OpenAI Bots Thrash Team Of Dota 2 Professionals

Judy Cobb
August 8, 2018

At a recent battle between the human players and the bot, the team of human players managed to win just one game from the artificially intelligent bot, Cnet reported. From a recap of the competition via The Verge, "The OpenAI Five triumphed in convincing fashion in the first game, not allowing the human players to even destroy one of their defensive towers".

The team which won the exhibition match is named OpenAI Five, and comprises a team of five bots.

Just recently, OpenAI showed off that it's system was intelligent enough to face off against human opposition, learning and exploring the many complexities of Dota 2 at a rapid rate compared to the human mind.

Now, the next step is to beat professional and best in the league Dota 2 players at the Valve's The International 8, which is scheduled for later this month. The team of former professional players and commentators was said to have ranked in the 99.95th percentile in the world.

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In spite of the restrictions, though, OpenAI still completely dominated the first two games, through a combination of near-flawless coordination and a "play as five"-oriented playstyle".

Every member of Team Human were selected on the criteria of being within the 99th percentile of players, which makes sense considering that a lot of them used to be active pro players. The bots nevertheless fought a hard battle, at one point predicting a 17% win probability before succumbing to Team Human's assault 35:47 into the game.

While OpenAI's defeat of some of Dota 2's cream of the crop players is decidedly impressive, what's definitely more noteworthy is the unprecedented advancement of artificial intelligence itself. The company's aim is to build a team of bots which can beat a team of Dota 2's human professionals at this year's annual tournament and another big event in E-sports. OpenAI is scheduled to face an active professional squad at The International 8, which kicks off on August 15.

OpenAI Five's latest win against its most formidable adversaries yet ultimately demonstrates the vast progress the bots have made over the past few months.

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