Rival's CaptainTwig breaks down how his team made Finals at SMITE Worlds - Dexerto
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Rival’s CaptainTwig breaks down how his team made Finals at SMITE Worlds

Published: 17/Nov/2019 4:35 Updated: 22/Nov/2019 21:40

by Dustin Steiner

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Benjamin “CaptainTwig” Knight, jungler for Team Rival, caught up with Melissa “BestTaco” Posada just after qualifying for the Grand Finals of the SMITE World Championship to tell Dexerto how it felt to make it into the biggest match of the year. 

CaptainTwig seemed perhaps more at ease than you’d expect a player of his caliber before entering what could be one of the biggest matches of his career. After demolishing Dignitas 3-0, he stated that the plan was never to let his opponents show up to the game at all.

“We decided we’d try to run the early game,” he said. “Dignitas tend to play as a team pretty well and play the late game, and basically, our plan was not to let them stall ever and finish the games quickly.”

However, most fans weren’t expecting a 3-0 finish to the set, expecting far more of a fight out of Dignitas, who have had a champion pedigree in SMITE since its foundation.

“I thought we’d 3-1, maybe 3-2,” he said, with a chuckle. “I thought we’d come out slow, that they’d maybe take a map off of us, and we’d come back, but we just swept them.”

One of the main factors that analysts pointed to as the reason for Rival’s victory in the set was Twiggy’s dominance in the jungle over Dignitas’ qvofred. Twigg didn’t mince words on why that happened, either.

“Basically, my goal was to keep track of qvo was, and not letting him get any ganks off on any of our lanes was fundamental to keeping him shut down,” he said.

Of course, now that we’re headed to the Grand Finals of the SMITE World Championship, the pressure is mounting. Twiggy says that one of the most significant issues has been not letting the pressure get to him.

“I’d say the biggest issue has been keeping focus. It’s tough to maintain focus in comms, with all the crowd noise and staying calm in the real hype moments. That’s probably the hardest thing.”

Looking ahead to the Finals, Rival seems confident they haven’t delivered the last of their bag of tricks.

“There’s still a few pocket picks fans haven’t seen from us yet,” he said. “We’ll have entertaining characters throughout the series.”

Team Rival will now advance to the Finals to play against the winners of SK Gaming vs. Renegades at 3:15 PM Eastern on Sunday, November 17.

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Avatar The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra characters coming to SMITE

Published: 22/Jun/2020 23:23

by Bill Cooney

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SMITE will be teaming up with Nickelodeon for the game’s July 2020 Battle Pass that will feature skins of Aang and Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, along with Korra and Naga from The Legend of Korra.

Avatar and The Legend of Korra are both two of Nickelodeon’s most successful animated series of the last few decades but, apart from an ambitious and impressive fan project, there haven’t really been any recent video games of note featuring characters from either series.

There is relief on the horizon though, as we’ll get to see Aang in action again, along with Zuko and Korra as they head to SMITE as an exclusive in the latest Battle Pass.

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Honestly, this might be the best-looking video game Aang we’ve seen yet.

Sadly, the trio won’t be their own unique characters, instead, they’re being worked in as reskins for three existing SMITE heroes that share a similar move set to each bender.

Aang, for instance, will come in the form of two different skins for The Master Wizard Merlin, one with him rolling around on his air ball, and the other Prestige Track skin in full-on Avatar mode looking ready to kick some Fire Nation butt.

Zuko will be a reskin of the Japanese god Susano, who also prefers to carry a sword, just like the exiled prince himself. As with Aang, he will get two skins – regular and his “Blue Spirit” alias from The Last Airbender as the Prestige Track selection.

Finally, the water tribe Korra will be a reskin for the Norse god Skadi. Her Prestige Track skin along with Aang is also her in the Avatar form. As an added bonus, she has her faithful polar bear dog sidekick Naga fighting alongside her, and even participating in abilities.

“We went overboard with detail, capturing each ​Avatar ​character’s unique personality and referencing fan-favorite moments from the shows,” Travis Brown, Executive Producer of SMITE told IGN​. ​“These are essentially all-new characters that happen to use the same abilities as existing ​SMITE ​Gods ​–​ and we can’t wait for our more than 30 million fans to play with them.”

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Naga is the best part of this skin and you can’t convince us otherwise.

Like we mentioned earlier Aang and friends will be joining SMITE when the next Battle Pass drops sometime in July 2020, but Hi-Rez hasn’t released a more precise date than that yet.

Finally, Avatar fans have some kind of video game content to look forward to, and as a result, SMITE may just find themselves with a few new players once the Battle Pass actually drops.