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HiRezKelly
09-26-2014, 05:15 PM
THE BARK AND THE BITE


New God Sylvanus


Sylvanus

Nature’s Protection - Passive

Enemies that successfully land a basic attack on Sylvanus have a 25% chance to be rooted for 1s. This may only happen once every 12s.


Verdant Growth

Sylvanus throws a seed to a target location. If it hits an enemy they will take 80/100/120/140/160 + 35% of your magical power as damage and become rooted for 2s. If the seed lands on the ground, after 10s it will grow into a flower providing 6/10/14/18/20 MP5 to nearby allies. The pod can be destroyed by basic attacks, exploding and releasing poisonous spores that reduce protections of nearby enemies by 5/10/15/20/25 for 5s. Cooldown 12s. Cost 60/65/70/75/80.


Wisps

Sylvanus releases wisps that seek out nearby allies and enemies. Allies are healed 25/35/45/55/65 +15% of your magical power every 1s for 5s and have their protections increased by 5/10/15/20/25 for 5s while enemies take 10,15,20,25,30 +10% of your magical power every 1s for 5s as damage over time. Cooldown 18/17/16/15/14s. Cost 60/65/70/75/80.


Nature’s Grasp

Sylvanus's treant launches his rooty hand out in front of him. The hand stops at the first enemy god hit, stunning them for 1s and pulling them back towards Sylvanus. Cooldown 30/27/24/21/18s. Cost 70/75/80/85/90.


Wrath of Terra

Sylvanus's treant slams his large trunks into the ground causing large thorny roots to break out of the ground around him. Enemies hit are knocked up and take 60/70/80/90/100 +25% of your magical power every 1s for 5s as damage. Cooldown 90s. Cost 100.






New God Skins


Pajama Party Kumbhakarna
Infinity Wave He Bo
Sugar and Spice Hel
Permafrost Sylvanus


New Voice Pac
ks


Pajama Party Kumbhakarna
Infinity Wave He Bo
Heavy Metal Thor
Sylvanus


Updated Voice Packs


The following gods have had their voice packs updated to fix missing VGS lines and add new event dialogue: Agni, Ah Muzen, Anhur, Anubis, Ares, Bacchus, Chronos, Cupid, Guan Yu, Hades, Loki, Vamana, Vulcan, He Bo, Xbalanque.


New Player Icons


Flags added for: Algeria, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Gay Pride, Greenland, Iceland, India, Jamaica, Latvia, Luxembourg, Qatar, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Vatican, Venezuela.


New Emotes


Aphrodite Clap
Mercury Clap
Hades Wave
Hun Batz Furious
Isis Dance
Ne Zha Dance
Hades Dance


Updated God Cards


Gravehound Anubis
Soul Taker Hades
Righteous Hammer Thor
Wrangler Artemis



Coming Soon: New Matchmaking
During the next several weeks, we will be testing an entirely new Matchmaking system. THIS SYSTEM WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON PATCH DAY. The basic groundwork was added this patch and will be rolled out over the next several weeks. This is a big system wide change, and we will be working through any issues. Please bear with us a we run trials on it; things may seem "worse" before they get better.

Once fully implemented (still a few patches out), the major new features of the Matchmaking system will include:



Non-Timed Queues

Timed Queues created a number of issues with matchmaking, as each player was guaranteed a match even if there was not a good one for them. With non-timed queues, easy to match players will get matches very quickly and unusual players or difficult teams will wait a bit longer, until a better match can be made for them.
Players in queue longer have priority. Difficult to match players will gradually widen their search parameters, so that no one waits too long. This is something that will have to be adjusted as we test the system.
Please note that this changes the flow of entering a match. Players can no longer cancel or ignore the match invite once it is sent, as doing so is considered desertion. There is a new pop-up to indicate this. In the event this occurs, players who do not desert but are placed back into the queue get priority for a new match.


Team Weighting

Teams are now weighted based advantages they might have from coordination.
The new Matchmaker looks back on millions of examples of matches to better weight various combinations of MMR for teams.


