[DFOnline] A $20 million Video Game Tournament

MikeWallaceAndGromit

MikeWallaceAndGromit

DFO’s resident gamer of the video and board variety.
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The task of describing what DOTA (pronounced “doh-tuh”) is, and why it’s such a huge deal in the gaming world is a difficult task. I made a decent attempt last year (in what happens to be my first DFO post) that serves as a good starter. The biggest DOTA tournament of the year, The International, is set to begin its Wild Card play-in today. Afterwards, it’s on to the Group Stage (Wed-Fri), then the elimination bracket that runs August 8th-13th, culminating in the Grand Finals that last year saw the winner take home $6.6 million in a single daring play that brought the roof of KeyArena in Seattle down.

This year’s tournament is going to be even bigger. For the first time we have an American team defending the title, and the prize pool is approaching $20 million and still growing. It’s funded almost entirely through in-game purchases by fans and players of the game. I was going to wait to make this post until the Finals were approaching, but I’m beyond hyped for this shit. It’s the World Cup of gaming and my hard drive is at maximum hardness.

Want to see a ravenous ghoul infest himself into an invisible cat-man who then ambushes a Drow ranger with the help of a glowing willow wisp? You know you do.

Watch it all live here.

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blaxabbath

I’m reading about this UNC/NCAA stuff and I can’t help but wonder if these professors were like, sincerely hurt when they discovered that their class had become a joke (obviously years ago). I knew a girl who majored in Family Studies (the major for athletes who don’t take Communications) and when you’d ask her major, she’d respond with, “FSHD…But I swear I’m taking it seriously!” She’s on track to become an academic and I can totally see her being okay with her classes just existing for the sake of handing athletes high marks.

Not that I blame any of the teachers — I think it is a total institutional issue over which they have no real control (there’s no shortage of people who’d give their left nut to be a fucking college professor). But I’m actually surprised I haven’t heard about a legit educator yet who has spoken up and been like, “The Dean came to me and told me to pass that lineman who never showed up to class or to just pack my bags.” I know there have been rumblings at the high school level but, I don’t know, that’s it.

Sharkbait
Sharkbait

I can see how they can look at it as a win-win. Linemen skate through the joke classes, professors “teach” these joke classes with minimal effort and get paid to do so and have the prestige of calling themselves “professor”. Its a shitty system that seems to benefit all the parties involved.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

While that may be the case with some; that is not what most people get into academia for. There are much easier ways to get recognition at better pay than to devote yourself to a PHD.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

A friend of mine had to teach basic biology with some of these guys in it; they made it so it was pretty easy to get a C, but difficult as it should be to get an A-4.0. He said that many of the students going for other majors were as bad and tried to cheat more.

Gratliff

Oh shit. Overwatch has Rocket League mode now.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Gratliff

I dislike MOBAs because I’m bad at them

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

DOTA is one of those games I kind of wish I got into, but am glad that I didn’t, because it seems like it is just a giant time-sink at this point.

/Has over 800 hours played on Left 4 Dead 2

Hey! Don’t judge me!

Bloody Lethal
Bloody Lethal

I play a lot of video games. I mean a lot. And I don’t think I can handle this game.

Spanky Datass
Spanky Datass
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Unsurprised
Unsurprised

I actually had to look up what KeyArena is used for (RIP Sonics). It’s appropriate that the last time the roof was blown off it was a goddamn video game tournament.

BrettFavresColonoscopy
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Unsurprised
Unsurprised
Spanky Datass
Spanky Datass
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
The Maestro

OK, I’m gonna need a name here.

Spanky Datass
Spanky Datass
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I know you didn’t just emerge from your pouch after years of advertising dormancy.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
ballsofsteelandfury

Most importantly: Can we bet on this?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
ArmedandHammered
ArmedandHammered

I don’t play DOTA, but I do enjoy watching the games. It’s kind of like watching anime with the subtitles turned off, can kind of follow what is going on but not understanding anything they are saying.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

None of this makes sense to me.

On the plus side there are no damn kids on my lawn.

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Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Watching people waste food makes me physically tense up

blaxabbath
Gratliff

Kevin Owens is my spirit animal