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Anders and Semmler take hiatus as a commentator duo

Anders and Semmler are splitting up -- for now
Popular CS:GO casting duo Anders and Semmler are splitting up for now. Photo courtesy of Turner Sports/ELEAGUE

The popular Counter-Strike casting duo of Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat and Anders Blume will take a break from casting together, as Semmler said in a podcast with theScore.

“Anders and I are on a break, so he’s casting with (Jason “Moses” O’Toole) right now, and I’m exploring different projects like the couch we did at Malmö, and other projects that I’ve got coming up towards the end of the year,” Semmler said. “Anders will be casting with Moses and I will be freelance. So to all the TOs, if any TOs are listening to this: I’m on the market. And there has been a divide.”

Semmler and Anders have long been considered the premier casting pair in CS:GO, with a shared career of four years and numerous major events under their belt. But Semmler didn’t join Anders during the recent DreamHack Masters Malmö event, opting to take part in an alternate stream of the tournament with analyst Duncan “Thorin” Shields, former professional Joona “natu” Läppenen, and former Fnatic coach Viktor “Vuggo” Jendeby.

There had been recent hints the pair might have split. Thorin made a subtle joke about it at the beginning of a recent episode of Counter Points. ELEAGUE’s decision to use a rotating group of five casters — with Anders and Semmler among it — certainly didn’t quell the speculation.

Semmler told theScore that casting has “absorbed” everything for last four years of his career, and that he wishes to explore his options beyond casting. While recalling his career that started with StarCraft 2, Semmler expressed an interest in a variety of roles he played such as hosting, conducting interviews, and other parts of an esports broadcast. He clarified that this isn’t the end of an iconic duo, though, and that he hasn’t closed any doors.

“Who knows what the future holds? I haven’t closed any doors and I hold nothing personal,” he said. “I think if we want to get back together again, we get back together again. If we don’t, we don’t. But right now the way that I’m approaching it is that I’m a free agent and I get to do what I want. I’m trying to just figure out what to do, what interests me right now.”

Cover photo courtesy of Turner Sports/ELEAGUE

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