Tips and Tricks for Beginners to Smite: What You Need to Know
What will these tips touch on though? Well, just the basics, like the habits every beginner should develop. As well as the lessons that they should learn after a few games. And, some practical tips that just make life easier for you and your teammates. Let's get into it.
Read up on the Gods in Smite
I don't mean this in the sense of “read the mythos about the gods”. I'm saying in the context of “read what they can and can't do”. As this will be some of the most important information that you will need to learn, so be sure to remember it well. Seeing as Smite is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, the list is quite long...
For starters, choose some gods for beginners. A couple of gods that you enjoy playing and would like to get better with. In short, gods that fit your play style. Warriors are pretty straightforward gods for beginners, and our guide on the best warriors in Smite is a good starting point. The Hunter class is also pretty straightforward in this regard.
Learn what their strongest role is. Learn which gods they can counter and which gods counter them. Search up guides on how to play them, see what other players are doing - learn from others' mistakes, as well as their achievements. There are many helpful players within the Smite community who are willing to teach you if you just ask. And try to stick to only one lane at the start, as each of the 3 different lanes requires different playstyles.
Smite is just a glorified game of “rock-paper-scissors", except for rock-paper-scissors, you get rock-paper-laser gun-lightning bolt-giant hammer-etc...
Turn off Auto-Buy
This is in the same vein as the previous tip, but you have to learn the items eventually. You have to learn what they do. You have to learn the different ways that you can build out your favorite gods. You have to learn which items provide what and what they can counter.
Let's use another rock-paper-scissors analogy for this one. With auto-buy, the game becomes even more rock-paper-scissors. As most pro Smite players already know what the game will automatically buy for you. So. they can use this information against you. As Sun-Tzu said, “If you know yourself and know your enemy. You need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” This is exactly the point. Your enemy knows what you will buy. Don't give them this advantage.
Of course, there are a few-core items that you have to purchase, as those items ate just too damn useful to not purchase.
The same advice also applies from the previous point. if you know your items, it will be a lot easier for you to counter your enemy properly. It just takes time and patience, but eventually, you'll learn how they all interact with each other.
While it might seem really helpful at first, and not as big of a grievance as auto-buy. Auto-skill will also hamper you in the long run.
You can do this in the hero select screen, or alternatively. You can do this during the course of the match by pressing K and turning it off manually.
If you've listened to the first tip, you should know your gods and their skills by now. The skill screen is just useful to freshen up and remind yourself of what a skill does exactly. Learn your own abilities and those of the enemy gods. Certain gods are obviously better at some things than others.
What's more. Depending on what role you'll be playing, you might need to invest in certain skills before others. And if you have auto-skill on by default, that will most likely mess up your plans, Just have it off at all times. It's more of a hindrance than a boost.
Learn how to Communicate as a Team Player
This is probably the most important tip you will read. Seeing as Smite is a team game. We've constantly mentioned the importance of team play, regardless of your goals. If it's short-term like winning the match, or long-term like leveling up fast in Smite. Whatever your goals may be. BE A TEAM PLAYER.
You should take this advice as if God has given you a commandment. It’s that important. The importance of team play is pretty self-evident. But I'll still elaborate further. Being a team player means knowing and sensing what to do at the right place at the right time. It isn’t an easy skill to master by any means, but it’s an essential one. As working as a team to achieve your common goals is the best way to win in Smite. You can't play as a lone wolf.
Just look at professional players during tournaments. They are calling everything out. Every location the enemy is in, any changes they notice, every movement and decision they are making or plan to make, etc... The list goes on. The point is, what separates a pro from a beginner is skill. But a lot of that skill is also learning how to properly communicate with your teammates.
Proper communication and callouts are essential in Smite. To that end, knowing all of Smite's abbreviations and what they mean will go a long way. Do proper call-outs, be aware of the situation, and understand that everyone makes mistakes. We're all human behind the screens after all.
Learn the Map(s)
Why is this important? Here's why.
Pick your favorite mode. Now go learn everything that you can about the map of that particular mode. Learn where the spawns are, learn where the best ward placements are, learn how you can traverse and get around the map, and learn how to be aware of what's going on at all times.
Now to elaborate on what was previously mentioned. When you learn where all the jungle monsters are and when they spawn, you know exactly which jungle buffs to get and when to get them. And if you don't need them, help a teammate get them. A buff in the early game can change the course of an entire game, especially if it's followed by a team fight.
Also, learn how to move around the map. Get a feeling for it. What I mean by this is, learn when the best time for a rotation is, learn when the best time for a gank is, and learn to constantly keep an eye on the map in the corner. Lack of situation awareness is the biggest killer in most games. If you get too tunnel-visioned and push a lane too hard, you'll suddenly find half the enemy team behind you licking their lips at the prize they've just caught with its pants down.
And the final part. Learn where the best ward placements are on the map. The places which are concealed the best, which give the farthest vision, which covers your flanks. Always have as much of the map revealed as possible.
Try out Things in Arena First
We mentioned this previously, but let's elaborate further on its importance.
Whether you're trying out that cool new Mage build you saw on theglobalgaming.com or just want to learn a new god. It's best to try it out Arena before you head over to matchmaking.
This is a helpful habit to develop right from the start. Test out every idea you get, experiment, and try out new things. If you already have some experience under your belt, it will be much easier to incorporate it into games with real people. Plus, your teammates will be thankful as you won't have to yell at you for throwing the game if that "experimental new build" you had in mind turns out to be a flop.
Understand the Game Mechanics
Assassins tend to deal massive damage but are very squishy. The Guardian class has great defensive capabilities but may struggle to do any decent damage. Smite is like other games within the MOBA genre, yet entirely unique. Be it because of its game modes, its playable characters, the different playstyle, the unique concept with all the mythological pantheons... The list goes on.
If you ultimately want to improve, it isn't just new skills that you will have to develop, but your knowledge about the game as well.
Tips That Don't Require Their own Segment
- Unlock gods after you've tried the out or are absolutely sure you want them. A certain god might seem attractive, but other gods might be a better choice.
- Don't go only for the killing blow on enemies. Instead, play the objective required to beat the opposing team ( kill the enemy titan, push forward and escort the monsters to the enemy portal, etc...)
- A battle pass isn't required. Skins don't replace raw skill.
- There are no balanced gods, each of them is broken in their own way (depending on the patch).
- Killing minions is the most effective way to gain money. But spend money frugally.
- Learn from your match history.
- If you aren't good in a particular mode, try other game modes. That's why the other game modes exist. So there's something for everybody.
- New gods come out every few months. So make sure to save up favor and gems.