ELEAGUE announced Tuesday the talent lineup for next month’s ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier, which will be a bit of a change compared to usual Counter-Strike tournaments.
Instead of using the typical casting pairs Counter-Strike fans are used to, ELEAGUE will have five casters doing a rotation of casting and analysis. The group includes Jason “Moses” O’Toole, Anders Blume, Daniel “DDK” Kapadia, Auguste “Semmler” Massonat and James Bardolph.
According to a news release, the “commentator team will serve in a hybrid caster-analyst role, offering pre- and post-match insights while also calling live in-game action in interchanging pairings.”
Richard Lewis will be the desk host, and Sue “Smix” Lee will be the in-arena correspondent responsible for providing news, information and interviews during the event. The caster mix could be fun for fans who would like to see how different pairings work (imagine a DDK/Bardolph pairing). The format likely won’t quell speculation that has surfaced over the past few months that Anders and Semmler, perhaps the most popular casting duo in the game, will part ways.
Duncan “Thorin” Shields was notably absent from the talent lineup, and he later confirmed on Twitter he was no longer working with ELEAGUE.
My part in the ELEAGUE story has come to an end. I'd say it'll be just as good without me but I can't lie. Best of luck :>
— Thorin (@Thooorin) August 29, 2017
The ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier begins Sept. 8, and the group stage will take place each subsequent weekend of September. The playoffs will begin with the quarterfinals Oct. 10-11, followed by the semifinals Oct. 12 and the finals Oct. 13. TBS will present live coverage of the Finals at 10 p.m. with quarterfinal and semifinal gameplay presented online.
The tournament will have a $1 million prize pool, with the first place team taking home half of the winnings. The tournament will take place in Atlanta at the G-FUEL ELEAGUE Arena, and will have a GSL group format, followed by a single elimination best-of-three format in the playoff stages.
The ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 will be live streamed on both YouTube and Twitch in addition to live coverage on TBS. The first broadcast will take place at 10 p.m. ET Sept. 1, which will showcase the groupings of the 16 teams.
Cover photo courtesy of Turner Sports/ELEAGUE