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#1 Posted by ajamafalous (11847 posts) -

@manhattan_project: John Cena is also 37 and his run as the top guy is still alive. Well if O'Neil joins the new Nation of Domination, I'd be fine with that.

They also started pushing and investing in Cena 10 years ago (when he was 27). They're probably only going to get a few years out of him, so, in their eyes, why push him when you can push someone who's 5+ years younger than him and will give you a much longer return on your investment?

#2 Posted by ajamafalous (11847 posts) -
@recspec said:

@imbask: To be fair he's not the one making the title irrelevant. It has been irrelevant for a long time now.

Was gonna say... It's been irrelevant since at least Axel.

#3 Posted by ajamafalous (11847 posts) -

One question for DOTA followers, does high level play normally end in the way the Grand Finals did? I thought it was weird to have the final game end without any barracks going down.

Not often, but it does happen frequently. If a team gets that far behind that early, they'd have to drag it out to at least an hour to have any semblance of hope for coming back, and generally that won't happen because the team that's ahead can dominate the map and win all the skirmishes and teamfights (thereby pulling ahead even more). The more you play, the more you can tell when a snowball is simply out of control. I won't say that comebacks from a situation like that don't ever happen, but they're very rare and miraculous, and the team trying to make the comeback has to be up for it (which Vici probably wasn't after the stomps).

#4 Posted by ajamafalous (11847 posts) -


Anyway, I'll just echo what everyone else said: most matches were good, but most of them were also the wrong result. Jericho over Bray? Usos winning again? Also, super surprised that they're saving Lesnar for tomorrow.

#5 Posted by ajamafalous (11847 posts) -

Battleground Kickoff Match: Cameron vs. Naomi

Winner (2 pts): Naomi

Method of victory (2 pts): Pin

Intercontinental Championship Battleground Battle Royal (List of participants here)

Winner (10 pts): Miz

2-Out-of-3 Falls Match for the Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) vs. The Wyatt Family

Winners (2 pts): Wyatts

Method of the deciding fall (2 pts): Pin

Person who wins the deciding fall (1 pt): Harper

Person who loses the deciding fall (1 pt): Jey

Winner of fall 1 (2 pts): Wyatts

Winner of fall 2 (2 pts): Usos

Winner of fall 3 (If necessary) (2 pts): Wyatts

Divas Championship Match: AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige

Winner (2 pts): Paige

Method of victory (2 pts): Sub

Jack Swagger vs. Rusev

Winner (2 pts): Rusev

Method of victory (2 pts): Sub

Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

Winner (2 pts): Wyatt

Method of victory (2 pts): Pin

Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

Winner (2 pts): Rollins

Method of victory (2 pts): Pin

Fatal-4-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane

Winners (2 pts): Cena

Method of victory (2 pts): Pin

Person who takes the fall (2 pts): Kane

#6 Posted by ajamafalous (11847 posts) -

I watched for an hour or so. Downloaded the game. Then played through the tutorial and hated it. Every single part of it. I found it incredibly boring. MOBA's are not for me, it seems.

Shame really, I wanted to like it.

How far'd you get in the tutorial? To the part where you were playing normal matches with bots? Cause IIRC the first few parts of the tutorial are just "here's how you move" roughly veiled with some dialogue.

No game will ever be for everybody (and I'm relieved that you calmly realize that); just wanting to make sure you got far enough in to give it a fair shake.

@random45 said:

@truthtellah said:

I watched about a hour. Was okay, but EG's match was pretty one-sided. So, not as fun as it could have been.

Might watch some more tomorrow.

EG completely fell apart during that second match, it was so damn frustrating to watch. It didn't help that their lineup was freaking weird either. Storm Spirit was a horrible choice, and Dragon Knight was also pretty questionable. I thought they were going to go with Tinker to mimic an earlier strategy they had in the tournament, but no such luck. Watching them just get stomped so badly really ruined the match. These are supposedly the best 8 teams in the world, and it's just freaking annoying to see teams messing up so badly. It's especially worse since EG is one of THREE teams that isn't Chinese, and tomorrow it's going to be one of TWO since Navi and Cloud9 are going against one another. Chinese Dota has to be one of the most boring things to watch, and it looks like it'll unfortunately turn out to be Chinese Dota Finale.

Sorry for the rant, just had to get that outta my system when I saw your post.

Eh; sometimes teams just get outdrafted, just like they get outmaneuvered or outlaned or outexecuted in-game. Drafting is as much of a part of the game as anything else (as you seem to realize), and sometimes that falls apart just like the other parts.

