Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

The world's best Dota 2 players have been defeated by a bot

The world's best Dota 2 players have been defeated by a bot

There is no doubt that the milestone achieved by the bot is astonishing, however, what's particularly impressive about this feat is that winning in Dota requires players to have an intuition about what their opponents are thinking about doing and then build a corresponding game plan accordingly.

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In the live Shadow Fiend mirror match against Dendi, the bot executed an impossibly ideal creep block, perfectly balanced creep aggro, and even recognized and cancelled Dendi's healing items. Perhaps more significantly, while Ishutin was defeated in a 1-on-1 match, DOTA 2 is normally played by opposing teams of five players each. In the second game, after the AI scored a quick kill, Dendi threw in the towel, saying that the bot was simply "too strong!"

Engineers from OpenAI, which is backed by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, explained that their bot earned a "lifetime" of experience after two weeks of real-time Dota 2 training against itself, eventually working up to go undefeated against other professional players, including Artour "Arteezy" Babaev and Syed "Suma1L" Hassan.

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