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Opinion

About TI7 Broadcast talent

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

I personally don’t have much stake in this beyond someone who likes watching Dota and TI. Because of that, I prefer having analytical type panel members generally and have been half praying that Synderen falls out so that he can get invited to work at TI. What I’m surprised about is how much weight TI has for broadcasting talent in the Dota 2 world. Someone (Nahaz I think?) revealed that getting the invite effectively doubles your salary for that working year. On top of that, you became premier invite material for the upcoming year at Dota 2 events.

So with all of that said, here is how I see the situation. There are two fundamental rules that I’ve seen happen at Valve events. First, popularity and broadcast experience usually matter. Day[9] hasn’t done any Dota 2 events, but he was tapped as the host. This gives a clear indication to me that popularity is likely more important than any other single defining characteristic. This also leads into my second point: be the anti-2GD. 2GD as a host has super strong opinions, but because of that he can use it to force interesting and dynamic discussion on his panels. He is also more relaxed and seems to take an anti-professionalism approach and is in many ways the opposite of Redeye when it comes to hosting. He was also booted mid-cast from the Shanghai Major and called an ass.

Day[9] may as well be the anti-2GD. I’ve never heard him give any particular controversial opinions since going mainstream except for his wicker story. So if you want to be invited to TI, my guess is to be anti-2GD and be popular.

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