Player Similarity

The Matchmaker now takes into account player similarity in addition to MMR, trying to match players with similar Smite experience.
Our original system did some hard blocks around player levels (especially lower levels), but this new system looks beyond that at how much a player has played in each game type.


On-going Optimization

The matchmaker collects a wide variety of metrics that it can then use to automatically adjust itself over time in order to make improved matches and to optimize waittime.




League Qualifying
We’ve added Qualifying matches for new players joining Smite League play.



All new players are started in Qualifying, and must complete 10 matches to be placed into a Division and Tier.
All existing League players with less than 10 matches, and in Bronze 5, will be placed into Qualifying.
Placement out of qualifying happens on completing the 10th match, regardless of win or loss.
Under our new matchmaking system qualifying players are favored to be matched together, however this will not always be the case. (This capability will improve over the next several patches, so thanks for your patience).
The qualifying system does not try to pinpoint the exact placement of players, but rather to move them into an appropriate starting position for climbing divisions.


Our goal with this change is to create a better experience for players joining league, by setting a reliable promotion point, and removing the "Bronze 5" stigma of our current system. It’s important to note that they way our League system works, very few players are actually playing at a Bronze skill level. The average skill point is between Silver and Gold Tiers.

Misc


Bundle Improvements:

For your convenience you are now able to click to purchase skins or voice packs for gods you do not own, but doing so shows a purchase option to buy both at once.
You are able to view bundles even if you don’t own the god for an item in the bundle.
You are now able to buy bundles that you already own parts of. If you buy a bundle that you own parts of the price is discounted by the price of each item in the bundle that you own, capped at a minimum bundle price.


Fixed a bug that caused the character builder to crash for some players on specific gods.
Ability to set a unique region has been added to Custom Matches.
Improved Wards so they now show their deaths, even if timed out.
Improved the visual presentation of wards in the wards screen.
Fixed incorrect lighting being used in conquest spectator.
Removed emote text from Treasure Chest description list, as emotes are no longer in the chest.
Added Arrow Key Support for HUD editor, to allow for more accurate placement of elements. Sweet!
Fixed a crash condition related to selecting god filters.
Fixed an issue that caused stacking items to make the stat bars on the scoreboard fill further than they should.
Fixed an issue that could cause demo files to become corrupted.
When using “Hi!” [VVGH] your god will automatically use the Wave emote, if you have it unlocked.
When using “You Rock!” [VER] your god will automatically use the Clap emote, if you have it unlocked.
Fixed an issue that could cause players to have no abilities when initially getting into a match. Ouch!
Fixed an issue which caused the gold fury to become immune to damage after interacting with player made collision.
Brazilian Portuguese and Latin American Spanish Voiceover work have been removed from the North American and European versions of the game in order to reduce the download size of the game.
The Brazilian server will continue to have voiceovers for Portuguese and English. The Hispanic American servers will continue to have voiceovers for Latin American Spanish and English.
Many Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese voicepacks have been updated in this patch.
Your new god Rotation is Aphrodite, Geb, Anhur, Hercules, and Fenrir!
We have made several additions to server logic, allowing us to put all games into a "safe mode" during network instability. Safe mode will have loss prevention features for matches and ranked play.
Fixed an issue in the basic tutorial related to item acquisition.
Numerous updates to the Smite landing page.
Spectator has had a number of improvements and upgrades.

Updated top bar with more prominent kill numbers.
Streamlined bottom panels with more concise information. There are now clickable tabs and toggle buttons for several UI elements.
Selected Player panel now shows player name, god portrait with respawn feature, ability and item status, as well as stats, health, mana and gold.
Game Stats panel has been improved with several statistical categories that can be view for easy comparison.
Gold Fury and Fire Giant panels now show portrait with respawn timers, health bar with HOG indication, and counts for team kills.
Improved Team Panels showing each teams player names, god, actives, buffs and ult indicators.
New default layout to make our production team happy.
HUD editor to let users customize the layout, scale and visibility of UI elements.



General Gameplay.


