After attending the Smite World Championships, I've finally run head first into the world of Smite. I've only played about 15 games of Smite, all Conquest, and all on a ranged mage or hunter class. Woe is me to try a melee class - I had tried in League of Legends, and it always failed spectacularly. Charlie mentioned it in the previous podcast, and it's kind of funny- I've been deep into the world of PvP in some gaves, whereas Charlie tends to eschew the PvP in favor of not PvPing. I've also heard Charlie curse enough to make a pirate blush, and I now understand why...
While Smite is certainly a fun MOBA game and I enjoy playing, the effects of ONE shitty teamate in a game of 5 v 5 can be catastrophic to the enjoyment for all. Take a game I encountered last night. Player A wanted to to Jungle, and claimed so in Lobby chat. Enter gameplay, and player B uses a Jungle build. At this point, let's be serious. This is the casual league. It's not like we're playing for money or a prestige league. I could care less if we have 4 Junglers. And, hell, teams could probably win with 4 Junglers or at least make it competitive is all PUG games. At this point, Player A LOOSES it and trolls, "I claimed Jungler. I am now going to feed [give opponents easy kills] the other team." He proceeds to have something like 1 kill to 23 deaths. Intentionally. Which, in a game like Smite, only makes the other team increasingly more leveled and rich compared to ours and just not fun. Then you take a number of other games where 1 or 2 player from either team disconnects. In all these cases, the enjoyment of a match is severly diminished.
In these matches, which are all conquest and generally take :25 to :45 to complete, I'd estimate a full 1/3 of matches of have had some kind of disconnect or asshat ruining the fun. In a game that's all about the people, that is an alarmingly hi right of trolling. Going back to our Jungle situation, we all said we're going to report, to which he responds, "I don't care, I have 6 accounts!"
Point is, I've enjoyed playing Smite. But, the all to often toxic and trolling community is severly hampering my ability to enjoy the game. It is a fun game when all 5 players are there and not being trolls.
I'll continue to give the game a try and hope things get better with the human element; maybe I just got bad lack with my first week if playing?