MLG X Games Aspen casters revealed

The casting and analyst lineups for MLG X Games Aspen are now released.

The CS:GO Invitational at MLG X Games Aspen, which will run from January 23-25, will feature eight teams competing for a $50,000 prize purse. The tournament will also mark CS:GO's debut for the Major League Gaming organisation.

Former NiP player Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson will return to the analyst desk after his debut at DreamHack Winter 2014 alongisde Duncan "Thorin" Shields. For casting, FACEIT's Daniel "ddk" Kapadia will team up with ESEA's Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett.

Of further note is that current Torqued player Lucas "steel" Lopes will return to the Observer role, which he notably showcased during several major events in the past.

steel controlling the camera from the production room

Lucas "steel" Lopes returns to the Observer role

The full lineup for the event is as such:

United Kingdom Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Caster
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Caster
Sweden Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson - Analyst
United Kingdom Duncan "Thorin" Shields - Analyst
United States Chris Puckett - Host
Canada Lucas "steel" Lopes - Observer
United States Corey Dunn - Director

On a related note, feel free to watch the MLG X Games Aspen groups drawn live at 22:00.

Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Sweden Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
537
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.15
#1
Sweden olof- 
yeeeee no anders =D=D
2015-01-12 21:43
+1 at last he will let his slot for someone else !!
2015-01-12 21:45
Now lets just hope they don't let Dunn anywhere near a mic.
2015-01-12 21:51
2015-01-12 21:56
you would actually rather have some mlg console shitter? LOL OK
2015-01-13 11:44
Chris Puckett was a shite Halo commentator back in the day but he is a really good host.
2015-01-13 12:13
Chris Puckett is the best
2015-01-13 14:22
#231
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Denmark AndersR 
I don't see why SirScoots or Richard Lewis wouldn't be used, unless I'm misunderstanding it and it's the overall host (in which case I'd wish they had gotten RedEye) and not just the analysts desk.
2015-01-14 18:13
plus fuckin one.
2015-01-12 21:58
#182
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United States darkun 
Dunn just needs to learn how the game actually works and no one cares about his silver opinions.
2015-01-13 01:36
+1 million ;)
2015-01-13 02:10
steel>anders. but ddk alone makes me feel sad every time he casts a game without james. also corey fucking dunn? please dear lord. not again. hopefully he ill just "direct".
2015-01-12 21:52
2015-01-12 21:55
No anders no love
2015-01-12 21:55
No Anders = No "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?"
2015-01-13 00:34
+11111111111111111
2015-01-12 21:59
Anders & Semmler 4 life!
2015-01-12 22:07
#186
Sweden bvr 
+1
2015-01-13 02:05
cool
2015-01-12 21:43
#3
Estonia Defex 
Steel :o very interesting.
2015-01-12 21:43
He sucked at observing before. Can't wait to see him suck again.
2015-01-12 21:44
I think ur wrong
2015-01-12 21:50
Cadian is better. So is Vendetta.
2015-01-12 21:53
haha good one
2015-01-12 22:00
I cant hear that man for more than 5 minutes
2015-01-12 22:00
You don't listen to the observer, dumbass.
2015-01-12 22:01
Cadian is the best observer I've experienced. He sucks at casting tho
2015-01-12 22:02
He sure does. That's why I'd rather have him observing than steel. Because steel is good at neither of those things.
2015-01-12 22:05
steel is an alright caster. actually pretty good. the only thing he is good at when it comes to csgo.
2015-01-12 22:31
? i remember almost everyone on the site was saying how good of a job he was doing (this was a little over a year ago). in fact, many of the streams I watch today have awful observers...they miss about 60% of the action rofl. i am looking forward to steel doing this again
2015-01-12 21:51
#88
Sweden Obon 
+1
2015-01-12 22:00
Well, most streams that aren't big events or aren't casted by orgs like RoF seem to either rely on auto-director or have the color guy try to also run the camera. It's not ideal.
2015-01-13 08:00
he was pretty spot on in Katowice tbh