But absolutely agree to the bolded part. I've been busy with life (and haven't had the urge to play or watch Dota since October of last year) so I haven't watched more than a couple matches, but when I looked through the teams I didn't recognize and noticed that most of them were Chinese, and that the couple of matches that I watched were averaging 30 kills in 70 minutes, I got super sad. I'm about to leave for out of town this weekend so I won't be able to watch anything live, but I'm really hoping somebody puts together a 'these are the games that weren't super boring to watch'-list, cause man, those 3-4 games I watched were rough, and two of those were even Meepo games.

#7 Posted by ajamafalous (11847 posts) -
#8 Posted by ajamafalous (11847 posts) -

For a lot of modern games, most readers are probably much more concerned with the story than they are with the mechanics.

I don't think that's true at all.

I do agree with your final paragraph about most people in the industry not being open to criticism of their work or dismissing disagreement as "oh, that's just the internet being the internet."

#9 Posted by ajamafalous (11847 posts) -

@tobbrobb said:

@ajamafalous: So you mean specifically cases where a hybrid capable hero would be locked into a playstyle because of it's runes. I guess you do have a point there. There is an argument for AD runes AP Ezreal, but not so much for the other way around. Though I haven't really viewed that as a problem because generally when picking Ezreal you would know during the drafting/picking if burst/magic or sustained/physical is what your team needed. I don't see many instance where you would go with a support and farm with your AD runes and then suddenly go "I WISH I WAS SOLO AP RIGHT NOW, TOO BAD I RUNED MYSELF INTO A CORNER".

Basically I get what you are saying but don't see how it's a real issue in any way.

Yeah, it's less the second thing you said and more the first thing. In Dota, many heroes are versatile and can fill multiple roles based on how the game is progressing and how the rest of your team is doing individually, such as Slardar in the example I gave Jazz. Slardar really only needs one item (Blink Dagger) to become a viable teamfight initiator, but if his team's semicarry is struggling with gold/kills/farm/whatever and he has been dominating with a good early game, he can easily transition into a semicarry role himself by buying a few different items. It's this versatility and adaptability which makes Dota heroes more interesting and unique in my eyes, and it's something that would be hindered if you had to make an irreversible decision of which role you were going to play before the game even started.

Also, in Dota, picking someone based on sustained/physical or burst/magic damage isn't really a thing, because those don't really exist. You pick heroes based on the unique niche they fill, putting together heroes that mesh and synergize well together while simultaneously trying to counter whatever the other team's heroes and strat seem to be. It isn't as simple as "bruiser top, ap mid, jungle, adc/support bot," and that's what makes each draft unique and exciting for me.This also kinda ties into the other conversation going on in this thread (concerning @thesoutherndandy, @nmarebfly, maybe @viking_funeral): maining heroes is not really a thing in Dota. There are certainly heroes that you will gravitate towards and play when you get a chance because you like how they work, but it isn't as simple as "I'm just going to play Slark every game," due to the way hero hard-counters work in Dota. If you pick a hero into the wrong lineup you're going to get destroyed 9 times out of 10. Here's my dotabuff, for example. My most often played hero is Dirge, at 10% of my games; my next most common pick is Doombringer, at 4%. That's seemingly unheard of in League (from both things I've read on forums and anecdotally talking to friends who play it). To quote chiablo from another thread last week:

The League stats in that link have now been updated to 53 matches played, 48 champions picked. Because heroes are unique and fill niches in team strategies instead of just slotting into general team roles, nearly all of them see high-level play. Being able to play a hero well in Dota is obviously important, but just as important (if not more important) is being competent at playing many heroes so that you can properly counterpick and play hard counters. Being the best Riki/Slark/Clinkz in the world doesn't matter if the other team just instapicks Slardar/Gondar/Bloodseeker every time. Dota is as much a game about breadth of knowledge as it is about depth of knowledge.
But yes, if we're talking about an ultra-beginner player who doesn't know anything at all, I'd recommend they stick with one or two easy to play heroes (I played Ogre Magi almost exclusively when I first started playing WC3 DotA). It seems like Jazz might already be past that point, though.

#10 Edited by ajamafalous (11847 posts) -

I would say Sonic, even though it maybe doesn't fit 'neglected,' it does fit 'misused.' I'd love a good new Sonic game, but man, they just seem completely incapable of delivering one.