Dota 2 Hoodie based on ingame characters: http://www.deviantart.com/morelikethis/339540517
A few weeks back I decided I needed some downtime. I was going hard for several weeks working and after weeks of lecturing and working with my team on our fashion collection I finally took some head space of my own. You know, because types like me need that king of stuff.
So for my downtime I spent a week looking at a DOTA 2 tournament. DOTA 2 is an objective based game that 10 players play (5 on 5). Your team picks heroes from a pool and try to out play your enemy’s 5 heroes to destroy their base. I was backing the eventual winners of the tournament, a team from Sweden calling themselves The Alliance. Now I was fans of them before they went an impressive 14 game win streak only dropping 3 of all of their games played by the time the event was over. Why I became a fan is because they taught me a few things about keeping your eyes on the prize ( see my brain don’t ever stop working and looking at angles). So here are a few things I picked up from them in point form:
[list style=’regular’] [list_item]They have a plan and they stick to it. The team in interviews said that before every game they think of their overall strat and execute it as best as they can. Says a lot about sticking to your guns and staying focused.[/list_item] [list_item]They chose brain over flashy game-play and thought a little outside the box. Even though they have a set game plan, they also played some very strategic games breaking the popularly accepted modes ( amidst heavy criticism). People did not understand nor like it accusing them of having a boring play-style. I thought it was entertaining watching them outmaneuver people. So thinking out of the box old but still good. [/list_item] [list_item]Never underestimate what you are up against. Even though The Alliance had an impressive winning streak, in their final games people thought they were unstoppable, and it showed when they made some cocky moves that almost cost them the tournament[/list_item] [/list]
So three basic things I learned while watching a video game tournament in my downtime. Those guys won 1.4 million US dollars for their efforts. If you were thinking of a good time to get into e-sports evaluate your twitchy status and see if you have what it takes. meanwhile I am gonna stay creating and enjoying some gaming on the side.