Perhaps you’ve played Smite, perhaps you haven’t. When approaching Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics you are most likely met with confusion to what exactly you are looking at. To those attuned with Smite’s battle arena video game, you may know some of the canon included in Smite Tactics, yet the explanation for what it truly is may fall short. After taking the deep dive into Tactics, you’ll find a game that is confused by its own identity in an attempt to expand the Smite universe. Go ahead, boot up a match for yourself.
Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics is defined by Hi-Rez as “the new Free-to-Play turn-based strategy game.” When booting up Smite Tactics for the first time you are met with familiar faces from the Smite world. This may ease some of the new players minds as they approach Smite Tactics with little to no knowledge, finding solace in the Gods they are fond of.
As someone who has spent some time playing Smite, I instantly found my favorite God, Odin, and started to set up my deck. Smite Tactics minions and decks function similar to Hearthstone’s. Each God holds a unique ability that can be used each turn if mana is available. For example, Odin can spawn a 1/1 warrior with charge within the confines of his base. Each of the 7 base God’s allow players to define their own play style with unique cards pertaining to each God type. Depending on your play style, and your collection of cards, you may find differing success in a variety of Gods across the board.
You can acquire new cards through purchasing “Core Packs” in Hand of the Gods. You will be given a set of random cards which can be applied to your custom decks. Of course, there is a variety of rarity to the cards in the packs which will make it difficult to gather all of the powerful cards. There are cards that can be applied to any deck while other cards can only be applied to the decks of certain Gods.
Each card will either provide you the opportunity to play a magic ability or a minion. Minion’s are to be tactically planted on the battlefield around your tower. Once they have been placed you may move them the following turn. Each minion / magic card has a unique ability that can assist you in conquering your opponent. Combine your wide array of cards to destroy your opponent with a variety of ranged attacks, close quarter attacks, and spell cards.
The level of strategy can add an innate feeling of excitement to each match as you find yourself paired against an opponent with an unknown deck. The game can often seem unbalanced when choosing particular Gods with decks that can easily stomp out the competition.
Unfortunately, Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactic’s servers have been shutdown. Still itching for more information about Hand of the Gods? You can watch a few matches being played below below.