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YNK joins ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier talent lineup for playoffs

YNK will join the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier talent lineup for the playoffs.
YNK (left) will join the talent lineup for the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier playoffs. Photo by Carlton Beener/ESL

Janko “YNK” Paunovic will join the talent lineup for this week’s playoffs of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier, ELEAGUE announced Monday.

YNK is a former Counter-Strike professional and has become one of the more popular analysts in the last year as his profile has grown even more within the community. He’s worked many of the top events of the year, including ESL One Cologne, DreamHack Malmo, ESL Pro League Season 5 and the PGL Krakow Major. This will be his first time casting an ELEAGUE event.

The remaining set of talent includes host Richard Lewis and commentators Anders Blume, Jason “Moses” O’Toole, Daniel “DDK” Kapadia, James Bardolph, Auguste “Semmler” Massonat and reporter Sue “Smix” Lee.

ELEAGUE has used a different casting setup for its latest CS:GO event, as instead of using the typical casting pairs Counter-Strike fans are used to, ELEAGUE has used five casters doing a rotation of casting and analysis. That has in part happened as Anders and Semmler, perhaps the most popular casting duo in the game, went on hiatus last month.

The $1 million ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier playoffs begin Tuesday with quarterfinal matchups between Cloud9 and G2 and Astralis and Fnatic. They continue through Friday with the grand final, which begins at 10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on TBS.


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