IEM Katowice Minors on-air team announced

Striker
January 11th, 2019 19:53

ESL has revealed the broadcast team who will bring you the action at the Minor Championships ahead of IEM Katowice from January 16-27.

The on-air broadcast team features 12 names, as they will rotate to cover the entirety of the Minor system ahead of the upcoming Major, IEM Katowice.

That will kick off on January 16 with the Europe and CIS Minors, with the North American and Asian counterparts taking over on January 22, before the series of tournaments finishes with the newly created "Minor Playoff", featuring the all third-placed teams, on January 27.

James Banks and stunna will take turns hosting the desk

The lineup features many well-known figures, such as Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill and Jacob "Pimp" Winneche as a couple of regulars on the analyst desk, as well as commentator duos Hugo Byron-Harry "JustHarry" Russell and Mohan "launders" Govindasamy-Conner "Scrawny" Girvan.

The Katowice tournaments will also see the return of ESL's Jason Kaplan, who was part of broadcast teams of tournaments such as ESL One Cologne and IEM Gamescom in 2015, supposedly as a duo partner to Tom "Tombizz" Bissmire.

The full broadcast lineup looks as follows:

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Desk Host
United Kingdom James Banks - Desk Host

India Sudhen "Bleh" Wahengbam - Analyst
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst
Finland Joona "natu" Leppänen - Analyst

United Kingdom Hugo Byron - Commentator
United Kingdom Harry "JustHarry" Russell - Commentator
Canada Conner "Scrawny" Girvan - Commentator
Canada Mohan "Launders" Govindasamy - Commentator
United States Jason Kaplan - Commentator
United Kingdom Tom "Tombizz" Bissmire - Commentator

Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
155
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
Canada Mohan 'launders' Govindasamy
Mohan 'launders' Govindasamy
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.76
APR:
0.13
Good team
2019-01-11 19:54
#119
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Denmark Lil187 
I love Pimp, hes really good at this
2019-01-12 18:43
#120
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India Cutlass 
Jason Kaplan at CS hmm
2019-01-12 19:00
#5
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United Kingdom bensolo12 
Nice
2019-01-11 19:54
#6
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Australia Australis 
kinda good
2019-01-11 19:54
pimp LMAFO
2019-01-11 19:54
laughing my ass fucking off
2019-01-11 21:31
+1 ence will be top1 2019 hltv
2019-01-12 13:07
no ander no party
2019-01-11 19:54
#9
shox | 
India iejesus 
EZ4BLEH
2019-01-11 19:55
+1 I’m so happy that he got invited to such a big event!
2019-01-12 05:34
#98
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United States Bigbobby10 
same, he deserves it
2019-01-12 07:29
Yep. Was really impressed how he talked on HLTV confirmed episode which was actually 1st time I ever saw him giving analysis.
2019-01-12 18:23
#10
s1 | 
Ukraine mple 
I was sweating uncontrollably and praying that pimp wouldn't be there, but of course HLTV had to ruin my day.
2019-01-11 19:55
#14
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Europe Spittekaka 
Why?
2019-01-11 19:56
it's the minors man .. pimp can be safely categorized in tier 2 analysts ..
2019-01-11 20:24
pimp is shit, thats right. but so is natu. bleh also not that good. and what the fuck is jason fucking kaplan doing at a cs event? please can anyone let me know? the fuck is this retard supposed to do at a fucking minor
2019-01-11 20:53
natu is dogshit, even worse than pimp idd.... my god 😋😋😋
2019-01-11 21:54
no i disagree. natu is still better than fucking danglish pimp.... but still natu is fucking trash
2019-01-11 22:29
Pimp is awsome
2019-01-11 22:50
Bleh fuck yeah
2019-01-11 19:55
#12
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Bulgaria Jaganci 
Fk hugo again I will be on the russian stream bois
2019-01-11 19:55
#81
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Sweden green_god 
Hugo an justharry are great
2019-01-12 01:29
#101
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Bulgaria Jaganci 
Harry is fine but hugo is terrible
2019-01-12 09:50
#85
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Me too)) Want Yxo+Cen9. But Cen9 in pro100(
2019-01-12 02:24
who tf is jason kaplan
2019-01-11 19:56
#82
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Sweden green_god 
Who the f#*k are bleh and Tombizz?
2019-01-12 01:30
#87
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Brazil CaioOlive 
bleh has an article made by hltv if i'm not mistaken
2019-01-12 04:35
bleh is the biggest caster from asia, he is a well-respected community caster. tombizz is an esl caster who has casted tons of pro league matches and a few lans. from looking up Jason Kaplan it appears he is an overwatch caster who has casted csgo, so he better not be a total retard.
2019-01-12 04:38
#104
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Sweden green_god 
+1
2019-01-12 10:56
#95
NiKo | 
India Chichiyum 
Do you even follow cs? If you don't then just shut the fuck up.
2019-01-12 07:24
#103
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Sweden green_god 
I follow CSGO, not random Indian analysts.
2019-01-12 10:53
Yeah yeah I can see that 😆
2019-01-12 14:25
#121
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Sweden green_god 
I don't think you see very much beyond the tip of your nose
2019-01-13 03:04
he's a veteran caster who reached his peak when casting the EU LCS in LoL 2012. since then he's been casting many smaller games, mostly for ESL, including overwatch, pubg and quake champions. he's ESL's go-to guy when it comes to casting online competitions. he's a very entertaining dude, you'll like him :)
2019-01-12 13:50
ok thank you very much for the insight
2019-01-13 04:11
yw :)
2019-01-17 03:01
#17
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Hong Kong j0sean 
god pimp on main event please, unbelievable preparation and knowledge thank me later.
2019-01-11 19:57
no thorin good event
2019-01-11 19:57
hahahaha so many randoms getting jobs over thorin
2019-01-11 19:58
#22
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United Kingdom alcaz4r 
he doesnt like poland and polish people dont like him so he would probably turn down the job if he was offerered, which he probably wasnt
2019-01-11 20:00
Nobody likes thorin
2019-01-11 22:08
#75
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United Kingdom alcaz4r 
he is good as a youtube guy but he doesnt have the right attitude to present something thats meant to be as respectable as the major
2019-01-11 23:28
He was good back in the days when he casted cs1.6 games wearing his oversized la lakers jersey. But with time he became a cringy pseudo historian smartass
2019-01-12 00:34
#21
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United Kingdom alcaz4r 
wtf why so many shit casters? no ddk+bardolph sado+henry or anders+moses??? they better be at the major or this will be worse than faceit
2019-01-11 19:59
#27
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India Zer0point5 
Chill It's minor
2019-01-11 20:02
#29
NAF | 
Chile strong221 
+1
2019-01-11 20:02
#33
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United Kingdom alcaz4r 
the minor is at least equivalent to a decent t2 tournament, how many t2 tournaments have you seen without a single good caster?
2019-01-11 20:13
Minors. Do you think that Sadokist and HenryG should be casting Nemiga vs Spirit or Avangar vs Pro100???
2019-01-11 20:27
#47
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United Kingdom alcaz4r 
no i think they should be casting mousesports vs optic, at least have 1 tier 1 casting duo at the minor to do the actual good games
2019-01-11 20:29
Yeah, ofc they would hire 1 duo just to cast one or two games or to only cast the European Minor...
2019-01-11 20:31
#30
gabs | 
Faroe Islands DiaRhea 
This is the minor. Can't read your own language?
2019-01-11 20:03
#32
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United Kingdom alcaz4r 
did you read it??? "they better be at the major or this will be worse than faceit" im annoyed because there isnt a single good caster at the minor, i usually watch the minor but i probably wont now, or maybe muted in the background
2019-01-11 20:12
#52
gabs | 
Faroe Islands DiaRhea 
This is a good casting. Stfu nobody cares about your feelings
2019-01-11 20:46
#53
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United Kingdom alcaz4r 
This is a good casting
2019-01-11 20:46
Not at all...
