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Open Beta 41 Patch Notes | January 10thJan 16, 2017 - Community Announcements Storm the Keep Open Beta 41 Patch Notes | January 10th General The Legendary and Epic Founder’s Packs are no longer available. Weekly Quests are now available to complete each week. Siege Mode Teams now gain 300 credits for capturing an objective. Teams now no longer gain credits for defending a payload push. Payload Mode Starting credits increased from 400 to 1000. Increased credit spooling in Payload from 1 to 2 credits every 1s. Fixed an issue where Weapon Skin, Emote, and Spray selections would reset to default. Using a Spray will no longer put you in-combat. Deployables and pets now show an outline like players. Added improvements to the display conditions for Player Names and Health Bars. Fixed an issue where players were not getting placed on a mount upon respawn when activating an ability right as the respawn timer ends. Fixed issue with UI elements overlapping at Social Menu. Fixed an issue where the HRX Bundle Poses would sometimes not show the Invitational trophy. Fixed crash condition when spectating on Fernando in first person. Fixed an issue where animations could get stuck (Evie Soar, Getting Pulled, Androxus Ult) Fixed rounding issues when showing current health numbers.  SKINS/WEAPONS/EMOTES Ying Genie Collection available in the Genie Chest Heads Genie's Feather Genie's Diadem Genie's Eye Genie's Turban Body Genie Weapons Genie's Winged prism Genie's Cloud Prism MVP Poses 3 Wishes Emote Wish Granted  MAPS New Siege Map: Stone Keep Performance optimizations have been made to Jaguar Falls and Serpent beach. New Queue: Test Queue (available at level 15) The Test Queue is a place to feature maps that are unfinished, allowing players to give active feedback on maps that are in progress. The Test Queue is available from the Casual Queue select. Maps available in OB41: Atrium - Siege District - Siege Undercity - Siege  ITEMS Cauterize Reduced duration from 2 to 1.5s. Cauterize of different ranks no longer stack on each other. The strongest reduction will be the only reduction applied to a single target.  CHAMPIONS - BALANCE/UPDATES/FIXES General Support champions now gain ultimate charge from effective healing done to teammates. Self healing or healing done to teammates that heals for 0 do not provide ultimate charge. Barik General Increased Health from 2900 to 3400. Fernando General Fixed Invitational MVP pose not showing trophy on first view. Grohk Healing Totem Increased healing from 340 to 520 per second. Sha Lin Impaler Arrow Fixed issue with immediately being able to draw another Impaler a...Simplifying Founder’s PacksJan 10, 2017 - Community Announcements We’re making things a little bit simpler for potential Founders on Jan. 12. Instead of three confusing tiers of Founder’s Packs, there will soon be just one starter bundle: The Founder’s Pack. The new Founder’s Pack remains a great deal for just $19.99, unlocking all current and future Champions, 10 Radiant Chests, all standard voice packs, plus the Beta Exclusive Fernando God of War skin, Infernal Warhorse mount, and the Fernando Ares skin in SMITE! Still want to get in on the old Founder’s Packs and become Epic or Legendary? There’s no better time than the present — take advantage of this offer while you can!Get ready for the Smite and Paladins championship finalsJan 8, 2017 - PC GamerPhoto credit: Hi-Rez Studios It's the final day of play at Hi-Rez Expo. Starting at 10:00 EST/16:00 CEST and continuing throughout the day, Atlanta will host the conclusion of the biggest Paladins tournament to date followed by the third Smite World Championship grand finals. Here's what you need to know about the teams and how they got here. You'll find the livestream, as ever, on Twitch . Smite World Championship finals: Obey Alliance vs. NRG  Obey Alliance's semifinal slugfest against NA top seed eGr was one of the best series of this event so far. Two confident wins for the European team suggested that they might sweep the set, sustaining the unstoppable momentum that has carried them through the event so far. But a set of mistakes and a strong recovery by eGr cost them two games in a row, evening out the score line and leading to a nail-biting finale. Obey found their form and triumphed in the end, but it was a closer-run thing than they'd like. The European metagame has been hugely influential at this year's world championship, despite there being more NA teams in