Smite December 2016 / January 2017 Events, Gem Discounts & Ultimate God Pack SALE!

If you listen to our podcasts, play games with us, or watch our streams enough, it’s probably no secret that we really, REALLY love Smite (except for Obi, because he’s weird and doesn’t really play games).  Hi-Rez Studios has been wonderfully supportive of the GeekyAntics Network and gaming community as a whole.  In fact, 2016 has been a banner year for Hi-Rez as they have risen to the top as a competitive game and preferred MOBA alike.

To celebrate the awesome year that has been 2016, the folks at Hi-Rez Studios have gems discounted and the Ultimate God Pack at 50% OFF!  Even better, you still have a few days to take advantage of the Odyssey 2017 event, which runs through January 4th 2017.  This is an opportunity to earn free skins, portrait frames, icons, and more.

Gems will be on sale for a limited time at the following prices (USD):

  • 200 Gems: 3.34 USD
  • 400 Gems: 5.35 USD
  • 800 Gems: 10.04 USD
  • 1500 Gems: 16.74 USD
  • 2500 Gems: 23.44 USD
  • 35000 Gems: 33.49 USD
  • 8000 Gems:  66.99 USD

That’s a 33% markdown – NOICE!  I just bought some gems not too long ago and I think I’m gonna stock up on some more.  You can’t beat it at this price!  The way I see it, this is a nice way to throw a smaller studio a tip for a job well done.

Smite NuWa Xmas Elf Card

Smite has been one of the top games for celebrating Christmas and keeping the holiday spirit going.  My only lamentation is that the event period is just too short.  I really want some more stabs at the brutally hard Fanrir’s Wonderland, a 15-round test of might.  It’s a chance at Christmas-themed goodies and exclusive Odyssey content..  Plus it’s a great way to sharpen your skills (or just rage REALLY hard)!

Personally, I think we need longer event periods.  There are too many games running weekend-long events.  At best, they’ll do it for a couple of weeks.  Why not a month or two?  Make it a big celebration!  We need more Christmas cheer beyond the materialistic thing it’s become thanks to retail!

Smite Fenrir Xmas Card

Some of the community has taken to Reddit to complain about the in-game events but I’d say that they are some of the best around.  Of course, you got to expect negativity and trolling on Reddit so take it with a grain of salt.  I will admit that I am a bit biased because Hi-Rez is based in my home state of Georgia and they’re just good people overall.  That aside, Smite is just a really good game.

Admittedly, I still prefer Heroes Of The Storm due to the focus on team performance over individual performance but Smite is the game that has caught on and DAMN is it good.  It takes everything we love about MOBAs and makes it far more accessible and sexy (seriously).  The beautiful 3D graphics and T&A sure don’t hurt – there’s definitely lots of fan service in Smite and I’m okay with that!  Heck, if you want to make man bulges a thing in games, go for it..  People should stop being uptight over a little exposed skin.

Smite Goddess Aphrodite 2014

Those of you who played during the closed alpha/beta on PC remember how janky the game used to be.  It’s come a loooooong way and it’s thanks to the commitment of the devs and community alike!  Sure, you could say the same about League Of Legends but I feel Smite has more of a finger on the gaming community pulse (and they’re not flipping us that finger).  There, I said it.

What’s nice about Smite is that it’s easy to learn and hard to master, which is the mark of a great competitive game, if you ask me.  You can set your skills and purchases on automatic so all you have to do is focus on the action.  This is great because let’s face it: item building and skill progression are two areas where too much time is wasted..  It’s also where toxicity is introduced as everyone swears they know THE “best” build.  SMH…  Also, if you ever introduce a friend to a MOBA, you’ll find they waste half of the game in the shop while their lanes get pushed and bases get destroyed.  LOL!  Good times.

Neith Goddess Smite Wallpaper

It’s been an amazing journey watching Smite grow.  In spite of the controversy surrounding the scantily-clad characters and so-called “blasphemous” themes, Smite continues to attract new and returning players alike.  The trolls have tried to stop it but this game is taking off.  In a space where we have alternatives like Gigantic, Overwatch, Battleborn, Paladins, and more available on consoles, Smite does A LOT to stay fresh and fun (so fresh and so clean-clean-clean)!

