Smite's newest addition is Neith, Weaver of Fate, and we went straight to the source and asked Hi-Rez all about her - abilities, roles, items, and strategies. Read on for our interview and learn all about this fun new addition!
RTSGuru: What category would you say she falls into in terms of roles, and why?
Hi-Rez: Neith could be described as a ranged physical goddess with average damage and strong utility. With her root and self heal, she is competent enough to play mid lane with her ultimate giving her side lane support when needed.
RTSGuru: Tell us about the Broken Weave mechanic (her passive), and how that plays into the meta?
Hi-Rez: Neith's passive causes enemy players to leave a tear in the world weave when they die. The Broken Weave mechanic allows Neith to see those tears in the weave, giving her minimap visibility in the area. All of Neith's abilities also take an additional action when used on the weaves.
RTSGuru: Spirit Arrow seems to be a great way to work CC into Neith, but is there a cap on how many enemies it can root, and for how long? It seems like it could be very helpful in group fights.
Hi-Rez: There is no cap on the number of enemies that Spirit Arrow can root. However, enemies beyond the first in the line are rooted for 75% of the duration. This is really useful in team fights but lining up a Spirit Arrow to hit multiple enemy gods is really difficult.
RTSGuru: Unravel is another crowd control skill, that seems well suited to large melees where you don't want people getting away. But how does the healing work, and does it apply to only Neith or allies as well?
Hi-Rez: Unravel carries with it an attack speed slow and isn't really a crowd control ability. When Neith damages enemies with Unravel, she is healed from up to 3 of the enemies that were hit. These do not heal nearby allies, only herself.
RTSGuru: Backflip's an awesome escape mechanic, but how does the Broken Weave fit in, and is it different from the passive kill effect?
Hi-Rez: When Back Flip is used, Neith leaves a Broken Weave at the origin of her leap. This is different from the passive because this is the only one that Neith has the ability to place where she wants. This allows her to set up several different combinations with her abilities to greater effect. For example, in the explanation above on Spirit Arrow where it would be difficult to line up all of the enemies, Neith can Back Flip from the fight, leaving a Broken Weave, and then Spirit Arrow into the weave causing the damage and root to be applied to all enemies in the area.
RTSGuru: World Weaver, talk about an Ultimate... how the hell does it work, and are we going to see cries of "overpowered!" immediately? How much damage does it do, and how long is the CD?
Hi-Rez: It sounds overpowered, doesn't it?! It is very useful but the damage is moderate and it requires that the enemy be in line of sight for it to be fired. Playing against Neith, you have to be aware of when you are low health that she could hit you from anywhere if her ultimate is ready. Aegis Amulet is a good idea for a counter!
RTSGuru: Theorycrafting time - let's talk build. What items should people buy for her, and what should they look to skill-up first?
Hi-Rez: Neith uses a pretty standard ranged physical item build. Leaning more towards physical power rather than crit chance and lifesteal is a good idea on her since her abilities all scale well with physical power and she already has a healing ability that also scales off of physical power. For early sustain, I would get Unravel first and then go into Spirit Arrow or Back Flip depending on if you think you need early escape or the root for early ganking potential.
RTSGuru: Do you have a preferred strategy for her, or lane even?
Hi-Rez: Personally, she works great in mid lane. Bringing along several mana potions allows her to poke and heal back any of the damage she takes with Unravel. Then, at any time after she hits level 5, she is always in position to help with her side lanes with her ultimate.
RTSGuru: Thanks so much for your time, and we can't wait to see the next god!