2019-01-12 02:07
No Pala = Good Major
2019-01-11 20:00
#54
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Greenland overlyevil 
+29712638943726479236548732456
2019-01-11 20:50
How dare you
2019-01-11 22:57
#24
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Europe potatomato 
wtf no women, ESL sexist , Valve pls fix
2019-01-11 20:00
#37
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United States crulix 
I wanted pansy
2019-01-11 20:15
Shes cute
2019-01-12 00:36
#83
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Sweden green_god 
Pancy and Machine are a good due for casting
2019-01-12 01:33
#94
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North America alej250 
Pansy is so sexy. She is a gassy girl. She is also lactose intolerant. You should see the video she made while eating ice cream sitting at her kitchen table blasting big farts into her kitchen chair. Showing the seat cushion no mercy
2019-01-12 05:50
#115
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United States crulix 
lol, I meant in terms in of casting cuz she’s the equivalent of a female anders
2019-01-12 16:45
#25
AdreN | 
Russia Sonfire 
Pansy????
2019-01-11 20:01
#26
NAF | 
Chile strong221 
saving machine for the real tounament ?
2019-01-11 20:02
#28
NAF | 
Chile strong221 
and thorin btw
2019-01-11 20:02
#60
YEKINDAR | 
Albania lxxl2 
Thorin won’t go due to issues with Poland.
2019-01-11 21:10
anders ? :( :(
2019-01-11 20:14
#56
Lekr0 | 
Peru synergy_ 
is the minor chill
2019-01-11 20:55
#35
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United States DervGuy 
All I want is for Seangares to be an analyst at the Major
2019-01-11 20:15
#57
Lekr0 | 
Peru synergy_ 
+1
2019-01-11 20:55
#62
kennyS | 
CIS horr9d 
+9999
2019-01-11 21:31
#36
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Brazil CaioOlive 
Decent line-up, better than iBP Masters.
2019-01-11 20:15
#40
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United States crulix 
haha
2019-01-11 20:16
I really hope JustHarry will be on the main event as well he is a really good well prepared caster
2019-01-11 20:15
#39
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Macedonia EXTOL[t] 
SEMMLERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR WERE ARE U
2019-01-11 20:15
#86
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Brazil CaioOlive 
Overwatch League getting all ze money
2019-01-12 04:32
Tres has a UK flag LUL
2019-01-11 20:17
#45
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Israel mojna37 
yaya
2019-01-11 20:27
#49
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Poland Kuzmir 
Izakoo?
2019-01-11 20:31
#66
EspiranTo | 
Poland bow_ 
XD
2019-01-11 21:59
#50
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United States ferric 
Tres, A US Military war veteran and proud American, has a UK flag lul
2019-01-11 20:33
#88
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Brazil CaioOlive 
Sorry, who's Tres? Genuinely don't know him
2019-01-12 04:36
#125
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United States ferric 
Tres is Stunna but they have since fixed his flag
2019-01-13 18:21
#130
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Brazil CaioOlive 
Ah. Duh. Sorry, I was damn dumb on that one.
2019-01-13 20:07
Go bleh They can't do a thing without indians not even companies nasa and now Cs go too
2019-01-11 20:35
#64
kennyS | 
CIS horr9d 
what the hell brother? xD
2019-01-11 21:31
#96
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India Jan7Y 
lul
2019-01-12 07:27
nice
2019-01-11 20:57
#59
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Sweden Flukey 
Good talent, i like all of them!
2019-01-11 20:59
#67
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India otgps 
>James banks >Bleh >Launders Biggest of yikes dawg. Brb. Gonna go learn russian so I can watch ruhub stream
2019-01-11 21:59
Sound.
2019-01-11 22:23
#77
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Czech Republic PaYaB 
Hey, what minor will you host ? CIS and ASIA ?
2019-01-12 00:36
#77
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Czech Republic PaYaB 
Happy hosting!
2019-01-12 00:37
Thanks man, all of them in some way :)
2019-01-15 22:42
#89
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Brazil CaioOlive 
At least is on twitch
2019-01-12 04:37
#99
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India otgps 
With crap talent tbh. I'd rather watch FB stream with better casters
2019-01-12 07:33
#108
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Brazil CaioOlive 
Lol
2019-01-12 12:43
#126
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United States ferric 
Launders and Bleh ok maybe I can understand but Banks wtf? Hes one of the best interviewers/desk hosts you can have
2019-01-13 18:22
#127
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India otgps 
I don't care if this acc dies Quote me "Banks is the most retarded looking interviewer who talks like an actual autist on the desk or with players". Incoherent tone and uneven voice and pressure on words. He'll be the best interviewer if special/para CSGO esport develops sometime in the future
2019-01-13 18:51
#129
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United States ferric 
I disagree with you but you are entitled to your own opinion
2019-01-13 19:39
I don't get how Hugo Byron is still hired for big events. That guy is bad imho and brings nothing to the table, always basic casting, commenting the obvious and unable to describe any strategy/setup. Never says anything interesting.
2019-01-11 22:22
#128
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India otgps 
Because he is paired with justharry who is good enough to make hugy byron bearable.
2019-01-13 18:52
Thorin?
2019-01-12 00:49
Pansy?:(
2019-01-12 04:42
#97
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India Jan7Y 
+1
2019-01-12 07:28
#92
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Singapore Ndev0r 
nice that less popular casters are given a chance
2019-01-12 05:29
pimp again lul
2019-01-12 08:08
This analyst haha what a joke
2019-01-12 10:48
#105
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Denmark Ninjayi 
Budget casters LUL The only good commentator its just harry The rest are garbage Anders, sadokist and henryg are the best.
2019-01-12 11:09
no anders no sadokist no henryg ;.;
2019-01-12 12:01
BARDOLPH
2019-01-12 12:40
Pimp with his pimpim englando again? Bleh
2019-01-12 12:59
Where are Thorins?
2019-01-12 13:42
thorin in poland, nice yoke.
2019-01-12 16:49
#114
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Denmark GUNzales 
Less pimp, more anders pls
2019-01-12 15:30
-pimp +maniac
2019-01-12 17:33
no Anders no party
2019-01-13 04:08
this hugos voice gives me ear cancer every time disgusting af
2019-01-13 15:14
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