Day[9] is a criminally underrated streamer, and you should watch him

Streaming is a pretty popular thing. It’s been around for a good while now, but its popularity has really swollen in the past couple years. And of the streaming services, Twitch stands above them all (Source: me). Hundreds of thousands of eager viewers gather to watch a variety of personalities toil away on ladders, play through the newest stories, and just generally dick around in multiplayer. It leads to a diverse set of experiences, depending on how you consume. Most of it is dominated by professional LoL players.

There are plenty of gems to be found, though. Most of them fall right in that mid-tier of streamers, just under the likes of Doublelift, Summit1g, or Riot Games. This is where you’ll usually find Day[9].

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Labeling himself as more of an entertainer than some serious gamer, Day[9] got his start as a professional Starcraft player before transitioning into a full-time personality. He’s done just about everything in the gaming world. From competing to commentating, building games to breaking them, his resumé is a sight to behold. Now, though, you’ll generally find him streaming on Twitch to a steady, dedicated fanbase of a couple thousand. But Sean Plott (Day[9]) deserves way more credit for what he does.

Where most streamers haphazardly barrel into their game of choice, Sean puts an emphasis on structure and variety. It isn’t so much that he’s a variety streamer, as he definitely has a main game in Hearthstone. It’s more that he likes changing pace. These days, he juggles a few different shows over the course of a week. Monday? That’s Mostly Walking, where Sean and friends play old-school point-and-click adventure games. Wednesday? It’s “Day[9] Learns Dota]” day! Fridays are the Day Off streams, where Sean just plays whatever. The rest of the week is usually filled with Hearthstone, where Sean generally tests weird decks or tries his damnedest to ladder.

All new viewers would miss his best segment, though. Back in his Starcraft 2 days, Sean would regularly have Funday Mondays. It all started with a challenge from Sean after his Funday Monday stream. These challenges were generally ludicrous strategies or build orders that players would then attempt and record. Sean would then take the next Monday to analyze and break down the best games while issuing another challenge for the next week. The content was magical. In potentially the most popular segment, he didn’t even offer a challenge. He just wanted videos of the worst partner ever:

What makes these videos so great is Sean’s ridiculous commentary. He goes about these things like they’re actually professional matches, breaking down each and every move. His knowledge is deep, so even in the dumbest of games, he had plenty to share. Sure, it was aimed at Starcraft players, but just a basic knowledge would still give you a good idea of what might occur. Some highlights would be his Monobattles, Nukes and Seuss, and Devious Cheeses.

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This all alludes to one point: Day[9] streams are less about the game and more about Sean as an entertainer. Every show is deeply injected with Sean’s personality, charisma, and wisdom, leaving less burden on elite gameplay. He may not be the best at anything, but he’s a helluva lot more interesting than most professional players. It wouldn’t be a Day[9] show if he didn’t cut the gameplay off and impart some real knowledge onto his viewers. He even had full episodes of long-form storytelling. These are the reasons you come to Day[9]. There’s something to actually gain from watching his daily streams. Perhaps you’ll learn how to better approach arguments:

He may regale you with a time he got assaulted by a wasp in the middle of a Starcraft match. Or he may give you a history lesson on the World Cyber Games. Sean’s endless wisdom never ceases to amaze me, even after watching his show for ages.

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It’s not like I don’t watch other streamers, but they all tend to run a similar formula. The formula is this: singular game, some personality quirk, and a consistent schedule. For TimtheTatMan, he plays Overwatch and has a tendency to rage in some humorous manner. For Kripparian, he plays Hearthstone while also hating Hearthstone. Summit1g is a really good Counter Strike player that also loves Battle Royale games. Given, most of these streamers branch out to other games from time to time. Tim’s been playing Minecraft and WoW, Kripp is known to be quite good at Diablo and the like, and Summit’s playing Worlds Adrift as I write this. However, they quickly fall back into their moneymakers.

Sean, on the other hand, isn’t afraid to mix up his standard games. He now consistently plays Dota 2 on stream while also keeping up his schedule of Hearthstone Decktaculars, and he’ll always pass down more knowledge as he goes. You learn Dota while he’s learning Dota. It’s this sense of connection that’s built up one of the best communities on Twitch. Day[9] viewers are engaged in conversation, offer up opinions and questions on the topic, and generally participate in some meaningful way with his streams. It’s such a great experience compared to other chats where people just spam sexism and hatred. Seriously, find any girl’s stream and watch the misogyny commence. It’s depressing, yet Sean’s done a marvelous job keeping his chat positive.

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If you ever have the time to watch a Twitch channel, use it to watch Day[9]. It’s entertaining, enlightening, and it’s more than just a stream.

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