I was recently at QUAKECON 2012 in Dallas and while I was there I noticed a lot of people playing a new MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) called SMITE. So I decided to get my very own Beta Key and give it a try. Gameplay in SMITE is challenging, fast paced, and a lot of fun! I also found that, while they’ve done a great job laying out the keyboard, your gameplay can be greatly enhanced with the creation of a few simple macros. The perfect venue to show off some of the capabilities of the Vengeance M90 Laser Gaming Mouse! ;-)
I already play LoL (League of Legends for those who aren’t familiar) so the MOBA is not new to me. SMITE does things a little differently, though. Instead of the normal “top down” view I’m accustomed to with DoTA (Defense of The Ancients) and LoL, the viewing angle for SMITE is third person. And, you use the WASD keys to move around instead of simply clicking on a map point. Additionally there are no auto-attacks and no auto-aim, everything is a skill shot. Game play in SMITE is refreshing change of pace, it combines elements from the MOBA with an FPS genres into something entirely different. I was hooked immediately and I think you will be too!
In order to utilize the WASD keys for movement, the traditional MOBA ability keys have been moved up to the number row. Additionally, the hotkeys for other menus, such as the store, are not within reach of the left home row. I think we can all agree that taking your hands off the mouse or your WASD is bad juju, so I thought I’d fix that. With the creation of a few simple macro’s we can store those additional keys in a place that won’t require you to take your hands off the mouse to hunt for a hotkey at a critical moment.
Go ahead and download the SMITE M90 Profile.zip file I’ve created and extract to a folder of your choosing. Then, open up the Vengeance Gaming Software and click on the “Import” button under “Manage Profiles”.
Browse to the directory created when you unzipped the file, select the “M90 SMITE Profile.xml”, then click on the “Open” button.
Inside the folder you’ll also find a screen capture of the Button Assignment to refer to.
Or, you could right click on the profile and click on “Preview” from within the Vengeance Gaming Software to get the same thing. This is a handy thing to know in case you decide to move around the button assignments.
Which brings me to the last thing I want to share with everyone; I’ve also exported all of the individual macro’s into the same folder to make it easy to move things around. Just in case you find that the button placement that works best for my giant hands isn’t comfortable for you!
Changing the layout is easy. Just go over to the “Assign Buttons” page and make sure you’ve got the SMITE profile selected (upper left corner), then “right click” on the button you wish to reassign and choose import.
Browse to the same folder you unzipped before and choose the macro you wish to assign to that button. It’s as easy as that!
I think you’ll find that adding and editing profiles on the Vengeance M90 is a simple process which can greatly enhance your gameplay. Hopefully you’ve found this guide useful and I’d love to hear feedback from the community if there’s anything I’ve missed or could present better in future guides.
That’s all for now! Peace, I’m out!