There’s only a few days left until the 2016 Mid Season Invitational (MSI) starts. In case you were cut off from the internet these last few weeks, the MSI this year will take place in Shangahi. The event will be held in the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center from May 4 to May 15. Teams are ready, players can’t wait to get out on that stage and compete and we can’t wait to witness all the action.
This year, MSI introduces some new changes that will have a direct impact on the LoL Worlds 2016 and we’re also going to see some modifications in casters and analysts selection. Fans from different parts of the world were extremely worried about MSI 2016 broadcast after it was revealed that live commentary at the event will be in Mandarin due to popularity of event in China. Luckily, we’re still going to be able to follow developments at the tournament with the help of casters and analysts. Since you probably can’t wait to see the cast members who will analyze the action for you, let’s cut to the chase.
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- David “Phreak” Turley
- Rivington Bisland III
- Trevor “Quickshot” Henry
- Devin “PiraTechnics” Younge
- Max “Atlus” Anderson
Color commentators and analysts
- Martin “Deficio” Lynge
- Joshua “Jatt” Leesman
- Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels
- Sam “Kobe” Hartman-Kenzler
- Jake “Spawn” Tiberi
- Clement Kaihsin Chu
Interviewers and hosts
- Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
- James “Dash” Patterson
Are fans going to like these changes?
As you can see, there are some changes in casters and analysts’ panel. But we also know that fans don’t always react well to modifications about anything related to tournament. What poses as the biggest change of this analysts’ panel is absence of Adian “Zirene” Moon. Fans consider Zirene as staple NA LCS caster which is why they took to social networks to express their concerns.
If you, also, like Zirene (and why wouldn’t you), then you’ll be happy to know his absence doesn’t indicate the end of his career and we’ll definitely going to see and hear more of him in the future. Zirene took to Reddit to thank fans for support and express the importance of this highly anticipated tournament. Here’s what he said:
“I really appreciate everyone’s comments voicing their support for me. MSI is a funnel of broadcast talent and 5 NA 5 EU 2 OCE 1 Clement (he is his own region) the 13 men on camera crew is more than capable to handle this event and deliver an amazing experience to all! I hope to be on more international events in the future, and although I was included last year in both MSI and Worlds, this isn’t a step backwards for me. I’m going to be enjoying and supporting all of my colleague’s commentating the event from home and cheering just like everyone else for the epic plays.”
It’s needless to say that fans were thrilled with the true sportsmanship in Zirene’s statement.
Although there are some changes in the panel, if we take a look at the list of analysts and casters we can conclude there’s no weak link and that can only be good for us who aren’t so lucky to attend the tournament and witness the action in Shanghai. For instance, we can expect Spawn to provide in-depth reasoning for his analysis as well as Krepo, Atlus and others. We can expect to hear detailed analysis of the action in Shanghai delivered by the best of the best. And we must not forget the interesting debates that always occur at these tournaments.
Do you like casters and analysts’ panel at this year’s MSI?
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About the Author: Amna El Tawil is a news reporter and a technology blogger. For the past five years, she has worked for major publications and TV networks in the Middle East, covering one of region’s hotspots. When Amna is not chasing after the truth amidst gas canisters, she can be found cheering her favorite football team on, or unwinding with some online gaming.