Smite Neith Goddess Cosplay By XJennyan

BTW, January 5th through 8th is the Hi-Rez Expo IHRX).  You may not know this but Hi-Rez has other great games like Tribes Ascend and the new-ish Paladins.  There’s also Smite Tactics and Jetpack Fighter.  HRX will celebrate these games, cosplay (see Neith cosplay by Jennyan above), and the Smite World Championship.  I really need to make it to Atlanta but the timing is kinda rough for me.  If you go, let us know and share pics with us, plox!

Anywho, play Smite – it’s FREE!  If you plan to play on Xbox One, message me, Yogizilla, and I’ll hook you up with my referral code..  Then we’ll both score some EPIC LOOT!


Hello, my name is Yomar but friends call me Yogi!I am the founder of GANG.My goal is to help the little geeks create a voice for themselves and grow their audience without the usual exclusivity and snobbery found in the world, both offline and online.My background is in IT, marketing, writing, and game design.I'm excited to put my diverse skill sets to some good use and help others!

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Hello, my name is Yomar but friends call me Yogi! I am the founder of GANG. My goal is to help the little geeks create a voice for themselves and grow their audience without the usual exclusivity and snobbery found in the world, both offline and online. My background is in IT, marketing, writing, and game design. I'm excited to put my diverse skill sets to some good use and help others!


  1. Last two days for Odyssey 2016 and then, on January 5th 2017, HRX starts in Atlanta. You’ll be able to watch the SWC (Smite World Championship) at participating local theaters or via the digital ticket, if you can’t make it live.

    To make the most out of Odyssey, complete your daily quest (the “Play As” ones are the easiest) and buy things via the story. Keep in mind that Fanrir’s Wonderland usually only gives you Odyssey Points IF there is a related active quest; otherwise, the points go towards the Fanrir’s Wonderland achievement tracker.

    Gems are still 33% OFF for a limited time alongside the 50% off Ultimate God Pack. Right now, all the old chests have been brought back and it seems they have a higher rare drop rate, especially if you go with the Christmas, Odyssey Greatest Hits, and Odyssey 2016 chests. All chests are also 25% off for a limited time!

    Again, we are super excited to see how much Smite has grown and Hi-Rez has a ton of amazing offerings outside of the Smite brand. We wholeheartedly support this smaller studio because they are all about the community and they make quality products that they continue to evolve. I know many of our community members are against microtransactions but treat it as a tip: if you get fantastic service at a restaurant, do you give the minimum tip? Do you not tip at all? Think about it: eventually, money has to be exchanged to ensure future good service and it’s very much about supporting great people doing great things.

    Personally, I hope they extend the Odyssey event since a lot of people missed out on it and did not get to get any quests done due to how obtuse it is. There’s a lot of fun to be had and, for every 3500 Odyssey Points you earn, you get free stuff. Pretty darn awesome!

    Looking forward to 2017 and hanging with the Hi-Rez team and community – YOU ROCK!! =oD

  2. CORRECTION: The 25% OFF chest sale is over but you can still get gems at 33% OFF and the Ultimate God Pack at 50% OFF right meow. One of the best values in gaming currently, if you ask me.

    IMHO these skins are 100x better than what we see in League Of Legends and Overwatch on average. Outside of the basic ones, you don’t see many palette swaps or lazy artwork. The premium skins are AMAZING. My favorite has to be Freya’s Pixel Buster – it’s a combo of Minecraft and Mega Man.. SWEEEEEEEETTTTTT!!!

    2017 is off to a great start. YAY! ^_^

  3. Please show some love for Hi-Rez and GeekyAntics by leaving a comment. If we get enough shares and comments, maybe we can get some codes for those highly-coveted skins you’ve been seeking like Triumphant Agni, Pixel Buster Freya, or Gentleman Ymir. HRX 2017 along with the Smite World Championship!

    In other news, we are now the #1 result for “geeky network”, thanks to your support. Now let’s get out of lurker mode. Even if you don’t like MOBAs, say hello to a smaller game studio who has done so much since being founded in 2005. Hi-Rez Studios has a wonderful team that is very involved in the gaming community. These guys are great and, trust me, we are not being paid to say this… And, yes, Hi-Rez develops Paladins! =oD

  4. MB, the proper name for Gentleman Ymir is Baron Frostchild.. He’s got a top hat. Nuff said.

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