IEM Winter talent announced

ESL's regulars will be on deck to bring the IEM Winter show to life.

A crew of nine will be the broadcast talent at IEM Winter, with ESL regulars such as Tres "⁠stunna⁠" Saranthus, Janko "⁠YNk⁠" Paunović or the Alex "⁠Machine⁠" Richardson and Chad "⁠SPUNJ⁠" Burchill among the selected.

The tournament, of which details regarding the exact location are yet to be revealed, is scheduled for December 2-12, with 16 teams fighting over the $250,000 prize pool.

kassad and YNk will be on the desk at IEM Winter

Alongside the aforementioned members of the talent crew will be Pala "⁠Mantrousse⁠" Gilroy Sen on the sidelines, as well as Aleksandar "⁠kassad⁠" Trifunović and Jason "⁠moses⁠" O'Toole on the desk and hard grinding duo of Harry Russell and Hugo Byron.

The final ESL tournament of the year will feature many of the world's top teams, invitees and teams selected from their world ranking, including the likes of Gambit, G2 (with Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub in lieu of Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković due to visa issues), Vitality, Heroic and NIP.

Five teams also made their way through the qualifiers, ENCE, MOUZ and fnatic in Europe, GODSENT in North America and TYLOO who will represent Asia.

The full talent roster is:

United States Tres "⁠stunna⁠" Saranthus - Host

United Kingdom Pala "⁠Mantrousse⁠" Gilroy Sen - Sideline reporter

Serbia Janko "⁠YNk⁠" Paunović - Analyst
Serbia Aleksandar "⁠kassad⁠" Trifunović - Analyst
United States Jason "⁠moses⁠" O'Toole - Analyst

United Kingdom Harry "JustHarry" Russell - Commentator
United Kingdom Hugo Byron - Commentator
United Kingdom Alex "⁠Machine⁠" Richardson - Commentator
Australia Chad "⁠SPUNJ⁠" Burchill - Commentator

