This major change is the reason I like Smite. All sorts of heroes have passives with abilities that require various combos. However, it requires more active positioning, aiming and timing to succeed. Map awareness is even more important, due to the inability to see behind you. Every character has the potential to make a big impact on the game, and that makes any character an option.
I love this game, and I would recommend it first compared to any other MOBA game.