Getting Started on Smite
Recently, the internet has been taken up into something of a storm by this event called SWC. You’d be forgiven for thinking this meant the South West College of Northern Ireland but sadly, you’d be wrong. From Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, thousands of Smite fans around the world tuned into Twitch.tv to watch professional e-sports teams play against one another in pursuit of a $2.6 million prize fund. This is likely why you’re here right now, reading the words of a guide to get started in Smite and wondering why the author is caterwauling along writing about some contest?
Well, the recent championship has given Smite something of a PR boost. More and more new players are downloading Smite, and it’s likely that you’ll be one of them. If you aren’t, then here’s a handy little rundown.
Smite is an online action game in which players battle alongside their teammates against the opposing force in a MOBA with a difference. Traditionally, and in the genetic vein of the original DOTA, a MOBA is played from a top down view point that is itself a long-established feature of strategy games. Smite, however, plays out from a closer angle, giving it a much more visceral and in-your-face feel. In a world where League of Legends and DOTA 2 dominate the world of e-sports and free-to-play MOBAs, Smite stands out as something a little special.
This little something special does mean that for some Smite can be a little bit too different to the norm. So here’s a handy guide to get you started in Hi-Rez Studios’s third person MOBA whether you’re a veteran of the genre or writing MOBA into your Google search bar right now.