What most thought impossible became reality today at Dota 2’s International with Elon Musk’s OpenAI bot beating Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, a professional Dota 2 player in an exhibition 1v1 match. Until recently, Dota 2 had some basic bots to play against, which were mainly for new comers and considered extremely easy to beat for any seasoned or professional Dota 2 player. However, OpenAI’s revolutionary bot took the world by storm by not only beating Dota 2’s professional players, but crushing them.
The OpenAI bot learned to play the game by versing itself in Microsoft’s Azure cloud several thousand times, each time exploring new variables in order to win the game. Early iterations of the bot was said to wonder around the map aimlessly, then learning to just hide in the security of its base thinking something along the lines of “If I don’t die, I can’t lose”, only to realize that if the mid tower dropped, a loss would occur. The bot truly surprised the crowd and professional Dendi by ‘faking’ spells, a useful tactic used by high-level players in order to make opponents attempt to dodge the incoming spell forcing them into an unfavorable direction.
Prior to the exhibition match, OpenAI beat several big names including TI5 winner Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan, plus professionals Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and William “Blitz” Lee. In order to teach the bot further, Valve announced a giveaway for the first 50 individuals who could beat the bot solidifying our new robot overlords superiority over us.