The SMITE World Championship has come to an end and congratulations goes out to Epsilon Esports who swept Enemy in a 3-0 victory in the finals. Now that Season 2 is coming to a close, it's time to look forward to Season 3 and Hi Rez has dropped some details as to what is changing in Season 3.
Probably one of the biggest changes to Season 3 will be the change to Actives. Actives were items like Purification Beads or Sprint that you purchased over the course of a match. Even though they were very important items that could keep you alive, some players either weren't buying them or delaying buying them so they could get normal items faster. That is all changing come season 3.
Actives are going away and will be replaced with "trinkets". Trinkets are completely free and are available right at the beginning of the match at level 1. At level 12 you will have the ability to buy a second trinket. You also won't have to buy different tiers of trinkets over the match as well. The new stats for the actives will fall between the tier 2 and tier 3 stats for the active items.
The other change is the new Daily Quest system. The current login bonus system is going away and now you will have certain quests to complete to get favor rewards. If you complete enough quests, you will earn gems. Thankfully, this new system will also not reset if you miss a day like the daily login rewards.
We also got a look at the brand new Joust map which will be a significant change from what the 3v3 mode has been for a while. The map will be a Chinese themed map and will only have three buff camps now instead of six. Since it's an odd number, that means that one buff will be contested over by both teams. There is also a new mini boss on the map where if you defeat it, it causes the enemy towers to power down for a short time, which means they can't defend themselves. Finally, Joust will be added into leagues for high level ranked play.
No word yet on when Season 3 will launch but Hi Rez plans on releasing a PTS (public test server) so everyone will be able to test out all of the changes before they go live.