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Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

I saw another thread today on the Dota 2 subreddit about smurfing. This time it was about Wagamama smurfing and playing games in the 5K ELO range on his stream. This has also been a “problem” in Overwatch to the point that Jeff Kaplan had to address the issue and tell everyone it wasn’t a problem at all, as the percentage of chances of someone smurfing was too small to be considered relevant. No one knows the percentage in Dota 2, but I can’t imagine it’s all that different.

I can understand why the regular player hates smurfs as it feels like someone is stealing your points because they are way better than you. There is already a bunch of shit that makes it feel like you’re being held down, whether it be shitty teammates, cheaters, ping, etc. But realistically, the percentage amount of games that are lost due to someone smurfing on or against you in a game is incredibly small.

In the end, all of these are excuses. In the vast majority of cases, we are losing because we suck. I don’t condone what Wagamama did (I actually don’t care), but in the grand spectrum of things that’s not particularly bad. If this is a moral issue, then r/dota2 are shit moral arbiters. The thread with the Richard Lewis video on the multiple conflicts of interest that could threaten competitive integrity in the Dota 2 scene had no coverage, but all of a sudden we have to take a stand against Wagamama and the smurfs? One allows the potential for match-fixing, corruption, gambling and cheating, and the other is a guy streaming smurf games to entertain his viewers.


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