SMITE Spotlight: Odin
I give League of Legends quite a bit of attention with my monthly top played Champions lists but there are plenty of other MOBA games that deserve some attention also. Today marks the start of my new article series where I'll discuss a variety of the God's within SMITE and offer my personal opinion on their abilities and deadliness in-game. For my first article in the series I thought it would be best to play safe and choose my main God, Odin.
I've spent endless hours playing SMITE but it was only recently that I started to consider Odin as one of my more favorite God's in the game. Classified by Hi-Rez Studios as a Brusier/Tank, Odin not only has the damage to tear apart enemy God's but he's also got the sustain, allowing him to go toe to toe with the majority of God's within the game.
His passive ability, Birds of Wisdom, is the target of quite the debate among the community. Many have labeled it as totally useless while others have said it's one of the best in the game. I would be inclined to agree with the latter assumption here. It's a constant passive that increases Odin's minimap range by 100%, doubling his viewable distance compared to all other God's. Thanks to his very powerful passive ability I can honestly say I have never been ganked or caught unaware, and the extra viewing distance has scored my team dozens of kills thanks to ambushes and sneak attacks.
His bread and butter ability is Lunge. This powerful ability sends Odin flying into the air before landing at his destination damaging all enemies within a certain radius. Most Odin players I've come across tend to level this one first. However I avoid leveling it before his other abilities as I feel they can be more deadly with the way that I play. The best thing about this ability, apart from the incredible damage, is the escape potential. Using Lunge, Odin is able to jump across various obstacles to almost guarantee an escape. It is without a doubt the main reason I've managed to play so successfully with Odin.