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There have been concessions in professional LoL. The most notable example I can think of is at IEM Katowice in 2016, Fnatic conceded at 22 minutes to SKT T1 during game 3 of a best-of-5. It generally happens at tournaments where there's a massive skill difference and the losing team concedes out of fatigue. In the case of MSI, Fnatic was on their 4th Bo5 ...


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They're describing tool-assisted speedrunning, aka TASing. A TAS uses an emulator, allowing a player to make frame-perfect button inputs, simulating absolutely perfect play, and allowing any errors to be rewound and redone quickly. In the case of Dragster, we already know that perfect, down to the individual frame level (shifting and accelerating at the ...


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The "tools" they mean is something that can be used to analyze the game. There are probably a few ways to do this, but one video here discusses using a RAM analyzer for the Atari 2600. What it does is when the CPU writes to the RAM, the RAM analyzer will detect this, and copy the information into a different memory array that they can look at further. ...


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It depends. While most of the competitive gaming leagues I checked out don't mention anything about drug testing explicitly, the International eSports Federation (IeSF) has partnered with the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), prohibiting a whole standardized myriad of performance-enhancing drugs, testing winners and random other players for them. There is a ...


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The term "clutch" was originally used in sports commentary, describing a player that can keep their head cool and perform well during a tense moment in a game, where the outcome of the competition was at stake. Definitions of "clutch" (adjective): happening during a very important or critical time especially in a sports competition able ...


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There a few reasons that button checks are common at fighting game tournaments: Some games -- such as many Capcom games -- don't allow players to change their controls from the character select screen. Since the game is usually still sitting at the previous match's results screen when the next set of players sit down at that match station, it's quicker to ...


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Depends on the game. For League of Legends the required age for playing in the LCS is 17. But this is a decision by them, not by the law. See EU LCS rulebook 1.1 By German law, basically when you are allowed to officially work, i.e. 15 years old. It may be possible to get exemptions for that if it only applies to a single event and doesn't interfere with ...


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It's all about being able to easily identify characters, especially in large team fights. While most competitive players are probably able to identify characters no matter what skin they're using, it helps take away some distraction from the core game.


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The way most professional e-sports players make money off games is by live streaming, YouTube, brand sponsors, and/or tournaments. Live streaming: Pros will download streaming software such as OBS or xsplit to stream the game they play (such as League). Sometimes you will solo stream or stream with your team. Once you gain lots of fans/watchers, they apply ...


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I want to add a somehow different view on this, as most answers so far seem to come more from the League of Legends player/viewers POV. I think the main reason for the really high number of games finished by concession is due to the way concession in DOTA2 works: In DOTA2 there is no formal way of concession except in tournament games where Writing "gg" or ...


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In the end, the ruleset is chosen by the TO of the tournament. I've attended a handful of tournaments with odd rules; 4 man free for all, last two alive move on, was probably the weirdest. Again, that was the decision of the TO. My buddy and I simply made sure we were in the same bracket, then played it like a 2 v 1 v 1. It was an easy win, and we agreed to ...


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This might be speculative in nature, but consider any other single-player sport that has teams. Take chess for instance. Despite being a 1vs1 game (usually), there exists several teams worldwide. Usually they start in schools, although one usually joins a federated team to access the local/global ranking system. Also, the following reasons apply: They ...


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The most obvious answer to this query is "It depends". Each event has its own rules and most (if not all) events have a proviso about having the rights to make judgement calls about a given event even if it falls outside the scope of the provided rules. That said, the best approach would be to scrutinize the rules behind some of the most renowned LAN events....


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It's a map ban process. This occurs in many games. I'm not aware on the specifics of Starcraft; but if it works like other competitive games, it is part of the map choosing process. In the map choosing process, there is generally a ban phase, followed by a picking phase. First, both sides will choose maps that they do not want to play. Then, after that, ...


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The Official Team Fortress Wiki has names of some organizations that do league play. If you are in North America, the ESEA has an open division and pick up games for players of all skill levels. These leagues may run the Standard competitive format, which is a 6 on 6 match with crits off and team composition limiting (only 2 scouts on a team at one time, ...


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In group D, TSM and RNG both went 3-3. However, in the direct matchup, RNG had already gone 2-0 vs TSM. Due to that there was no tiebreaker game since RNG had already won the matchup.


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Incredibly strong earlygame. Between Sprites 9 speed no retaliation and storm elementals ranged attack conflux can clear out neutrals in no time with no losses. Very fast scouting, they have the fastest lvl 1 and lvl 2 units. Armageddon strategy, four units are immune to it (fire elemental(and upgrade), phoenix (and firebird), magma elementals and magic ...


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For Overwatch Competitive Play, as of Season 2: For Bronze through Diamond ranks players must have a skill rating within 1000 For Master and Grandmaster ranks players must have a skill rating within 500 Ranking groups are provided in the chart below


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If you break any of the rules mentioned here you will be subjected to the penalties also mentioned. In the specific instance, Fnatic and Roccat both lost a ban for calling unauthorized pauses, and Fnatic lost a second ban for talking during a pause. Fnatic Tweet Roccat Tweet Unauthorized Pause rule: If a player pauses or unpauses a game without ...


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Terrain and objective control play a major factor here. First, let's talk about laning phase. Bot lane (where Kalista is normally found in professional play nowadays) is inherently safer when played from red side. Have a look at bot lane's map, where I've highlighted popular jungler ganking paths for each side. The red lines are red side's ganking paths, the ...


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Each tournament and competition will have rules specifying what is allowed and what is not. In the more serious competitions, you do not even use your own hardware.


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In FPS games such as Counter-Strike or Call of Duty, I've always heard the term used with a slightly different meaning. If everyone on your team dies and you are now alone against multiple enemies, and you win the round, we'd say it "was a clutch" or you "clutched". In this context, it means you won the round against all odds. It doesn't necessarily mean ...


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From what I know, the ranking system itself is the same as it was before. The reason many people are being deranked is because they have made it much harder to get higher ranks. They have done this so that there is less variety in higher ranks (especially Global Elite and such) as before there was too much variation in skill level and too many players at ...


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He's the team Coach At some tournaments the coach has a chair and sits behind the team, sometimes there isn't even a chair, here he seam to be covered well by the organizers.


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I can provide a different view to most other answers here, because I've had the opposite experience -- lots of time on Dota 2 while only 10 or so LoL games. In most pro Dota 2 games, teams concede after they throw everything they have at the enemy to stop them pushing the base. I'm not sure about LoL but in Dota you can buyback your hero to respawn ...


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Yes. In order to queue with friends, there are certain criteria: You must be at least level 25. Your account must not be banned. You must be within 50 Skill Rating of your friends. Skill Rating is a 100 point scale, and your initial rating is determined by 10 Placement matches at the beginning of each season. Source


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It looks like there is no official ruling about that particular scenario, but Section 7.7 in the rulebook has all the rules about the pick and ban phase.


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Warmup, by definition, lasts for 5:00 in an official competitive match. When all players have connected, that timer drops to 1:00. There are different possibilities for getting kicked, but idling doesn't get you kicked directly. Your teammates can vote to kick you. Reasons you can be kicked: You are kicked due to Steam issues (No Steam logon) You are ...


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It means how well you perform under pressure, for example in the crucial moment of the game when it is decided who wins and looses. So Flygon would be a good Pokémon to have in such situations.


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