United Kingdom Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.74
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.64
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1196
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
118
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
160
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
United States Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.30
DPR:
0.54
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
United Kingdom Pala 'Mantrousse' Gilroy Sen
Pala 'Mantrousse' Gilroy Sen
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.57
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1843
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
nice
2021-11-28 13:17
8 replies
same always
2021-11-28 13:17
7 replies
good they are the best talent
2021-11-28 13:19
6 replies
#28
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Ukraine Chrisjkk
finally 2 good pair of casters
2021-11-28 13:32
5 replies
#61
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Romania SplaXie^
SPUNJ & Machine and Launders & Scrawny are my favourites
2021-11-28 14:36
4 replies
#63
NAF | 
India FosFate
Scrawny carried launders so hard last night
2021-11-28 14:43
3 replies
+1 I personally don't like launders as well. His casting is so dull.
2021-11-28 15:16
2 replies
I respect launders as a person, hes very nice and kind. But as a caster hes too ResidentSleeper... I really dont like him casting, he always like casually chatting, never bringing the hype...
2021-11-30 04:26
1 reply
True. 100% agreed!
2021-12-01 06:53
where sadokist
2021-11-28 13:18
8 replies
busy streaming
2021-11-28 13:19
1 reply
Busy going 100% 😎
2021-11-28 13:37
+1 wtf
2021-11-28 13:28
2 replies
#35
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Asia aref81
he lives in Canada so i think for the covid things its a little bit hard to travel to eu
2021-11-28 13:43
1 reply
Wdym Moses lives in the US, launders and scrawny both live in Canada and have no issues. Just ESL hires the same casters everytime.
2021-11-28 20:06
+1
2021-11-28 15:30
when you have a lesbian clown as your country’s leader, you don’t get to travel abroad. and not talking about New Zealand
2021-11-28 18:55
1 reply
kek
2021-11-29 02:45
k
2021-11-28 13:17
#5
rain | 
Czech Republic Guczy
online
2021-11-28 13:17
3 replies
it's LAN
2021-11-28 13:18
2 replies
#33
rain | 
Czech Republic Guczy
no crowd
2021-11-28 13:38
1 reply
#36
NAF | 
Asia aref81
covid 21
2021-11-28 13:44
#6
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India jadookabhai
how tf are people so fast it litreally got uploaded a second ago
2021-11-28 13:18
2 replies
coom grindset
2021-11-28 13:19
#64
NAF | 
India FosFate
Scripted, then edit
2021-11-28 14:43
STUNNA IS BACK LEZZZZZZZZZGOOOOOOO
2021-11-28 13:18
#9
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Pakistan hawrU
-harry -hugo +sadokist +moses(as commentator not analyst)
2021-11-28 13:19
5 replies
11+1111111111111111111111
2021-11-28 13:28
#45
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Netherlands daboiii
ur delusional
2021-11-28 13:55
2 replies
#51
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Pakistan hawrU
Just dont like harry and hugo that much Sadokist and moses were really entertaining in the PGL major. I would like to see them returned
2021-11-28 14:04
1 reply
#66
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Slovakia Daev0n
I like harry and hugo, but sado and moses were much better
2021-11-28 15:01
The US doesn’t just have a senile leader, it has a neighboring hat whose lesbian leader won’t allow global travel. You won’t see a maple leaf flag for a long while.
2021-11-28 19:04
#13
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Czech Republic Hoja26
The good old crew, if it works, don't fix it
2021-11-28 13:19
#14
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Finland KassaK
Finally some double H action
2021-11-28 13:20
2 replies
+1 the best
2021-11-28 14:14
#120
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Palestine __rQ__
+1 most underrated casters, my favourites
2021-11-29 09:45
Pala is here! Pog
2021-11-28 13:20
4 replies
#68
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Austria Ostmark
+11
2021-11-28 15:11
3 replies
not seen him for a while, he's always quite entertaining
2021-11-28 15:52
2 replies
Iem Fall?
2021-12-01 21:45
1 reply
I stand corrected. Not had a lot of time to watch the proper broadcast and usually just end up watching some highlights from a few games
2021-12-02 00:38
where freya
2021-11-28 13:21
2 replies
+1 we want freya!!! Start petition..
2021-11-28 13:58
1 reply
i don't see them replacing stunna anytime soon. he hosts all IEM events
2021-11-28 15:47
Blast excels at literally everything else but if there`s one area where they cant take over ESL , its at the talent. This is S tier lineup , all my favourites , all suited to the task.
