WePlay Academy League Season 1 talent announced

A six-man crew will help to shine light on upcoming players in the academy league.

WePlay have announced the on-air crew that will be walking viewers through the action in the inaugural season of their academy league, the online stage of which will take place from July 19 through to August 8.

On-site hosting duties on the desk will be headed up by James "⁠BanKs⁠" Banks, with Alex "⁠Mauisnake⁠" Ellenberg, Halvor "⁠vENdetta⁠" Gulestøl, and Jacob "⁠Pimp⁠" Winneche joining him as a trio of analysts that will provide insight into the upcoming talent featured on the academy rosters.

BanKs will host the desk, where he'll be joined by three analysts

Hugo Byron and Harry "JustHarry" Russell are the sole casting duo that will commentate all of the action, which will consist of four best-of-one matches per day until the conclusion of the round-robin group stage on August 1.

The academy league, which features the likes of Young Ninjas, mouz NXT, and NAVI Junior, will require four out of five players on each team to be between the ages of 16-20, and will conclude with an offline playoff stage at the WePlay Esports Arena in Kiev from August 27-29.

The complete broadcast lineup consists of:

United Kingdom James "⁠BanKs⁠" Banks - Host

United States Alex "⁠Mauisnake⁠" Ellenberg - Analyst
Norway Halvor "⁠vENdetta⁠" Gulestøl - Analyst
Denmark Jacob "⁠Pimp⁠" Winneche - Analyst

United Kingdom Harry "JustHarry" Russell - Caster
United Kingdom Hugo Byron - Caster

United States Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg
Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
100
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.72
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
United Kingdom James 'BanKs' Banks
James 'BanKs' Banks
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
#1
supra | 
Germany MTD3
nice
2021-07-15 21:13
3 replies
#19
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Japan CRINGEMAN
No women? Sexists
2021-07-15 21:47
2 replies
Yep, everything checks out
2021-07-15 21:59
1 reply
lol +1
2021-07-15 23:42
nice
2021-07-15 21:13
#3
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Denmark KhT
nice
2021-07-15 21:13
torzsi will average 1.7 K/D
2021-07-15 21:13
1 reply
+1
2021-07-15 21:47
#5
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Poland DUSZEK ADI
nice
2021-07-15 21:13
There is no Spirit Academy :(
2021-07-15 21:14
5 replies
Yes looks like they are too young :(((((
2021-07-15 21:17
zont1x is under 16 y.o. thats why
2021-07-15 21:19
2 replies
Yeah, I know. I hope they will get a chance to prove themselves among other gifted Academies next time. It sucks since they've been considered as a one of the best Academy team nowadays. I would place them at 3rd place.
2021-07-15 21:24
1 reply
Next season will probably add another academy squads such as TS and Mibr. This league probably will be very entertaining to watch.
2021-07-16 00:52
#13
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Ukraine tot_samoy
only 8 teams and spirit academy unfortunally haven`t invite. but xaoc say that next time will be more teams and also spirit academy
2021-07-15 21:23
Why this news posted so late? whatever.
2021-07-15 21:14
#8
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Syria icarnothing
what the fuck isn't this too much for a tier c tourney?
2021-07-15 21:15
2 replies
Teams are using this to see who's above the academy level and who isn't good enough. It might be a tier c tournament but it's backed by big orgs
2021-07-15 21:31
It's a tier C event but the teams there technically belong to t1 orgs NaVi in particular could get huge viewer numbers as well after all especially if monsey is playing
2021-07-15 21:31
BANKS + MAUI <333
2021-07-15 21:18
finally
2021-07-15 21:21
really nice
2021-07-15 21:30
banks letsgo
2021-07-15 21:38
mouz NXT lets go
2021-07-15 21:51
Great casters. Will watch for sure
2021-07-15 21:59
#24
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World thooo
good to see vENdetta⁠ back at the desk!
2021-07-15 22:04
nice
2021-07-15 22:55
Harry and Hugo, nice )
2021-07-15 23:13
#28
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Iran Barely5ft7
Very nice and progressive
2021-07-16 00:11
Ok I guess. I just hope that that dreadful Danish dude does not get too much airtime.
2021-07-16 00:22
#31
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Lithuania eimantas24
pimp :)
2021-07-16 17:20
2021-07-16 19:42
#34
swag | 
Brazil boobee
EZ4 NiP Youngers or Mouz NXT
2021-07-16 19:56
Fantasy pleeease. Would be sick
2021-07-17 08:56
#36
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Russia ToughGuy
banks cringe
2021-07-17 14:00
Great stuff
2021-07-19 15:52
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