2015-01-12 21:58
During groups, yes. He missed a few important bits per game in brackets, though.
2015-01-12 21:59
Right... like you could of done better?!
2015-01-12 23:04
That's always the worst argument ever. Why would you do that to yourself?
2015-01-12 23:11
sure, this is a bad argument when people are discussing in game skills as a player observer is different. even the 'best' observer in the world is bound to miss part of the action sometimes. steel > cadian in obs role
2015-01-13 00:41
#188
Sweden bvr 
How are they bound to do that?
2015-01-13 02:07
because you would need to be omniscient. you would literally need to see into the future. for example, let's say there are 4 terrorists rushing ramp on nuke. observer is switching between the first spawned T and one of the CT players holding ramp, because it's obvious that the bulk of the action will be there. at the same time, 1 terrorist goes outside with deagle, and it just so happens 3 CTs go outside. the terrorist gets 3 amazing deagle shots... this action was missed because the observer was looking ramp. was he wrong to do so? Not really, because there were still 4 terrorists going there and CTs defending. in other words, no one knows exactly when someone is going to pull of an amazing shot, or just do something amazing in general. as in the example, the 'obvious' spot where the round will develop was not the same place with the great highlight kills everyone wanted to see.
2015-01-13 03:04
Guys, what does observing mean :/?
2015-01-13 05:54
I believe it is the person in charge of switching between the specific player point of views that viewers see at any given time.
2015-01-13 08:49
oh, okay. thanks
2015-01-13 21:22
awesome
2015-01-12 21:43
#5
United Kingdom JZFB 
HANDSOME MAN DAN
2015-01-12 21:44
#16
Poland soth 
ily jamez, u should be there with him <333333
2015-01-12 21:44
wtf why you not there?
2015-01-12 21:48
#52
arT | 
Brazil cachopa100 
-sadokist +james
2015-01-12 21:50
u should be there :(((
2015-01-12 21:56
racism bro :(
2015-01-12 22:04
rip :(
2015-01-12 22:06
who the fuck is this sadokist dude even
2015-01-12 22:32
id like to see u there too. Unlucky I guess.
2015-01-12 22:34
-sadokist (who is this guy anyway?) +awesome black guy from faceit
2015-01-12 23:01
the fuck are you doing in the comment section? you should be listed in the news! u will be missed
2015-01-13 01:25
YOU SHOULD'VE BEEN THERE WITH HIM THIS IS THE YEAR OF DDK AND BLACK DDK (JAMES)
2015-01-13 08:43
n1
2015-01-12 21:44
no anders no party.
2015-01-12 21:44
#8
Poland soth 
Where is James 'theblackguyfromfaceit' Bardolph, best caster in the csgo scene?
2015-01-12 21:44
about 3 comments above
2015-01-12 21:45
But, where is james black guy from faceit?
2015-01-12 21:44
#17
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Greece hekzy 
+1 obama IS needed
2015-01-12 21:45
thats racist bro lel
2015-01-12 22:32
gr8!
2015-01-12 21:44
WHAT DDK are you kiiding me this is a joke man really this is a joke hahahahaha tell me anders is the best csgo caster out there gg
2015-01-12 21:44
If you want someone who recycles the same 3 lines every match, sure. I like Anders as a person, but as a caster he definitely has loads of room for improvement.
2015-01-12 21:46
i agree with that , but did you ever watched ddk casting ,, he is horrible man com on
2015-01-12 21:59
horrible :DDD ddk stronk u wronk
2015-01-12 22:04
+1
2015-01-12 22:14
DDK is good man, what are you talking about. And always entertaining with his homie James. :) Be glad there are so many different casters with all different styles.
2015-01-12 22:24
give your real rank man 4 star ?
2015-01-12 22:25
What does that have to do with anything? Changing subject for no reason lol.
2015-01-12 22:30
DDK plus his black version are really good. Anders can be good, until he starts with the corny commentating lines.
2015-01-12 23:14
ddk is entertaining with his homie from tha hood, but as u can see, his homie from tha hood isnt there. so what were probably left with is some very mediocre casting from ddk.
2015-01-12 22:34
he has loads of room for improvement? then u aint giving him a chance. people have been telling him this crap 6 months ago, and you cant say he hasnt improved on it.
2015-01-12 22:34
no james no party.
2015-01-12 21:44
+1
2015-01-12 21:47
+1
2015-01-12 23:39
