Avid gamer and newly minted Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin dropped in on the 2015 International Dota 2 Championships on Monday to provide a little analysis of the tournament and context for those new gaming initiates at home.
For The Win's Mike Foss spotted video of Lin's visit.
A big Dota player himself, Lin explained how the five-on-five nature of the game leads to an atmosphere of teamwork not unlike that found on the hardwood.
During the season I play a decent amount because usually after games on the road, I’m in the hotel, so I get to play every night…I’ll play maybe three times a week...People always ask me why I’m so into Dota and I always say it’s just like basketball. It’s 5-on-5, you have three types of positions … it’s the same thing here. You can tell the higher level you go, it’s all about teamwork, it’s all about guys doing their role.
Lin really loved the exciting atmosphere of the tournament.
Indeed. As we were reminded by Woshige's tragically overzealous celebration in July, "energy" is never lacking when organized and professional video game players go at it in front of a crowd.
Souls are broken. Reputations are pwned. Friendships are ruined. It's like real sports, but with more joysticks and carpal tunnel.
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