses are weaker, so it’s high risk-high reward type of action.

There are sets of pantheons to choose from as well:

  • Celtic: The smallest group at the moment with three characters.
  • Chinese:
  • Egyptian
  • Greek: Largest with sixteen choices.
  • Hindu
  • Japanese: Second smallest with five.
  • Mayan
  • Norse: Has thirteen.
  • Roman

One of the things I try to figure out in this game, and others, is what to level up first, and what items to install. I won’t list the items cause we’ll be here forever, BUT just know they boot your abilities, and while some are universal (all gods can use them) some are just for magic damage gods only, and some are for physical damage gods only.

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