contention. This is almost certainly a factor in Obey's success: they've played phenomenally well, but they've also been playing a kind of Smite that their opponents having seemed ready for. Eager got closer, finally banning out Nike, but too late to change their championship fates. Photo credit: Hi-Rez Studios On the other side of the semifinals bracket, Luminosity vs. defending champions NRG also went to five games - and again, the European team prevailed. The swing in momentum in this match was less dramatic, with both teams trading wins starting with an early lead for the NA hometown heroes. NRG triumphed when it counted, however, suggesting that they're still in championship shape. Even so, this is a team that many expected to sweep their way into the grand finals - the fact that they didn't suggests that we might get a grittier grand final than expected. NRG vs. Obey Alliance isn't just an EU vs. EU showdown. It's a rematch of the 2016 European Regional Championships, where NRG saw off Obey 3-0. It's also a throwdown between scrimming partners: these two teams practice together and the metagame they're playing is something that developed between them. As such, this is likely to be a different flavour of Smite to what we've seen so far. There'll be no more struggling to adapt: this will prove which team is the master of the meta that won Worlds. The Smite finals begin at 17:00 EST / 23:00 CEST. Photo credit: Hi-Rez Studios Paladins Invitational finals: Burrito Esports vs. District69  The Paladins scene is still very young, but District69 have emerged as one of the game's strongest early squads. They've picked up plenty of titles over the last year and as such it's not necessarily a surprise to see them make it this far. They're the team that managed to arrest th...The best pro gaming to watch this weekendJan 6, 2017 - PC Gamer2016 is well and truly behind us and it’s time to look forward to what 2017 has to offer. There’s plenty to watch this weekend, from top-tier Dota 2 to the Overwatch Winter Premiere. We even have action from the Hi-Rez Expo as both the SMITE World Championship and Paladins Invitational are set to thrill fans. All the details on this weekend’s action can be found below. Have a great weekend! Dota 2: ESL One Genting 2017 ESL is kicking things off in style with the first Dota 2 stop for ESL One in 2017, at the Resorts World Genting in Malaysia. The first ever Malaysian ESL One event will see eight of the world’s best teams battle it out for their chance to win the $250,000 prize pool. The event will take place today at 03:40 PST / 12:40 CET and will carry right through to Saturday, while the finals start very early Sunday at 02:00 PST and later at 11:00 CET.  The full weekend schedule can be found here , while the event can be watched over on Twitch . Overwatch: Winter Premiere Overwatch’s Winter Premiere kicked off Tuesday, with eight teams vying for their share of the $100,000 prize pool. The Premiere has already been filled with a few surprises as both Cloud9 and Fnatic made the decision to drop out of the tournament despite qualifying, while the Renegades took down FaZe Clan (Fnatic’s replacement) 2-0 in the first round of the group stage. Things continue to heat up as we enter day three of the group stages and there’s plenty of action to look forward to. You can find the tournament schedule and stream here. CS:GO: ESEA Season 23 Global Premier Challenge The last major CS:GO tournament of 2016 saw Astralis outgun OpTic at the Esports Championship Series in an explosive final at the Anaheim Arena. It was a great event and many of us will miss the frenzied firefights, but you needn’t worry as we have another CS:GO tournament to look forward to. Eight teams are heading over to Burbank, California to participate in the ESEA Season 23 Global Challenge for their chance to play in the in the Season 5 ESL Pro League. Semifinals begin Sunday 09:00 PST / 18: 40 CET, while the finals start later at 16:40 PST / 01:40 CET. Check out all the action over on Twitch . SMITE World Championship The SMITE World Championship at Hi-Rez Expo 2017 will once again feature the top PC SMITE teams from around the world. Players will compete for their share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and will battle it out to determine who the best team is in Season 3. The event will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. Make sure you check the schedule times and stream over on the Hi-Rez expo site. Paladins Invitational There’s a newcomer to