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IEM Summer talent revealed |

ESL has announced its talent roster for IEM Summer, the tournament boasting four top 5 squads in Gambit, Heroic, G2 and Astralis, as well as other heavy hitters such as the most recent CIS and EU Regional Major Ranking tournament runners up, and NIP.

The on-air crew that will bring the tournament to life is filled with former Counter-Strike players to unpack the action as it happens, featuring YNk, kassad, Mathieu “⁠Maniac⁠” Quiquerez and Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill.

kassad is back on the broadcast after working IEM Katowice

The full roster also comprises regulars such as Frankie “⁠Frankie⁠” Ward, Alex “⁠Machine⁠” Richardson and Anders “⁠Anders⁠” Blume, as well as the longtime duo comprising Harry Russell and Hugo Byron.

The 16-team, $250,000 event, is right around the corner, kicking off on June 3 and bringing 11 days of play split into a double elimination group stage and a single elimination playoff bracket.

The full IEM Summer talent list is:

United KingdomFrankie “⁠Frankie⁠” Ward
SerbiaJanko “⁠YNk⁠” Paunović
SerbiaAleksandar “⁠kassad⁠” Trifunović
SwitzerlandMathieu “⁠Maniac⁠” Quiquerez
AustraliaChad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill
United KingdomAlex “⁠Machine⁠” Richardson
United KingdomHarry Russell
United KingdomHugo Byron
DenmarkAnders “⁠Anders⁠” Blume

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cs_summit 8 talent lineup revealed

Beyond the Summit has announced the on-air team for cs_summit 8, the first Regional Major Ranking tournament in North America in 2021, set to kick off on May 14 with the closed qualifier portion.

The list boasts prominent journalist and community figure Richard Lewis, whose last appearance on a notable CS:GO tournament’s broadcast took place in early 2018 at the ELEAGUE Major, three months before the Brit stepped down from his long-term position at the Atlanta-based company.

Richard Lewis is part of the talent lineup for cs_summit 8

At the RMR event, Lewis will be joined behind the microphone by a cs_summit regular Robin “⁠Fifflaren⁠” Johansson, as well as Mike “⁠DarfMike⁠” Winnick and the Harry Russell-Hugo Byron commentator duo.

cs_summit 8 will run from May 14-30. Eight teams including the likes of Extra Salt, paiN, and O PLANO are set to fight in the closed qualifier for four spots at the main event, to which FURIA, Liquid, Evil Geniuses, and EXTREMUM have been directly invited.

The talent lineup for the two-week competition looks as follows:

United Kingdom Harry “JustHarry” Russell
United Kingdom Hugo Byron
Sweden Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson
United Kingdom Richard Lewis
United States Mike “DarfMike” Winnick

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Zyphon parts ways with Astralis Talent

Astralis Talent and Rasmus “⁠Zyphon⁠” Nordfoss have decided to go their separate ways, the Danish organization has announced. The 17-year-old player has stated that the reason for the split was that the two sides “couldn’t agree on the goals”.

“Rasmus is a good player who can achieve great things but we have come to terms with the fact that this is not the right time considering the expectations we have to each other,” Astralis’ Head of Talent, Dennis “⁠vnG⁠” Vang, said in the announcement.

Astralis Talent are down to four players after Zyphon’s departure

Zyphon had been a part of Astralis Talent ever since the organization decided to put together an academy roster at the end of 2020. The Dane was the team’s highest-rated player, having averaged a 1.15 rating over 23 maps in’s records since the start of the year.

With his departure, the team has undergone a second lineup change in just under a month, after they replaced their in-game leader, Mathias “⁠R0nic⁠” Pinholt, with former MASONIC member Alexander “⁠Altekz⁠” Givskov in March.

According to the announcement, several players are being considered as Zyphon‘s replacement. Until a new player is found, Astralis Talent are down to four players, with another set to round out what will eventually become a six-man roster in the summer:

DenmarkMads “⁠vester⁠” Vestergaard
DenmarkAlexander “⁠Altekz⁠” Givskov
DenmarkAndreas “⁠Void⁠” Dietrichsen
DenmarkVictor “⁠vigg0⁠” Bisgaard

Denmark Mikkel “MistR” Thomsen (begins summer 2021)

DenmarkDennis “⁠vnG⁠” Vang (coach)

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GeT_RiGhT, kassad among talent for IEM Katowice 2021

The on-air talent lineup for ESL’s first big tournament of the year, IEM Katowice 2021, has been unveiled by the organizer on Thursday. Aside from mainstays members of ESL broadcasts, the team will be spiced up with Aleksandar “⁠kassad⁠” Trifunović and Christopher “⁠GeT_RiGhT⁠” Alesund, and will feature Janko “⁠YNk⁠” Paunović as well.

IEM Katowice 2021 will kick off with a Play-in stage on February 16-17, where eight teams for the main tournament will be decided, joining the likes of Astralis, Natus Vincere, and Vitality in the fight for the title which will be claimed on February 28.

GeT_RiGhT will be a part of the analyst desk for IEM Katowice

The main casting duos for the event will be Harry “JustHarry” Russell – Hugo Byron and Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” BurchillAlex “⁠Machine⁠” Richardson, with the latter two’s move away from the casting desk leaving room for new additions.

Tres “⁠stunna⁠” Saranthus will be hosting the desk featuring the two Serbian tacticians and the NIP veteran, while Frankie “⁠Frankie⁠” Ward will take on the role of the interviewer. Additionally, four casters will be covering the B and C streams of the tournament in instances when multiple matches are played simultaneously.