No pansy no show
2015-01-12 21:44
man pls let steel cast he is so good at it..
2015-01-12 21:44
#18
suNny | 
Finland m1skaa 
Who is Sadokist and Chris Pucket?
2015-01-12 21:45
Sadokist is a good caster that casts NA CEVO games. Chris Pucket is someone from MLG, just a host.
2015-01-12 21:50
#123
United States Few 
Sadokist is an ESEA commentator, not CEVO.
2015-01-12 22:27
Oops, sorry Few :(
2015-01-12 22:50
2015-01-12 21:57
ahhh steel<3 best observer ever
2015-01-12 21:45
#21
vsm | 
Sweden deejaro 
yeeeeeee
2015-01-12 21:45
FIFY IS LOVE FIFFY IS LYFE
2015-01-12 21:45
fiffy is just a very mediocre analyst...
2015-01-12 22:35
no black guy james best caster csgo 1980-2015 no party
2015-01-12 21:45
holy moly, ddk, thorin and fifflaren this gonna be super good! <3
2015-01-12 21:46
-thorin +lurppis
2015-01-12 22:04
HAHAHA
2015-01-13 00:42
#232
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Denmark AndersR 
Or just keep it to +Lurppis, personally I have a wish for one of the tactical masterminds of CS to get in to the scene as an expert like Ave, Gob B, Threat or ArcadioN.
2015-01-14 18:19
#29
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
thank god semmler isnt there
2015-01-12 21:46
No Semmler? CMON He's American, this is where he's supposed to cast LOL..
2015-01-12 21:47
Nice one! Love to see some variety in these casting lineups But where is that black guy from FaceIT?
2015-01-12 21:47
#34
ayaya | 
Ireland skend 
who is grill beside steel?
2015-01-12 21:47
#40
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
pansy, works for EMS
2015-01-12 21:48
esl*
2015-01-12 21:56
#35
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
why no black guy?
2015-01-12 21:47
MLG is racist and sexist. No black guy James
2015-01-12 21:48
Fiffy Kreygasm
2015-01-12 21:48
#41
North America lint 
I like they're including everyone, but I would have preferred the face it duo (ddk + black ddk) over an ESEA caster.
2015-01-12 21:48
This needed to show the world what CS GO should sound like. No James, no party.
2015-01-12 21:48
#46
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
i demand that black cs;go casters get the respect they deserve, enough of discrimination.
2015-01-12 21:49
add ceh9
2015-01-12 21:49
Navi or Hellraisers aren't in this one
2015-01-12 23:41
fiffy! <3
2015-01-12 21:50
Nice to see Corey Dunn again, too bad SirScoot isn't there though.
2015-01-12 21:50
he will be mlg's official stream chat troll with a badge
2015-01-13 01:32
ez fifi
2015-01-12 21:50
where is the black guy?
2015-01-12 21:51
why no adren,why this suck commentators?
2015-01-12 21:52
Why would adren be casting?
2015-01-12 22:00
your comment makes 0 sense
2015-01-12 23:45
2015-01-12 21:53
What are steel going to do? Observer role and that means?
2015-01-12 21:54
Controlling the spectator camera in-game.
2015-01-12 22:00
aha ty m8
2015-01-12 22:02
no black guy from faceit? so disappoint.
2015-01-12 21:56
Someone get rid of steel...
2015-01-12 21:56
no faceit black guy, no fun:(
2015-01-12 21:57
He has a name, and his name is James
2015-01-12 23:42
2015-01-12 21:57
#71
vberg | 
Canada verizon 
josh nissan profesisonal observer
2015-01-12 21:57
Sick casting lineup
2015-01-12 21:57
finally a tournament decides to cut anders/semmler. i hope more does aswell
2015-01-12 21:57
no anders no fun
2015-01-12 21:57
that grill tho Kappa
2015-01-12 21:57
#85
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Brazil 1kuNg 
we want James !!!
2015-01-12 22:00
Fiffy <3
2015-01-12 22:01
Finally no more anders..
2015-01-12 22:03
One of my sources told me that Anders got an offer but he wanted more money and claimed that travel expenses and hotel costs wasn't enough for his time and expertise.
2015-01-12 22:05
Which would be a valid reason.
2015-01-12 22:16
that's for you to judge, i'm just sharing.
2015-01-12 22:22
MLG!
2015-01-12 22:05
Where is pansy D:
2015-01-12 22:06
It's MLG, pansy is working for ESL.
2015-01-13 07:57
No lurpiss, ill watch
2015-01-12 22:07
omfg ddk is a fkn shitcaster. fiff <3
2015-01-12 22:07
No man, he's funny.
2015-01-12 22:14
#108
Estonia rYm 
fiffyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
2015-01-12 22:08
MLG <3
2015-01-12 22:13
-fifflaren pls
2015-01-12 22:13
bardolph or riot!!!!!!
2015-01-12 22:18
no tosspot :(
2015-01-12 22:22
TOSSPOT? WHERE ARE YOU?!
2015-01-12 22:25
