DVD, 1080P, 720P，480P，DVDRIP……
It’s not hero company but a company of heroes.
1. Catch, throw or run are actions in American football. In this
paragraph, it represents physical activities, in contrast to brain works
like e sports competition.
2. Dota 2 is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA)
video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. The game is the
stand-alone sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), which was a
community-created mod for Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft III: Reign
of Chaos and its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne. Dota 2 is played in
matches between two teams of five players, with each team occupying and
defending their own separate base on the map. Each of the ten players
independently controls a powerful character, known as a “hero”, who all
have unique abilities and styles of play. During a match, a player and
their team collects experience points and items for their heroes in
order to fight through the opposing team’s heroes and other defenses. A
team wins by being the first to destroy a large structure located in the
opposing team’s base, called the “Ancient”.
3. Valve Corporation is an American video game developer and digital
distribution company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. The company
is known for the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, Day of Defeat, Team
Fortress, Left 4 Dead, and Dota 2 games, and its software distribution
4. League of Legends (abbreviated LOL) is a multiplayer online
battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for
Microsoft Windows and macOS. The game follows a freemium model and is
supported by microtransactions, and was inspired by the Warcraft III:
The Frozen Throne mod, Defense of the Ancients.
5. The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National
Football League (NFL). The game is the culmination to a regular season
that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year.
For the first reading
P1: Seems like a delightful scene. Maybe someone or some team just
claimed championship? The title of the passage and the picture presented
imply that may be a team of e-sport just won a competition.
P2: Indeed, as a game player, you don’t have to have extensive
physical confrontation. This paragraph may disclose the nature and
feature of e-sports.
P3-P4: As the e-sports industry is developing faster and faster,
many companies, organizations and governments start to pay heed to it.
These 2 paragraphs introduce the status quo of e-sports industry.
P5-P6: Apparently the author will talk about the obstacles facing by
e-sports industry and possibility of settle them.
P7: The author shifts his viewing angle to game players. He may
mention the difficulty for e-sports to be equivalent to traditionally
established sports such as football, swimming and track and field.
For the Second Reading
Computer-game tournaments advance to the next level
1. tournament /ˈtʊə.nə.mənt/ /ˈtɔː-/ US /ˈtɝː-/ noun [C] (US ALSO
a competition for teams or individual players in which a series of games
is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until
only one winner is left.
P1 Word & Phrase：
1.detonate /ˈdet.ən.eɪt/ US /ˈdeţ-/ verb [I or T] to (cause
something to) explode
2.waft /wɒft/ US /wɑːft/ verb [I or T; usually + adverb or
to (cause to) move gently through the air
3.confetti /kənˈfet.i/ US /-ˈfeţ-/ noun [U]
small pieces of coloured paper which you throw at a celebration,
especially over two people who have just been married
4.moniker /ˈmɔnɪkə US ˈmɑːnɪkər/ n [C] informal
a name, especially one that you choose for yourself or give something –
5.Triumphe over 获得成功/胜利
6.nirvana /nɪəˈvɑː.nə/ US /nɚ-/ noun [U]
a high spiritual state of freedom from all suffering which Buddhists
believe can be achieved by removing all personal desires
1. FIREWORKS detonated, smoke wafted over the stage and confetti
began to fall.
P2 Word & Phrase：
1.muscle /ˈmʌs.ļ/ noun
1 [C or U] one of many tissues in the body that can tighten and
relax to produce movement
2 [U] the power to do difficult things or to make people behave in a
2.bespectacled /bɪˈspek.tɪ.kļd/ adjective FORMAL wearing glasses
1. It has put on The International since 2011, offering more than
$10m to this year’s winners.
2. E sports, in which computer gamers compete before thousands of
fans in person and millions more on-line, is on the rise.
P3 Word & Phrase：
1. trappings /ˈtræp.ɪŋz/ plural noun
all the things that are part of or typical of a particular job,
situation or event
1. E-sports is gradually assembling all the trappings of mainstream
sports: corporate sponsorships, professional managers, salaried players
and even announcers who wear suits and make bad jokes.
P5 Word & Phrase：
1. console (MACHINE) /ˈkɒn.səʊl/ US /-soʊl/ noun [C]
a surface on which you find the controls for a piece of electrical
equipment or a machine
1. It still has a long way to go. Last year e-sports earned $900m,
mainly from advertising, ticket sales and merchandise, according to
SuperData, compared with $83bn from sales for mobile, computer and
P6 Word & Phrase：
1.passionate /ˈpæʃ.ən.ət/ US /-ə.nɪt/ adjective
having very strong feelings or emotions
2.juggernaut (VEHICLE) UK /ˈdʒʌg.ə.nɔːt/ US /-ɚ.nɑːt/
noun [C] (US semi(-trailer) or tractor-trailer) a very large heavy
1. Media companies are hungry for content that can win viewers’
attention; e-sports has a young, passionate audience.
P7 Word & Phrase：
1.obstacle /ˈɒb.stɪ.kļ/ US /ˈɑːb-/ noun [C]
something that blocks you so that movement, going forward or action are
prevented or made more difficult
2.boggle /ˈbɒg.ļ/ US /ˈbɑː.gļ/ verb [I or T] to (cause something
or someone to) have difficulty imagining or understanding something
1. Nevertheless, gamers face several obstacles before they can
compete with established sports.
2. Although big brands are beginning to sponsor events and teams, Mr
van Dreunen says, they are still tentative and invest only small
3. Most viewers play the games themselves, some of which, like “Dota
2”, can boggle the mind.