"The *US team* managed to win all lanes..." Did you mean "the US team with 5 non-US players" ?

Article 1/9/17, 11:34 AM

I have much respect for Nahaz as I am myself from an academic background. However, I see four reasons to think that this is not a good move from CoL: 1. "Postportem" analytical skills. A good coach has to be able to explain why his team lost/won a game, from picks to execution. This means that the coach has to be able to say why things went the way they did, and at which point this or that turn could/should have been taken. Had the draft winning chances? Did the gameplay exploit those chances? Were the rights things done, and if yes, were they done at appropriate time? To answer those questions, stats are close to irrelevant. What matters instead is knowledge of heroes power levels, of timings, of move patterns, etc. I don't know how deep Nahaz understands Dota, but this understanding cannot be a mere knowledge of correlations. 2. Match preparation. A good coach has to be able to explain why future opponent is doing well, and to devise a plan to beat them. Same problem as with (1). 3. Personal knowledge. A good coach has to know his players in order to extract useful information from (1) and adivse his players along the lines of (2). That is, it's not enough to be able to say what, from a theoretical standpoint, should/could have been done for the result to improve. You have to embed this theoretical standpoint into a player's perspective, so that he can himself see and feel what he could have done better. For this, you need to know personnally the player, his strong points and weak points, so as to be able to suggest a workable path for improvement. Again, stats are not relevant. What you need is experience of playing with people, of what it is to be a player for this or that role. 4. Limited data. Let us grant that stats can still help for some of the above points, i.e. to identify meta heroes, draft and gameplay tendencies from your opponents. What data can you access? Well, more or less the data offered by the Dota Steam API. This data is way to limited to draw the kind of conclusions you'd need to draw to come up with a complete plan, as far as (2) is concerned. You don't have smoke timings, rotation timings, ward positions, smoke positions, hero-to-hero damage distribution, spell uses, etc. This means that you still have to do the hard work of digging all this by yourself, the good old way, watching replays and taking notes. This is admittedly a valuable work, but certainly not one that favours professors of economics over others. You just have to be meticulous. To sum up, being a coach requires strategic, tactical and operational know-know, as well as personal knowledge of the individuals in your team. Competence in university level statistics is only marginally relevant. So even though I am not denying that Nahaz has this dota know-how, I find it very implausible that there is no one in the NA scene who exemplifies these virtues better.

Article 7/21/16, 4:52 PM

Lol. I spend little time on this website and I am already doing my share as far as charities are concerned. For instance I donate to a charity involved in India so that India does not repeat the mistakes of the West as far as energy and the environment are concerned. Oh, and let's not forget education.

Article 7/2/15, 7:01 PM

a. Prize pools in these sports are founded via legit institutions with a proper, long-term business model and don't rely at all or as much on individual donations. b. There is absolutely no need for such a ridiculous amount of money. The quality of the games and the enjoyment of the fan would be at most marginally lower if much less money was in the pool. c. Dota has no institution that help players and contribute to create a stable competitive environment, contrary to all the all disciplines you mentioned. Teams rise and fall way too quickly and players move from one team to another at a very rapid pace, making it very difficult for most teams to make genuine progress over time and for spectators to relate to a particular's team narrative. So instead of pouring this ridiculous amount of money into the prize pool, and if it's in the interest of the individual donators to see their beloved game stabilize on the long run, a significant amount of this money should be invested to stabilize the competition (i.e. more smaller tournaments, encouragements for stable teams, financial help for players that want to retire, etc.)

Article 7/2/15, 3:43 PM

People could spend their money on charities, help disabled people, sick people, molested children or non-human animals. But no, instead they spend 15 mio $ on a LAN... gg wp

Article 7/2/15, 10:57 AM