Leslao Explains if Age Affects Dota 2 Performance
In the past year or so, it has been apparent that many teams competing at the top level of Dota 2 are now selecting players who are quite young, a noteworthy change in approach given the usual norm of top teams picking veterans. During a recent Twitch livestream, Quincy Crew's offlaner Rodrigo "Leslao" Santos shared his thoughts on this recent change and the age factor in Dota 2. He said he wasn't of the opinion that younger players are naturally better than older ones. It is, however, a fine line of reasoning by the teams to bring in newer players if their ideology of the game differs, Leslao noted. Additionally, he argued that those who believe mechanical abilities diminish with age are wrong by pointing to distinguished players like Sébastien "Ceb" Debs and David "MoonMeander" Tan Boon Yang.
Leslao believes that age has no bearing on a player's Dota 2 skills
Leslao, speaking about the Major, which was won by a young OG team, said that he does not think young players are inherently better than older players. Leslao noted that a team's desire to recruit a young player who will bring a fresh perspective to the team is admirable, but it does not make sense to recruit him just because he is young.
“I don’t think the younger you are the better you are. I don’t think it has to do anything with anything. I think age just doesn’t matter. Maybe the idea of teams like - oh maybe let’s pick up some new players because the way they look at the game is different than how old players look at the game. And that’s fine. That’s a good line of thought. Just because you are going to pick someone up because he is younger, you think he is a better player, it just doesn’t make any sense. That’s not how it works.”
As evidence, Leslao cited players like Ceb, who recently won the ESL One Stockholm Major 2022 with OG as a stand-in, to demonstrate that age doesn't matter in Dota 2.
“Ceb is 30 and he won a Major. How old is N0tail? MoonMeander is 30 and he got second. N0tail is 28 and he won two TIs. I don’t think age matters,” he said.
Regarding only the game, Leslao said he does not believe there is a difference, but went on to mention that older players start to explore more outside of gaming, which weakens their interest in the game as time goes on.
“I think the biggest difference with the age thing is that the older you get the less interest you have in the game. And the less you play, the less enthusiastic you are about it because you have other things to do in life.”
Dota 2’s competitive scene, which has been around for 11 years, is only just starting to see a big pool of older players, including Ceb, Clement "Puppey" Ivanov, Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi, Tal "Fly" Aizik, and more. Ceb has already declared his retirement, so it will be interesting to see how long other players of his age, who have made a name for themselves throughout the years, continue to play the game of Dota 2.