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The Glimpse covers the Dota 2 professional scene. We love Dota and we hate lazy analysis, so we created this podcast to scratch our own itch. Listen and enjoy!
 
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Going into the Bucharest Minor, EVERYBODY knew that this was a showdown between Europe and China. OG and NIP were the teams to beat, according to every western analyst. Oops!Join our Discord:https://discord.gg/M3ujEfCJoin us for our analysis of the Bucharest Minor and our preview of the Chongqing Major — featuring an old favorite, Guess The Lin ...…
 
Time for the second minor of the 2019 DPC season! Action starts January 9th.Join our Discord! https://discord.gg/M3ujEfCAnd it comes with a last-minute substitution. OG kicked Pajkatt and picked up iLTW to replace him. Don’t expect any intelligent predictions on how that’s going to go. We have no idea.After our Bucharest Minor preview, stick ar ...…
 
In this rare interview, we are joined by Dan Offen, host of the Position Six podcast.If you haven’t seen Dan’s guest list for his first 10 episodes, prepare to be impressed: PPD (he’s a TI Champion), insania, Jack Chen (friend of The Glimpse), Black, Charlie Yang, Blitz, Heen, Synderen, March, CCNC.Show notes:- Dan’s thoughts on Jose Mourinho- ...…
 
A lot has been said about the Kuku story already. That's because it's an important moment for Dota.If you weren't on Twitter, or can't remember how this all went down, this is the most complete history and analysis you'll find in a podcast.If you're sick of the story, skip it and listen to some Dota analysis.Show notes:- Skem and the original c ...…
 
If there was a theme of the Kuala Lumpur Major, it was top teams dominating. In the group stage, all four #1 seeds won their groups (Secret, EG, PSG.LGD, and VP). Of those four, three beat their first round opponents 2-0. EG was the only top seed who lost their opening round match (that was to Ninjas in Pyjamas, who had a TI Champion -- Mind_Co ...…
 
Anthony 'Scant' Hodgson struck a chord with the community when he published a Medium post detailing his last two years working for three organizations in Southeast Asia Dota: "Mistreated, unpaid, and dismissed out of hand: Two years with Mineski, GESC and Entity Gaming"- He was supposed to have an apartment paid for by Mineski. Instead he had a ...…
 
We all needed some time off. But sometime in the last two weeks it became officially A LONG TIME since we saw serious Dota. ESL One Hamburg was a good start. Dreamleague was fun in its own way. But now it's Major time!Join us as we preview the KL major, playing Guess The Lines. Don't miss Aden's incredulous takes on LGD's betting odds.And don't ...…
 
Icefrog may not have released patch 7.20 yet, but that doesn’t stop the march of time. The first real tournaments of the 2019 DPC season are upon us.At ESL One Hamburg, 12 of the top teams in the world meet to tune up for the Kuala Lumpur Major. According to the betting markets, Secret, EG and VP are the favorites. We don’t know who will win, b ...…
 
New season, new rosters!Join the entire GlimpsePod crew as we try to make sense of it all. We rank the top 24 teams in the world as we see them today by doing a fantasy draft.Each of us drafted six teams. We'll track their DPC points throughout the year. Whoever's teams accumulate the most DPC points will win this competition.We want your sugge ...…
 
TI8 is in the books, and Aden and I have THOUGHTS!Join us for...* Group stage recap and trivia questions* In what ways were OG lucky? In what ways were they good?* Do we stand by the 'OG are overrated at 26-1' call before TI?* What happened to Virtus Pro, who were the only tier-1 team to perform significantly below expectations?* What happened ...…
 
This is our TI Group Stage Check-in, which we recorded live on Twitch. You can catch the replay at twitch.tv/sharkbutlerdota.You might hear a little audio feedback on this one because of the way we did the video. We tried to get rid of it, but there's only so much you can do.Join us as we cover:Group stage winners and losersThe rise of OG... an ...…
 