the world of digital sports as the first-ever Paladins HRX Invitational started yesterday at the Hi-Rez Expo. The eight teams who qualified from regional tournaments in North America, Europe, LATAM/Brazil, Australia/New Zealand, and China will comp...What you need to know about the Smite and Paladins championships at HRX 2017Jan 5, 2017 - PC GamerThis year, the event formerly known as the Smite World Championship has expanded and become the Hi-Rez Expo, a broader showcase of the studio's games and their attendant esports scenes. Smite is returning for its third championship final, while the competitive life of Paladins is just beginning. Smite isn't the newcomer it once was, but it has held onto the underdog charm that drew me to it when I first started following the competitive scene back in 2014. It has a passionate following, and the atmosphere in the Cobb Energy Center has been fantastic in the previous years that I've covered this event. I thoroughly recommend dipping in over the coming days, even if you're new to the game and its competitive element. This will also be a big weekend for Paladins, a game that is still in beta and that has undergone a number of big changes before adopting its current form. It has heavier MOBA leanings than other team-based shooters (as you might expect, given its heritage) and this weekend will demonstrate how well that translates to the main stage. Smite World Championship Smite is a third-person MOBA with a mythological theme that places heavy emphasis on map control and teamfights. Matches are spectated from a traditional top-down perspective, which makes things much more readable but does misrepresent how much skill goes into moment-to-moment play at the ground level. The majority of attacks and powers are manually aimed and players have limited line of sight. It can take a little while to appreciate the skill of the very best players, but it's worth getting there in order to get the most out of the drama of a top-tier match. Ten teams will enter, with all but two—the top seeds from Europe and North America—entering a placement stage starting on Thursday. The top six teams emerging from that process will join the regional champions in a single-elimination bracket culminating in the grand finals on Sunday. There's a million dollars on the line, with $500,000 of that going to the overall winner. Paladins Invitational  A lengthy qualification process has determined the current crop of the world's best Paladins teams. Group stage play will begin on Thursday on the Expo Stage, culminating in main stage semifinals on Saturday followed by Sunday's grand finals. There's $150,000 to be won. This process echoes the esports debut of Smite back in 2014, and chances are the scene will shift dramatically from here on out: don't bet on these teams staying exactly as they are, but there's a decent chance that the players who make the stage debut this weekend will be a fixture in the scene to come. This mirrors the game itself: a team shooter that has spent some time finding its feet and is now establishing its own identity. Given that it is a team shooter that centres around capture points and payloads, Overwatch is an obvious point of comparison—and there are certainly characters and...Watch HRX for Rewards!Jan 4, 2017 - Community Announcements Link your Hi-Rez and Twitch accounts, then watch HRX broadcasts for a chance to receive in-game rewards like Chests, Gems, and Exclusive Skins for SMITE and Paladins! To get started, simply link your Hi-Rez and Twitch accounts to unlock a free Cutesy Avatar Chest Roll (SMITE) and Ying’s Illusory Mirror (Paladins)! After you’ve linked, watch HRX broadcasts Thursday, January 5th through Sunday, January 8th on and for a chance to get awesome in-game rewards like Chests, Gems, and Exclusive Skins! Click here for the full HRX schedule, including the SMITE World Championship and Paladins Invitational!Vote for Paladins in the 2016 Steam Awards!Dec 23, 2016 - Community Announcements Paladins has been nominated for a Steam award! Voting only lasts 24 hours, so click here to cast your vote: Your Twitch Account for Free Rewards!Dec 22, 2016 - Community Announcements Get a Paladins Twitch Ying Illusory Mirror Weapon for FREE when you link your Twitch Account with your Hi-Rez Account! Watch streams on after you have linked your accounts for a chance to receive FREE rewards!Winter Sale Starts NOW - 50% off Founder's Packs!Dec 22, 2016 - Community Announcements Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate, and