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Could Kratos come to Smash Ultimate? All the evidence for a God of War DLC fighter so far

Published: 28/Jan/2021 0:25

by Michael Gwilliam

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God of War’s Kratos may seem like an unrealistic addition to Super Smash Bros Ultimate, but there is some evidence to suggest that there is a chance that PlayStation all-star makes his way to Nintendo’s flagship fighter.

Firstly, let’s begin by saying Kratos coming to Smash as a DLC fighter is extremely unlikely, but given recent events and remarks by God of War’s developers, his chances have risen a lot higher than they were just one year ago.

The big thing to consider here is, amusingly, Fortnite. If there was ever a game to rival or perhaps even surpass Smash Ultimate for bringing together characters from other universes, it’s Fortnite.

Could Fortnite pave the way for Kratos in Smash?

Fortnite Kratos skin
Epic Games / Sony
With Kratos in Fortnite, his Smash stock has risen a bit.

With Kratos being a skin in the Epic Games title and not exclusive to any one platform, God of War has, in a weird way, made its way to Nintendo consoles already.

What this tells us is that Sony is willing to use Kratos in games other than those found on PlayStation. After all, he’s been a guest character in a few other games such as Hotshots Golf: Out of Bounds and Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, but those only released on Sony systems.

With Kratos in Fortnite and technically a skin that Nintendo Switch and Xbox users can use, there is a chance that they’d be open to him appearing in even more crossovers.

Sony Santa Monica’s cryptic tweet

Next, there was a very interesting tweet from Sony Santa Monica back in January 2020 that flew under the radar. In it, the Smash music plays while a bunch of characters flash above Kratos’ head, seemingly suggesting whoever it pauses on will be coming to Ultimate.

After passing over the likes of Waluigi, Master Chief and Trevor Phillips from GTA V, the video stops at Kratos.

While this tweet may raise some eyebrows, many in the replies took this to suggest that the studio responsible for God of War was interested in Kratos coming to Smash. Unfortunately, the account didn’t reply to any of those theories, so there is nothing else to go off there.

God of War’s Art Director is a big Smash fan

Finally, God of War’s Art Director Raf Grassetti has put together some impressive Smash Bros art, redesigning the game’s roster as realistic fighters.

Obviously, this could just be an artist being a fan of Smash, but being a fan can help immensely, especially if it opens up the doors for talks with Nintendo.

After all, Solid Snake only ended up in Smash because Hideo Kojima’s son was a fan, resulting in his father asking Masahiro Sakurai to add the Metal Gear Solid protagonist to the game.

kratos and atreus in god of war
Santa Monica Studios
Boy, it sure would be cool if Kratos was in Smash Ultimate.

So, while there may not be any leaks or proof that discussions between Sony and Nintendo happened, it seems like the devs wouldn’t be opposed to the idea.

Plus, it goes without saying that Kratos could have an amazing kit and be a worthy addition to Fighters Pass Volume 2, or even a Volume 3 if Nintendo decides to add even more DLC characters.

While Sony and Kratos aren’t talked about nearly as much as Microsoft and Master Chief when it comes to Smash, if there is one character who could break the internet as much, it could probably be the Ghost of Sparta.

League of Legends

TFT b-patch 11.4 notes: Olaf nerfs, Nasus & Nidalee buffs

Published: 25/Feb/2021 2:28

by Andrew Amos

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A small update for Teamfight Tactics is here with TFT b-patch 11.4. Riot is finetuning some adjustments after their big changes, with the February 24 patch including nerfs to Olaf, as well as buffs to Nasus and Nidalee.

TFT patch 11.4 drastically shook up the game’s meta. Reroll comps were nerfed into the ground, leading to the rise of Slayers and Vanguard-Mystic Neeko.

However, the changes went a bit too far. With Olaf becoming the number one comp instantly, Riot are keen to draw back his power in a big way. On the other hand, Nasus and Nidalee were hit a bit too hard for the devs’ liking.

TFT b-patch 11.4 includes changes for all of these units, and more.

Olaf AD increased, but Runaan’s change is huge nerf

Olaf has quickly risen to the number one carry in TFT with the big nerfs to all his rivals in TFT patch 11.4. Paired with Runaan’s Hurricane, he could cleave through entire teams 1v9. Now, that interaction is changing.

“Hurricane has proved to be too synergistic with Olaf, making him too powerful with the item, but too weak without it. We’re removing the Hurricane interaction, but will be giving him some AD to compensate and open up other build paths,” TFT dev Rodger ‘Minionsrpeople2’ Caudill said in the amended patch notes.

The loss of the Runaan’s proc on his ultimate makes his damage output significantly weaker. While an increase in AD will help balance out the nerf, Olaf forcers will certainly feel the change.

Nidalee in TFT Fates
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Nidalee was hit the hardest in TFT patch 11.4, so Riot are giving her a bit of love.

Nasus & Nidalee get compensation buff after early nerfs

On the other side of the equation, after getting nuked in the last update, reroll carries Nasus and Nidalee are getting some assistance. Nasus’ mana is getting decreased so he can cast more readily, while Nidalee’s damage at two and three-star is also up.

The changes may not make either comp S-Tier in the meta, but it’s a handy buff. Talon is also getting a huge bugfix that keeps his mana bar full if a target dies midway through his ability animation.

Quicksilver and Runaan’s bugs have also been squashed in the b-patch. You can find the full TFT b-patch 11.4 notes below, courtesy of Riot.

TFT b-patch 11.4 notes

Champions

Tier 1

Nasus

  • Mana: 0/80 ⇒ 0/70

Nidalee

  • Nidalee Javelin Toss Damage: 100/150/250 ⇒ 100/175/300

Tier 4

Olaf

  • Ragnarok Cleave effect no longer triggers on Runaan’s Hurricane bolts
  • Attack Damage: 80 ⇒ 90

Talon

  • Fixed a bug where Talon would lose his Mana if his target died as he reached full Mana

Items

Quicksilver

  • Fixed a bug where Quicksilver was preventing damage from Nasus’s Wither and blocking some non-CC debuffs (e.g. Grievous Wounds, mana reave)

Runaan’s Hurricane

  • Fixed a bug where Runaan’s Hurricane’s bolt was benefiting from damage amp (e.g. Slayer, Giantslayer, Hand of Justice)