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Slipknot | 9.5 Update Notes

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Permalink | Quote | +Rep by Branmuffin17 » May 11, 2022 2:48pm | Report

By: TitanDandy | 2022/05/11



Source (9.5 Main Patch): https://www.smitegame.com/news/slipknot-9-5-update-notes/

*NOTE* For full patch notes, please visit the source. Only Update Schedule, Item and God Balance will be listed here.



UPDATE RELEASE SCHEDULE


MAY 17 - The Slipknot Update (9.5)
  • Slipknot Event
  • Blast from the Past Battle Pass
  • SMITE Night
  • New Heavenly Light Skins
MAY 31 - 9.5 Bonus Update
  • New Heavenly Light Skins
  • More info coming soon!
JUNE 2 - HAPPY LITTLE PAINTER ZHONG KUI PRIME GAMING RELEASE
  • Happy Little Painter Zhong Kui available to claim through Prime Gaming

Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change.



BALANCE LIVE WITH THE 9.5 UPDATE - MAY 17


GAME MODES



"The first Conquest Update of Season 9 is bringing a lot of detailed changes. When updating our maps we want to give players as much specific info as possible, but that can also make it difficult to read through the notes and comprehend the main concepts. In this section we can summarize some of the goals and expected effects you can expect from the 9.5 “Knight’s Keep” Conquest Map!

The Conquest changes fall into 2 major categories: Design and Balance. Check these notes for essentially the TLDR of each Conquest section.

The primary goals are to reduce the early game snowball effect and to decrease the chances of “sweeping victories” in the late game where one fight creates too large of a lead, or even ends the game."


Obelisks

"First, the major design changes. With each Conquest Update players expect mechanical changes as well as new environment art and this update will bring both.

The changes to game mechanics are focused mostly around the Obelisks. We wanted to make the entire flow less snowbally, easier to understand, and have a more clear and impactful reward.

Obelisks will now have medieval themed visuals for the structure and the offerings, and will be filled up for a reward in a similar manner as before. However, offerings now will drop only from Lost Knights who spawn within Mist across the map, and the reward will be a siege weapon instead of Indra’s Scepter.

There is also a significant environmental art change to the duo lane, where the Knight’s Keep now stands."
  • Now become active at 6 minutes and are inactive for 6 minutes (Increased from 4 minute start and 4 minute inactivity)
  • Offerings can now only be picked up by the team that scored the last hit to trigger the drop
  • While obelisks are active:
  • The Jungle becomes shrouded in patches of Mist which stealths players standing within them
  • During each round of activation, each Mist area will contain a Lost Knight, that drops an Offering when slain
  • When one team fills their Obelisk:
  • Each team is awarded 10 XP and 10 Gold for each Offering stored in their Obelisk (Decreased from 15 XP and 15 Gold for each Offering stored)
  • The team that completely filled their Obelisk is given an Empowered Trebuchet that also provides a defensive buff aura to all nearby allies in its radius (Has an Aura that provides +15 Magical Protections and +15 Physical Protections to nearby allies within the 30ft radius (does not buff itself)

Trebuchet
  • Spawns near a friendly Phoenix in the lane with the healthiest and highest number of enemy Structures alive
  • The first time a friendly God walks within its 30ft radius, it will spawn two escort minions and push the lane
  • The Trebuchet will continue the push as long as an ally minion or god is within its radius
  • If an enemy enters its radius, it will stop attacking until that enemy is killed or leaves
  • Trebuchets launch Flaming Boulders at enemy Structures and Minions from long range, outside of the Tower aggro radius
  • Flaming Boulder
  • 100ft Maximum range
  • 30ft Minimum range
  • Each time the Trebuchet launches a projectile, it consumes 5% of its own HP
  • Base Stats
  • 1700 Base Health
  • 50 Physical Protection
  • 10 Magical Protection
  • 300 Physical Power
  • Base Stat Scaling (Stacks every 3m of game time): +300 Health


Jungle

"We also made a series of intense balance changes to this Conquest map with the primary goals of reducing snowball effects and creating noticeable changes to gameplay in multiple phases and roles.

Overall total XP and Gold gain rates have not changed significantly, but have been shifted around in many ways.