Finally ddk as a caster, fantastic stuff. Fuck the monopoly
2015-01-12 22:29
fiffy best
2015-01-12 22:29
#130
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
i sense a distinct lack of blackness here
2015-01-12 22:32
STEEL best observer
2015-01-12 22:35
Corey Dunn :((((((
2015-01-12 22:48
nice cast
2015-01-12 22:59
why put ddk alone get james as well! such a funny duo.
2015-01-12 23:03
I would've likd to see James aswell because they fit well together but this might be the best tourney, we shall see about the production value but I was NOT disappointed with the Dota 2 event and have to say it was by far one of the best events I've seen!
2015-01-12 23:06
I see that a lot of you are uneducated when it comes to who the best casters are that are out there. Sadokist is one of the best casters in the world. I have the pleasure of working along side him casting for ESEA. The guy is a BEAST. Steel is one of the best camera operators in the business as well. He was the man behind the scene for DreamHack a couple tournys ago. Amazing how fast people forget these things.
2015-01-12 23:09
Can someone explain to me what the "observer role" is? Is it basically vendettas role in roomonfire?
2015-01-12 23:12
He will be controling the ingame camera trying to make sure we don't miss any action
2015-01-12 23:21
Wheres the fucking black guy? Fiffy yay
2015-01-12 23:14
Also, not trynna ne an ass, but ddk and james dont know anything about csgo. Im glad its only ddk there so that ddk can bring the hype/sensationalism (he is good at doing that and is good at casting, just so dumb[is sensationalism even a word?]) while someone else brings the facts/gameplay
2015-01-12 23:15
how high were you when you wrote this drivel?
2015-01-12 23:58
Not high enough. The most knowledgable thing they say when casting a game is "ohh, they wont have money next round." Nothing about gameplay, the way teams work, anything. They just crack stupid jokes the whole time and play buttbuddies, which is cool if youre a very casual viewer, but for something like this, there meeds to be more substance.
2015-01-13 00:49
The fact you haven't even noticed who you are talking to means I will disregard your comments. I'm all for constructive criticism but you are talking out of your arse m8
2015-01-13 01:17
Rekt, you should be there too [*]
2015-01-13 01:36
nahh not rekt and i disagree about both of them being there unless there is a 3rd caster who talks more about game analysis instead of hyping up big plays.
2015-01-13 01:54
Sorry I didn't check your hltv profile Mr. James. I only know you as James, not as whatever your alias means or stands for. You two both do a good job of bringing the hype and making the games upbeat, but neither of you make that many great comments about the gameplay other than the money system. If you have more knowledge of the game then prove it dude, and I would be more than happy to be proven wrong since I care about CS and not whether I was "right" about my opinion. You want constructive criticism? Instead of cracking jokes constantly with ddk (tbh, I think it's more his than your fault, but how could I even know if you have a good grasp of the game if you're just making jokes the whole time?) during freezetime in between rounds, perhaps use that time to talk about what was possibly going thru "X" igl head or why a certain player did what. Yah you do it sometimes, but not enough for my liking. Keywords: my liking. Take my criticism and eat it, throw it away, shove it up your "arse", idc. But don't act all high and mighty just because of who you are. The criticism I gave at first wasn't meant to bring you down or anyone down in that matter (I didn't bring up your name because in the case of MLG and Aspen, you aren't relevant since you aren't actually there) and wasn't even negative (well, maybe buttbuddies was a little harsh, but have you watched you 2 interact on camera?). But do as you please. Either way, I'll still be watching cs and you 2 will still be on mute if I'm forced to watch your stream. Good day.
2015-01-13 01:49
I think you have selective hearing, for example on dust2 we almost always make a point of telling viewers to watch how the CT holding long reacts to short pushes by the Ts the fact you say someone is good at casting and 'just so dumb' in the same sentence makes it quite hard to take you seriously, nevermind the buttholes. And I am not high and mighty - when you give people shit you will get shit back ;)
