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Opinion

Interpreting stats in esports

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

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

As esports gets more and more stats, an increasing number of people are using them as a crutch to analyze the game. I think stats are good, but they are limited in what it is they are filtering. If you’re trying to tease specific information and make a judgment on a player, stats can be helpful. But you need to elucidate what a particular stat highlights about a player. For instance, dennis has an abnormally high amount of pistol kills in a pistol round. Thus correlates with what we know about him as a player, that he very good on pistol rounds and that as a player he can tip the skill of a 50/50 game to his team.

The other problem I have with people using stats to analyze is that I can go read the stats myself, at which point why am I listening to/reading this person?

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