Gamesmanship

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

Every game I’ve watched has some element of gamesmanship. There is a certain area in every competition without perfect information (and even in games of perfect information), where an actor in the game must make a choice. They can either play it safe or they can take a risk. These might seem like random chance and luck to the outside observer, but if you watch a player or team enough times certain patterns always emerge over a long period of time.

fer/felps will go through the smoke regardless of the economic or man vs. man situation to make the play. Happy will save instead of forcing the play. Marnieking will play greedy regardless whether or not he is magnitudes better than his opponent. Once you get a measure of what a player will gamble in an advantage situation, an even situation and a disadvantaged situation, you’ll get a good idea of what they are capable of in any particular situation and from that point know if they are playing to their normal level or feeling the pressure.

Slingshot senior columnist. StarCraft and CS:GO expert who pushes narratives over numbers. You can reach him at Stephen@Slingshotesports.com

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