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New God and New Event in SMITE's latest update

Gaming article by Luigi Savinelli on April 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM
News
Developer
Hi-Rez
Publisher
Hi-Rez
Release Date
March 25, 2014
Genre
MOBA
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Steam

A new fighter enters the battlefield of the gods in the latest SMITE update. After Amaterasu and Raijin, it's time for the Japanese pantheon to welcome their first hunter. Jing Wei: The Oathkeeper is now playable. This patch brings more than just a new god though. The long teased "Escape from the Underworld" event is in full swing with its new skins and an all new way to play the arena map.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCxW-JHIVsY

 

First things first, let's give a look at what the newcomer is capable of:

Passive : Rapid Reincarnation When exiting the fountain, Jing Wei prepares for takeoff and then ascends into the sky, allowing her to fly over obstacles at an increased speed.
  • Duration: 5s.
Persistent Gust Jing Wei creates a gust of wind that deals (90/140/190/240/290 +90% of your Physical Power) damage and knocks up enemies when summoned. The gust persists for 6s and continues to knock up and deal additional (10/20/30/40/50 +5% of your Physical Power) damage to enemies every 1s. If Jing Wei walks onto the area, she is knocked up and gains an attack speed buff for 5s. Cost: 70/75/80/85/90. Cooldown: 14s.
  • Attack Speed Buff: 25%.
Explosive Bolts Jing Wei loads her crossbow with explosive bolts that augment her next 3 Basic Attacks. These attacks are wider, have increased critical chance, and deal area of effect damage. Cost: 70. Cooldown: 16s.
  • Critical Chance: 5/10/15/20/25%.
Agility Jing Wei dashes straight forward. She may use this ability while mid-air for a longer range dash and a 5s immunity to basic attack movement penalties. Cost: 75. Cooldown 20/18/16/14/12s.

Air Strike Jing Wei channels briefly before taking to the sky. She then flies forward and upward while covering the area below her in explosions that damage (200/280/360/420/500 +100% of your Physical Power) all enemies in the area. After her attack, she hovers for up to 2s before landing at a ground target location. Cost: 100/110/120/130/140. Cooldown: 90s.

A skillset like that makes Jing Wei a hard catch for enemy chasers but, at the same time, make her extremely depending on positioning to be effective during the fights. Despite that, she's probably one of the most mobile hunters in recent memory, making her an interesting character although not a simple one to play.

The other big addition of this update is the new event "Escape from the Underworld" that will run through the whole month and that will add new feature. The most interesting one is the addition of a bonus round in arena matches. At the end of the regular match, all 10 gods will be teleported in the center of the arena and surrounded by lava. They will then fight against one another until only one remains. The winner team will receive bonus worshippers.

 

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During the event, players will also receive themed quests that will ultimately reward them with an avatar of the event or the From the Nether music theme.

 

Are you enjoying the new event in SMITE? Did you play Jing Wei? Let us know in the comments.

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Gamer since I can remember and now writer for your enjoyment. Can't say more. Those games will not play themselves