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Silicon Sports | 24/03/2017

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New God on the Block

Read all about the latest patch and newest god in the Smite battleground, Bellona the goddess of war!

We also have some codes to give away to unlock Bellona and also for Scylla’s new skin. For a chance to win one of the codes head over to our Facebook page for details.

I also asked SLCN.pro players TopNotch and FreeMason what their initial thoughts on the Bellona were.

On Bellona

On first impression, Bellona seems like a moderately simplistic in-your-face kind of bruiser, but after further analysis of the Roman goddess of war, you start to become enveloped in every possibility available to you within the different stance changes/basic attack changes. With excellent diversity, decent base stats and not to mention a fantastic aesthetic appearance, Bellona is a powerhouse out of the solo lane and also fares very decently out of the jungle.

SLCN.TopNotch

Bellona is an interesting god, her kit is full of different kinds of abilities, and she has an answer to every situation. She is the swiss army knife of gods. As such, her ability to destroy unorganised teams is unparralleled, when enemies are running at her one at a time or in small groups, Bellona will destroy every single one. The same cannot be said for an organised team.

In competitive, teams aren’t looking for swiss army knives. Why take a small blade when you can have a sword? Why take scissors when you can have a guillotine? Top teams look for gods that do their jobs well. Bellona is a jack of all trades, master of none, and as such, will have a hard time fitting in to team comps.

In solo, she does not bring as much control or CC as Hercules or Tyr, and her sustain is arguably worse. In jungle, her presence is not felt, and her limited of CC and mobility do not help her cause. In support, she does not even come close to being as aggressive as she needs to be for lacking CC. Everything she does in a role, another god does better.

For me, Bellona joins the ranks of Thanatos and Anubis, B-tier pub-stomp gods

SLCN.FreeMason

 

Battle Frost Patch Notes

New God: Bellona

Bellona

Master of War – Passive

Upon giving or receiving hits from basic attacks, Bellona gains +5 protections and +6% movement speed for 5s. (max 5 stacks).

Shield Bash

Bellona dashes forward and bashes with her shield, dealing 80/120/160/200/240 +40% of her Physical Power as damage and slowing enemies 30% for 2s. Bellona gains 1 stack of block for each enemy god hit. Block absorbs all damage from a single basic attack and reflects 30% of the damage in an area around her. Bellona then makes basic attacks with sword and shield until out of combat, and every 3 successful basic attacks she gains another stack of block (max 3). Cooldown: 15s. Cost: 60.

Bludgeon

Bellona summons a Hammer and spins, hitting every enemy around her for 30/60/90/120/150 +25% of her Physical Power, and then smashing forward in an overhand attack dealing 70/130/190/250/310 +60% of her Physical Power as Damage. Each enemy god hit in the spin increases the damage of the overhand attack by +30%. Bellona now makes basic attacks with her Hammer until out of combat. Every Hammer attack hits all enemies in melee range. Cooldown: 10. Cost: 60/65/70/75/80.

Scourge

Bellona summons a Scourge, dealing 60/100/140/180/220 +50% of her Physical Power as damage to all enemies in a line. Enemies hit are Disarmed for 2/2.25/2.5/2.75/3s, and cannot make basic attacks. Bellona now makes basic attacks with a Scourge until out of combat, which has extended range (+4) and every third attack heals Bellona 30/50/70/90/110. Cooldown: 18s. Cost: 70/75/80/85/90.

Eagle’s Rally

Bellona plants a Roman flag, granting 15/20/25/30/35 protections and increased physical power by 10/20/30/40/50 to allied gods for 6/8/10/12/14s. Enemies directly under where the flag is placed take 100/200/300/400/500 +50% of her Physical Power as damage and are stunned for 1s.

New God Skins

Ymir New Model
This new model updates Ymir’s Standard, TwitchYmir, Nuclear Winter, Golden, Legendary, and Diamond skins.
La Roca Hercules
Daisy Despair Scylla
Battle Maiden Bellona
Awilix Golden/Legendary/Diamond

New Voice Packs

Bellona
La Roca Hercules
Daisy Despair Scylla

New God Rotation

Isis
Sun Wukong
Sobek
Anhur
Fenrir

Emotes

Ymir Dance!
Updated Cards
Ymir Standard

Misc

Match invite art has been updated.
Match invites will no longer block the user from browsing after accepting.
Gamma screen now closes when a match invite appears.
Booster tooltip over player icon now shows remaining time.
Clicking GODS button on top bar now always redirects to the god page.
Updated League requirement description to be more clear.
A separate HOME button has been re-added to the end of match lobby.
Single match god rentals have been removed.
Tutorials have had UI updates.
Back button has been added for GODS page.
Fixed more cases of the Home screen images showing while in match.
Fixed clan tags not showing on scoreboard in PvP matches.
Fixed the Scoreboard not being accessible during match after server is offline.
Fixed black areas shown when using special emotes that zoom out the camera.
Fixed typo on Profile tooltip.
Fixed the God Lore tab not initially showing scroll bar.
Fixed being able to simultaneously scroll Friends list and chat.
Fixed highlighting issues at the Loadouts Page when purchasing Wards and Icons.
Fixed parties not being able to switch queues after encountering queue join errors.

Items

General

Miscellaneous item descriptions have had grammer cleanups.

Bluestone
Disabled for purchase in Assault.

Heartward Amulet
Added to MP5 in store filter.
Added to Physical Protection filter.

Hydra’s Lament & Hydra’s Star
Fixed both old and new passives being applied to targets. Ouch.
Shield of Regrowth
Fixed speed bonus not working with Nemesis Retribution healing.

Sovereignty
Added to HP5 in store filter.
Added to Magical Protection filter.

The Crusher
Disabled for purchase in Joust.

Gods – Balance/Updates/Fixes

As we are still fresh on the heels of Season 2’s release, there won’t be significant balance adjustments this patch. We want to give time for the previous changes to settle, and players to try out new builds and strategies.

Ares
Blessed Presence
Fixed typo: Changed Ares’ to Ares.

Chang’e
Crescent Moon Dance
Fixed tooltip to no longer say it affects allies.

Geb
Fixed some graphical issues with his hanging roots on Golden/Legendary skins.

He Bo
Steady Flow
Updated tooltip to be more general.

Hou Yi
Divebomb
Hou Yi can now glide over player deployables.

Janus
Portal
Corrected an issue where players falling through enemy portals could still use Aegis.

Thor
Anvil of Dawn
Fixed Thor being able to use this ability while dying in air.

Ullr
Switch Stance
Fixed additional cases where players would see Ullr in the wrong stance.