Ceb officially retires from competitive Dota 2

Dota 2 is an ever-changing battlefield and occasionally gamers can convey to when they just are not all set to give it their all to try out and adapt to the new circumstances and get back again in the battle. And simply because he feels like his flame of competitors just isn’t the place it was many years back, Sébastien “Ceb” Debs is officially retiring from skilled Dota

This information isn’t that stunning, nevertheless. The French player beforehand stated that The Global 10 was possible likely to be his past match right after OG was eradicated in seventh area by the eventual TI champions, Group Spirit. 

That reduction to Spirit finished OG’s title protection after turning into the very first crew to raise the Aegis of Champions two situations, doing so back-to-again at TI8 and TI9. Now, as the crew commences to rebuild pursuing the departure of SumaiL and Saksa, Ceb reflected back again on his vocation and wherever his recent state of mind could get him. 

“The get-or-die frame of mind, which has pushed the entirety of my career… I don’t have it in me anymore,” Ceb said. “I by no means dedicate to a team or to individuals unless I know I’m all set to give every fall of electricity and each 2nd of my time into it. Now even my body is acquiring hurt by it. And I have to listen to my own system. As significantly as I’ve provided to this activity, I can not do it any longer.”

This decision leaves OG in an intriguing spot since the workforce has experienced concerns with rebuilding in the previous. Previously, the organization had some problems with developing a roster adhering to the departure of ana and JerAx put up-TI9, even however the staff however managed to present up and compete at the best level for numerous rounds at TI10. 

Ceb wasn’t originally a portion of that publish-TI9 roster given that he stepped away from the group to concentration on a new inside job as OG’s head of performance. But he missed the levels of competition and never ever really experienced any time to independent himself from the game simply because he performed in multiple tournaments as a stand-in and sooner or later returned to the principal roster whilst OG struggled with its lineup composition for the duration of COVID. 

His return stabilized OG somewhat and he remained with the crew all the way by means of TI10, where by he competed irrespective of going through his next eye operation of the 12 months just times right before the event. 

Now, the legendary player is retiring following extra than 10 yrs of competing in the Dota 2 scene and will once again drive ahead with OG in an interior position. 

This leaves OG with only Topson and n0tail on its lively roster, while the crew has by now teased two new gamers and will be signing a comprehensive roster quickly to compete in the 2022 DPC year.

Read More... Read More

Abios: Mapping competitive advantages in esports

This piece first appeared in Edition 9 of The Esports Journal

RELATED: Abios secures Fragleague data partnership

Albin Niva Printz, Data Scientist at Abios, explores the data from maps in popular esports games to find out if there are some inherent disadvantages of starting in certain locations in games. Moreover, he discusses how this data can be useful for different stakeholders.

All online video games are hosted on servers. The servers interpret every data point such as the map, equipped items, and kills. This goes from the surrounding environment in the game down to the smallest player movement. Knowing all of these granular data points gives the power to see different patterns — especially if you know what to look for. 

Most esports games, and video games in general, are played on maps that set the premise, limits and boundaries of the game. Some of these are bigger than others, such as Battle Royale maps like Fortnite, whereas titles like League of Legends or CS:GO have smaller maps. These arenas are supposed to make the gameplay fun while enabling the use of different strategies and synergies. 

When maps are designed for competitive games, many might think that they are similar to board games like chess, in the way that both sides are created equal and should have the same chance of winning. However, just like in chess, they don’t. In chess, there is something called the first mover’s advantage, which sees the white side win 52-56 per cent of the time versus black. 

Even though it’s a small difference, competitively it could have a huge impact. This could be factored into esports as well when calculating the probabilities of different teams winning.

Blue side advantage

In League of Legends, the map is rectangle-shaped and sliced into two pieces diagonally. The sides are called blue and red. Each of the teams starts on either side of the diagonal and are expected to destroy the Nexus of the opposing team across the map. 

Since the sides are of equal size, one could think that teams on both sides would have an equal chance of winning. However, the statistics tell a different tale. Regardless of the many attempts to make the sites even, blue side is favoured by 6.2 percentage points (p.p) in official esports tournaments, according to our data at the time of writing (03-08-2021). 

RELATED: Esports industry showcase ESI London returns on 8-9th November

One interesting finding is that the win rate isn’t constant over the duration of the game. It spikes at the beginning, where the blue side has a significant 70 per cent chance of winning (with some variance due to a small sample size). It later disappears to become negligible at the 30-minute mark. 

This is due to different factors, however, a major point is that the map isn’t mirrored. It gives the blue team an early game advantage due to objectives such as the dragon and the red buff being situated in favour of the

Read More... Read More