enjoy your holidays in the realm with our Winter Sale! From now until January 9th, all Founder's Packs are 50% off, Colossal Chests are 33% off, AND Radiant Chests are 30% off! Happy holidays from all of us at Hi-Rez Studios!Paladins Digital Loot PackDec 21, 2016 - Community Announcements Introducing our first Digital Loot Pack! Unlock three awesome skins and Limited in-game items with the Digital Loot Pack, available for 600 Crystals in the Paladins in-game store now! If you have purchased a ticket to attend the Hi-Rez Expo, you will receive a free Paladins Digital Loot Pack at the event. CONTAINS: 2017 Invitational Fernando (Limited) 2017 Invitational Viktor (Limited) 2017 Ying Convention (Exclusive) Fernando Champion 2017 MVP Pose (Limited) Viktor Champion 2017 MVP Pose (Limited) HRX 2017 Spray (Limited) Invitational 2017 Spray (Limited) Trophy 2017 Spray (Limited) The Digital Loot Pack is only available for a limited time, so get it while you can! Open Beta 40 Patch Notes | December 19thDec 20, 2016 - Community Announcements The Untamed Open Beta 40 Patch Notes | December 19th Beta Expectations NEW CHAMPION - Tyra “The Untamed” Abilities Auto Rifle Fire one shot every 0.09 seconds that deals 120 damage. Nade Launcher Fire a grenade that deals 700 damage in a small area of effect. Fire Bomb Hurl an incendiary device that leaves a pool of fire for 6s. Enemies that contact the fire will burn for 9% of the maximum health over 0.6s. Continued Contact refreshes this effect. Crossfire Gain 40% attack speed and 40% movement speed for 4.5 seconds. Firing does not consume ammo. Hunter’s Mark Mark an enemy for 6s. Marked enemies are revealed and take 15% increased damage from your basic attacks. Cards Incensed Gain {8/16/24/32}% Movement Speed for 3s when activating Fire Bomb. Napalm Fire Bomb reduces healing by {5/10/15/20}% more. Salamander Hide Reduce self damage taken from Fire Bomb by {20/40/60/80}%. Volatile Reduce the Cooldown of Fire Bomb by {1/2/3/4}s. Favored Quarry The reveal portion of your Hunter’s mark lasts {1/2/3/4}s longer. Hunting Season Gain {200/400/600/800} Health if you kill the Hunter’s mark target. Ranger Reduce the Cooldown of Hunter’s Mark by {1/2/3/4}s. Tracker Gain {5/10/15/20}% Movement Speed while Hunter’s mark is active. Bandolier Reduce the Cooldown of Grenade Launcher by {0.5/1/1.5/2}s. In the Fray Reduce the self damage taken from Grenade Launcher by {25/50/75/100}%. Quick Release Gain {10/20/30/40}% reload speed for {3/6/9/12}s after using Grenade Launcher. Turn the Table Heal for {50/100/150/200} after hitting an enemy with Grenade Launcher. Locked and Loaded Increase your ammo count by {2/4/6/8}s. Primal Might Getting an elimination reduces all active cooldowns by {10/20/30/40}%. Survivalist Increase your maximum Health by {50/100/150/200}. Trail Blazer You cannot be slowed by more than {50/60/70/80}%.  GENERAL The free champions have been changed: Viktor Cassie Drogoz Kinessa Fernando Tyra Pip Skye Items that are Exclusive or Limited now have an improved presentation to make their obtainability clearer. Models may now be rotated when viewed in the Store. Ultimates are now blocked from firing before the round has begun. Fixed an issue in Payload where items would incorrectly display as owned after the round restarted. Stealth is no longer removed when a stealthed player is stunned. Damage increases are now properly affected by damage falloff. Addressed an issue with the fourth boosted item in a Radiant chest when you are not boosted. Fixed an issue where the ‘Go To Chest’ button wouldn’t direct you to the correct chest. Fixed an issue where the ‘Go To Chest’ button was not appearing correctly in store details. Fixed an issue where the Store filter ‘Available’ wouldn’t correctly filter items. Added rarity border on items in the Store and Champion Custom...OB40 Patch Preview at 4pm ESTDec 15, 2016 - Community Announcements Tune in to the Patch Preview today at 4pm EST to find out what (and who!) is coming in OB40! 