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Topic: ESL One Hamburg Dota 2 Major
trog
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Posts: 39281
Location: Other International

So on the weekend I ducked over to Hamburg to watch the ESL Dota 2 Major. This is my first time at a major dedicated e-sports event & I was pretty impressed with the whole thing.

The atmosphere was really great, pretty awesome to be amongst a horde of dudes (literally mostly dudes) all cheering whenever cool stuff happened. The crowd were all really good sports about it, cheering great play no matter who did it.

We were treated to some really epic games; lots of really close games with great plays and lots of swings. The final game was a little disappointing but more than made up for it by the rest of games.

It was a reminder that these events would be almost totally incomprehensible to casual spectators.

Some boring photos:

Day one before anything kicks off. We got their early to try to make sure we got good seats (& also so we could start eating bratwurst and drinking beer straight away):

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They had a gigantic lolly thing which I thought was kinda funny:

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Kickoff. Lots of flashy lights & loud music. The sound quality was fantastic; every time there were big bassy things happening the sound just reverberated so awesomely through the theatre - things like Earthshaker ults were simply awesome. Really made me want to get a proper sound system for gaming instead of just using headphones.

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Team Liquid take the stage

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A bunch of shots of swag from the Secret Shop (i.e., Valve Store). Some neat stuff but all a bit pricey for what it was.

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Mate testing the Pudge mask

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dais
Posts: 12230
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Awesome man! I haven't kept up with DOTA in the last couple of years, but have played it heaps in the past, since way back when it was starting out as a WarCraft III map. Still a fan. This looks like it would have been heaps of fun.
notgreazy
Posts: 849
Location: Other International

Is there commentators who control the camera in spectator mode? I'm wondering what happens with multiple different lanes and potentially different events happening simultaneously.
Also do they allow you a private feed so you can watch it on your phone nad view whatever you like?
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39288
Location: Other International

Is there commentators who control the camera in spectator mode? I'm wondering what happens with multiple different lanes and potentially different events happening simultaneously.
We talked about this and we /think/ they have specific people called 'observers' that are responsible for following the action, I think in conjunction with the commentators. We think they are different people.

The observers did a f***ing amazing job though. Sometimes there are different events happening in different lanes so you do miss things - it's one of the bummers about not watching on your PC in the client, you can't just flip back to the action and see what you missed. But generally they are awesome. They even do things like flipping on and off viewpoints during an event to see the different points of view - so for example, say one team is chasing down a straggler through the trees, they'll flip back and forth between "godlike view" (so you can see everything) and the pursuing teams view (so you can only see what they see), allowing you to see how the fog of war affects the gameplay. They did this seamlessly and I was super impressed at how useful it was.
Also do they allow you a private feed so you can watch it on your phone nad view whatever you like?
I imagine you can just stream it on Twitch if you wanted to to your phone.

But yeh nothing beats the in-game client spectator experience. I'll almost certainly never watch a game from Twitch.
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