Pay for Better Dota Pubs with FACEIT League

Dota 2 is free to play, but would you pay money for a better pub experience? FACEIT has revamped itself. Where it used to be an in-house league for mostly pros and high MMR aspiring pros, it's now offering a...
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Why Mandatory Teamwork Is Unhealthy for Multiplayer Games

I’ve recently started to notice a phenomenon in competitive gaming. It’s something I saw in League of Legends years ago, and was reminded of in brutal soul-crushing fashion last week when I played Destiny 2's PvP mode. In the...
This terrible Teemo hat is sold by Riot Games. Unfortunately.

The Worst League of Legends Merchandise on the Internet

I already hate most fan merch, but how do I separate the truly “bad” from just “stuff I don’t like?” After searching for every type of knick-knack and article of clothing, I discovered that half of all bad League...
The Dota tutorial leaves a lot to be desired, but that doesn't mean Valve can't fix it.

Trial by Fire: How Valve Could Improve Dota 2’s Tutorial

Dota is a punishing game for newcomers, and the lackluster tutorial doesn't make learning the basics of the game any easier. The current tutorial is an improvement from the pre-7.00 version, which used an outdated version of the map...
Why does Valve keep shipping useless cosmetics like StatTrak Music Kits?

Why Is the StatTrak Music Kit Even a Thing?

It's the common knowledge of any CS:GO fan by now that Valve has made some less-than-sensible updates to the game. Two good examples of this would be the update that introduced the broken R8 revolver and messed with the recovery time...
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The Best Dota 2 Merchandise: Gifts for Gamers

Physical merchandise often seems to be an afterthought when it comes to online multiplayer games. Unlike Mario and Pokemon, which have been heavily merchandised by Nintendo, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, CS:GO, and Team Fortress 2 have...
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...
How do we have a productive conversation about women in esports?

Pride and Prejudice: Absent Women in Esports

Writing about women in esports is a challenging task. Our industry is constantly growing, but the absence of women becomes more apparent with each passing milestone. We have record-breaking prize pools for tournaments, yet we only have a handful of women involved...
Who's the best Hearthstone pro of all-time?

The Best Hearthstone Pros of All-Time

Since Hearthstone was officially released in March 2014, many players have stood out as exceptional. Between tournaments and streaming, certain players have become household names in Hearthstone. These days, there are dozens of professional Hearthstone players, but with this...
What do players want from Valve's Dota card game, Artifact?

Dota 2 as a Card Game: What Do We Want from Artifact?

I wrote a short piece about Artifact taking on Hearthstone last month, and, unfortunately, we still don't have any new information about the game. Valve has set up a Twitter account for Artifact, however, so it looks like they're...
PUBG Battle Royale takes the best parts of other Battle Royale games and serves it up as a streamlined and relentlessly fun game.

PUBG’s Remarkable Reinvention of the Battle Royale Genre

The Battle Royale genre isn’t new. The clearest inspiration is arguably the 2000 film "Battle Royale" about students trapped on an island who must fight to the death. But even then, the concept wasn’t exactly new. Games are no...