Lane Minions and Jungle Camps are also going to be noticeably more tanky. This will encourage more fighting in waves and will give Junglers a larger advantage when killing camps due to their Starter Item Selection. This change creates a huge ripple effect across the map.

Contested jungle camps will now spawn less often, as most players will have less down time between waves.

We have also added a lot of specific designs to fine tune individual lanes and roles. All buff camps will be easier to clear on the very first spawn to ensure that there is a lot of role and pathing flexibility from the start of the match. Individual buff camps now have different stats, XP, and Gold values, and Harpy camps across the map have been individually tuned to their XP and Gold values, and recolored to display the differences."

*NOTE* The extensive notes on the various jungle changes are not listed here. You can read about them HERE.


Towers and Phoenixes

"The ability to dive towers has been a common point of discussion in the community recently. We did increase their damage but with the major changes to god Health and Protections we needed to make sure we amped up towers significantly. These changes are designed to make sure towers are more lethal than ever, even with the buffed base stats of 9.5. This makes it noticeably harder to tower dive in the early game, and also makes it harder to siege bases, which will decrease the chances of a single team fight leading to the entire map being cleared. Towers will not only be more lethal, but also have more HP, including a significant buff to Titan HP.

We also made Jungle Bosses considerably more lethal. They will also now deal Magical and Physical damage, making it harder to tank up against them. This will create more risk around taking bosses, encouraging fights and making it harder to snowball."

*NOTE* The extensive notes on the various structure changes are not listed here. You can read about them HERE.


ITEMS


"9.5 will also bring what is potentially our last round of item nerfs. 9.4 hit top performing T3s, 9.4 bonus hit starter items and T1 or T2s, and now we are doing another pass on hybrid items. Items that add both offensive and defensive stats are often quite powerful in SMITE, and can lead to some frustrating issues. With these nerfs we hope to decrease the amount of damage output coming from Warriors, Guardians, or people building like them. With everyone getting more defensive base stats it also makes it easier to build into these items, so we want to be sure to nerf them along with the TTK changes going live."



TOWER SHIELD
  • Decreased Physical Power from 20 to 15



BERSERKER'S SHIELD
  • Decreased Physical Power from 25 to 20
  • Decreased Physical Protection from 50 to 40



SHIFTER'S SHIELD
  • Decreased Physical Power from 30 to 25
  • Decreased Physical Power from 30 to 25 on the passive



GLADIATOR'S SHIELD
  • Decreased Physical Power from 25 to 20



VOID SHIELD
  • Decreased Physical Protections from 45 to 35



RUNIC SHIELD
  • Decreased Physical Power from 35 to 30



ANCILE
  • Decreased Physical Power from 40 to 35



CADUCEUS SHIELD
  • Decreased Physical Power from 25 to 20



FROSTBOUND HAMMER
  • Decreased Physical Power from 35 to 25



RUNEFORGED HAMMER
  • Decreased Physical Power from 35 to 30



THE SLEDGE
  • Decreased Physical Power from 40 to 35



BLACKTHORN HAMMER
  • Decreased Physical Power from 30 to 25



CELESTIAL LEGION HELM
  • Decreased Magical Power from 70 to 55



LOTUS CROWN
  • Decreased Physical Protections from 60 to 50



JADE EMPEROR'S CROWN
  • Decreased Magical Power from 40 to 30
  • Decreased Health from 350 to 300



TYRANNICAL PLATE HELM
  • Decreased Magical Power from 85 to 70



VOID STONE
  • Decreased health from 250 to 200
  • Decreased Magical Protection from 60 to 50



STONE OF FAL
  • Decreased Health from 200 to 150



STONE OF BINDING
  • Decreased Magical Power from 30 to 25
  • Decreased Physical Protections from 35 to 30
  • Decreased Magical Protection from 35 to 30



SPELL FOCUS
  • Added 5% Magical Penetration



WARRIOR'S BANE
  • Added 5% Physical Penetration

TIME TO KILL CHANGES


"In this Update we will be introducing one of the largest sweeping balance changes in SMITE history. Most of the dev notes will be below in a more long-form discussion on the specifics of why we landed on this change and how we went about designing it. We want to thank all of our players for their constant feedback throughout 9.4 and before in helping us gather the proper data to reach this conclusion. This is going to be an especially exciting SMITE update!"
  • Every single god in SMITE will receive the following changes:
  • Increased Base HP by 40%
  • Increased Base HP Per Level by 5%
  • Increased Base Physical Protection by 40%
  • Increased Physical Protection Per level by 8%
  • Increased Base Magical Protection by 28%
  • Increased Magical Protection Per level by 28%
*NOTE* The extensive notes on the intended effects of these changes are not listed here. You can read about them HERE.


