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Official Site: SMITE
Studio: Hi-Rez Studios
Launch Date: March 25, 2014
Genre: Mythological Fantasy MOBA
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Xbox One

Enter to win a SMITE Cu Chulainn or Camazotz skin from Hi-Rez and MOP

Live in SMITE today are both the previously revealed mana-based god Cu Chulainn and the unique Code of Chivalry event, which introduces a morality bar to the MOBA and allows players to complete quests — for good and for evil — to become either a Noble Knight or a Black one.

To celebrate the update, Hi-Rez has granted us a bundle of keys for Cu Chulainn and his Hound of Ulster skin as well as Camazotz and his Xibalba’s Shadow skin. As always, skin codes can be redeemed in-game across all platforms and in all regions as long as you’re playing on Hi-Rez SMITE servers (Tencent runs the Chinese servers, and LevelUp runs the Latin American and Brazilian servers, so the codes won’t work there).

Read on to enter to win!

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SMITE adds Cu Chulainn to its roster and kicks off a Code of Chivalry event

This week’s newest member of the SMITE line-up is Cu Chulainn, the Hound of Ulster. Cu is a rough-and-tumble melee warrior who boasts high crowd control and area DPS. Like the Hulk, you don’t want to get Cu Chulainn mad, because when that happens he goes berserk and sees his stats and abilities improve.

Whether you play this new hero or not, all players can enjoy the Code of Chivalry event that’s currently running. “By choosing good quests, your morality progress bar will lean to the side of good, but choosing bad quests will sway it to the side of evil! After completing 5 quests, your progress bar will determine your remaining four quests and which Osiris skin you unlock first — Noble Knight or Black Knight.”

Finally, for Father’s Day weekend SMITE is selling its dad champions for 50% off (and, presumably, getting each of them a tie).

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The Stream Team: Dungeon diving in SMITE’s newest adventure, Trials of King Hercules

This year SMITE has been all about offering varied new adventures for players to partake in when not engaged in lane fighting. The most recent addition is ventures into the typical landscape of MMOs: the dungeon. The Trials of King Hercules is a three-player dungeon crawl, and Massively OP’s MJ is pretty excited to check it out. And as if experiencing a new adventure weren’t reason enough to dive in, MJ has a fistful of codes to give away. If you’ve really been wanting to play Fafnir, or you just have to collect his latest Dread-Lord, now is your chance. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for this look into this latest adventure and a chance to win a god.

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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E3 2017: SMITE and Paladins are coming to the Xbox One X on day one

Hi-Rez has just announced this morning that both its MOBA SMITE and its MOBA Paladins will launch for the Xbox One X on November 7th, the same day the platform itself arrives. Both games are already playable on the Xbox One proper.

The studio’s released a video for each game showing off gameplay and visuals captured with the Xbox One dev kit — and yep, it’s native 4K with 60 FPS. Enjoy!

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Siltbreaker, the first chunk of Dota 2’s co-op PvE campaign, is now live

It seems co-op multiplayer campaigns are the thing for MOBAs to do lately, if SMITE and Master X Master and Dota 2 are any judge, bringing the whole MMO and ARPG industry full circle. Dota 2’s attempt at adding PvE content into games built around PvP arena battles launched this week, in fact. Act I: Siltbreaker is live now and includes loot and de facto achievements and ranks.

“Each playthrough of this campaign offers the chance to earn in-game Artifacts that can be used each time you play the campaign during the Battle Pass season. Comprised of all-new items to the Dota universe, Artifacts are mythic objects of power that can be equipped in your inventory as you progress through the challenges of the campaign. […] As you battle through multiple play zones in search of Rhyzik, you’ll earn completion stars based on your performance level. The first time you complete a zone with one or two stars will net you Battle Points rewards, and delivering a three-star zone performance will grant a treasure from Siltbreaker himself.”

It’s not technically a free update; you’ll need to own Valve’s Battle Pass to access it, which’ll set you back about 10 bucks. Act II: A Vault in the Deep is slated to release in July.

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PvE dungeon crawling arrives in MOBA SMITE today with The Trials of King Hercules

SMITE is cementing its reputation as the MOBA most influenced by MMOs with the launch of The Trials of King Hercules today. “This new adventure plays like a classic dungeon experience from an MMO and offers SMITE players a whole new way to play the gods and goddesses of mythology with their friends,” says Hi-Rez.

“The Trials of King Hercules is a free 3 player PvE dungeon adventure available to all players of any level. The adventure begins in a town hub where players can accept quests before heading out. Completing quests will grant equipable items, and there are also buffs and equipment that can be purchased from the townsfolk with gold earned from defeating enemies inside the dungeon. Within the dungeon players will face bosses that test their ability to coordinate attacks and support each other as the fight progresses. Teamwork will be essential to victory, and players will be able to experiment with over 70 gods to create the most effective team composition. Once players have unlocked the more advanced hard mode they will be able to face the Lernaean Hydra in the final boss encounter for the ultimate loot and in-game rewards.”

