[Opinion] Standing on the Coast
Along with the pomp surrounding NRG eSports unveiling, the new team has also faced some controversy regarding Riot's Rule 3.2 which tl;dr the incoming team must keep at least 3/5 of its roster for at least it's first LCS match. It's pretty obvious why some of the community might find NRG's roster unsettling because it only retained one player from the original Coast challenger team roster, support player KonKwon. Coast management has also relayed on social media that it was shocked to learn that its players weren't given a fair chance to make it onto the finalized roster. But who's to say that those players didn't try out? There has been absolutely no word regarding the issue from NRG management and, as of this writing, none of the original CST players have made any statement regarding the issue. While arguing that players weren't given fair treatment, it's also a plausible argument that they WERE given a chance but failed to reach NRG's expectations (having Impact and GBM probably skyrocketed those expectations). It can also be assumed that the former players agreed to contract buyouts where the players agree to relinquish their contracts in return for the full or partial amount of remaining salary left on those contracts. In my opinion, it is too early to speculate exactly what happened behind the scenes and, in all honesty, I don't really care. The tiny community that is Reddit can complain and complain that players (in this case, challenger series players) are not being compensated or rewarded for their efforts when they know absolutely nothing other than what their fellow Redditors speculate. If there really was a breach in Riot's rules then I trust Riot to enforce their rules and ensure equality for both player and organization. As a viewer, I am more interested in the competitiveness of the NA LCS. Sure, I can partake in some of the hot storylines that have been sprouting but as a player of the game, I would like nothing more than to see the highest level of competition these teams can, and surely will, provide.