The Past, Present, and Future of Dota

The Roaring Present

The International 6, the pinnacle of competitive Dota, just concluded and left the masses awestruck in its prestige. The tournament was a roller coaster of a ride with teams such as Liquid, OG, and Newbee being eliminated within the first three days of the main event. Evil Geniuses, last year’s International champions, had their return to glory since their abysmal results following the Shanghai Major. Their first match against Ehome was by far the craziest game of the tournament. 17 minutes in EG was 11,000 gold behind and fought through constant aggression from Ehome. Sumail and Fear’s presence and decision making in the mid-game helped them crawl back into contention. Eventually Ehome would get mega creep, but EG’s execution during their ancient defense was able snatch them a team wipe to turn the game around.

“In the 22,000 pro Dota matches on record, only 33 games have been won from a mega creep deficit” -Nahaz

Evil Geniuses were not the only North American team stepping up to the plate. Digital Chaos, the underdogs of the tournament, slugged their way through the lower bracket to meet Wings for the third time this tournament in the grand finals. It is unheard of having an American team aside from EG in the top 8. The diversity of regions within the top 8 was unprecedented because of the dominance of European and Chinese teams throughout the history of Dota. South East Asian teams have been on the rise taking 4th, 5th, and 7th place in the tournament. One of the biggest upsets was TNC eliminating OG on the second day and placing 7th. The current patch and the brilliance of captains has yielded the largest variety of strategies ever seen in a meta. Some have commented that the patch is still young and has room to evolve and settle. This moment in time did not just simply manifest. Over the past year, Dota has seen numerous patches which have created either ripples or tidal waves of change to the game. Continue reading “The Past, Present, and Future of Dota”

TI6 Interview with Jack “KBBQdota” Chen

Christopher: Hi Jack, your here at TI this year as a translator. How has your experience been and what have you been doing? Have you got a chance to work with Valve before?

KBBQ: I have had a good time so far, but I haven’t gotten a chance to stop and smell the roses as much as I would want to. As a translator I help with the teams, casters, and production for the Chinese side. There are also a bunch of random duties such as the hall of heroes or where ever help is needed with language barriers. As usual it has been a lot of fun and have been able to meet a lot of people. I have been with Valve for the past three majors.

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Stats Do Lie – TI6 Interview with Nahaz

Christopher: Hey Nahaz, how are you doing today?

Nahaz: Pretty well, how about yourself?

Christopher: I have been great. The games have been exciting and I have been able to catch up with a lot of talent. Go ahead and give the readers a brief introduction about yourself for those who may not know you.

Nahaz: I am a college professor by trade. I got my PhD in economics at Duke University. Just a couple of years ago, kind of by chance, I got into Dota stuff. I have a brother-in-law, who is much younger than me, that introduced me to the game. I really loved it and got to know a few people in the scene and started doing statistical analysis of Dota. Somehow, because I talk for a living, I got in front of the cameras.

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Toffees: Dota Host and Family Man

Christopher: Hey everyone. I am here with Steve Pierce, also known as Toffees, the host of TI Today. Go ahead and give me a brief introduction about yourself for those who may not know you.

Toffees: My name is Steve Pierce, I go by Toffees. I have been playing video games as far as I can remember. So to put that into perspective, the first job that I ever had I was unpacking hay bale containers in the middle of the summer so I could buy a Voodoo 1 graphics card to play EverQuest beta when it first came out. So I have been playing along time. I discovered Dota right before The International 3. Some friends were telling me to play, but I was a hardcore World of Warcraft raider. WoW kept getting easier and easier and later a friend told me, “If you want a tough game, come play Dota with me.” At the time I never really liked top downs. I never really understood them and didn’t know the mechanics of it. So he sent me the link to TI3 and told me to watch the tournament in my spare time. I actually watched the finals and then went back and watched every game in the tournament because I was caught up with how exciting it was. From the moment I had watched the entire tournament, there was about a three week lag where I turned over leadership of the raiding guild, transitioned out of WoW, cancelled my subscription and went full blown Dota2 nonstop addiction.

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Off the Rails with Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner

Christopher: Hey everyone, I am here with the meme king supreme, living his dream, SirActionSlacks.

Slacks: Oh god, the meme king. Is that my legacy? I’ll take it. Screw it.

Christopher: How has this event been? I have seen you run all over the place.

Slacks: You know, everyone has their own view of the international. It’s a fun thing you go to to watch with friend and enjoy yourself. To me it has always been hell week. I don’t stop moving. Every day this week I have woken up at 6 o’ clock and worked until about 11:30. Then I drag my dead body into my bed and sleep. It has been hell on earth and I am loving every moment of it dude. The Dota is hype. The fans are hype. It is like that movie Crank. I feel like I ever stop my heart will explode. But it is amazing as always. I think this one is the best one yet.

Christopher: From a scale of Swindlemelonzz salty tears to USA winning TI last year, how do you feel?

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