Loki, first introduced in 2012, was one of the earliest gods to join the battleground. After years of love and hate (of a backstabbing nature), this Norse assassin is undergoing a complete overhaul of his kit. Our goal was to remove the frustrations surrounding Loki’s existing abilities while staying true to his class as an assassin. Keeping this in mind, we focused on preserving his stealth, giving his enemies more control in fighting back, and doubling down on his dagger mastery.

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One of my favorite updates is the new ability “Agonizing Visions” which replaces “Decoy.” Loki now summons a vision of his tortured past. Enemies in range of the vision will feel the poison themselves, taking damage.  What I love about this ability is that it is strongly connected to Loki’s lore when poison was dripped on his face. All changes made to Loki can be found on the Smite update notes.

To celebrate Loki’s new abilities, we’ve also added a new Loki skin, Stealthed Slayer. For the week of his release, Stealthed Slayer Loki will be free! Earn two First Wins of the Day and you’ll unlock this sharp skin. If you’ve missed out on the limited time event, the skin will still be available for 100 Gems in the Smite store.

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Before we sign off, I want to bring up a major addition to our game. October celebrates LGBT History Month. To honor this month and the importance of LGBT history, Smite is adding new LGBTQ+ flag avatars in-game and they’ll be free until the next update. Just earn a First Win of the Day and you’ll unlock six flag avatars (Lesbian, Asexual, Bisexual, Transgender, Pansexual, Non-Binary.) This is just one of many steps we’re taking to make sure that Smite is a welcoming and inclusive space for all gamers.

I’m excited to see all of the hype Loki plays and I hope you enjoy all the additional content in the Trickster God update. See you all in the battleground of the gods!

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Original source: https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/10/06/loki-rework-headlines-smites-newest-update/