Sun Tzu's Art of War Quotes Useful for DotA Games

Sun Tzu's Art of War is a book where he teaches how battles can be successfully won.   The battles faced by real warriors shows great resemblances with the game, Defense of the Ancient.  Sun Tzu's Art of War is a must read for leaders of battles.  Here are some quotes from this book:

A leader leads by example not by force.
風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.
All warfare is based on deception.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him.
Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions.
To a surrounded enemy, you must leave a way of escape.
Management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization.
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperilled in every single battle.
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
One defends when his strength is inadaquate, he attacks when it is abundant
For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
A skilled commander seeks victory from the situation and does not demand it of his subordinates.
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.
When the enemy is at ease, be able to weary him; when well fed, to starve him; when at rest, to make him move. Appear at places to which he must hasten; move swiftly where he does not expect you.
It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.
A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.
The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities... It is best to win without fighting
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.
When torrential water tosses boulders, it is because of its momentum. When the strike of a hawk breaks the body of its prey, it is because of timing.
The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.
All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders ARE clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.
The ultimate in disposing one's troops is to be without ascertainable shape. Then the most penetrating spies cannot pry in nor can the wise lay plans against you.
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.
Subtle and insubstantial, the expert leaves no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus he is master of his enemy's fate.
Too frequent rewards indicate that the general is at the end of his resources; too frequent punishments that he is in acute distress.
Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.

Best Performance from ITSME at Tabaco Tournament goes to itsme.PAO

It was a fun, tiring and thrilling day for TEAM ITSME who participated in the Tabaco Tournament.  ITSME went to Tabaco having 3 teams.


itsme.kwKy - captain

itsme.ooPz - captain


itsme.Chill - captain

Team itsme.hbck who practiced for only 1 night having their complete roster, unfortunately, didn't make it to the finals and so with itsme.CVC having PLMC(mski) team on their bracket.  Itsme.Ford showed their well-shaped team after eliminating all the team in their bracket.  Unfortunately, most players got exhausted and didn't play anymore. Itsme.titi, who happened to be the bread and butter for the team, is known to have the weakness of having a maximum of 3 games limit.  More than 3 games, he would be using his spare battery to keep him going.  Substituting itsme.titi and itsme.mej in the tournament is not a good idea because the chemistry, that was formed during the practice, is now gone.  They end up grabbing the 4th place in the tournament.

Itsme.Pao, a very calm and low-profiled player, was considered to be the MVP in most games played by itsmeFORD.  He is known to be a good carry player but now he showed his flexibility and played support role.  Map control was achieved by the team in every game having itsme.PAO use wards wisely.  He gangs perfectly making enemy carry heroes infertile or baog in most games.  What's cool about his games is that he would have only 2 or 3 deaths in a game.  It is somehow difficult to have less deaths when you play ganker because opponents usually aim at you for having low HP.  He even had a support lion with 13 kills, 1 death, and 11 assists.  You can see the replay here => itsmeFORD vs Drand.  His team mates commented on his game after the tournament.  "No Pao, No win" itsmeFORD.Mejz said.  "si Pao ang MVP ng itsme.FORD" itsmeFORD.titi said.  "Maganda yung pagka ES at Lion ni Pao" itsme.ooPz said.  

Looking at the stats on their 4 games

Itsme.PAO, on the support role, have 32 kills overall.  34 kills by itsme.titi leads only by 2.  Itsme.PAO had 69 assists overall.  The next highest no. of assists goes to Jam with 56.  Itsme.PAO and itsme.titi have the least deaths summarizing the 4 games.  Itsme.PAO, who was just a fan of itsme back then and was trained by itsme.titi, now have his title.  He is the Most Valuable Itsme on the Tabaco Tournament. Keep it up! 

Interview with itsme.kwKy for Upcoming Tabaco Tournament

Team ITSME, who appeared to be the underdog in most tournaments, already won and proved how Oragon they are.  The last tournament, lead by Alton 'kwKy' Aguilar, was the Daet Tournament where they grabbed the first prize. Now, another tournament is on the table for itsme to face.  

Kwky, who is working so hard to go for an extra mile, is preparing on how to play his cards right on the tournament. Here are some insights he's going to share to us.

Interview with itsme captain - itsme.kwKy

Me: Hello, welcome to itsme.blogspot interview. What is your main reason for joining in the tournament?

kwKy: Experience... Knowing that this is the biggest tournament in Bicol, I'm expecting a lot of good teams to play with and learn from them as well.  Aside from experience, I'm also expecting a lot of FUN from this adventure.

Me: Let's get into the main topic, the Upcoming Tabaco Tournament, which will be held tomorrow.  How is the training going?

kwKy: Fair enough.  This is the only night we're going to practice our solid line up.  But it's ok, as long as we have fun.

Me: Who are the members of the team?

kwKy: sean (itsme.sena), watams (itsme.watams), seth (itsme.KingEx), deso(itsme.deso) and me

Me: There are rumors that top teams from other places may join the tournament.  Do you think, after these practices you've made, it will be easy for ITSME to defeat these guys?

kwKy: Not totally, but I do hope.  Teams from Bicol are fine with me coz i know them but I'm not sure if teams from other places are joining.

Me: Most teams are not familiar to you.  Do you have counters for every type of team that you're going to encounter or you're going to stick to the battle plan?

kwKy: Nothing has changed much.  I'm focused with the team's "galawan" or movement(lol!).  We'll stick with one crow.  You'll know soon.  For turling teams ==> :p

Me: What are the difficulties you encountered in your practices?

kwKy: Schedule conflict. haha. 2 of our rosters are busy because of finals.  So, it's only now that we are practicing with our solid 5 rosters.  The date of tournament is wrong timing I guess!

Me: Any shoutouts to your supporters?

kwKy: "sa lahat ng mga sasama, goodluck! haha. sa mga naiwan, bhla kayo. haha. msayang jaming to. =p"

Me: Thank you so much for your time, legendary itsme Captain, itsme.kwKy! Good luck and go for the gold!

kwKy: ok jak. salamat. :)

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