A beautiful and intelligent melee tank enters the battlefield.
SMITE, the free-to-play third-person MOBA from Hi-Rez Studios has a new Goddess amongst the ranks: Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom. Athena is a paragon of virtue who uses melee attacks to both damage her enemies and defend her friends.
Athena's passive is Reach. Thanks to reach, whenever Athena uses any ability, her next basic attack becomes a ranged attack that hits all enemies it passes through and deals magical damage. It's great for harassing enemies in lane.
Her first usable ability, Preemptive Strike, has good damage, initiate, and escape capabilities. It allows Athena to dash through minions and stop at the first enemy God she hits. She also gains a stack of Block which lets her absorb the next enemy attack.
SMITE is an online battleground between gods. Players choose from a selection of gods, join session-based arena combat and use custom powers and team tactics against other players and minions. SMITE is inspired by Defense of the Ancients (DotA) but instead of being above the action, the third-person camera brings you right into the combat. And, instead of clicking a map, you use WASD to move, dodge, and fight your way through the detailed graphics of SMITE´s battlegrounds.
Confound is Athena's second ability. When used, Athena taunts the enemy gods around her, forcing them to attack her instead of allies.
Athena's third ability is Shield Wall. Shield Wall summons a bunch of Athenian Warriors who do deal damage to enemies upon arrival as well as over time.
Defender of Olympus is Athena's Ultimate. The ability allows Athena to launch herself in the air to any allied God on the entire map. When she arrives, she slams the ground, dealing damage.
Athena is a great tank with her fantastic mobility and defensive skills. She can be all over the map thanks to her Ultimate, and with her Preemptive Strike ability she can easily get away from any tough situations.
The Athena update also introduced new voice packs to SMITE for Athena, Ne Zha and Cupid. Poseidon also gets a new skin called Poseidon Golden, and SMITE's UI panel and stats tabs have also been overhauled to look better than ever.
For a full breakdown of Athena, check out the video below.
Source: Hi-Rez Studio Blog