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Opinion

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

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

There hasn’t been an official announcement, but the Anders-Semmler casting pair has broken up. As Semmler seems to be taking a step back to explore his options, I thought I’d share my own experiences watching him throughout the years. I never saw him do Bloodline Champions, though he was a commentator for that game. I did see him cast StarCraft 2, do interviews, host, etc. I always thought he was good and among the best SC2 casters at the time, I thought he and Apollo should have received more shots at casting the bigger tournaments in finals. He was also part of the ongoing 2GD podcast where he starred in the best episode of that podcast ever, Finding Semmler.

After that, I lost track of him as he moved to other games, the 2GD podcast became more infrequent, and I was watching Sc2, Dota 2, and some fighting games. When I picked up watching CS:GO, it was DreamHack Winter 2014 and I was surprised to hear Semmler casting, even more surprised to hear how much better he had become over the intervening time. I’ve always thought Semmler was one of the better casters, but he really upped his game as one of the best — if not the best — at the time. Fast forward to now, I’ve always thought he was still good and surprised at the amount of vitriol thrown his way. As for taking a step back, I’m actually surprised he is the only caster trying to take a step back. Granted, I don’t know the finances behind how much they get paid or how much they need/want per year, but traveling that much is exhausting and straining.

As for Semmler, he can do a lot of things. At DreamHack Malmo on Znipe, he hosted a fun off-stream group where he, Thorin, natu and vuggo just talked some CS while watching the games. He has the chops to be a host, stage host or interviewer, and he doesn’t have to stick with CS:GO, I’ve seen him do plenty of games with comparable skill, so he could do like machine and start doing Dota 2 events or something if he felt like it. Or he could go the way of Apollo and start working in production as I think he’s a stickler for those kinds of things and could do good work there.

Plenty of options for Semmler moving forward. Hell, he could pull a PPD and just return X months later. But really, the entire reason I wrote this was to link to the time when Semmler beat Apollo in SC2. What a funny moment.

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