The Green Goddess: Terra

Terra

 

Not to be confused with the salad dressing, Hi-Rez gave us a sneak peek of the newest goddess Terra in their latest patch preview broadcast. Terra is an easy to learn, but hard to master Guardian. As Mother Earth, she raises the very ground your opponents stand on and uses it against them. She also touts one of the game’s few global ultimates.

Terra’s Abilities

Passive: Standing Stones – All her abilities create Standing Stones. As long as any Standing Stones are on the battleground Terra becomes Knockup immune and her Basic Attacks will Slow enemies. If Terra Shatters her stones, This Buff will remain active for 3s afterward.

Q: Force of Nature – Terra gains momentum, causing her to dash forward and deal damage to enemies she passes through. She may dash through her own Standing Stones to Shatter them. If she does she may dash one more time within the next 3s.

W: Crushing Earth – Raises up two Standing Stone walls on either side of a target location, Slowing enemies in between by 20%. As long as both stones stand, Terra may activate this ability again to slam the stones together, damaging and Stunning enemies in between for 1.5s. These stones can be Shattered into a cone of shrapnel with Force of Nature, damaging enemies in the area.

E: Monolith – Terra summons a Standing Stone monolith surging with natural energy. The monolith heals nearby allied gods every .5s. She can Shatter this stone with Force of Nature to Root enemies in the area for 1.5s and create a damaging area that lasts 5s.

R: Terra’s Blessing – She channels her strength into the entire world, buffing all of her allies for 10s. While active, She and her allies gain increased Movement Speed, reduction of Mana costs for abilities, and increased Cooldown Reduction. Also if any allied gods take damage 4 times during the duration they will be healed. Each god has his or her own hit count.

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Metagame Implications

Terra draws immediate comparisons to Athena. Both are female Guardians with hard crowd control and global ultimates. Although she trades some of the damage Athena possesses for group healing. Athena already sees a lot of play in the competitive scene and is touted by some as the best Guardian in the game right now. This only means good things for the green godess. They fill the same, well established, niche on a team. I have a strange feeling Terra’s Blessing is going to dominate team fights.

Behind the Scenes

As an artist, I love to see these behind the scenes videos on how gods are made. You can see some beautiful work in Z-Brush and Photoshop.

Sample Gameplay

Raynday, or rather should we say Hi-Rez Raynday (congrats bro, you totally deserve it!), put out another amazing video highlighting all of her abilities and combos.

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