GODS



LOKI

"Audio cues are especially important on this trickster god. The stealth and misdirection gameplay elements of this god need to be consistent to ensure there are no advantages or disadvantages from his various skins. In this Update we are changing how Loki’s stealth audio cue works to improve this concern."



VANISH
  • Loki’s laugh has been removed as an audio cue on this ability due to its inconsistency in volume and duration between skins.
  • This ability will now have a single audio cue sound effect that shares a volume and distance modifier across all Loki skins, but with some slight adjustments depending on the theme of the skin.



SERQET

"The shifts to this god succeeded at taking her down in priority in SPL, but the changes in 9.4 ended up hurting Serqet even more than intended, so we are looking to buff her back in a few ways. These buffs are specifically geared toward helping her in the Jungle role, with better clear from her basic attacks, a key ability getting a cooldown buff, and a slightly faster Ultimate animation, we expect to see a solid improvement from her."



BASIC ATTACKS
  • The 3rd basic attack in Serqet’s basic attack chain now cleaves



COBRA'S KISS
  • Decreased Cooldown from 16 to 14



LAST BREATH
  • Decreased Pre-Fire animation time from 0.2s to 0.1s



THOR

"Another god that was indirectly nerfed in 9.4 was Thor. The diminishing returns change is often what is cited as creating problems for this god, which we plan to address through this update by increasing his stun duration. However, we want to be very careful and not apply this to gods who don’t need it, and we want to continue to explore other options besides buffing CC durations or making various CC abilities immune to DR. This will be a good test case to help us evaluate future gods in similar positions, although none of the ones we have discussed had lower stats than Thor currently did."



TECTONIC RIFT
  • Increased Stun Duration from 1/1.15/1.3/1.45/1.6s to 1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5/1.6s



ANVIL OF DAWN
  • Increased Base Damage 100/150/200/250/300 to 100/165/230/295/360



XBALANQUE

"Those who played in the old days of SMITE might remember this ability combo being especially potent. It creates a strong risk/reward situation where Xbalanque can provide a solid amount of burst but will sacrifice his safety for it. This god could use some help and this ability creates some interesting combat scenarios, so we are buffing this aspect of Rising Jaguar."



RISING JAGUAR
  • Increased Poisoned Bonus Damage from 30% to 40%



RAMA

"This sharpshooter god is getting a few small buffs to help his lane phase and compound with his key strength: rapid fire basic attacks. Rama sees some rare play in SPL but his ranked and normal stats have been on the lower end, hopefully this push helps him break through some barriers in the duo lane."



INFINITE ARROWS
  • Decreased mana cost from 60/65/70/75/80 to 40/45/50/55/60
  • Increased Attack Speed from 30/35/40/45/50% to 40/45/50/55/60%



ROLLING ASSAULT
  • Decreased mana cost from 70/75/80/85/90 to 50/55/60/65/70



NE ZHA

"This god relies heavily on one-shot wombo combos, and often struggles if those combos don’t pan out. Ne Zha has a little known feature that protects him after landing if he successfully ults someone, which we are buffing in this update to help him continue fighting even when the kill isn’t guaranteed."



RIGHTEOUS SPIRIT
  • Increased the time before losing passive stacks from 10s to 12s



WIND FIRE WHEELS
  • Increased Protections gained after landing from 20/25/30/35/40 to 30/35/40/45/50



HERCULES

"We haven’t seen much from this god in Season 9, so some carefully planned Hercules buffs have been devised. Herc can be an unstoppable force if he snowballs his lane too heavily or reaches near unkillable states, so we aimed at improving his teamfight presence and synergy with other gods. Hercules’ ability to pull enemies into his team is a valuable effect, and he will now be able to do that even more often in the late game."



