OpenAI has created a team of five bots named OpenAI Five. They hope to beat a top pro team at TI8 in August.

We finally have the teams that have qualified for the TI8. But one more team will be making an appearance at The International, and they have directly challenged the pros. OpenAI have announced that their team of AI bots, OpenAI Five will be playing against a team of the best Dota 2 players in the world, and they hope to defeat them.

This isn’t the first time OpenAI will be making an appearance at the tournament. Last year, they showed off their 1v1 bot which played against Dendi and defeated him. The company, founded by Elon Musk, had recently held matches against various teams of different skill levels. The bot team managed to easily defeat amateur players (2.5k MMR). OpenAI Five even defeated the best players from the audience who averaged around 4k-6k MMR. And this team included Blitz. The bots also competed against Valve employee team (2.5k-4k MMR) which they easily defeated. Next they were put up against an amateur team training together and semi professional team. The OpenAI team said that they were “expecting to lose soundly, but OpenAI Five won two of its first three games versus both.”

But there were certain restrictions for the match:

  • Mirror match of Necrophos, Sniper, Viper, Crystal Maiden, and Lich
  • No warding
  • No Roshan
  • No invisibility (consumables and relevant items)
  • No summons/illusions
  • No Divine Rapier, Bottle, Quelling Blade, Boots of Travel, Tome of Knowledge, Infused Raindrop
  • 5 invulnerable couriers, no exploiting them by scouting or tanking
  • No Scan

The team hopes to train the bots furthermore to surpass humans, and will hold a match against top players on 28th July to benchmark their progress. You can watch the match on Twitch or request an invite.

For more details regarding how the bots work and how they were trained, read their original blog post.

MN | Rudraaksh

MN | Rudraaksh

Rudraaksh is a dentist by trade but a gamer by heart. He’s written for adventure sports website and volunteered for a Germany based newsletter, but is currently taking the esports scene by storm.

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