It’s our TI Prop bets episode, with special guest Audio Engineer Jason.We review our TI7 predictions, only one year later.We play Overrated / Underrated / Properly Rated as we review the TI8 odds to win.We look at a few compendium odds. If you really want compendium predictions, check Aden’s gigantic and well-researched post on glimpsepod.com.W ...…
 
This is our fourth TI preview. North and South America. Not a single team from the Americas qualified directly to TI. That meant Valve had to pull some strings to make sure all our fan favorites made the cut. (Sorry, Complexity. Still love you guys.)Pain Gaming -- Who are helping South America Dota earn some well-deserved respect.OpTic Gaming - ...…
 
This is our third TI preview. China! Remember last episode when I said the Dota world revolves around Europe? Well, you ask anyone in China, they will confirm. The Dota world revolves around China.Of the DPC teams that qualified directly to TI8, fully 50% of them come from China. At TI7, three of the top four and four of the top six teams were ...…
 
This is our second TI preview! Group play starts August 15th in Vancouver.Europe and CIS. Even as an American who thinks the world revolves around us, Europe is still the center of the Dota world, we think.And you could argue there’s a good reason for that. Two of the top three teams come from EU-CIS and three of the top five or six.Join us as ...…
 
This is our first TI preview! The TI group stage starts August 15th in Vancouver.Southeast Asia. One of the most active Dota regions. Over 3 million pub matches played in the last 24 hours. And only ONE team from SEA qualified directly to TI. That was Mineski. We’ll talk about Mushi and his crew. We’ll also talk about the two that made it throu ...…
 
From the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, eight teams qualified for The International. That left ten spots to fill.245 matches later, 223 IO bans later, we have our field of 18.Join us for our TI Main Qualifiers recap episode, where we talk about Ana’s triumphant return to the scene, Resolution destroying his old captain and almost running the table in Nort ...…
 
We want to watch entertaining Dota.We want to watch it several times a year (but probably not 26 times, like this season). We want there to be smaller tournaments to contrast with the bigger tournaments. We want the teams we care about to show up at the events we're watching. And we want the games to be broadcast at convenient times for us to w ...…
 
The esports scene is maturing quickly. But sometimes not quickly enough to satisfy us. We wanted standings and roster locks. We got them. But now we want more.Where are the end-of-season awards? One highly-skilled (and also lucky) team is going to walk away with ~$15 million in a couple months. That’s a hell of an award. Do we just forget about ...…
 
Fly and s4 are going to be in the North America open qualifiers? Tough to believe.Join us as we evaluate this totally unexpected roster move and preview the China SuperMajor!
 
How good did you think LGD was a month ago? Did you think they had the potential to be the hottest team in Dota? Join us for Aden's analysis of LGD's rapid rise and victory at the MDL Changsha major.You'll also get to hear a mock draft of EG vs. Fnatic as we discuss ESL One Birmingham.Enjoy,Aden and Lortonhttp://glimpsepod.com…
 
At any given major, it's statistically unlikely a long shot team will break out. But given enough tournaments, an unexpected result is inevitable at some point.FlyToMoon is that team! To get to Epicenter, they won the "MADNESS" qualifier -- a 289 team single-elimination tournament. In Moscow, they upset OG and VP on their way to a fourth place ...…
 
Thanks to Noxville's awesome article - The Final (TI8) Countdown - we know who the statistical favorites are to make TI. But let's lean on a tired cliche for a minute -- they play the games for a reason!In this episode, we review what we learned at the latest StarLadder minor and break down our most likely scenarios for Epicenter -- figuring ou ...…
 
Mineski won DAC? Where did that come from?That means 3-4 teams have effectively locked in their TI invites, and the race is on for the remaining qualifying spots. What will it take to qualify, and who will end up with the invitations? A healthy debate ensues.Enjoy,Aden and Lortonhttp://glimpsepod.com…
 
