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Annie "AnneDroid" LeClair. (Photo courtesy of Moonduck Studios.)

Interview with AnneeDroid: For the Love of Dota

Annie “AnneeDroid” LeClair's rise from an amateur caster who set up a makeshift studio to cast games in her college dorm to a commentator at The International 2016 is an inspiring tale of dedication, perseverance, and talent. Annie took the...
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That Time I Played Against the Best Top Laner in China

Rewind four years. North American League of Legends didn't need to have import rules yet. TSM, as per usual, was on top of the region. I still thought I had a chance at being good at the game. In fact,...
Noel "noeL" Rosario competing at a Brawlhalla tournament.

Brawlhalla Esports Spotlight: Noel “noeL” Rosario

Brawlhalla hasn't just gotten the attention of folks looking to try out a new fighting game, it's also attracted professional players who are determined to carve out their place in the esports history books. Noel "noeL" Rosario is one of...
Team Liquid is in shambles. Are the players failing the organization, or is it the other way around?

Team Liquid: Legends in Search of a Solid Foundation

"Two games to zero, TSM takes down Team Liquid!" yells Rivington after another disappointing weekend for the boys in blue and white wraps up. After 33% of the 2017 Summer Split, Liquid has only captured a single win, and these...
Adam Thao is the head of the University of Minnesota's League of Legends club, event organizer, and scholarship recipient.

U of MN Esports: Scholarships, Community, and Careers

The University of Minnesota is part of the Big Ten Conference, an organization that fosters intercollegiate sports, primarily in large state universities. Recently, the U of MN has made local headlines for offering esports scholarships to students -- for...
The ratio of men to women in broadcasting esports is a serious divide.

Diversity in Dota 2: Why Aren’t There More Female Casters?

The people responsible for running Dota 2 tournaments don't ever really get a day off. When they're done putting out fires, dealing with techincal delays, wrangling unruly casting talent, and herding flocks of pro gamers from green rooms to sound-proof booths,...

Mirror Image: Basketball and League of Legends

It's always fun to draw parallels between esports and traditional sports. Despite how different the games often look on paper, relevant concepts from physical sports can easily be translated to the digital plane. The nature of competition is fundamentally...
Dota2Lounge, and item betting in general, has swiftly fallen out of favor as the gaming industry continues to develop regulations and expectations about esports gambling.

The Great Decline of Dota2Lounge and Item Betting

Item betting is a murky legal gray area that provides a portion of Dota 2's viewership. The ability to bet on the outcome of matches of many levels--including the semi-professional scene--has, historically at least, helped drive viewer numbers up on smaller...
Does using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in esports competition really give players an unfair advantage? Or do performance enhancing drugs level the playing field in competitive gaming?

Opinion: Making a Case for PEDs in Esports

Virtually every single article about performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in esports takes the angle that these substances are inherently destructive and must be regulated heavily. This clear imbalance in literature leads to echo chambers of lazy thought. In modern esports...
Nature's Prophet is a popular hero to draft in a deathball strat, known for his fearsome early game presence and ability to rat the other team to death.

Dota 2: What Is a Deathball Strat?

If you tuned into Dota 2's Kiev Major last week, you might've heard the analyst panel mention the possible appearance of a "deathball strat." Popular among teams from the CIS region, a deathball strat prioritizes ganking and fighting over laning and...
TF2 has a lot in common with Overwatch. Blizzard's game is clearly the heir to TF2's throne, but both games have an important place in the video game history books.

TF2 vs. Overwatch: The Test of Time

Team-based objective-driven role-heavy shooters. You love 'em, I love 'em. Who doesn't love 'em? But when you apply that many filters to your search query, it's going to boil down to two and only two games. Fine, two games that...

Dota 2: What Is a Battle Pass?

Dota 2 is free-to-play, which means that Valve can't rely on selling copies of the game to turn a profit. Instead, the game is supported by microtransactions, and in-game cosmetics sales are not only popular, but incredibly lucrative for Valve....