2021-11-28 13:21
10 replies
+1 except blasts talent is also top tier, but no harry and hugo means no god tier
2021-11-28 13:48
8 replies
+1 replace Scrawny and Launders with H&H and we got ourselves a S tier talent there as well
2021-11-28 13:48
7 replies
launders can keep making youtube videos and scrawny can do blasts promo videos for betway, not cast
2021-11-28 13:55
1 reply
yes sir!
2021-11-28 14:02
do you not think they’ve heavily improved now? Part of me now think it’s just personal preference on voice because I think they’re top tier casters now and launders is especially insightful.
2021-11-28 14:06
4 replies
you arent wrong on both accounts , i do believe that they have improved and have become somewhat bearable but it is infact their voices that turn me off big time, especially Scrawny`s with lot of unwarranted yelling and hyping up plays that arent that much worthy of a attention and bit overreacting.
2021-11-28 14:08
2 replies
That's very true. With Hugo I like his reactions to crisp shots, he's reflecting what some of us as regular players feel when getting 1-tapped etc Scrawny does overhype at times but it's balanced by launders just speaking in a normal voice most of the time
2021-11-28 15:56
1 reply
#126
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Denmark kns377
No such thing as overhype
2021-12-01 09:45
If you think launders is insightful, you must be that one guy in a Gold Nova 2 MM impressed when a 9 year old squeaky declares himself as IGL. Those few times they’ve had actual IGLs like MSL, nitr0, Zeus cast immediately exposes launders.
2021-11-28 19:13
#121
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Palestine __rQ__
+1
2021-11-29 09:46
#18
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Other Zollbit
Not a big fan of Janko
2021-11-28 13:21
kassad and YNK on the desk? dead tournament i guess
2021-11-28 13:22
3 replies
+1
2021-11-28 13:51
+1 those two have no personalities, when they talk I start to fall asleep.
2021-11-28 19:16
Should have got Maui for some energy. Mistake.
2021-11-28 22:06
#20
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Egypt BomberMan_
kassad go coach G2
2021-11-28 13:22
Nice to see Hugo and Harry again.
2021-11-28 13:23
#22
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Sweden frizzahh
Hugo and Harry POGGERSSSSS
2021-11-28 13:23
#23
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Norway TheMushrix
nice
2021-11-28 13:24
#24
JK | 
Asia flipflop
Hugo and Harry are back...
2021-11-28 13:26
#27
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Azerbaijan Talley
no whoman? how dare you
2021-11-28 13:29
1 reply
#29
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Asia M@GNU5
wdym whoman
2021-11-28 13:34
Nice to see Pala is back to cs
2021-11-28 13:34
goat Pala is back
2021-11-28 13:35
no Maniac? stunna hosting? Machine and spunJ calling? YNK analyzing? Mantrousse on the sidelines? I LOVE!
2021-11-28 13:40
1 reply
edit. ignore the "no maniac" part, just saw his sitdown with CadiaN, s1mple and device and it was fire.
2021-11-28 14:34
Where's diversity? Cmon it's 2021
2021-11-28 13:45
HARRY AND HUGO POG
2021-11-28 13:47
online boring ass
2021-11-28 13:50
1 reply
#43
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Finland dvlx
20 iq?
2021-11-28 13:55
#46
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Palestine __rQ__
Excited to hear H&H duo cast again, my favourite casters 😁 Isn't navi participating?
2021-11-28 13:56
#48
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Portugal karky
where archarom
2021-11-28 13:59
why harry and hugo when you can have teatime and youm3 wtf?
2021-11-28 14:01
#52
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Ukraine futplxyer
Hugo and Harry back after what seems like a year, they always have nice jokes, funniest casters
2021-11-28 14:05
glad to see pala again
2021-11-28 14:11
#57
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Spain Nepomu
Ynk so bad
2021-11-28 14:18
SPUNJ again. i am so sick of hearing his girly voice shouting all the time
2021-11-28 14:24
1 reply
#62
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Latvia sonofdog
+1
2021-11-28 14:42
#60
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Switzerland zeKxa
Good one ! Got nothing against him but i hope we're not gonna have Stunna hosting every single tournament (again)...
2021-11-28 14:36
-YNK and the talent is good
2021-11-28 14:46
Can u finally start hiring fucking sadokist he is the best caster in eSports and being cast aside for the likes of spunj harry Hugo scrawny launders lol wtf
2021-11-28 15:33
8 replies
His controversy might still be an issue for ESL
2021-11-28 15:50
4 replies
That retarded "controversy" ended after 2 months and he casted events for ESL for a year after that. The n word controversy is literally the biggest joke on this planet and it's only us snowflakes in eSports community that take it so seriously people in actual sports use that word every now and then and it's taken as a joke not as a controversy
