Sean Plott

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Sean Plott
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Sean "Day[9]" Plott
Born Sean Saintmichael Plott
(1986-06-27) June 27, 1986 (age 30)[1]
Leawood, Kansas,
United States
Residence San Francisco, California,
United States[citation needed]
Nationality American
Other names "Day[9]", "Day[J]", "StriderDoom", "SleepingDrone" (formerly)
Alma mater Harvey Mudd College
University of Southern California
Occupation Commentator, host, game designer
Relatives Nick Plott
Website www.day9.tv

Sean Saintmichael Plott[2] (born June 27, 1986), more commonly known by his online alias Day[9], is an eSports commentator for StarCraft II and a former professional StarCraft: Brood War player, known for his daily netcast titled "The Day[9] Daily". Plott qualified for the World Cyber Games in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and won the 2007 Pan-American tournament.[citation needed] He qualified for the American finals an additional three times and was recognized as the PC Gamer gamer of the year in 2010.[3][4] He regularly appeared as a commentator at StarCraft tournaments worldwide, including Blizzcon in 2010, 2011[5] and 2013,[6] the Major League Gaming professional circuit, DreamHack,[7] the Team Liquid Star League,[8][9] and the 2013 StarCraft II World Championship Series. In 2011, Plott was recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Entertainment.[10] The New Yorker describes him as "arguably the most beloved figure in StarCraft, if not all of e-sports".[11] He has also been involved with game design and was a Lead Game Designer for the game Guardians of Atlas.[12]

Biography[edit]

Plott grew up in Leawood, Kansas,[13] where he attended Rockhurst High School.[14] During this time, he and his brother Nicolas "Tasteless" Plott began playing StarCraft: Brood War.[15] After graduating high school, he attended Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in mathematics. After college, Sean attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles earning a Master of Fine Arts in interactive media in May 2011.[15]

Career[edit]

StarCraft: Brood War[edit]

Plott was an avid player in the western StarCraft scene, participating in many tournaments around the U.S. playing as Zerg. Plott's first major results came in 2004 when he was able to take 12th place in the World Cyber Games (WCG) USA tournament. Plott then went on to represent the U.S. at the WCG Grand Finals where he finished in the top 200.[16] Plott later placed 1st at the WCG USA tournament in 2005[17] and 2nd in 2006.[18]

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty[edit]

Plott speaking at PAX 2011

Sean began focusing on casting games with the release of StarCraft II while moving away from competitive playing of his own. He regularly casts for the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit, the seasonal DreamHack LAN, the Intel Extreme Masters' Cup, the North American Star League, and other tournaments. In addition, Plott was one of the stars of State of the Game, where he discussed current events within the StarCraft community along with other highly regarded members of the community, including the show's caster J.P. "itmeJP" McDaniel. Plott has not played StarCraft II professionally since 2010's HDH Invitational.

He was a primary caster of the BlizzCon 2011 tournament, from the regional invitational qualifiers to the finals at BlizzCon 2011. He has also cast a number tournaments he himself co-organized, including the After Hours Gaming League [19] and the SC2 beta tournament, King of the Beta.[20] In 2012, Plott appeared as a caster for the Red Bull LAN and MLG's Winter Championship.[citation needed]

Day[9] TV[edit]

Started in 2009, the Day[9] Daily is a daily webshow based around analyzing professional StarCraft games. Initially, the Daily was a webcast focused on high level StarCraft: Brood War play. With the release of the StarCraft II beta, the focus of the show shifted from Brood War to StarCraft II.

In Daily #100, Sean talked about his life of StarCraft, and how it came to define him as both a gamer and a person. Plott, in Daily #400, took a more general look at the art of learning and self-betterment in any field, and took part in the SOPA blackout of January 18, 2012 in Daily #404. On the Day[9] Daily on May 11, 2011, he announced that he would be pursuing StarCraft II full-time.

In early 2013 Day[9] created a show called Day[9]'s Day Off, in which he plays through "non-StarCraft games" - these take place for a few hours every Friday on his TwitchTV channel; the day's output is then uploaded to YouTube over the following few days in approximately 30 minute length segments.

Day[9] TV currently streams Hearthstone three days a week, with adventure games on Mondays, and other games on Fridays.

