Thursday, April 28th 2022

Team Liquid and Alienware Revolutionize Industry Standards for Esports Athlete Training with Launch of The Pro Lab

Team Liquid and longtime partner Alienware are launching The Pro Lab, a groundbreaking global training program. This initiative aims to quantify and analyze core cognitive skills that define a successful esports athlete, transforming the professional training experience and establishing new industry-wide practices. Until now, professional esports training has been informed by disparate game-specific data and rudimentary KPIs. Team Liquid and Alienware saw this as an opportunity to develop an approach rooted in quantifiable game-agnostic data, focusing on cognitive skills synonymous with peak competitive performance such as anticipatory skills, divided attention, emotional regulation, automaticity and more. The Pro Lab is a first-of-its-kind training space backed by esports science, fundamentally changing not only the way these athletes train but how they grow and evolve along with the industry.

Team Liquid and Alienware intend to eventually release findings in an effort to democratize the data and insights, encouraging industry-wide adoption of new best practices. The partners also plan to make the Pro Lab available to select students and academic institutions for additional research to continue enhancing training protocols. "Team Liquid has always been committed to putting its players first," says Steve Arhancet, Co-CEO and Co-Owner of Team Liquid. "The Pro Lab, in partnership with Alienware, is the next stage in that evolution. Our main focus will be working smarter to provide our players with the resources to learn about themselves, their habits, their strengths, and areas of improvement so we can continue to grow and compete at the highest levels."
"Over the course of the last decade, the core of this partnership has always been a shared desire to empower and elevate not only Team Liquid athletes, but the industry overall. The Pro Lab is an extension of just that," says Chris Saylor, Alienware Marketing Director. "To support Team Liquid and go on this groundbreaking journey with them is what Alienware is all about and we look forward to what's to come."

The Pro Lab is powered by top-of-the-line Alienware and Dell Technologies equipment. Some of the award-winning and best-in-class technology includes:
  • The Alienware Aurora R13 and Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitors.
  • A specially configured Dell Precision 7920 workstation, processing high-volume, real-time reports in AI applications and powering 6 Alienware 25 Gaming Monitors at once.
  • A Dell PowerEdge R740xd2 server to maximize uptime for data-intensive workloads.
  • Team Liquid's performance scientists and analysts will use these high-performance systems to run NeurOlympics software from BrainsFirst, setting a primary baseline for each athlete.
To identify critical areas of growth for Team Liquid's competitive teams, the core cognitive testing will be classified into four main categories: attention, memory, control, and anticipation. From there, this testing technology ecosystem will allow ThePro Lab team to aggregate and analyze valuable data, pivot the training approach where needed, and ultimately help players optimize their performance through this scientific program of testing, research, and education.

"Similar to the development of our training facilities, we believe The Pro Lab will make waves in the esports industry and beyond," says Victor Goossens, Founder and Co-CEO of Team Liquid. "There are core skills that we look for in every successful competitor, and this program will help uncover new universal guidelines and KPIs that we hope will one day serve as industry-wide benchmarks when it comes to player training."

With the holistic use of Alienware and Dell Technologies hardware, BrainsFirst software and support from aXiomatic Gaming's wealth of sports performance expertise, this comprehensive program will uncover foundational insights that will drive the next generation of esports training.

The Pro Lab will be integrated into the larger Utrecht, Netherlands and Santa Monica, California Alienware Training Facilities, which are also currently undergoing extensive renovations.

Alienware supports Team Liquid's 110+ athletes and 120+ support staff across five continents through providing cutting-edge gaming PCs, monitors, headsets, peripherals and an array of Dell Technologies solutions, delivering the technical power needed to perform at the highest level. Together, Alienware and Team Liquid have launched two Alienware Training Facilities, setting the standard for multiple organizations to follow, won countless championships, become leading industry advocates, working continuously to foster a culture of inclusion and accessibility.
Source: Team Liquid
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35 Comments on Team Liquid and Alienware Revolutionize Industry Standards for Esports Athlete Training with Launch of The Pro Lab

#1
W1zzard
Pro gamers use curved monitors?
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#2
ThaiTaffy
Alienware and revolutionize don't belong in the same sentence.
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#3
X71200
W1zzardPro gamers use curved monitors?
Who cares what they use down their dorm really? I've seen Shroud main one of those LG 34 inch 75 Hz panels.