🐻 Days of Paladins | Dec 16-27Dec 14, 2016 - Community Announcements During the 12 Days of Paladins, the Champions gave to me… Dec 16-18 – Double XP Dec 19-21 – Double Gold Dec 22-24 – All Champions Unlocked Dec 25-27 – All Champions Unlocked, Double XP, Double Gold…and a Radiant Chest for FWOTD! ‘Tis the season for Paladins, and in addition to the 12 Days of Paladins rewards, ALL boosters are 25% off December 16th through 27th! Happy holidays from all of us at Hi-Rez Studios, and we’ll see you in the realm, Champions!PALADINS BETA REACHES 5 MILLION PLAYERSDec 8, 2016 - Community AnnouncementsDecember 8, 2016 - Alpharetta, GA - Hi-Rez Studios’ team-based fantasy shooter Paladins has now reached over 5 million players worldwide. Paladins entered Open Beta earlier this fall and since then has consistently held a spot as one of the most played games on Steam. “The early success of Paladins is a result of a passionate community that helped us through months of Closed Beta testing,” said Todd Harris, Chief Operating Officer of Hi-Rez Studios. “It is great to see such a strong early response, and what we have now is only the beginning as the dev team is releasing a significant new update every two weeks”. Next on the horizon is the culmination of the Paladins competitive scene where 8 teams from around the world will meet in Atlanta Georgia to participate in the Paladins Invitational Tournament at Hi-Rez Expo. These teams will be competing for the right to call themselves the best Paladins players in the world and to take home the winning share of $150,000. Things kick off Thursday, Jan. 5, at 12:00 noon EST when 8 teams from around the world will be placed into 2 groups for group play. A second day of group play will follow at 12 noon EST on Friday, Jan. 6. The top 2 teams from each group will advance to the Semi-Finals on Saturday, Jan. 7, with the Grand Finals starting at 10 a.m. EST on Sunday, Jan. 8. For the full breakdown of the Paladins HRX Invitational schedule, visit All matches can be watched online at and For additional information on Paladins content at Hi-Rez Expo, visit The fast expanding Paladins community has allowed for a thriving competitive scene. Anyone looking to watch Paladins esports between now and the Paladins Invitational in January can tune into the Evie’s Winter Classic community tournament which will continue to run through December 18th. Participation in this community tournament has been strong as new teams around the world look to make names for themselves and compete for their regional $60,000 prizepool. New players looking to join the Paladins community can download the game for free from the official website or Steam. Players interested in Paladins on consoles can sign up now for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 closed beta. About Paladins Paladins is a fantasy themed team-based shooter with strategy elements and deep character customization through its unique use of collectible cards. These cards amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities in many interesting ways. Paladins will be free-to-play for PC and current-generation consoles and is currently in Beta. About Hi-Rez Studios Atlanta-based Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment, and is now one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast United States. Its games include the squad-based shooter Global Agenda, the critically acclaimed Tribes: Ascend and SMITE, the Battleground o...Open Beta 39 Patch Notes | December 5thDec 7, 2016 - Community Announcements Merry Maker Open Beta 39 Patch Notes | December 5th Beta Expectations GENERAL Updated Founder's Packs to include: 10 more Radiant chests to each Founder's Pack. All Standard Champion Voice Packs Account Boosters now provide additional Crystals and Gold for each Daily Login Bonus you collect. Bonus +5 Crystals Bonus +200 Gold Account Boosters still provide: +50% Account XP +50% Champion XP +100% Gold Earned Radiant Chests drop an additional item Unlocked items now have “owned” tag in Store and Champion Customize screen. Added Store filtering options for Items. Locked champions now appear greyed out in match lobby. Player's personal Health bars will now show shield health as a total health bar. The separation will show health, then shields, then missing health. Improved hitmarker feedback by increasing the length of the X and changing color when killing an enemy. Stat credit for personal shields now given to character that applied the shield Damage calculation against personal shields modified: Base damage applied first, before bonus damage to shields, resulting in less bleed over from personal shields to health Damage to personal shields now dismounts players Targetable health bar overlays improved so the shadow portion of the healthbar always represents only missing health, instead of missing health + missing shield Minor knockbacks no longer reduce air control Fixed an issue where player could be locked out from firing for an entire life under certain conditions