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Why don't pro LoL players concede while pro DotA 2 players concede virtually every match?

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 ...
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What tools were used to analyze & challenge the records for Dragster?

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 ...
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What tools were used to analyze & challenge the records for Dragster?

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 ...
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What is a 'clutch' in competitive gaming? (Not in the car sense)

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 ...
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Why button check?

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 ...
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What is lowest allowed entry age in Germany to participate in pc e-sports?

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 ...
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Why are only the default skins allowed in tournaments?

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 ...
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Why don't pro LoL players concede while pro DotA 2 players concede virtually every match?

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 ...
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How do professional League of Legends players make money?

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 ...
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Is there any kind of official/recommended ruleset for tournaments?

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 ...
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What does map ban mean?

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 ...
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What is the benefit of being on an eSport team for a non team based game?

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. ...
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Meaning of Bronze, Silver, etc. in regards to competitive TF2

Iron and Silver are two of the divisions used in US competitive play. The full list, from best to worst goes: Platinum Gold (Only in Highlander) Silver Steel Iron Teams in competitive leagues will ...
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Why wasn't there a TSM vs RNG tiebreaker game?

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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Why is Conflux often banned in tournaments?

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 ...
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Are there any group queue restrictions in competitive?

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 ...
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Why is Kalista such a better pick on red side? (Heard on LEC Summer Split 2020)

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 ...
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Are DPI control buttons considered cheating for e-sports tournaments?

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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What is a 'clutch' in competitive gaming? (Not in the car sense)

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, ...
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How does the new ranking system work?

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 ...
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Why is there a 6th team member in 5v5 tournaments sitting on the side?

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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Are there any group queue restrictions in competitive?

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 ...
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Why don't pro LoL players concede while pro DotA 2 players concede virtually every match?

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 ...
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What is the penalty if you forget to pick in a professional match?

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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Can you be kicked for idling during the warmup in an official competitive match?

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 ...
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What is a 'clutch' in competitive gaming? (Not in the car sense)

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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Can a player be switched mid game in pro LoL game?

From the LCS rules book, you can read under point 3.4 Substitutions: 3.4.1 A Team may substitute a Player between Games of a Match. The Team must notify a League Official and have the substitution ...
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What is a 'clutch' in competitive gaming? (Not in the car sense)

Instead of describing what 'clutch' is in words, which others have already covered, ill provide an example of what 'clutch' is since, visual examples are always helpful when trying to understand ...
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When are teams allowed to play in the LCS or Challenger Series

1. How do teams qualify to play in the Challenger Series? Well this is a little bit difficult for me to explain but, here you have the official page. 2. How do teams qualify to play in the LCS? ...
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LCS: Will tie-breakers count in the Fantasy League?

No, tie-breakers do not earn points in the fantasy league according to a Rioter, who I asked in a private chat.
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