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Good luck everyone!
I keep thinking about thinking about watching some of this, but then I realise that I probably lack the patience to learn all the things that one should know in order to properly appreciate the game. On the other hand, if I did end up liking it, I'd just be bummed because I wouldn't have anyone friendly to play it with, or even the time to play it, really.
So I'll probably just watch football instead (as in football, not American handegg).
@a_e_martin: Last year the commentating was good enough I think for folks who dont' know the ins and outs. All you might want to know going into it are:
The rest you can just pick up from watching.
Honest question here...
Does anybody find these in-between-match commentaries compelling at all? Why is it taking so long to set up the next match? Who thought it was a good idea to have the commentary play out loud in the live arena?
In other tournaments it usually takes longer, for a team LAN event gaming competition this is fast, players have their own settings, plus in a live event it's good to have breaks especially in such a looong live event. Football games are an hour and a half long, and they have a half time. Average dota match is about that half football match length, but can go twice as long, and there are potentially 9 matches.
Smart people, it gives those at the event something to pay attention to during the breaks, removes dead air. EDIT: Oh sorry, you mean during the game? People are used to listening to commentators when watching online tournaments, so they want commentators during the game when it's live too. Commentator personalities are a big part of the whole package.
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