on respawn Increased the max number of health segments, so they will more closely represent 250 health each for characters with high health Addressed an issue where sound loops would get stuck on if you interrupt them during KillCam (eg. Bomb King’s Ultimate rolling sound) Addressed an issue where Bomb King Sticky Bomb sounds were getting stuck on when you threw more than 6 Sticky Bombs before detonating. Fixed a bug where players could not view the scoreboard while on the items or loadouts screens. Fixed bug where if you interrupted your Emote with certain abilities it would allow you to move when you are supposed to be locked in place Improved the ability for “TakeHit” sounds to indicate the direction from which you were damaged. COSMETICS Heads Merry Maker Ribbons Chillweave Beanie Kinessa Dasher’s Antlers Androxus Frosty Foliage Grover Weapons Merry Maker Cane Evie Festive Blunderbuss Barik Snow Cannon Makoa Festive Launcher Pip Jolly Longbow Sha Lin Twitch Illusory Mirror Exclusive skin for Twitch account linking. Bodies Merry Maker Evie Voice Packs Merry Maker Evie MAPS Ice Mines Ice Mines has had a visual theming pass. CHAMPIONS - BALANCE/UPDATES/FIXES General Addressed a bug where knockbacks would have different behavior based on the position of the source. Buck “Buck excels as a Flanker, but boasts a large amoun...OB39 Patch Preview Today!Nov 30, 2016 - Community Announcements Season's Greetings! Are you ready for the OB39 Patch Preview? Tune in today at 2PM EST on !OB39 Patch Preview Tomorrow!Nov 29, 2016 - Community Announcements Season's Greetings! Don't miss the OB39 Patch Preview tomorrow at 2PM EST on !Black Friday Chest Sale | Nov 23-29Nov 23, 2016 - Community Announcements Kick off your Holidays early with epic Black Friday savings! Enjoy 33% off Colossal Chests and 30% off Radiant Chests, now through November 29th!Open Beta 38 Patch Notes | November 21, 2016Nov 21, 2016 - Community Announcements Reach for the Stars Open Beta 38 Patch Notes | November 21st Beta Expectations GENERAL Improvements have been made to the Basic Tutorial. Boosters may now be purchased after opening a Radiant Chest granting the fourth item. Added Payload related lines to VGS. Improved various projectile effects. Adjusted the sound that plays when you successfully damage an enemy. Fixed Cyrillic font not showing in skills screen. Fixed an issue when pressing Y in "Redeem Code" bringing up Founder's pack pop up. Fixed an issue where receiving an MVP Pose in a Radiant Chest would show as a gold drop. Fixed an issue where the Exit button was missing when at login screen. Updated the loot drop presentation that now shows what champion an item is for as well as better highlighting item rarity. COSMETICS Ruckus Head Star Slayer Flight Suit H.A.W.K. Jumpsuit Sprocket Jumpsuit Gizmo Jumpsuit Assembly Jumpsuit Body Star Slayer Sprocket Gizmo Weapon Star Slayer Cannons H.A.W.K. Miniguns Sprocket Miniguns Gizmo Miniguns Assembly Miniguns MAPS Serpent Beach has undergone a visual update. CHAMPIONS - BALANCE/UPDATES/FIXES General Fixed an issue with knockbacks that affected enemies having an extra impulse. Added tracers on instant fire weapons Androxus Reversal Added projectile trail. Barik “Barik has been over performing in many ways, and is too self sufficient with the right card combination. We are bringing down Healing Station to fit more of an in-combat persistent heal, pushing Barik to lean more on his Support for stronger healing. Reducing his Health and increasing Rocket Boots’ Cooldown makes him a bit less slippery when he is correctly caught out.” General Reduced Health from 3000 to 2900. Blunderbuss Bonus damage on targets hit by your Turrets reduced from 15 to 10% per Turret. Rocket Boots Increased Cooldown from 12 to 14s. Cards Healing Station Reduced from 60/120/180/240 to 45/90/135/180 per second. Bomb King Jolt & Accelerant are applying increase incorrectly Cassie Blast shot is now more responsive with high ping. (lag compensated) Grohk “Grohk’s Healing Totem was a bit too vulnerable to collateral damage, so we’ve increased its Health to help it survive a bit longer.” Healing Totem Increased the Health of Healing Totem from 400 to 900. Grover “Grover’s damage output was be...Paladins Pro Feature | November 21stNov 18, 2016 - Community Announcements This Monday, watch some of the best Paladins players in the world stream on ! Players from top NA and EU teams will interact will viewers all day. Details here:
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