The new “SMITE RPG” adventure arrives as part of a larger patch today, which also includes a visual update for Bacchus; new skins for Hercules, Poseidon, Ravana, Rama, and Da Ji; and a balancing pass on relics. Check out the trailer down below.

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The Stream Team: Watch and win SMITE’s new Da Ji

If you didn’t win SMITE’s newest god — Da Ji, The Nine-Tailed Fox — in MOP’s raffle over the weekend, never fear! Massively OP’s MJ has you covered. At least she has a few lucky viewers covered: She’ll be showing off this new god while giving away keys. Death, destruction, and a devilish diva… who’d want to miss that? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for your chance to win.

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 29th, 2017

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Da Ji is live in SMITE today; enter our giveaway to snag her special skin!

If I never read another story about a woman whose beauty ruins everything, I’ll be thrilled. However, the Da Ji of Chinese mythology at least has a twist: She was possessed by a fox spirit. So it all makes sense now, right?

SMITE hopes so as it’s introduced Da Ji, The Nine-Tailed Fox, as a playable hero today. She’s a melee assassin toon who slashes and burns with her flaming claws. Today’s patch also has new skins for Camazotz, Medusa, Kuzenbo, Jing Wei, and Ganesha, and Hi-Rez has canceled plans to rescale player experience level, though it’s still working on the snowballing match play problem.

Hi-Rez has granted us a slew of keys for Da Ji and her special “vixen” skin. Read on to enter to win one!

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SMITE Tactics has been renamed Hand of the Gods – enter to win a beta key to check it out!

If SMITE Tactics didn’t quite grab you before, maybe Hand of the Gods will. No, it’s not a new game — it’s a new name. Hi-Rez Studios‘ turn-based strategy game based on the gods of  SMITE has been rebranded to Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics, complete with a shiny new site and a new reveal trailer.

However, the name isn’t the only change as the game has been developing. We’ve added the trailer here so you can watch snippets of the newest gameplay, including the new pantheons and the summoning stones. If you are intrigued by what you see and want to try your hand at Hand of the Gods, you can sign up for a chance to get into the currently closed beta on the official site, or buy a founders pack for $20.00 that grants immediate entry (along with other goodies).

We also have beta keys to give away to five lucky readers — read on for your chance to win!

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The MOP Up: SMITE’s console mea culpa (May 7, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from Skyforge, EVE Online, IngressWar ThunderWorld of TanksWakfuLeague of LegendsSMITEGTA OnlineElsword OnlineWurm OnlineDarkfall: Rise of AgonWorlds AdriftCounter-Strike, SEAL Online, and Warspear Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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SMITE honors ‘painting god’ Bob Ross in next week’s update

I almost feel sorry for a patch like the one hitting SMITE next week — it’s got new skins for Erlang Shen, Sol, Thoth, Kuzenbo, and Thanotos in addition to mechanics updates — but the bit that’s getting all the attention is the tribute to painter Bob Ross, whose estate apparently licensed his likeness and his “happy little trees” catchphrase for use as a SMITE character. He’s part of a new Sylvanus skin, if you’re wondering, and Hi-Rez is cheekily calling him “undeniably one of the true Gods of painting.” Why do I get the feeling the art team pitched this as a joke they never believed would actually happen?

Hi-Rez also notes that it’s testing balances changes on the PTS right now that won’t go live with the rest, though they may go live with 4.9. The goal with the tweaks is to fix the “snowballing” problem of a match that appears to be lost just a few minutes in.

“While we see players are able to come back from these scenarios, it can feel devastating and demoralizing to have such a hill to climb off the first few moments of the game. To counteract this, we are adjusting the Experience needed to reach Level 2 to from 308 to 225. What this means is that the first wave of Minions, even when split by 2 players, will provide those players with enough Experience to hit Level 2. Gold Fury is also becoming a bit more difficult and the early game reward toned down to lessen the lead that an early Gold Fury can provide.”

The Bob Ross bundle and associated goodies arrive on May 9th for PC.

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SMITE honors terminally ill player with community avatar

A popular SMITE player and streamer battling cancer has shared the news that it’s terminal, and the impending loss is affecting the community deeply. David Hance, known as Allied, played most recently with Luminosity Gaming, and the organization is urging folks to donate to cancer research.  In honor of Allied, who has touched the lives of many, Hi-Rez is offering an avatar with his likeness to every player for free; just redeem the code #alliedstrong in the store. The code works for both PC and consoles.

We wish Allied and his family and friends much strength and comfort during his struggles. You can join with the devs and the rest of the community in offering support on Twitter with the hashtag #alliedstrong.

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