I think it boils down a sort of comfort we've developed. I remember Lange leaving and everyone being like "crap there goes production", and then dashner coming in and fuckin owning the game in addition to the incredible work he had already done up to that point. Then, when dashner left, the expectation stayed high because it sorta luckily worked out last time we lost that much talent.
Truth is, the production was VERY solid for the size of the event and of our community. We have been spoiled for the past half decade. Essentials can and should strive to do better, especially with things like interviews/hosting and analysis during downtime/that sorta stuff, but the truth is that the productions Dashner and company put on for next to nothing budget-wise would be worth 10s of thousands of dollars based on quality and time put into them. Until another person/ group with that skill set is willing to do that much work for free, don't count on what we're used to coming back.
i still don't understand what essentials is, why the stream was on that channel, or what it is trying to do in the scene, i feel like i missed the branding boat entirely with that org, someone explain what niche it fills??