Smite’s roster has grown considerably since the last time I decided to have a little fun with the concept and name five gods from diverse pantheons that I would like to see in the game. One of those from the last round, Dionysus, made it into the game under his Roman name, Bacchus. Since the roster has grown, and even now includes the game’s first Western god (Xbalanque), I thought it might be fun to list a few more gods that would be great to see in Hi-Rez’ MOBA.
Should the game require a new support hero, one that comes to mind is the Greek god Aslcepius, the god of medicine and healing. Support characters are more well-rounded than just healers, but it’s never a bad place to start. Asclepius also keeps the family business running with his daughters, the goddesses of cleanliness, remedy, healing from illness, and beauty and splendor. One of Asclepious’ most enduring symbols is his staff. He is associated with a snake, and that symbol, entwined with his staff, is still in use to symbolize medicine to this day. In Smite, Asclepius could be more of a pure support. Hel can heal and buff allies, but she has a duality to her abilities and that brings up balance issues. Asclepius could easily be a dedicated healer for the game, utilizing his famous staff.
Asclepius is also known for having brought people back from the dead. This, some say, was the cause of his death in the form of retribution from Zeus. He could heal, protect, buff, and rez as his basic kit in some form. In the game, as a support champion, being able to revive others would come in very handy. Of course, this would need a cooldown to match its utility, but when it comes to support, I like the idea of Asclepius a lot.
Heimdallr is a Norse god, who is well known for being the watchman of the gods, possessing foreknowledge, and his great golden horn, Gjallerhorn. He is always on the lookout for the onset of the coming Ragnarok right at the edge oof the bridge Bifrost, leading to Valhalla.
He’s is also known in legend for the prophecy that tells that he and Loki are destined to kill each other once Ragnarok arrives. Given the existence of Loki already in the game, this would already create yet another pre-set rivalry in the game. But Heimdallr is pretty cool of his own accord, and I think is unique from the others already in game. As a watchman, he couldmight make a good hybrid support. Perhaps even a jungler.
As far as abilities go, I picture Heimdallr using that horn to warn allies by working as a ward for a second or two, as well as stunning an enemy. His watchfulness and keen eyesight can add a bonus to attack damage due to its high accuracy.
Andraste is a war goddess of the Iceni people of ancient Britain. And not just any war goddess either - she's the goddess of Victory in battle. The Iceni tribe would invoke her presence when going to battle, and even Boudicca herself is said to have done so when helping fight against Roman occupation.
Andraste is a warrior, so she could provide a more straightforward melee or tank option for those who prefer their strong characters to be of the more feminine variety. Boudicca once released a hare to divine the correct path to victory, and since, some associate the hare with Andraste. Utilizing the hare in one of her abilities would be a nice touch a la Minsc from Baldur's Gate.
While Smite has some great characters, it definitely doesn't have an armored, tough female warrior like Andraste, and I do think she'd make a great addition.
You probably don't want to get on Xipe Totec's bad side. This Aztec god had a complicated history as representing war and the entire life-death-and rebirth cycle. He was also a god of agriculture and had an, um, unusual way of providing for his people.
Xipe Totec is known for actually flaying his own skin off to provide food in the way that snakes shed their skin and how corn seeds shed a layer when planted. However, things didn't get bloody, he was revered as golden where his skin came off and is often shown as half skinless and gold, and half whole.
In Smite, Xipe Totec could reflect his warlike side and the association with serpents. Additionally, Xipe Totec was worshipped by those who engaged in human sacrifice. One of these sacrificial methods involved being shot with arrows. Another was, of course, to flay the sacrifices. A symbolic flaying of an enemy might teach them to not come into Xipe Totec's path again.
An ultimate that consists of a fire pit opening up in the ground and burning the enemy could be a fitting representation. This is another way his followers honored him.
Zhang Guo, one of the Chinese legendary Eight Immortals, was an actual historical figure before his story got muddled and he became a legend. Immortal Zhang Guo is known for riding his mule all over the place, often backwards. When at his destination, he folds up the mule and puts it in his pocket, showing that there's more to him than meets the eye.
A bit of an eccentric presentation, he has his own self-titled kung fu style he’d bring to Smite. His legend has it that he could make himself invisible, pull birds out of the sky, and control such things as flowers by just pointing at them. As a hermit and an alchemist, he could work well as a melee fighter with some magic attributes. The possibilities with this one would be vast.