2015-01-13 02:06
I didn't give you shit- you got super defensive when I said I didn't think you guys know anything about csgo in a public forum in response to the news article (not to you). If you consider that "giving you shit", then you are one soft Brit my friend. They must eat you alive over there. Angways, I thought you weren't going to listen to my drivel? Guess I'm more important than I thought. May as well keep typing then. I have heard you say that once, but tbh it's been a while since I've watched you cast d2. Anyways, I didn't say you NEVER EVER say anything like that. If you didn't, you probably wouldn't have your job. In fact, I said that you do sometimes do it, but just not enough. Maybe you should work on reading comprehension (hey man, just giving shit back right?)Also, I do have selective hearing sometimes, since I previously stated that I mute you two sometimes when your guys' jokes start to annoy me, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. Somebody can be good at casting and not be smart. It doesn't take a high GPA or high IQ to be a great caster, let alone a good one. For example- Pansy is a great caster, however, when she casted CSGO at the one major (name is slipping my mind, I wanna say Cologne), it was bad because she lacked knowledge of what the hell was going on. Doesn't mean she isn't a good caster. Logic please.
2015-01-13 03:20
Lol
2015-01-13 07:58
"when you give people shit you will get shit back ;)" This is true, and giving shit back and forth is an important and often fun part of life, but ironically if you try to give shit back to an asshole they get overloaded quick.
2015-01-13 08:08
Well, at least steel won't be able to open his mouth so we have that going on which is nice
2015-01-12 23:19
Very true, great knowledge of cs but cringe worthy in front of a camera.
2015-01-12 23:44
#159
World mct 
wtf no james rip
2015-01-12 23:23
Fiffy!
2015-01-12 23:38
nice
2015-01-13 00:20
best observer world
2015-01-13 00:27
Sick line-up. Could do without Fifflaren, though.
2015-01-13 00:34
#172
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Norway billson 
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
2015-01-13 00:38
Don't worry guy's I'll stay out of the way so steel can see the screen!
2015-01-13 00:41
No Wife Pansy no party... (Ddk + black guy James Plz)
2015-01-13 00:45
I liked it a lot when steel was obversing for esl raidcall
2015-01-13 01:19
yeahhhhhhh ddk congrats homeboy now just -sadokist nonamer +armshouse to ur mums house and it's perfect
2015-01-13 03:09
#228
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North America druz 
Sadokist is a very good caster
2015-01-13 18:24
dAt black guy from face it pls!
2015-01-13 03:17
Im just glad that idiot Richard Lewis isnt gonna be there.
2015-01-13 03:18
anybody is better than slurrrpis
2015-01-13 04:29
DDK without James? That makes me sad. The duo don't provide much hype at all, but they are hilarious together imo.
2015-01-13 04:36
-sadokist (imo not a very good caster) +James also, Corey "voice of God" Dunn
2015-01-13 05:57
seriously though there's like fifty posts in this thread asking for james
2015-01-13 06:47
WE WANT JAMES !
2015-01-13 07:02
DDK WITHOUT HIS TWIN BROTHER JAMES (BLACK DDK)??? FUCK YOU!
2015-01-13 07:14
#209
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United Kingdom peaks 
DDK lmfao......James way better
2015-01-13 07:17
It is good that CSGO has the best casters out of all e-sports.
2015-01-13 07:26
Perfect angle of steels nose Kreygasm
2015-01-13 07:37
It's racism that they didn't invite James!!!
2015-01-13 08:44
no anders no party :( but fifflaren is there :) where is ddk's partner James?
2015-01-13 08:45
-every1 +Anders and Semmler
2015-01-13 09:47
Nice fiffyyy
2015-01-13 11:10
Go Fiffy!
2015-01-13 11:49
#224
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Poland metal_cs 
sad no James Bardolph
2015-01-13 12:07
#226
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Norway billson 
Nice to see Thorin & Fiffy. DDK is up and coming great caster. And who is sado guy is?
2015-01-13 13:25
SADOKIST
2015-01-14 00:16
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