"Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen... this is the Day9 Daily: where we learn how to be a better gamer!" "Except on Monday where we just dick around."
Taking the plunge into the competitive-scene of Starcraft II can seem like an impossibly daunting task. There are so many variables to keep track of and so many concepts, both basic and advanced, to wrap one's mind around that it can feel a bit overwhelming.Enter the Day9 Daily, a place where anyone from a Real-Time Strategy stripling to someone scraping up against the ceiling of the exalted Masters league can learn how to be a better gamer.Sean "Day9" Plott is a famous StarCraft: Brood War and Starcraft II player and commentator with his Internet Day9 Daily show, where he casts and analyzes high level play in front of a live audience, five days a week.The self-proclaimed "Goldilocks of Starcraft II casting," Day9 keeps the atmosphere of his casting informal, lighthearted, and comical, all while ensuring that the actual analysis stays deep, thorough, and compelling throughout.To shake things up, Day9 features a rotating schedule of theme-based dailies:
Funday Monday: A lighthearted, fun-oriented daily where a kooky constraint is placed upon players such as "No Queens" for Zergnote Queens can accelerate the speed at which Zerg build armies and, by spreading creep, make them move faster; they are absolutely central to Zerg strategy or "No Marines, Marauders or Tanks" for Terrannote Boring, but Practical units which Terran players use to defeat just about everything. Hilarity is guaranteed to ensue.
Newbie Tuesday: A daily aimed at concepts that lower-league players or beginners are struggling with such as "Dealing with Early Aggression."
Frienday Wednesday: A daily featuring commentary by both Day9 and a professional Starcraft II player.
The Day9 Daily itself is streamed live Sunday through Thursday at 7:00PM PST and runs for about one hour. Archives can be found at either Blip or YouTube. However, if that's not enough Day9 for you, he also has Day9's day off, where on Friday's he'll stream himself playing a game other than Starcraft II, usually one without multiplayer entirely. Finally, he's begun a series called "Spellslingers" via Geek And Sundry, in which he and a guest play Magic: The Gathering.
Tropes Associated With Day 9
Actually Pretty Funny: Sometimes, such as with a name like "abVarht," he will only realize just how funny a handle sounds when he says it aloud for the first time on air.
Awesome Yet Practical: On the other hand, Funday Mondays such as "Expand Every Five Minutes" or "Carrier Rush" can result in some seemingly-silly strategies that have a modicum of merit. Confusion Fu certainly helps.
Badass Bookworm: There's a reason he knows so much about the game, being a former professional Starcraft: Brood War player himself.
He was arguably the top American Zerg player for a long time, getting second place in WCG USA 2004, winning WCG USA in 2005, second place in WCG USA 2006 and winning the grand finals of the Pan-American Championship in 2007.
He recently revealed that his three secret accounts (used for playing each race based on a dice roll) were in Grandmaster League. Ironically this took place during the ravaging of his manhood while playing Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
Badass Family: Not only is his brother a professional Starcraft player and commentator, but he has repeatedly emphasized the fact that his entire family, specifically his mom, have been incredibly supportive.
Dislikes incorrect pronunciation, for example, referring to a zealot as a zeelot.
Captain Obvious: His best advice is often the simplest: Have a plan. Spend your money. Sometimes the best way to defeat your opponent is to just go and kill him. He will very often reference ideas like these with quick one-liners even if they're not the focus of that particular analysis.
Companion Cube: How can one resist the eternally-faithful "Carpal Tunnel Pillow"?
Confusion Fu: The effective Funday Monday strategies rely in part on this.
Construct Additional Pylons: Emphasizes "Pylons and probes, pylons and probes." Basically, simply ensuring a strong economy with lots of workers will result in a significant lead over the opponent at lower levels of play.
Deadpan Snarker: Has been known to slip into this, usually during Funday Monday.
"Cannons to block cannons is another way of saying 'We're gonna go ahead and build a dam in the middle of Los Angeles to prevent the construction of more buildings. That'll help sort of direct the flow of buildings out the front...'"
Fanboy: Claims to be an unabashed one of HuK. While it's often played for laughs, he really does hold great admiration for HuK's skills and is humbled when he learns that HuK holds him in similarly high regard.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Has inserted foreign accents where applicable, usually in reference to a specific player's handle sounding funnier when spoken in a certain accent. Also has a habit of randomly using a Korean accent when saying unit or building names.
The absolute least impressive one compared to all these, but the one any given StarCraft player is most likely to interact with: for a Funday Monday, he proposed an alternate style of play wherein every player voluntarily limits themselves to only building one specific (military) unit the entire gamenote This places greater emphasis on teamwork, unconventional tactics like cannon rushing, and absolute hilarity when a team ends up with a wacky combination of units. It now has dedicated maps and is one of the most popular custom modes in circulation. Yep: Day9 invented Team Monobattles.
Sibling Rivalry: Alleges that he and his brother were always each other's biggest gaming competitors. While not always directly competing with one another, they were formerly competing in the same pro-gaming scene back during Starcraft: Brood War and both currently work as high-level commentators for Starcraft II.
The Smart Guy: He received a degree in mathematics from Harvey Mudd and in May 2011, a Master's degree in Interactive Media at USC.