The North American Dota Challengers League — or NADCL — is a semi-professional Dota 2 league backed by Peter "ppd" Dager. The goal of the league is to provide income for teams and players that have not yet reached the big stages around the world. The first round of matches was played this weekend and NADCL had somehow convinced teams to allow them to jump into the teams' comms and broadcast what they said. The result was hilarious.
The best clips from this weekend all came from the matchup between ROOONS and Blue pikachu. ROONS — who recently qualified for the DreamLeague minor — were just pushing the high ground as the casters jumped on and it seems like the team caught on and decided to play a prank on Brian "BananaSlamJamma" Canavan:
And the abuse of poor BSJ didn't stop there. A few minutes later the casters jumped into the comms of his opponents, Blue pikachu, and they seemed to focus a lot on tilting the carry player:
In the second game of the series, the casters again decided to return to the comms of ROONS and it seems like they caught the team at a bad time, as they seemingly discussed their upcoming rebranding to "EG Young". However, this shouldn't be seen as confirmation of them joining EG as the team probably knew the casters had joined in:
Listening in on team comms is nothing new for Dota 2. It has happened before at events such as MLG Columbus and was as entertaining then as it is now. The problem with broadcasting what teams say in the booth is that players have to watch their language and that's a major reason as to why it doesn't happen anymore. Players simply don't want to consider if what they're saying is acceptable to a general audience or not. We still hope NADCL can keep this up though, as listening to teams during a game is both hilarious and informative.