Hai "Hai" Du Lam mid laner for Cloud9's Challenger team, took to his personal blog to give some insight on the current state of the NACS and to clarify some issues about C9's Challenger team.
Hai and Daerek "LemonNation" Hart announced the formation of C9's new Challenger team in April.
In the blog, he said that he'd like to see other large esports organizations establish Challenger tier teams. He argues that it would be a win-win for teams and players — it would allow organizations to train players that need more experience, bumping them up to the LCS when needed and provide stability to players, teams and the league itself.
"Big organizations wanting to build a challenger team is GOOD for the scene," Hai wrote.
He suggested a franchised league for both the LCS and NACS, in order to improve stability. He argued that it would eliminate the need for an Open Qualifier tournament and mitigate the risk that teams currently face when investing into a Challenger team.
Notably, he Hai-lighted the grey area created by allowing teams or organizations to sell or buy a spot in the Open Qualifier tournament.
"It's an advantage given to teams/orgs that have money because it puts you straight at the end of the tournament," he said. "Although allowing the orgs that got sent to relegation from NACS to sell their spot to cut their losses is helpful to that org ... it's not so black and white."
He also proposed that changes be made to how teams are seeded at the actual NACS qualifier.
"Changing the format to a round robin is an argument that can be made. It helps find the teams that deserve the #1/2 seed and gives a chance to the new teams coming in to earn it," he said.
"Currently it's set that the teams that got relegated from NACS have the #1/2 seed. Keep in mind, there are benefits to a round robin system to determine seeding and giving seeding priority to the relegated NACS teams."
Hai said that all of his proposals would still allow new players the opportunity to compete.
"I can not think of a single situation (NA) that an extremely good player has NOT been able to prove themselves. If you're good enough you WILL get a shot, it's as simple as that."
Will Alcopra is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.