The full talent lineup is available below:

United Kingdom Frankie “⁠Frankie⁠” Ward – Interviewer

United States Tres “⁠stunna⁠” Saranthus – Desk host
Serbia Janko “⁠YNk⁠” Paunović – Analyst
Serbia Aleksandar “⁠kassad⁠” Trifunović – Analyst
Sweden Christopher “⁠GeT_RiGhT⁠” Alesund – Analyst

Australia Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill – Caster
United Kingdom Alex “⁠Machine⁠” Richardson – Caster
United Kingdom Harry “JustHarry” Russell – Caster
United Kingdom Hugo Byron – Caster

United States Mike “⁠DarfMike⁠” Winnick – Caster
Ireland Dean Brown – Caster
Australia Josh “Dweg” Nathan – Caster
United Kingdom Jamie “TheEternalJay” Martin – Caster

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DreamHack Open January talent announced

DreamHack has revealed the on-air team that will be working on the official English language broadcast for DreamHack Open January Europe and North America.

Freya Spiers will be the main host, while a trio of analysts will be breaking down the action: Mathieu “⁠Maniac⁠” Quiquerez, Alex “⁠Mauisnake⁠” Ellenberg, and Donald “voo” Parkhurst, who’s mostly known for his YouTube channel, featuring educational CS:GO content.

Vince has been a regular face on DreamHack Open tournaments

Vince “⁠Vince⁠” Hill, Tom “⁠Tombizz⁠” Bissmire, Sudhen “⁠Bleh⁠” Wahengbam, Adam “⁠Dinko⁠” Hawthorne, and Alex “hawka” Hawkin will be guiding viewers through the action throughout the tournaments, between January 27 and 31.

The European competition will feature eight teams, including BIG, Evil Geniuses, and FunPlus Phoenix, who announced four players earlier on Monday. The North American event, on the other hand, will have only four teams and will be headlined by Extra Salt and Triumph. The tournaments will feature a combined $100,000 prize pool, with a 70/30 split between the European and the North American competitions.

The complete talent lineup for DreamHack Open January looks as follows:

United Kingdom Freya Spiers – Host

Switzerland Mathieu “⁠Maniac⁠” Quiquerez – Analyst
United States Alex “⁠Mauisnake⁠” Ellenberg – Analyst
Canada Donald “voo” Parkhurst – Analyst

United Kingdom Vince “⁠Vince⁠” Hill – Commentator
United Kingdom Tom “⁠Tombizz⁠” Bissmire – Commentator
India Sudhen “⁠Bleh⁠” Wahengbam– Commentator
United Kingdom Adam “⁠Dinko⁠” Hawthorne – Commentator
United Kingdom Alex “hawka” Hawkins – Commentator

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cs_summit 7 talent announced |

The organizers of cs_summit 7 have announced the on-air broadcast team for the upcoming $200,000 tournament, which boasts two lineups; one for the main stream and one for the secondary stream.

The main broadcast features two popular commentator duos, ddkBARDOLPH and Hugo Byron-Harry Russell, who will be accompanied by Robin “⁠Fifflaren⁠” Johansson in a remote broadcast setting.

Bardolph and ddk headline the summit broadcast lineup

The secondary stream will boast two British commentators, Jack “Wolfy” Saunders, who has teamed up with Beyond The Summit once before for its sixth tournament in 2020 on the auxiliary broadcast, and Harvey “Skriv” Rodgers.

cs_summit 7 boasts 12 teams, who will duke it out for $200,000 on January 25-31. The tournament will see several new lineups make their debut, including fnatic with Jack “⁠Jackinho⁠” Ström Mattsson, MIBR with their new roster, and the Özgür “⁠woxic⁠” Eker-less Cloud9 who are yet to announce the Turk’s replacement.

The broadcast team who will bring you the action looks as follows:

Main stream

United Kingdom Daniel “⁠ddk⁠” Kapadia
United Kingdom James “⁠BARDOLPH⁠” Bardolph
Sweden Robin “⁠Fifflaren⁠” Johansson
United Kingdom Hugo Byron
United Kingdom Harry “JustHarry” Russell

Secondary stream

United Kingdom Jack “Wolfy” Saunders
United Kingdom Harvey “Skriv” Rodgers

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BLAST Premier Global Final talent announced

The broadcast will feature BLAST’s usual lineup of on-air talent.

The organizers of BLAST Premier Global Final have announced the on-air team who will bring you the action at the $1 million tournament, featuring their favorite desk-commentator-interviewer combination.

James “⁠BanKs⁠” Banks will lead the analysis as usual, and he will be accompanied by Mathieu “⁠Maniac⁠” Quiquerez and Jacob “⁠Pimp⁠” Winneche on the desk, while Freya Spiers will conduct interviews with the teams.

BanKs will host the desk alongside Maniac and Pimp

Two popular caster duos will take up the commentators’ post at the first top-tier tournament of 2021: Conner “⁠Scrawny⁠” Girvan and Mohan “⁠launders⁠” Govindasamy and Anders “⁠Anders⁠” Blume and Auguste “⁠Semmler⁠” Massonnat.

BLAST Premier Global Finals will run from January 19-24. The tournament features eight teams, including the current top three — Astralis, Vitality, and Natus Vincere —, who will play in a double-elimination bracket in the fight for the $600,000 grand prize.

The talent lineup is once again:

United Kingdom James “⁠BanKs⁠” Banks – Desk host
Switzerland Mathieu “⁠Maniac⁠” Quiquerez – Analyst
Denmark Jacob “⁠Pimp⁠” Winneche – Analyst

United Kingdom Freya Spiers – Interviewer

Canada Conner “⁠Scrawny⁠” Girvan – Commentator
Canada Mohan “⁠launders⁠” Govindasamy – Commentator
Denmark Anders “⁠Anders⁠” Blume – Commentator
United States Auguste “⁠Semmler⁠” Massonnat – Commentator

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