Paragon V 43 Misadventures

Yesterday was psyched when the game, Paragon which got a major visual update and characters adjusted, however as I played, complications ensued.

First the lag was UGLY. And by ugly I mean the character’s stalled, attacked seconds later after I pressed buttons. Even worse, when I backed or moved, there was a jump cut, and I was in a position I wasn’t supposed to be.  Very frustrating.

In my first game, my team didn’t really play well together. I was support (Phase), and I was ready to test out my utility deck which was about healing the team, wards (for enemy reveals), and using my kit for more heals.

It was comically awful, as I was destroyed several times, and lag didn’t help, but we made it to win. It took that late game build and  the team learning to work together.  My heals, and their damage was the right combination.

I played another game (Zinx), hoping the lag was done, but the game crashed…twice. I immediately logged back in, each time, of course, to complete my match. but I STILL got an AFK (away from keyboard) AKA you abandoned the team warning. Needless to say it was time to stop playing the game. This was disappointing as well as frustrating.

So this morning, Paragon developers puts out a patch for the game. This will hopefully make it a bit more playable than last night. I’ll test it later this evening. Despite its flaws, its a fun game, and it looks AMAZING.  Paragon team don’t let me down today. I’m all excited to try again.

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Games in Before the Storm

Hello, there’s a storm approaching, and as always the Carolinas is a little chaotic. I played some games, which calmed me down. It’s another MOBA called, Paragon by Epic Games. It’s more action oriented, and fast paced.

All you need to know is I’m supposed to keep my towers from being brought down by the enemy team and vice versa. My character, Zinx has a lot of sustain, and I tried to capitalize on that.  She however has no real escape.  So trade off, in my opinion.

Red Star Athena

This is me playing Smite with a friend. The game mode is joust, which is a 3 vs 3 match.   I’m playing with a friend (he’s playing Medusa), and it was fun.  Athena is a guardian class character, which means she’s all about being tanky, and using crowd control to draw the enemy’s attention to her.

The build I made is nearly all physical protections with aura to help the team, and hinder the enemy.

Enjoy.

My MOBA Adventures with Smite: Part Two

In yesterday’s post, I talked about the basic roles and pantheons in Smite to choose from. Smite is a free to play game, that’s available on consoles and PC. For the record, I’m playing on PC, and loving it.

Today, I’m gonna discus my obsession in huge part with this game, which is item building. In Smite you’re building items to increases your stats. Your stats have three categories, and how you build in these categories determines your effectiveness in the game.

First. let’s discuss that each god has a basic attack and abilities they can use.  In addition, each god has a passive that can aid them in the game. Passive is just as it sounds-a passive ability that benefits that god, or the team.  Depends on the character.   For the sake of brevity remember that all characters have a base health and mana pool.

  • Health is a finite amount of points that if is lowered down to zero by enemy damage, you die, and have to wait to respawn to attack.
  • Mana is your energy levels and your abilities draw from this pool. You don’t want to be without man because your abilities can get you out of tough situations.

Both of these stats can be increased by item building, and items are earned though gaining gold as you play the game.  You start off with some gold, but it’s up to the player to farm (kill minions and enemies to earn more gold)

As for the three area of stats they are:

  • Damage: This is how you put the hurt on people. Your power and attack advantages are here.
  • Defense: How you protect yourself from the hurt. Your health stats are increased with items here.
  • Utility: How to keep your power up and going.  Think-Viagra for your mana pool.

These areas have sub-classes, but we’d be here all day if I went into them.

Because Items increase your effectiveness, I always want to get good items and have to be mindful of the costs. This means some items can be purchased after a few rounds of fighting while others take longer.  While I’m still new to the game, I’ve noted aggressive players always seem to farm for their coins quicker. When I play the hunter role, for example, I clear minion waves fast, and collect the coins. There are also items to help you collect coins faster.  So snagging those are good.

I’d say everyone needs some damage in their builds. If you don’t have any you’ll likely be getting outplayed by your enemy. Defense is pro and con.  For my warriors and guardians, I need them, because you will get focused on by the enemy, and you need to be able to last in fights.  For mages mainly I put stock in utility more because they tend to use a lot of abilities, and those abilities cost mana.  Some other roles the abilities are equally mana hungry.

As I learnt e game more, I’m trying to figure out who needs what has a character.  For example, characters with healing abilities need different items than those who don’t heal. I might want more attack speed, or raw power to hit harder. Perhaps I need more defense because I’m on the front line and getting a lot of attention.  Trust me, if your enemy sees you too close, they will come for you as a team, and murk you.

 

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.

Smite Gameplay :Chang’e

Gaming keeps my mind off stuff. Ye, I did some writing this weekend. Don’t you worry, but gaming is fun.

Chang’e is a mage in Smite. Her kit gives her a lot of mobility, elusiveness, sustain, and crowd control. Like with most MOBA games, you have to level up your character and build her abilities.

In my case I went for the larger health & man pools, and boosts to my healing and power. I stayed in the fight longer, and my team was good.