In the last few days, I came to what should have been an obvious realization. It should have come to mind earlier, but most of my SMITE gaming has been in the presence of a somewhat rotating cast, and one almost constant. That constant was typically the infamous Taco.
Not THAT Taco. OUR Taco. He of the SS Tier.
My last 2 SMITE gaming sessions have been with 2 people in particular...DV-8 and Gulfwulf. Apparently, Taco skews the difficulty scale away from our favor. Not that he doesn't still thrive, the bastard, but the rest of us scrubs, we struggle a bit more.
It's pretty crazy how much easier most of our games have felt, at least in my opinion. Some examples: