IEM Katowice talent announced

Talent from ten different countries will bring the IEM Katowice broadcast to life.

ESL has announced its broadcast lineup, which will feature 21 people in total from ten different countries, for the 12 days of IEM Katowice that will start with the play-in on February 1-3 through the group stage and playoffs on February 4-12.

The lineup includes seven people charged with hosting and interviews, including stage host Oliver "⁠OJ Borg⁠" D'Anastasi and desk hosts Tres "⁠stunna⁠" Saranthus, Freya "⁠Freya⁠" Spiers and Eefje "⁠sjokz⁠" Depoortere.

SPUNJ and Machine will be one of the casting duos in Poland

Casting duties will be in the hands of eight people, including the duos of Chad "⁠SPUNJ⁠" Burchill and Alex "⁠Machine⁠" Richardson, Conner "⁠Scrawny⁠" Girvan and Mohan "⁠launders⁠" Govindasamy and Harry "⁠JustHarry⁠" Russell and Hugo "⁠Hugo⁠" Byron. Notably absent is Adam "⁠Dinko⁠" Hawthorne, while James "⁠BARDOLPH⁠" Bardolph will be in the booth alongside Alex "⁠hawka⁠" Hawkins after making a return with ESL in late 2022 following nearly a year on the sidelines.

The analyst desk will be made up of familiar faces in Janko "⁠YNk⁠" Paunović, Mathieu "⁠Maniac⁠" Quiquerez, Alex "⁠Mauisnake⁠" Ellenberg, Aleksandar "⁠kassad⁠" Trifunović and Sudhen "⁠Bleh⁠" Wahengbam, who will be flanked by former Imperial coach and IEM Rio Major analyst Luis "⁠peacemaker⁠" Tadeu.

The full lineup is:

Hosts and interviewers

United Kingdom Oliver "⁠OJ Borg⁠" D'Anastasi
United States Tres "⁠stunna⁠" Saranthus
United Kingdom Freya "⁠Freya⁠" Spiers
Belgium Eefje "⁠sjokz⁠" Depoortere
United States Mike "⁠DarfMike⁠" Winnick
Latvia Anastasija "⁠Heccu⁠" Tolmačeva
United Kingdom James "⁠BanKs⁠" Banks

Commentators

United Kingdom Alex "⁠Machine⁠" Richardson
Australia Chad "⁠SPUNJ⁠" Burchill
United Kingdom Hugo "⁠Hugo⁠" Byron
United Kingdom Harry "⁠JustHarry⁠" Russell
United Kingdom James "⁠BARDOLPH⁠" Bardolph
United Kingdom Alex "⁠hawka⁠" Hawkins
Canada Conner "⁠Scrawny⁠" Girvan
Canada Mohan "⁠launders⁠" Govindasamy

Analysts

Serbia Janko "⁠YNk⁠" Paunović
Switzerland Mathieu "⁠Maniac⁠" Quiquerez
United States Alex "⁠Mauisnake⁠" Ellenberg
Serbia Aleksandar "⁠kassad⁠" Trifunović
India Sudhen "⁠Bleh⁠" Wahengbam
Brazil Luis "⁠peacemaker⁠" Tadeu

Latvia Anastasija 'Heccu' Tolmačeva
Anastasija 'Heccu' Tolmačeva
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
United States Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg
Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
100
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.72
United Kingdom Hugo 'Hugo' Byron
Hugo 'Hugo' Byron
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
United Kingdom James 'BARDOLPH' Bardolph
James 'BARDOLPH' Bardolph
Age:
38
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.52
Maps played:
12
KPR:
0.32
DPR:
0.73
United Kingdom Harry 'JustHarry' Russell
Harry 'JustHarry' Russell
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
United Kingdom Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.74
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.64
Canada Mohan 'launders' Govindasamy
Mohan 'launders' Govindasamy
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.76
United Kingdom James 'BanKs' Banks
James 'BanKs' Banks
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
United Kingdom Adam 'Dinko' Hawthorne
Adam 'Dinko' Hawthorne
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.50
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.45
DPR:
0.95
India Sudhen 'Bleh' Wahengbam
Sudhen 'Bleh' Wahengbam
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
United Kingdom Alex 'hawka' Hawkins
Alex 'hawka' Hawkins
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Belgium Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere
Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
118
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
United Kingdom Oliver 'OJ Borg' D'Anastasi
Oliver 'OJ Borg' D'Anastasi
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
160
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
837
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Canada Conner 'Scrawny' Girvan
Conner 'Scrawny' Girvan
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
United Kingdom Freya 'Freya' Spiers
Freya 'Freya' Spiers
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
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
United States Mike 'DarfMike' Winnick
Mike 'DarfMike' Winnick
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
36
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
Brazil Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.46
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.21
DPR:
0.66
#1
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Brazil flytw4tp
W
2023-01-25 17:56
10 replies
A break from pimp Pog
2023-01-25 18:06
8 replies
finally machine and spunj/ hugo and harry best casters of the cs tier 1 the rest of them are irrelevant
2023-01-25 18:23
7 replies
Scrawny and launders are goated too
2023-01-25 18:47
3 replies
not a fan of launders at times, but scrawny is probably the best play by play atm
2023-01-26 00:33
2 replies
he ll never be the best pbp caster, no matter how much work he puts due to his voice, it is what it is
2023-01-26 01:10
1 reply
Listening both lau and scraw is like hearing podcast. But theyre funny so for me theyre still goat
2023-01-27 08:17
fax i also dont mind moses and sado but...
2023-01-25 19:07
+1
2023-01-25 20:38
+1
2023-01-25 22:13
+1 Machine = W
2023-01-25 18:09
#2
nilo | 
Russia pix3w
bardolph pog
2023-01-25 17:56
9 replies
I was about to say the same. just pog.
2023-01-25 17:58
Pog
2023-01-25 18:02
unfortunately no ddk :/
2023-01-25 20:11
2 replies
Yeah :(
2023-01-25 22:19
#170
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Singapore 2200DPI
sadly
2023-01-26 08:52
+1
2023-01-25 20:35
+1
2023-01-25 20:51
hopefully he wont attack half of talent out of nowhere this time
2023-01-25 22:22
1 reply
#154
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Slovakia Psycho2k
Yeah hopefully
2023-01-25 23:27
Let’s goooo Bardolph!!!
2023-01-25 17:56
2 replies
legend
2023-01-25 18:34
#87
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Ireland Anysmoke
he'll be crying when he cant cast any playoff matches
2023-01-25 18:50
#4
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Serbia Ljannister
Always same
2023-01-25 17:56
MACHINE = W
2023-01-25 17:56
2 replies
+1
2023-01-25 17:57
L
2023-01-25 18:07
#6
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Asia Ha$h
W
2023-01-25 17:56
Ok
2023-01-25 17:56
Just replace banks alredy..
2023-01-25 17:56
19 replies
+1
2023-01-25 18:02
13 replies
ty
2023-01-25 18:07
5 replies
and also replace mauisnake
2023-01-25 18:08
4 replies
no doubt, -p1mp and maniac
2023-01-25 18:18
1 reply
#155
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Slovakia Psycho2k
-Banks,pimp,Maniac ??? Are u insane? Or just straight dumb?
2023-01-25 23:30
+100000000 for this
2023-01-25 18:22
Right, replace the best analyst. I’ve seen only folks that say this are fans of players he’s rightly criticized. Snowflakes.
2023-01-26 20:17
I think we all know the reason you have this opinion and it has nothing to do with my ability or skill but because of bNe. Sad really ^^
2023-01-25 19:17
6 replies
And guy from Norway as well dislike you because of bne? Really?
2023-01-25 19:31
Continiue believing in the false statements, we dont like certain people because their not good enough, enough said
2023-01-25 19:40
2 replies
😘 thank you for the feedback
2023-01-25 19:43
1 reply
No problem, glad to help
2023-01-25 19:44
Are you british? I thought you were ukrainian or russian since you were/are a huge NaVi fan :D
2023-01-25 22:19
1 reply
British born, lived in Ukraine for a long time until the war started.
2023-01-25 23:01
#84
SpawN | 
United Kingdom BanKs
Yeah...replace banks ;)
2023-01-25 18:46
1 reply
No reason to argue with these morons, you're doing great Mr. Banks :)
2023-01-26 10:07
-1
2023-01-25 19:14
1 reply
Real one.
2023-01-25 19:16
#97
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Serbia Ljannister
+11111
2023-01-25 19:14
yes
2023-01-25 17:57
bardolph!! bring over some of those fish & chips baby
2023-01-25 17:57
W
2023-01-25 17:57
#14
 | 
Canada _penguins
The goat darfmike
2023-01-25 17:58
#15
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Romania ali_nah
THE BRITS ARE TAKING OVER
2023-01-25 17:58
Hugo "⁠Hugo⁠" Byron Harry "⁠JustHarry⁠" Russell James "⁠BARDOLPH⁠" Bardolph Alex "⁠hawka⁠" Hawkins WHY??
2023-01-25 17:59
5 replies
because hugo and harry are a sick duo? Havent seen bardolph and hawka cast together so i wont make any comment on them
2023-01-25 18:02
4 replies
#30
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Romania sikos5
it was hawka and dinko
2023-01-25 18:02
3 replies
yeah but now its bardolph and hawka so i have no idea how that will be
2023-01-25 18:04
2 replies
Black DDK is great but I also really like Dinko so I’m not to sure how I feel about it
2023-01-25 18:16
1 reply
#164
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United States cybonics
Dinko is super underrated and makes killer references
2023-01-26 04:18
how come maui is an analyst mate, can't wrap my head around
2023-01-25 17:59
1 reply
Because he’s the best. Top 2 easy. Sport needs someone willing to put themselves out there with opinions. Not milk toast stat repeaters.
2023-01-26 20:55
Rip semmler and sadokist. goated casters
2023-01-25 17:59
3 replies
gone but not forgotten
2023-01-25 18:49
actually what happened to semmler? i thought he was doing good on a duo with anders when he came back, sadokist wont be saddly invited after this drama for a while until ppl forget and realise wait best caster in history of csgo is waiting for the invite
2023-01-25 22:30
+1
2023-01-26 03:18
#20
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Poland tailal
SJOKZ = W
2023-01-25 18:00
Bardolph nice, enjoy his casting
2023-01-25 18:00
1 reply
Yeah doesn't he have a strong voice right?
2023-01-25 22:22
#22
 | 
Ukraine SwissRolls
W
2023-01-25 18:01
#23
 | 
Poland Astoner55
Nice!
2023-01-25 18:01
#24
 | 
Poland ARTEScs
No Polish talent, disrespect is huge
2023-01-25 18:01
6 replies
Genuinely interested, who would you have taken instead?
2023-01-25 18:15
5 replies
#65
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Poland ARTEScs
izakOOO is the most known person who does casting (although not as often these days). I am personally a fan of Morgen's casting, however I am not sure how good is his English
2023-01-25 18:26
3 replies
Hmm I think the issue is that they aren’t very known outside of Poland. But I agree that it would have been cool to have some Polish talent, maybe at least an ex pro on the desk or someone along those lines
2023-01-25 18:32
I know that izak is a good caster but doesn't he cast in polish only?
2023-01-25 18:35
1 reply
He speaks English fluently
2023-01-25 19:26
Pasha guest caster would be cool
2023-01-25 19:16
where is: ddk thorin semmler
2023-01-25 18:01
no Pimp!!! Pog
2023-01-25 18:02
NO PIMP--- BIG W SJOKZ,OJ BORG YESSS
2023-01-25 18:03
#32
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Romania sikos5
99% because they are parteners with esl lmao
2023-01-25 18:03
Borg yeah
2023-01-25 18:03
OJ BORG WOOO
2023-01-25 18:04
1 reply
HYPEE
2023-01-25 18:08
where is my boy moses?
2023-01-25 18:06
1 reply
sad :(
2023-01-25 22:32
no thorin-----big L kekw
2023-01-25 18:08
Banger talent once again, Harry + Hugo to cast final this year I hope.
2023-01-25 18:09
Hugo and Harry POG
2023-01-25 18:14
#46
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Thailand new!
where is sadokist
2023-01-25 18:15
5 replies
#49
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England BobDude65
He's likely never gonna return to casting tier 1 cs after the rio incident.
2023-01-25 18:15
4 replies
#52
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Thailand new!
probably not because almost everyone is a snowflake nowadays
2023-01-25 18:16
3 replies
#53
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England BobDude65
Yup, I definitely don't think he should be shunned for what he did, but I guess you could ask just how many chances you can give someone? He made a fuck up a few years ago, got to come back and then fucked up again.
2023-01-25 18:17
2 replies
#57
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Thailand new!
was there any fuck ups other than the n word on stream and rio incidents
2023-01-25 18:22
1 reply
No lol Just the world is soft. Hopefully Blast hires him or ESL gets their head out of their ass.
2023-01-25 20:12
#47
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England BobDude65
Bardolph is a great sight, but I really don't like Hawwka so I'm a little bummed about that. Also guys cmon pls give Sado one more chance, force him into rehab or some shit all his incidents are alcohol related. Force him to be sober and get some sick ass casting. Ez.
2023-01-25 18:15
man sadokist why ruin career???? such a good voice and you've gotta throw it all away
2023-01-25 18:16
1 reply
The world just needs to not be soft and move on. ESL a bunch of cucks.
2023-01-25 20:17
#55
 | 
Sweden SigmaSwede
Sjokz <3 <3
2023-01-25 18:18
SPUNJ in that pic is one sexy motherasker
2023-01-25 18:19
#59
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Finland Hekee
why kassad gets picked up in these
2023-01-25 18:22
2 replies
very good synergry with other analists for example
2023-01-25 22:34
#177
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India ananthu
I hate kassad, he is very bad and baised
2023-01-26 11:05
peacemaker analyst? gg not watching
2023-01-25 18:23
1 reply
#176
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India ananthu
he was good during IEM rio major
2023-01-26 11:05
CTRL+F "Duncan" - 0 results sadge
2023-01-25 18:23
#63
 | 
Europe lizzieqq
no pimp sadge
2023-01-25 18:25
#64
 | 
Finland HARD4ENCE
It's a solid cast but I'd love some variation every once in a while. You have literally this same talent lineup with maybe 1-2 changes every event.
2023-01-25 18:25
#66
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India Hikkiee
Sadokist,:(
2023-01-25 18:26
2 replies
His own fault he's not on the list
2023-01-25 18:30
1 reply
Nah esl just needs to not be pussies
2023-01-25 20:10
BARDOLPH is back Pog
2023-01-25 18:27
OJ BORG!!! That guy should host all events! He's got the voice for it!
2023-01-25 18:28
Big W
2023-01-25 18:30
1 reply
Affordable quality. That's their promise to you.
2023-01-25 18:38
No Sadokist & HenryG 🥲
2023-01-25 18:31
W Hawka
2023-01-25 18:32
oh my god NOT BLEH AGAIN
2023-01-25 18:34
Bardolf back nice
2023-01-25 18:36
Good team, nice to see Bardolph back!
2023-01-25 18:40
L where is Thorin
2023-01-25 18:40
Bardolph... Come on man... He has one button on his mouse....
2023-01-25 18:40
No Pimp = W
2023-01-25 18:43
Nice to have Sjokz and Heccu back. And am glad to have Stunna there too.
2023-01-25 18:44
What happened to Anders and Moses? They were my favourite duo
2023-01-25 18:51
3 replies
+1
2023-01-25 19:00
+1
2023-01-25 20:55
no idea why anders isnt there, but moses posted on twitter that he has a newborn and taking time off
2023-01-26 19:07
#90
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Poland ryhupeja
BARDOLPH Pog
2023-01-25 19:05
Thank god, Thorin still unemployed. god bless csgo
2023-01-25 19:10
would love to see more representation from Finland. imagine if Allu called matches, it'd be way better than listening to the canadian broadcast talent talk about who gives a fuck
2023-01-25 19:10
#94
kolor | 
Indonesia babeh
yooo Bardolph W
2023-01-25 19:12
