When we think of League of Legends and the esports associated with it, more particularly the teams in the NALCS, who do we think of? Usually teams like Cloud 9, TSM, or CLG, right? With these three teams, if we’re going for the top three teams in the NALCS, hit the nail on the head, with TSM being ranked as first, currently 12-2, Cloud 9 currently with 11-3, and CLG currently is sitting at 8-6. Why did people start to forget about Dignitas (ranked fourth, 7-7)? What about Evil Geniuses, Curse, and Coast (all tied for fifth at 5-9), or even XDG, sitting in eighth place with only three wins and a staggering eleven losses? My theory goes something like this: When Cloud 9 came in to the LCS in the summer split (I believe) of Season 3, totally slaughtering everybody they played, they gained a lot of hype, and whole lot of fans, as well as a bunch of people who love to hate on them. TSM, currently number one, has had countless fans, as well as countless haters (for lack of a better word) since they won the LCS championship back in Season 2, CLG, being a relatively new team, in that they finally have a stable roster, has gained, I’m sure, quite a large fan base recently as they hold the number three spot, inferior to only Cloud 9 and TSM. Even with Dignitas, when they went on their six game winning streak after their six game losing streak caused a huge hype in not only the LCS itself, but in the fans as well. However, if you compare all of that to XDG’s mere 3-11 record, watching an XDG versus Cloud 9 or TSM game doesn’t seem nearly as exciting as watching a Cloud 9 versus TSM game. What I’m getting at is people want excitement when they watch League of Legends pros play each other, watching a complete slaughter every time (unless it is done by the underdog or completely unknown team) is simply not fun to watch after two, maybe three games. People want the adrenaline rush that came from Shiphtur’s juking around TSM to take the Nexus and the win over TSM. That’s my theory: people hate on, or simply just don’t watch, the teams with low win records because they don’t find them exciting. But hey, that’s just my theory. I could be wrong.