Human StarCraft II e-athletes crushed by neural net ace – DeepMind's AlphaStar | 1/24/2019 | Staff
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Analysis AlphaStar, DeepMind’s latest AI bot, crushed professional gamers playing popular strategy video game StarCraft II during a demonstration broadcast online Thursday.

DeepMind has had its eyes on the StarCraft II for a while. Back in 2016, it announced a partnership with Starcraft creators Blizzard Entertainment, to work together to crack the game using AI.

Races - Game - Zerg - Protoss - Terran

There are three playable “races” in the game: Zerg, Protoss, and Terran. Each race comes with different units that have various abilities. Players have to dispatch units to the right locations to perform a series of tasks such as mining resources or building walls to fend off opponent units.

The game requires strategic planning to execute the right sequence of moves quickly. Now, after less than three years since the Blizzard collaboration, the British research lab finally has something to show for it: AlphaStar.

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StarCraft and computer science nerds were yesterday treated to a demonstration of AlphaStar in action. First, the bot was up against Dario Wünsch, better known as professional StarCraft player “TLO”. The demo videos were actually replays from when TLO paid a visit to DeepMind’s London office back in December, last year. Although only three out of the five matches were shown, Alphastar thrashed its opponent 5-0.

All games were 1v1 matches, where each side plays as the Protoss race on the Catalyst LE map, a simple layout where all the locations of enemy bases are marked out beforehand. It should also be noted that whilst TLO is a pro player ranked 44th in the world, he doesn’t specialize in the Protoss role. So, he isn’t quite the best player to find AlphaStar’s upper limit in these particular settings.

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Step in, Grzegorz Komincz also known as “MaNa”. Ranked 13th in the world, MaNa is a stronger player than his teammate TLO, and specialises playing as the Protoss race....
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