The presentation introducing Elon Musk's startup OpenAI bot came during the worldwide esports tournament (TI7).
It's easy enough to say "hey, we've created an AI which can beat the world's top Dota 2 pros", though, so in addition to a teaser video showing the AI caning Dota 2 elite players, TI7 also prepared a live match between the bot and pro gamer Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin. "This guy is scary", a shocked Dendi told the huge crowd watching the battle at the event.
In the live Shadow Fiend mirror match against Dendi, the bot executed an impossibly flawless creep block, perfectly balanced creep aggro, and even recognized and cancelled Dendi's healing items.
It's not only Google's AI that has the potential to defeat humans in their own game. Over the past week, our bot was undefeated against many top professionals including SumaiL (top 1v1 player in the world) and Arteezy (top overall player in the world).
OpenAI took the stage at the Dota 2 International Championship yesterday. Agents must learn to plan, attack, trick, and deceive their opponents. Was he indirectly comparing the OpenAI bot with AlphaGo? It's also an imperfect information game unlike chess or Go, where both players have access to the same information and are on equal footing. The bot learned the game from scratch by self-play, and does not use imitation learning or tree search.
The pro-grade Dota player was quite surprised as he got thrashed by the ruthless AI in two games which ultimately compelled him to cancel further matches. "AI should be too".