Quick thoughts on Pangolier, the DAC group stage meta, Mineski's surprising success, Liquid's puzzling picks, and main event predictions.Enjoy!Aden and Lortonhttp://glimpsepod.com
 
The Dota 2 Asia Championships in 2015 was the first Dota major (before they were even called majors). Last year, DAC was the best non-Valve event, period. Today, it's just another $1 million tournament -- one of a dozen this season. Does that mean the magic is lost? We don't know yet.Join us for Guess The Lines to preview DAC!Enjoy,Aden and Lor ...…
 
VP are back-to-back major winners and have now clinched their invitation to The International! What's the optimal strategy for a team that has already clinched?Join us for VP strategy talk, Dota Plus, and analysis of why VGJ.Thunder made such a deep run in Bucharest.Also in this episode:- What impact has Dark Willow had on the meta?- Are we wor ...…
 
VP are the new leaders on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit! In this episode we analyze how VP used fast rotations and constant fighting to take down Vici Gaming's "tank meta" -- the strategy that beat Team Liquid in two different series.Also in this episode:- How Fnatic took fourth place by beating Team Secret- We are not worried about Newbee, despite th ...…
 
It's major time! Sixteen teams, $1 million, and 1,500 DPC points are up for grabs. Join us for Guess The Lines, hosted by Audio Engineer Jason. And get ready to stream some Dotes starting Tuesday 2/20!
 
IceFrog wants to keep Dota balanced. We all want that. But how often should we be seeing patches?IceFrog announced he will be releasing patches every two weeks for the next six months. That's way different from what we're used to. Is this going to create havoc or will everything be fine?Also in this episode:- The tournaments that will be most a ...…
 
At some point, you're going to make a move that's unpopular with your audience. What do you do if you make an unpopular move, and you're locked into a contract? What if you can't just pivot?This is ESL One's conundrum after they signed an exclusive deal to stream Dota 2 and CS:GO on Facebook. Then Facebook's streams didn't perform up to our exp ...…
 
Have you ever met someone famous and found out they were a lot different than you'd pictured? Imagine meeting an entire community you had only seen on TV (larger than life), only to find out they were all regular size? Or even petite? That was Aden's experience at Captain's Draft.Also in this episode:- How did Secret win Captain's draft when th ...…
 
The entire United States is taking a break this week. We hope you are too.In case you need to disconnect from family, or just feed your insatiable hunger for pro Dota analysis, here is 86 minutes of content guaranteed to help you pass the time.We recap The Summit 8. We follow up on team storylines after MDL. We zoom in on match fixing in the wa ...…
 
How big is the gap between the top teams in a tournament?Team Secret won Dreamleague and are the top dogs in the world… For now. But did they win because of their superior preparation? Does this patch favor their play style? Or did they just get a better night's sleep than Team Liquid?Also in this episode… - Secret picked Ace's hero early in dr ...…
 
How much does a pro Dota player have in common with a pro athlete? If you ask Complexity GM Kyle 'Beef' Bautista, the answer is a lot. A hell of a lot.When you suddenly have the resources of an NFL team at your disposal, how much do you use? Complexity Gaming is fortunate enough to have this problem, and they are taking full advantage.If you wa ...…
 
Who is your rival and what are you doing to thwart them?If you have a rival, that person (or company, or podcast) can push you to do things you didn't know were within you. On the other hand, if you have a rival, that feeling of deep competition (and maybe a little bit of existential threat) can also bring out an ugly side of you. A bloodthirst ...…
 
Skip to the 54:54 mark if you want to hear the best part of this episode -- in which we play a ridiculous game to get acquainted with the new hero talents from patch 7.07.If you're here for pro Dota analysis, we've got that too.VP took the lead in the TI qualifying race by winning ESL One Hamburg over Team Secret. Listen to the top of the show ...…
 
The first TI qualifying points are on the board! In this episode we recap StarLadder, including a game analysis featuring Complexity (the breakout North American team) defeating Newbee (yes, THAT Newbee). We also Guess The Lines to preview ESL One Hamburg, follow up on tournament broadcast rights, and finish with a brief conversation about 'me ...…
 