I had that 34UC98 myself and it was actually a solid design for this kind of purpose. The aggressive curve made things immersive in some FPS titles, so did the ultrawide aspect ratio.

Realistically you would expect them to use insane refresh panels, but an ultrawide would also work. I'd comment on the neckbeard on gaming chair, but w/e. Gaming training, lol.
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#4
Chomiq
W1zzardPro gamers use curved monitors?
4:3 CRT ftw!
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#5
X71200
Chomiq4:3 CRT ftw!
The most garbage choice regarding being practical, a massive tube in front of you with a lighting up period, limited lifetime blowing radiation to your face.
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TheLostSwede
X71200The most garbage choice regarding being practical, a massive tube in front of you with a lighting up period, limited lifetime blowing radiation to your face.
Some of us grew up on radiation, thankyouverymuch.
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#7
X71200
TheLostSwedeSome of us grew up on radiation, thankyouverymuch.
I actually had various high end Diamontrons, you're just assuming that. There's always that one guy who simps for CRTs and it's a waste of time.
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#8
Chomiq
X71200The most garbage choice regarding being practical, a massive tube in front of you with a lighting up period, limited lifetime blowing radiation to your face.
They surely aren't playing at 3440x1440, they must have all the fps!
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#9
X71200
ChomiqThey surely aren't playing at 3440x1440, they must have all the fps!
Actually they are. Both of them. You can't always get excessive FPS while you're streaming, anyway... and with the modern cards and DLSS, I can maintain the FPS easily.

Again you're assuming everybody down their basement use a 1080p monitor for their pro-gamering contests. Most are, but you can use whatever you want.
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#10
MachineLearning
I think many people would be happy if they just made good PCs instead. Kinda supposed to be their thing, not whatever this is.
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#11
TheLostSwede
X71200I actually had various high end Diamontrons, you're just assuming that. There's always that one guy who simps for CRTs and it's a waste of time.
And I've owned most brands out there, but you clearly missed my joke and wanted to compre e-peen size instead...
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#12
trsttte
TheLostSwedeSome of us grew up on radiation, thankyouverymuch.
Nothing like having a particle accelerator pointed at your face to keep you on eged during a casual game :D
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#13
progste
We made a room with computers!
ReVoLuTIoN!!!!!!
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#15
Kohl Baas
onemanhitsquad"esports athlete"....right
Keeping a good and helathy mind require to keep a good and helathy body. Moreso if you want to keep your mind and reflexes on a competitive level. Don't you agree?
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#16
DeathtoGnomes
Raise your hand if you now have bad eyes from years in front of CRTs! I lost count how many CRTs I used between 15in and 21in.

/ontopic

Training for Esports is long hours playing the same game over and over and over and over. I imagine it gets quite, ... , annoying when you die very often, being perma-death means you start over. Think of it as practicing for Speedruns.
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#17
onemanhitsquad
I used CRT's for years...still have 21" and 19" Sony Trinitrons...use them for vintage gaming...played Quake 2 for 4 years nightly on them , never had a moment of "eye strain"...maybe I am the odd man out .

"Esports" is "athletic" like a parish church is a cathedral
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#18
thegnome
More secret labs chairs... Still wondering where all the budget comes from to literally sponsor everyone ever.
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#19
Chrispy_
onemanhitsquadI used CRT's for years...still have 21" and 19" Sony Trinitrons...use them for vintage gaming...played Quake 2 for 4 years nightly on them , never had a moment of "eye strain"...maybe I am the odd man out .