2021-11-29 00:55
3 replies
People in other sports get banned if casters using that word and fined and suspended if players. You are 100% wrong and it’s troubling you think it’s not a big deal.
2021-11-29 06:26
1 reply
Maybe not in football , but I follow cricket , UFC/MMA and people say that word and nothing happens
2021-11-29 13:20
Wait? I don’t even know about the first one
2021-11-29 09:19
He’s been out too long and the game has passed him. He was exposed at the major. He’s mountain biking and racing. No CS.
2021-11-28 22:09
2 replies
Game has passed him? How? As in he can't commentate anymore because things are happening too quickly for him ? Or what? He doesn't understand the maps? Or the meta? Or how bomb plants work? Lul. He wasn't exposed at the major , he was by far the best caster at the major. His play by play commentary is unmatched. Why can't he bike and race during major ? What u want him to do ? Read English books to improve vocabulary? He is neither a player nor an analyst his job is to go and talk and he does that best
2021-11-29 00:59
1 reply
Rose colored glasses. He was calling people by the wrong name. Didn’t know the maps. He and ddk were an embarrassment for the game. Why do you ask so many questions. I assume these are all areas you saw he came up short in. He was the best but he’s not commentated for so long there is no way he’s on top. Only those that don’t know the game think so. He could be the best again if he gets the work. Glad you like him but get real.
2021-11-29 04:52
SPUNJ is there! its all good:)
2021-11-28 15:50
I'm so happy to see Mantrousse ^v^
2021-11-28 15:56
-Kassad, +Maniac = great desk
2021-11-28 15:59
1 reply
+1
2021-11-28 22:28
#79
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Poland SebL
Classic one for ESL. But I like the fact that kassad is back on analyst desk, I like to listen to him, he has some nice takes. I'm looking forward to this event, but I'm honestly a little bit afraid that there is still no set location and it starts in less than a week from now. I hope it won't be played online.
2021-11-28 16:04
#80
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Sweden piCt
Nice. Stunna is my spirit animal! (Dont get me wrong, i love Freya too and they should have had at least one or two menesses - but Stunna always makes me smile and calms my nerves).
2021-11-28 16:29
no frankie = 8/8 event
2021-11-28 16:31
not kassad, he has a body language like a bum under the bridge, I always feel so down after I see this depressed person, just so destructed vibes :/
2021-11-28 16:41
#83
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Norway Rattyy
Excellent.
2021-11-28 16:43
#84
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Serbia biTe19
POG
2021-11-28 16:46
kassad? legendary analytics on tournament, not joke
2021-11-28 16:50
incoming lack of diversity replies on twitter
2021-11-28 17:06
harry and hugo can go back and cast some online games, they are not for lan
2021-11-28 18:02
1 reply
+1
2021-11-29 08:20
Only straight white men in their suits... smh
2021-11-28 18:15
finally some good casters
2021-11-28 18:50
you know it's gonna be a good event when pimp is not part of it
2021-11-28 18:55
3 replies
+1 another blessed event without pimp thx IEM
2021-11-28 18:57
#104
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United Kingdom tr@c
+1
2021-11-28 23:10
+1 HAHAHA
2021-11-29 02:46
#93
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United States B_A_
Freya:(
2021-11-28 19:00
Add me pls
2021-11-28 19:23
#99
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Europe xqt3r
-harry -hugo
2021-11-28 20:15
1 reply
+1, Harry wallmart version of Machine and Hugo budget version of HenryG
2021-11-29 08:20
Got to see Maui do the English cast. Sometimes hard to understand non English speakers. Hurts cast. I guess it’s who you know not how good you are.
2021-11-28 22:11
#105
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Brazil hugoooo
Very good
2021-11-29 00:07
tournament starts in three days and still no location? are they scared of terrorists or something?
2021-11-29 00:41
Great to see Harry and Hugo lined up, sorely missed at the major and blast (not a comment on the other casters who were all good, but they deserved a spot after all their great work in lockdown).
2021-11-29 01:38
No semmer lets go.
2021-11-29 02:46
-Harry and Hugo +HenryG and Sadokist
2021-11-29 08:21
ahh another IEM event where you mute the stream the second game ends same boring music selected with bad taste analyst desk: kassad dressed in a skinny shirt 3 sizes too small yanko: niko niko G2 G2 G2 niko niko G2 niko niko G2
2021-11-29 08:25
No Freya? Unlucky
2021-11-30 04:58
Pala back in ACTION ! ! !
2021-12-01 21:19
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