We are licking our chops in anticipation of the first Minor tournament, and the first qualifying points that go with it.With a few days to kill, and a lot of qualifier results to sift through, we decided to do power rankings of the teams in each region, and compare notes.Enjoy the episode, and enjoy the minor! We'll see you in a couple weeks.Gl ...…
 
Our little esport is all grown up!If you poke around on Dota2.com you will see a schedule of majors and minors along with a leaderboard that will soon have your favorite team's name on it!Year eight of Dota is looking like the best year yet. Sixteen minors and eleven majors. $16.3 million in guaranteed prize money. 22,050 TI qualifying points u ...…
 
The seemingly-interminable period between the end of TI and the start of the next Dota season is finally coming to a close!In this episode, we review the latest roster news as of Labor Day Sunday. Why is the episode coming out so late, you ask? Well, we have a pretty good excuse...Lorton, who does the editing, HAD A BABY AT 9AM THE DAY AFTER WE ...…
 
What have YOU been up to since TI?For us, we had to catch up on life for a few days. Spending hours a day watching Dota is mesmerizing, especially when it's TI. But eventually we had to talk to our families and bosses again. And start to dig ourselves out.Now that the dust is settled, we're releasing this in-depth episode covering TI, the metag ...…
 
Of course we all predicted LGD.FY would be the #1 seed and that OG would start the main event in the lower bracket... OK, we never predicted those things. But if we're being honest, those were probably the only real surprises we had in the group stage. Here's a quick episode where we check in before the real craziness starts on Monday.Glimpse E ...…
 
In this BONUS episode, we look at the odds to win TI, most banned and picked heroes, and more. We share our predictions and give our 'best value' bets. We do NOT recommend anyone bet money based on our advice.Enjoy!Aden and Lortonhttp://glimpsepod.com
 
TI is finally here!This is our last installment of the 18 teams bound for Seattle. (OK, 17 teams -- we never previewed Infamous). If you need something to do while you wait for the games to kick off, this episode will tide you over.Glimpse Ep 018 show notes:- Evil Geniuses, the team that gets invited to every tournament they want to go to -- ca ...…
 
TI7 is less than two weeks away!Here is our second of three preview episodes. No guest this time. Just Glimpse.Glimpse Ep 017 show notes:- Thoughts on Day9 as the host of TI, having never broadcast a Dota event [0:11]- Virtus Pro, the kings of CIS and possibly the most raw talent in the world [3:11]- Team Empire, the up-and-down team that was t ...…
 
Is Jack Chen the smartest analyst in Dota? Unclear.But Jack Chen is a VERY smart analyst who (oh by the way) speaks fluent Chinese and has a list of Dota contacts seven miles long. You ask him why a team favors a hero, there is a good chance he knows... because he talked to them about it.Jack was kind enough to join us for a MONSTER episode pre ...…
 
When Valve announced the new system of Major and Minor tournaments, we knew this would have a huge impact on the scene.To understand it better, we sought out two people with unique perspective. Nahaz because he could tell us about how this moves Dota down the maturity curve as an esport. SUNSfan because he is a content creator, tournament organ ...…
 
This episode is our analysis of the TI qualifiers, plus the new balance patch 7.06e.Listen and enjoy!--Glimpse Ep 014 show notes:- Who are Planet Dog and how did they win the European qualifier playoffs? [4:50]- Is this the end for Mousesports? [6:47]- How was 33 so successful on Tidehunter? [8:25]- What's the story with Fnatic coming out of no ...…
 
What do you focus on when you've already cast the Grand Finals of The International?What do you think about when you've already built one of the premier Dota broadcast outlets in the world?LD thinks about the future of Dota, and he's using all his influence to make that future brighter. The TI and Majors ecosystem is benefiting Valve immensely. ...…
 
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