Prominent Dota 2 commentator and Drow Ranger fetishist Toby “Tobiwan” Dawson has announced today that his switch to casting competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was in part precipitated by the Dota 2 community’s “immaturity and passion for mindless hate.”
While both CS:GO and Dota 2 have drama, Dawson correctly pointed out that only one of these communities has accused a progamer’s mother of strategic pausing. However, critics are not convinced Dawson will find less drama in the Counter-Strike scene.
In a study of each game’s respective subreddit, ESEX scientists have found that in the past year, 13.5% of top 200 r/Dota2 posts have been drama with an aggregate 64,273 positive score. In comparison, 19.5% of r/GlobalOffensive posts have been drama with an aggregate score of 97,886.
Moreover, in Dawson’s specified category of “hateful” drama only the CS:GO subreddit has a thread in the top 200 that involves an ISIS sponsorship. Audiences have also indicated that Dawson’s value as a commentator increases in such an environment.
“Moving from Dota 2 to CS:GO to avoid drama is like moving from CS:GO to Dota 2 because you don’t like playing against a Sniper,” said Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen, former professional player and notable Tobiwan analyst. “It’s like moving from Twitch to Dailymotion because you don’t like stream lag.”
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