why are they still hiring kassad as an analyst? dude's boring as shit
2023-01-25 19:14
1 reply
+1 he's slow, mumbles and says the most boring basic crap, he has no hype in him. so boring.
2023-01-26 04:38
sjokz W
2023-01-25 19:15
Why no 13 yo hltv analyst
2023-01-25 19:17
no pimp holy sjokz w
2023-01-25 19:17
we miss GOAT semmler
2023-01-25 19:25
2 replies
#105
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India ananthu
Lol
2023-01-25 19:26
1 reply
I meant Sadokist, for some reason my brain farted
2023-01-25 19:39
Natu robbed again
2023-01-25 19:29
#109
rain | 
Switzerland zeKxa
Good one i have to say
2023-01-25 19:33
#114
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Romania DZthebest
Isnt it 11 countries ?
2023-01-25 19:50
where is sadokist
2023-01-25 19:56
3 replies
ESL still throwing a fit over Rio. Hopefully they bring him back soon or blast hires him.
2023-01-25 20:14
2 replies
no one wants to hire a drunk child
2023-01-25 20:43
1 reply
Bad take my brotha
2023-01-26 23:58
#116
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Seychelles kinley377
no anders :(
2023-01-25 19:59
Hype Moses tho?
2023-01-25 20:02
No thorin? Lmao
2023-01-25 20:05
No Moses No Sadokist Shame
2023-01-25 20:07
1 reply
Sadokist will probably not be hired for a while kekw. No moses and no henryg is sad though
2023-01-25 20:40
STACKED lineup
2023-01-25 20:07
Bardolph, scrawny and launders Yikes
2023-01-25 20:15
lets fucking go machine is back
2023-01-25 20:40
Any tickets?!
2023-01-25 21:18
#136
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Kazakhstan ELNASI
Bring me back casters from 2017, the best time of watching CSGO. Sadokist & HenryG Semmler & Anders Bardolph & ddk Who knows why they are not casting??????
2023-01-25 21:22
2 replies
Sadokist got fired during Rio Major Henryg doesn't want to cast probably Semmler hasn't been in talent lineup since 2021 Anders no idea Ddk retired
2023-01-26 10:03
1 reply
#178
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Kazakhstan ELNASI
Very sad to hear this T_T
2023-01-26 11:10
Scrawny + Launders = L
2023-01-25 21:24
2 replies
Launders is ok and imo he would be pretty good paired with someone normal and not this annoying overreacting, overhyping every kill 12yo mental scrawny
2023-01-26 04:49
1 reply
+1 instant mute whenever scrawny casts
2023-01-26 07:02
my heart breaks when i see heccu and no frankie
2023-01-25 21:26
OJ Borg Pog
2023-01-25 21:28
lets go HARRY and HUGO!
2023-01-25 21:44
Ok, sadokist is fucking cancellled, this shit sucks Bardolph is a W thou
2023-01-25 22:41
No anders, no moses, no henryG and sadokist get cancelled. I don’t believe
2023-01-25 22:49
1 reply
How tf is sadokist cancelled when he literally casting some match last major?? Edit: i forgot he got into a fight with someone in Rio
2023-01-25 23:39
Would be cool to get some local players involved in the talent for each event, imagine getting any of the polish legends to cast a game or two, could be interesting
2023-01-25 23:11
sjokz is a treasure.
2023-01-25 23:32
Nice squad, see ya in Katowice :D
2023-01-25 23:37
Not a bad lineup of talent, although I do hope some day we get a more controversial set of talent for a big LAN :)
2023-01-26 00:15
Sjokziiiiiii is back
2023-01-26 02:10
I are no see Thorins :(
2023-01-26 04:24
#168
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Finland AliSabid
lets goo
2023-01-26 06:39
gtfo Bardolph and Scrawny...
2023-01-26 08:54
3 replies
Scrawny improved a ton the past couple of years, gone is his nonstop overhyping of the game being played. Bardolph been gone so long that it is a mystery how he will be casting. They have the best voices for the job, both having a lions roar. It's the usage which may be contested.
2023-01-26 11:59
2 replies
I agree. Scrawny is still too overhyped for me though, but I guess it's better. Bardolph just doesn't know enough about CS to be casting IMO.
2023-01-28 12:37
1 reply
Neither do machine, but we still love him. At least they don't sound like spunj, who has great knowledge, but a use of voice/tone of voice which doesn't fit casting, at all. Way too girly.
2023-01-29 04:40
Forever a Scrawn+Launda hater, if I hear them = insta mute and skip. If Thorin was at the desk, the desk would be watchable but this is decent too, nice
2023-01-26 09:31
Sadokist why u do dis to us men?:(
2023-01-26 10:04
Bardolph, free from the Old Boy's club!
2023-01-26 15:23
Good to see James B!
2023-01-29 13:39
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