League of Legends: Opening Day of NACS to go Unstreamed -- Including Debut of Meme Team

by James Bates

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The first day of the NA Challenger Series is headlined by one of the most hotly anticipated matches of the entire season. EUnited, who picked up the old Samsung White jungler DanDy during the offseason, was all set to take on Delta Fox or, as they're more often called, the Meme Team. Can the only somewhat serious team of incredibly famous streamers take down the team that was only a single game away from qualifying for the LCS proper? Will it be DanDy, former world champion and one of the best junglers to ever play the game, who would prevail, or would it instead be Scarra, who has never even played the jungle role competitively?!

Well, unfortunately, we'll never get to find out. While we will all be treated to a match score over on the Lol Esports page once the match has been played out, that's all we'll ever hear of it, as apparently Riot has deemed the entire first day of the NA Challenger Series too uninteresting to be worth streaming.

Yes, you heard that right. Riot doesn't think live streaming the debut game of the hotly anticipated Meme Team will be worthwhile. At least, so says EUNited's coach, Hermit, who tweeted out that the games would not be streamed. Instead, players would have to find an alternative source for the VoDs if they wished to see how the games went. There have been rumors that Scarra is planning to record the games and then sync the team's communication to the recording so the team's fans can watch the debut game, but Scarra himself hasn't confirmed whether or not that will be the case. It may well be that the game will be lost to the sands of time and that Delta Fox's second game, which airs tomorrow, will be their unofficial "debut" game.

In all fairness to Riot Games, however, Delta Fox's new lineup is less than a week old. The NA Challenger Series has never been terribly popular, so it's unlikely that too many people would have been watching the opening day under normal circumstances. Riot doesn't exactly have infinite resources, so it's quite possible that they had simply never planned to show games that they thought no one would want to watch, and were unable to change their minds once Echo Fox announced their extremely hyped-up new roster.

Is it a shame that we won't get to see Dyrus, Scarra, Voyboy, Qtpie, and Shipthur get utterly annhilated by EUnited? Sure. But It's not worth taking it out on Riot Games, at least not this time!

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.