How to Quickly Improve In Smite: Battleground of the Gods
1) Try a Variety of Gods and Roles.
Most of us, when playing a new MOBA, find that one god or role that becomes our niche. It's easy to focus on playing one god and becoming good at them, but this limits your overall growth as a player. Forcing yourself to step out of your comfort zone and try a new role will only make you a better player. Here's an example: let's say you're a fan of hunters. You pick ADC almost every game, and as a result have gotten pretty good at it. One of the best ways for you to then improve would be to try playing support for a few games. This may sound counter-intuitive, but doing so will give you a greater understanding of what your lane partner's responsibilities are. Learning more gods and roles will also make playing ranked infinitely easier, as being comfortable in every role will help you feel confident and contribute greatly to the team.
2) Analyze your Deaths.
Death in Smite is inevitable and frustrating, as with any game. Fortunately, there's a positive to this. These moments are the prime time to evaluate your actions during a game. Every time you die, take a moment and ask yourself a few questions. What was I doing that lead to my death? Was I too far ahead? Would a ward have warned me of that incoming gank? Was it worth it for me to go for that kill? By evaluating the moments leading up to your death, you can notice the mistakes you've made and learn from them.
3) Do some Outside Research.
The Smite community has done a wonderful job of creating a plethora of content to help others improve at the game. By reading guides or watching videos, you're opening yourself up to new ideas and perspectives that could help shape your understanding of your favorite god, role, and the game in general. Some of the best people to turn to are the Smire Pro League players. Hi-Rez itself has a Twitch channel that frequently streams matches, and many players, such as Allied, Weaken, and others have their own individual channels. Written guides can be found on SmiteFire, SmiteGuru, Tiermonster, the Smite subreddit, and on my own author page.
4) Find a Group of Friends to Play with.
This one is particularly tough for those of us who are a bit shy or introverted. If you can push yourself and get out of your comfort zone, however, it can help a lot. Playing with the same people over time will give you a group to practice with, bounce ideas off of, and ask for feedback from. Friends can see things about your play style that you may not have noticed and offer valuable insight into what you can do to improve. All it takes is adding a few people you meet along the way and playing together regularly for you to all grow comfortable together and understand each other.
5) Practice Good Map Awareness.
This one particularly applies to the Conquest game mode. Two of the factors that separate the good players from the great players are map awareness and positioning. The ability to keep tabs of the action happening on the rest of the battlefield while also managing your own lane is invaluable. Your teammates should contribute to this by calling out enemy rotations and warning of incoming ganks, but they are not infallible. By keeping an eye on who is in lane, where wards are placed, and what objectives are prime targets, you can better anticipate the movements of enemy players and protect yourself from ganks, know when to push, and know when allies will need your support. This is best practiced by simply watching the mini map, listening to your teammates, and minding the map objectives.
6) Be Aware of your Positioning.
Positioning is similar to map awareness. Good positioning means knowing when to push forward or fall under tower and where to stand during team fights. Being conscientious about where you're standing can help prevent unnecessary deaths. Practice this by putting your movement at the forefront of your mind. Ask yourself questions: am I too far up? Should I wait to ward this area before pushing the lane? Do I need to move to the front of the fight? If you're uncertain about this, ask your teammates for feedback. Watching expert players and taking note of how they move their character will also help you improve.
Hopefully this guide has given you some ideas as to how to improve. If you have any questions, comments, or other feedback, feel free to leave a comment. If you'd like to request I write a particular guide or cover a topic in greater depth, then by all means, let me know!