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This Month in SMITE (September 2020 Recap)

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Did you get a chance to check out all the content that was made available for SMITE in September 2020? If not, you can take a few minutes and find out via the official recap video above. As usual, it was a busy month for the game, and plenty of new features were added.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Join SMITE

Cowabunga!

SMITE has been getting some serious collabs lately. It looks like the team is all-in on Nickelodeon tie-ups, as they recently ran an Avatar collab, and now they've revealed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as joining in as well! Read the full announcement below.

Nickelodeon’s world-famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will soon become playable characters in the hit video game SMITE: Battleground of the Gods.

Revealed today through a cinematic trailer, this world-bending crossover event will see Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello face a challenge mightier than the Foot Clan: Gods from ancient mythology such as Thor, Poseidon, and Hercules. Will Turtle Power overcome divine power?

“Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a global, cross-generational classic and bringing them to SMITE is a thrill for us,” says Alex Cantatore, Hi-Rez Studios Brand Director of Live Games. “SMITE is all about blending diverse mythologies and fictional universes, in a way no other game can. You can play as Zeus, Bob Ross, or Cthulhu and you can fight King Arthur or Avatar Aang—and now we’re adding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Battleground.”

All four iconic Turtles will be available as skins for existing SMITE gods in the all-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Pass.

Players will be able to wield the swords of the Turtles’ leader, Leonardo, with an all-new Osiris skin unlocked immediately upon purchasing the Battle Pass. Then, just by playing SMITE, purchasers will unlock Raphael Loki, Michelangelo Mercury, and Donatello Sun Wukong -- complete with the Turtles’ legendary gadgets.

“A few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles superfans at the studio pushed these skins to be something well beyond what we traditionally think of as ‘skins,’” said Travis Brown, Executive Producer of SMITE. “We’ve created all-new models, rigging, animations, and effects to really bring the Turtles into the Battleground of the Gods. They may use the abilities of existing SMITE gods, but they’re essentially all-new characters.”

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Battle Pass is chock full of content for dedicated fans of the series, including a Mouser ward skin and a global emote for whenever you want to say “Cowabunga!” For the most hardcore of fans, bonus prestige skins in the Battle Pass feature a unique 80’s cartoon-inspired look for all four Turtles.

Players will also be able to become the Turtles’ master, Splinter, or their arch-rival Shredder through this crossover event. Splinter Hachiman and Shredder Ravana skins will be available as separate purchases.

SMITE’s unique blend of third-person action combat and Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) strategy has attracted more than 30 million players to the Battleground of the Gods. SMITE features an ever-growing roster of 100+ Gods and Goddesses from pantheons around the world and throughout history, and is free to play on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

This is the second time Hi-Rez Studios and Nickelodeon have collaborated, following the successful Avatar: The Last Airbender Battle Pass released in SMITE earlier this year.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Pass will become available for purchase in SMITE next month. The full reveal of the crossover skins and more information about the Battle Pass will be broadcast live on twitch.tv/SMITEGame Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. EDT, during the SMITE Update Show.

Loki Now Reborn in SMITE today

All tricks, no treats

The latest update to SMITE brings in a new god that many will be familiar with. Loki has made his way to the game, and he's ready for some sneaky shenanigans. You can get full details on Loki's arrival below.

Today, October 6, SMITE: Battleground of the Gods has released its newest version of Loki in The Trickster God Update.

Loki has undergone a community-requested rework, essentially making him a new character. Focusing on what’s best in his gameplay, the changes also open multiple new avenues for both those playing him and those facing him.

Loki has always stood out among SMITE’s Assassins. His legends, his visuals, and his stealth mechanics all come together to make him absolutely memorable. All the more so with this rework as it focuses on those defining features.

As notorious as Loki is for backstabbing, he clearly embraces it in this rework. Now he takes backstabbing to the next level with two more abilities dealing additional damage when striking enemies in the back. Additionally, one of his new tricks is an overwhelming Flurry Strike using his signature daggers. With another, Loki summons a vision of his tortured past in reference to his lore, that ultimately blinds enemies as he maniacally laughs—and takes them out. With his new ability kit Loki now qualifies as an able Jungler, making him fit better in team compositions.

The frustration Loki sometimes used to induce has been taken out of his kit. Partly, this was achieved by making his invisibility fail briefly when opponents damage him. What’s more, his unsuspecting victims can now hear foreboding sound effects right before Loki is about to strike from the shadows.

For this week, to celebrate his rework, all players can receive a new Loki skin for free by earning two First Wins of the Day.

The Trickster God Update comes with a substantial amount of balance changes. Additionally, the Odyssey, the biggest in-game event in 2020 for SMITE, carries on with the release of five new amazing skins, including Sniper Tech Ra and Gummy Worm Medusa.

If you want to see the full patch notes for this update, you can read through them here.

SMITE "God Rework Reveal - Loki, The Trickster God" trailer

"See you in Hel, monster."

Loki fans and haters alike, the Loki Rework is finally here! This trickster will have a mixture of familiar elements with some entirely new surprises to bring to the battleground. We focused on preserving the stealth Assassin feel his kit evoked, but removed many of the frustrations surrounding him. Enemies should feel more in control when fighting against a Loki, having options to counter his incoming damage with a larger window to react. Loki mains should however find an array of new abilities to use when it comes to Jungling and teamfighting. All this is tied together with stronger lore ties and a doubling down on his dagger mastery. Prepare to face his tortured past and try your best to dodge his flurry of dagger strikes once this god hits the battleground!

SMITE and Paladins Top 5 Plays for the week ending Oct. 2nd, 2020

Who's got the skills this week?


Hi-Rez Studios has put together the latest installments of their Top 5 Plays videos for both Smite and Paladins. Check out what made the cut this time around in the videos above!

This Month in SMITE (August 2020) featurette

It's a month, and it's SMITE, so it's time for "This Month in SMITE"! Join Finch as he features (and roasts) the best clips from the SMITE scene.

SMITE and Paladins Top 5 Plays for the week ending Sept. 18th, 2020

Big plays of the week


Hi-Rez Studios has put together the latest installments of their Top 5 Plays videos for both Smite and Paladins. Check out what made the cut this time around in the videos above!

SMITE "Odyssey: Reckoning" event trailer

The day of reckoning is here

This season introduces a brand-new Odyssey, complete with new design changes that will awaken the explorer within you. On your journey, the gods will explore new cultures and unexplored lands, while battling the corruption of Cthulhu. Will you defeat the corruption…or will it overtake you?

SMITE "Update Highlights - Odyssey: Reckoning" and "Necropolis Battle Pass" trailers


Want to see what the latest is for the world of SMITE? Check out the two trailers above to see what's going on!

SMITE and Paladins Top 5 Plays for the week ending Sept. 4th, 2020


Hi-Rez Studios has put together the latest installments of their Top 5 Plays videos for both Smite and Paladins. Check out what made the cut this time around in the videos above!

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