What's a skill ceiling? What's a skill floor? This article gives definitions for these terms and explains why they're relevant in the modern video game industry.

Esports Terminology: Skill Ceilings and Skill Floors

‘Skill floor’ and ‘skill ceiling’ are terms you will likely come across when playing or discussing competitive gaming. But what do these words actually mean? It’s not too hard to grasp the basics, but understanding how these concepts play...
Samsung's Ambition is one of the players you'll need to keep an eye on at Worlds 2017.

Worlds 2017 Preview: Top 5 Players to Watch

The 2017 League of Legends World Championships will bring together the most diverse pool of players we've ever seen. While some international stalwarts will be present--Paul "sOAZ" Boyer, Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao come to mind right off the bat--there's a few...
IMT Olleh competing at the 2017 Season Playoffs.

League of Legends Meta Analysis: 2017 Summer Playoffs

All but two berths have been decided for the 2017 League of Legends World Championships, with the remaining spots up for grabs in the European and North American gauntlets. As far as most analysts are concerned, all of the...
Dota 2 Reddit

Dota 2’s Complicated Relationship with Reddit

Now is as good a time as any to talk about the tangled web of the Dota 2 subreddit and its relationship with the actual game. I'm going to assume you're acquainted with the fascinating social matrix that is Reddit....
Dota 2 Anti-Mage Guide

Dota 2 Guide: How to Play Anti-Mage

Anti-Mage is one of the most popular heroes in Dota 2. Whether he's a good pick or not, you'll see players grabbing him whenever they get the chance because there's something immensely satisfying about his game play. Once he's...
Dota 2 7.06f - Heroes - Wraith King

Dota 2 Patch Analysis: Key Changes in 7.06f

Dota 2's post-TI7 patch has arrived. It's only a small one, so don't get too excited. No new heroes or items. Not yet, anyway. Clearly, IceFrog felt the meta was getting a little stale, so the folks over at Valve decided...
How did Team Liquid win TI7? Lane dominance, masterful drafting, and the ability to learn from their mistakes all played a significant factor in propelling the team to victory in KeyArena.

Dota 2: How Team Liquid Won TI7

"Team Liquid are no longer doing it, Team Liquid have done it!" Despite falling down to the lower bracket and battling hard against some outstanding Chinese sides, Team Liquid are your The International 2017 Champions and the undisputed best team in the...
Path of Exile's Fall of Oriath expansion is here. Does it live up to lofty expectations?

The Fall of Oriath: First Impressions

Path of Exile's Fall of Oriath and 3.0 launch happened last week, which means I've been glued to my computer ever since, forsaking all earthly desires in pursuit of loot, boss battles, and everything else the hit ARPG from Grinding Gear...
KeyArena is one of the most storied esports venues, hosting Dota 2's The International for the past four years.

The Best Venues for Esports Events: Size Isn’t Everything

Until I walked through the doors of my first esports tournament, I thought watching my favorite players on Twitch was the best way to watch a game. Being able to tune in from the comfort of my living room, or...
Dota TI7 Group Stage analysis.

TI7 Group Stage Analysis: Four Key Takeaways

Once again, the TI7 Group Stage has generated an entirely new meta, and there have been plenty of new developments for Dota lovers to mull over this weekend before the Main Event begins. We've seen teams under-performing, defying expectations, and...
These are our TI7 meta predictions.

The International 2017: TI7 Meta Predictions

Which heroes will define the The International Dota 2 Championships 2017? Will it be the push heroes of TI4, with Nature's Prophet and Shadow Shaman reigning supreme? Or the rat Dota of TI3 with the Tiny-Wisp combo making a...
Suma1l has made a name for himself as one of the most terrifying carry players in Dota 2. Will he deliver another superstar performance at TI7?

TI7 Preview: Carry Players to Keep an Eye On

The International 2017 (TI7) begins in under two weeks. Here are some carry players to keep an eye on during the Group Stage: mason - Digital Chaos If you've heard of mason, you might remember him as that guy that was on EG...