"Esports" is "athletic" like a parish church is a cathedral
I had two decades of gaming on CRTs for long sessions and my eyes are fine. If there's macular degeneration or retinal burn out then it's yet to appear on any of my eye tests.
Disclaimer: Sample size of two eyeballs, YMMV.
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#20
X71200
TheLostSwedeAnd I've owned most brands out there, but you clearly missed my joke and wanted to compre e-peen size instead...
Why would I boast about something I find so stupid and pointless? I digress to actually discuss CRTs in 2022, as it's nothing more than a joke if you can understand the logic of how a CRT works. Aka such as a tube amp except it's way more marginal so it tends to suffer from a lot of stuff.
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#21
Selaya
ThaiTaffyAlienware and revolutionize don't belong in the same sentence.
they sure did revolutionise the scam
tbh
XD
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#22
SOAREVERSOR
W1zzardPro gamers use curved monitors?
No. 240 or 360hz 24in shitty LED or even TNs with pixel response ranging from .5 to 1ms with gysnc/free sync off is the norm. They cost a lot, look like crap, but it does work. I have an LG 34in LED IPS gsync on curved ultrawide at one desk and while for single player games it's glorious I do worse on it in twitch shooters or other fast MP games than the 24in 240hz 1ms to a point where it is noticable.

A lot of people who have labs or cyber centers carry all sorts of boxes though. They have stuff for LOL and DOTA, boxes for SC/SC2, boxes for FPS games, and then boxes for racing or single player. The monitors are going to vary as well.
ThaiTaffyAlienware and revolutionize don't belong in the same sentence.
Their laptops are rather nice for what they are. They've introduced some interesting kit and peripheral stuff as well. Their desktops have gone to shit but that's a whole nother issue.
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#23
X71200
SOAREVERSORNo. 240 or 360hz 24in shitty LED or even TNs with pixel response ranging from .5 to 1ms with gysnc/free sync off is the norm. They cost a lot, look like crap, but it does work. I have an LG 34in LED IPS gsync on curved ultrawide at one desk and while for single player games it's glorious I do worse on it in twitch shooters or other fast MP games than the 24in 240hz 1ms to a point where it is noticable.

A lot of people who have labs or cyber centers carry all sorts of boxes though. They have stuff for LOL and DOTA, boxes for SC/SC2, boxes for FPS games, and then boxes for racing or single player. The monitors are going to vary as well.
You fail to understand that professional gaming doesn't end on a cage full of teenagers in front of 24 inch monitors. Today there's a large norm of online tournaments. For example COD is currently having a 2v2 $250 tourney, and they always have streamer tournaments. You can use whatever the heck you want. These streamers tend to have super duper PCs and ultrawide has its advantages. Quit on the FHD kool aid. Not everybody wants a tiny screen.

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#24
SOAREVERSOR
X71200You fail to understand that professional gaming doesn't end on a cage full of teenagers in front of 24 inch monitors. Today there's a large norm of online tournaments. For example COD is currently having a 2v2 $250 tourney, and they always have streamer tournaments. You can use whatever the heck you want. These streamers tend to have super duper PCs and ultrawide has its advantages. Quit on the FHD kool aid. Not everybody wants a tiny screen.

i.ytimg.com/vi/CqiSEHgkEcU/maxresdefault.jpg
And as an ultrawide owner that's the type of game that works with it. But that's not what top level gaming is. Top end results in the 240hz mess. And I know a ton of streams that fucking lie about what they use and hide the actual gear because if they used what they claimed they used they wouldn't do as well.

And it's not FHD Kollaid. 480hz > 360hz > 240hz > 180hz > 165hz > 144hz > 120hz > 75hz > 60hz > 30hz. That's just a fact, now how fast you are personally and if you can keep up is another matter. I like larger screens as well, but I've also played enough to know having the entire screen in my vision and not having to my eyes, let alone neck, to track things in and of itself is a massive advantage.

Like it or not top level comp is 240hz +
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#25
X71200
You're believing into a fallacy with no understanding of how frametimes work and how little of an improvement you get beyond some 144-165 Hz.

That's a case with some other games such as BF as well. COD is most definitely one of the biggest esports titles. I've given you the fact that you get to see more in that case. You have no argument.
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