After Hours Gaming League[edit]

The After Hours Gaming League is a yearly gaming competition featuring major technology companies. In the StarCraft II tournament, the teams play a series of best of five matches. The winning team wins $5000 for the charity of their choice. Season one ran during the latter half of 2011 and team Microsoft was the winner, selecting Amnesty International to receive the prize money. Season two started in January 2012, ending in April with the crowning of team Epic Systems as champions. The medical software developer selected Doctors Without Borders as the recipients of the $5000 prize. The inaugural League of Legends tournament began in January 2012 featuring 11 teams, with Amazon taking first place.

Magic: The Gathering[edit]

On May 17–19, 2013, in San Diego, California, Plott competed in a Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour, Pro Tour Dragon's Maze. In 2013, he began hosting a Magic: The Gathering YouTube series called Spellslingers. In each episode, geek icons such as Felicia Day or Grant Imahara take on Plott with the hope of emerging victorious in an all-or-nothing match, while teaching the audience the tips and tricks to become a MTG expert.[21]

Game designer for Artillery[edit]

In September 2013 it was announced that Plott had joined new game company Artillery as its Head of Gaming.[22] He continued to be involved with Artillery and its real-time multiplayer strategy game Guardians of Atlas[23] which opened to beta testing 2016[12][24] and is listed in its credits as "Lead Game Designer (Emeritus)".

On August 11, 2016, Plott revealed on his Twitch channel that he had left Artillery to pursue other ventures. He has not yet revealed where he plans to work next, citing that he will be focusing on his Twitch channel full-time for the time being.[25]

Guardians of Atlas launched open alpha on August 26, 2016[26] but closed down less than a month after along with Artillery.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sean Plott (19 April 2016). Day[9] HearthStone Decktacular #211 - Moar Fatigue Mage! P2. YouTube. Event occurs at 9:20. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Sean Plott (27 April 2016). Day[9] HearthStone Decktacular #213 - WOTOG Pack opening Extravaganza! P1. YouTube. Event occurs at 14:26. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Plott, Sean (April 13, 2010). "Day[9] Daily #100 - My Life of Starcraft". Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ McCormick, Rich. "Sean 'Day[9]' Plott – PC Gamer UK's Gamer Of The Year 2010". PC Gamer. Retrieved December 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ "BlizzCon 2011 Tournament Day 1 Schedule Page with Sean "Day[9]" Plott as caster". October 21, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "WCS Global Finals Shoutcasters". October 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The host". 
  8. ^ "Team Liquid Star League 3 Caster Announcement". March 11, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Team Liquid Star League 4 Caster Announcement". May 3, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sean "Day[9]" Plott, CEO and Funsmith". Forbes. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/good-game
  12. ^ a b http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/05/artillery-day-9-sean-plott/
  13. ^ Gaudiosi, John (July 6, 2013). "Sean Day9 Plott Explains What It Takes To Be A StarCraft II Pro Gamer". GameSkinny. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ Sean Plott (8 June 2016). Day[9] Story Time: A Frisbee Story. YouTube. Event occurs at 8:32. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "About Day9TV". Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ "WCG 2004 Single Elimination Results". Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Starcraft Results - WCG 2005". September 7, 2005. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  18. ^ "WCG USA National Championship 2006 (Starcraft: Brood War)". Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  19. ^ http://afterhoursgaming.tv/leadership/
  20. ^ http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/sc2-tournaments/136294-razer-king-of-the-beta-by-day
  21. ^ http://geekandsundry.com/shows/spellslingers
  22. ^ Announcing Artillery and Day9tv, archived from the original on 2016-10-21, retrieved 2017-02-17 
  23. ^ https://guardiansofatlas.com
  24. ^ Gera, Emily (September 6, 2013). "StarCraft champion hired to work on new browser game". Polygon. Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  25. ^ Plott, Sean (August 11, 2016). "Last week I left Artillery Games to be Day[9] full time! In the coming weeks, I'll likely have new show announcements en route!". Twitter. Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  26. ^ Andrew, Keith (2016-08-26). "Guardians of Atlas, the MOBA-RTS developed by YouTuber Day9, enters open alpha". PCGamesN. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  27. ^ Wawro, Alex (2016-11-07). "RTS studio Artillery and its debut project Atlas are no more". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 

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