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Opinion

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

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

At the most critical moments of a game or a series, belief becomes critical. People sometimes use confidence, but that’s generally used as a term to explain why a player hits their shots or plays in games.

When I talk about belief, it is a belief in an ideology or person greater than the player. When Astralis called the tec9 rush that secured the final map against Virtus.Pro in the ELEAGUE Major final, that was belief. Not in the books, or in their star players, but in gla1ve’s calling. They went against their own methods that had got them that far and bet it all on his call to win that series. When a team like CLG from 2015-2016 opted to save rather than get a decent 5 rifle buy or to forcebuy around a saved AWP, it was a belief in JDM’s ability to win them the round with the AWP. In Dota 2, The International 5’s finals had a very complex drafting phase that came to this point. Did PPD believe in the books? Or did he believe in his team and himself? Prior to the finals, no one had let Lesh through because of its overpowered nature in the mid lane. PPD made two gambles into the first game draft. First he bet against the theoretical by-the-book draft by letting it through and secondly, he bet that his own superstar mid laner sumail could fight it. It turned out to be a genius move that exposed Shiki to be an awful mid laner and was critical to Evil Geniuses winning that TI.

Sometimes, you have to believe not in your ability to win, but your opponent’s ability to lose. In GSL Open Season 3 round of 32, Keen was faced against Squirtle. After getting smashed in the first game, it was clear to everyone he was outmatched. Instead, he bet it all in two 11-11 all-ins hoping that the psychological damage of what Mvp did to him in the GSL Season 2 Finals would be enough to win the series. It was, and Keen moved on.

Watch out for these critical moments when the number of options are limited in a high-pressure situation. What action a player takes will show you more about what they believe in than any amount of words can.

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