EARTHBREAKER
  • Decreased Cooldown from 14s to 14/13.5/13/12.5/12s



TERRA

"Since we fixed/removed Terra’s ability to double-trigger her abilities, she has dropped off quite heavily. We don’t plan to bring that feature back as it was against the spirit of the kit, so we are looking to apply buffs in different ways. Terra has some very high cooldowns and mana costs that we can bring down to buff this god safely. She is very quick to rise back into pro meta at any time, so a careful touch is required."



FORCE OF NATURE
  • Decreased Cooldown from 15s to 13s



MONOLITH
  • Decreased Mana cost from 60/70/80/90/100 to 60/65/70/75/80



SYLVANUS

"A shiny new passive helped out Sylvanus quite a lot, but he has dropped off since then and the current meta doesn’t seem to be doing him any favors. We are buffing the effect of this new passive to give Sylvanus even more power over reducing his cooldowns if he plays to maximize the effect."



NATURE'S BOUNTY
  • Increased Cooldown Reduction provided by picking up seeds from 0.25s to 0.5s



BABA YAGA

"SMITE’s wacky mage has had a lot of rumors of becoming meta but hasn’t ever quite gotten there. She has a unique play style that appeals to a specific audience, so she might not be top of the meta ever, but we do want to keep inching her closer and closer to that power level. Baba’s Brew is her primary poke ability and cooldown buffs often have a big impact on metrics, so expect to see some more Baba in 9.5!"



BABA'S BREW
  • Decreased Cooldown from 14s to 12s at all ranks



PELE

"This assassin has also been out of the meta for a little while. This formerly top jungler could definitely use a little help, so power scaling on her primary damage ability is a solid way to do that."



PYROCLAST
  • Increased Physical Power Scaling from 60% to 70%



ESET

"The Slipknot Update is also bringing a few more nerfs that have come from more recent data. Eset has continued to put up big numbers in the SPL, especially from the support role. With Mages getting more defensive stats in this update we anticipate that she might become the actual best support in the game again, with strong mid lane stats in lower skill levels to back it up, so she is getting a small utility nerf in this update."



DISPEL MAGIC
  • Decreased Magical Protection Debuff from 10/15/20/25/30% to 10/12.5/15/17.5/20%



GILGAMESH

"The King of Season 8 is still reigning supreme in 2022. In this update he is being nerfed in both his power scaling damage and a key team utility feature. This large power scaling nerf is especially targeted to his Jungle performance, where he continues to be a top pick."



DROP KICK
  • Decreased Physical Power Scaling of Kick Damage from 40% to 30%
  • Decreased Physical Power Scaling of Burst Damage from 40% to 30%



HERO'S ADVANCE
  • Decreased Movement Speed from 25/27.5/30/32.5/35% to 25%



ARTIO

"The Bear cannot be beat. About a year ago we were looking at ways to buff this goddess because she had dropped so far, but since then she’s been a nonstop top pick in the Solo Lane. This update she is getting nerfs to her passive, which stacks protection shred on enemies, as well as to her main damage ability."



DECOMPOSE
  • Decreased Max Stacks from 8 to 6



ENERGY SURGE / MAUL PREY
  • Increased Cooldown of both forms from 12s to 15/14.5/14/13.5/13s
  • Decreased Base Damage of Maul Prey from 40/70/100/130/160 to 35/65/95/125/155 per hit (hits 2x)



CLIODHNA

"The last round of nerfs were not enough for this goddess who is terrorizing the battleground. Currently she is leaning a lot on her Ultimate to gain pressure in lane and in team fights, so we are increasing this cooldown and decreasing the base damage to that ability."



TEARING THE VEIL
  • Increased Cooldown from 50s to 60s per charge
  • Decreased Base Rift Damage from 80/120/160/200/240 to 60/95/130/165/200 per tick



ZEUS

"Still sitting high up on Mount Olympus, Zeus is enjoying his golden age of win% points. With his new found utility, we started taking down some primary damage values, but its had only a small effect. We are hitting him with a key damage cooldown as well as walking back the utility a little bit to make sure he still feels good to play, but has more options for counterplay."



CHAIN LIGHTNING
  • Increased Cooldown from 10s to 12s



AEGIS ASSAULT
  • Decreased Movement Speed from 20/22.5/25/27.5/30% to 15/17.5/20/22.5/25%
  • Decreased Attack Speed from 20/25/30/35/40% 15/20/25/30/35%
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