Fixed an issue with attack speed debuff items and abilities affecting objectives like the Fire Giant and Gold Fury.
Basic attack speed can now never be reduced to less than 0.4 through Attack Speed Debuffs.
Fixed an issue that caused players to continue dashing after they respawned if they had died mid dash.
Pause Changes

F10 is the new hotkey to pause the game in custom matches.
The game must now be paused for 5 seconds before unpause, to prevent spam issues.
Added checks for team “in combat” status. Any team member channeling an ability, dealing damage, or receiving damage is considered “in combat” and as such a pause cannot be performed.


“Training” AI: Co-Op and Practice

New AI is being introduced to create a better experience for new players in Co-Op Arena, Joust, and Conquest matches.
This AI is designed for players who are fresh out of the tutorials and as such is extremely simple.
This AI is considered our “Training” difficulty level.
New difficulty levels for AI will be added in future releases.

Vogita
09-27-2014, 01:04 AM
About fucking time you guys did something about the matchmaking and YES HEL FINALLY GETS A SKIN!

Judgernaut
09-27-2014, 04:10 AM
When is the new PTS thread going up?

MenofWar5
09-27-2014, 08:24 AM
Uhm, hello :D
sorry for asking it here but, where can i report the pts bugs/problems? since i found a huge one i think :<
and also a minor one :-s , can i write it here? :-s ?

Veñom
09-27-2014, 10:43 AM
is the PTS offline ?

Worshipper
09-30-2014, 02:11 PM
Found a rather large bug with the Neith AI on the PTS. When she drops down to use her ult, she doesn't actually fire it off (not sure if it's because she lost track of her original target, or simply won't fire it at all). She just sits there crouched down and not attacking, letting you walk up and kill her at your leisure.

xRYBREDx
09-30-2014, 09:04 PM
The change to the matchmaking system is a little bittersweet for me I think.

On one hand I'm really happy for all players going in to league in the future. Great for them. That should alleviate any stress that I went through/go through still.

On the other side, It doesn't look like it will effect or help me.. I'm still stuck in bronze 5 with something like 1800 elo (I gave up playing league because of the games it was putting me in as a newcomer and that being completely unfair to my team)

Since I've played over 10 games already but my elo is still so high is the new matchmaking going to take into account how horrible I did in those games and start matching me with lower tier players than it is currently? If so then great, if not then whatever I guess.. I just won't play ranked.

I'd rather not be put in games with pros anymore.. considering I haven't played 20 games yet of ranked.. I guess we will see.

BethanyBond
10-01-2014, 05:21 AM
It's nice that you added a bunch of voice lines to some of the other voice packs. I hate to complain, but Sobek is still missing his [VVGF] (Have Fun). I understand you still have plenty of VPs to finish, but I hope you get to finishing his maybe in the next patch. He's one of my favorite Guardians. :D

Alissana
10-01-2014, 01:35 PM
Bundle Improvements:

For your convenience you are now able to click to purchase skins or voice packs for gods you do not own, but doing so shows a purchase option to buy both at once.
You are able to view bundles even if you don’t own the god for an item in the bundle.
You are now able to buy bundles that you already own parts of. If you buy a bundle that you own parts of the price is discounted by the price of each item in the bundle that you own, capped at a minimum bundle price.

I don't get that part. So we get a discount if we buy a skin with the voice? How am I able to view bundles?

Frechstern
10-01-2014, 02:14 PM
Greetings, HiRez!
I wanted to bring an important topic on this patch note, I don't mean to be pushy or demanding but it'd be awesome if we could trade our gems between us players , I only bring this up because I tried really hard to collect enough gems to buy the infinity wave skin of He-Bo (One of the most amazing skins in the history of time) and I got really far, but I'm still missing two gems, you get what I mean, because of two gems I can't enjoy the perks of having that awesome skin, so yeah, It'd be great if we could trade gems with each other.
Lot's of love and support.
Jhon (Frechstern)
I LOVE YOU <3
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RippleApple
10-01-2014, 04:13 PM
^Should be able to buy gems with favor at the rate of 1 gem for 10,000 favor, nobody would do it anyway