ESL has revealed its broadcast team for the highly anticipated ESL One New York event and it brings the heat. Most notably is the swap of Alex “MACHINE” Richardson from desk host to commentator which is something he’s expressed a desire to do on more than one occasion and very recently when speaking with our own Steven Cropley at the ELEAGUE Premier 2018.
An excerpt from the interview regarding his desire to add variety to his role can be found below:
“It’s just the variety. I love hosting, I love that I get to be a part of those epic moments, I love that I get to be the voice of the trophy lift, etc, etc. I get to truly be a part of the event and I get to travel the world and I don’t think I’d have those same opportunities if I was just another caster because there are so many talented casters. I’m still waiting for more people to step into that desk host role and there are definitely names now climbing. So I don’t want to leave hosting, I love it, but I do want more variety. I’d love three or four events a year I’m casting and that requires some people stepping into the desk host space. I think Jason’s talked about it, he’s willing to swap around a bit. I’m certainly not complaining I just want to be able to do a bit of both.
You know it’s hard to avoid when you’re at a different tournament a week later with the same two analysts with the same two teams. Like how am I supposed to keep it fresh and diverse? You need someone else’s perspective on that and if I’m casting it’s different so that’s what I’m looking for.”
Tres “Stunna” Saranthus will be playing the role of desk host while OJ Borg gets the crowd fired up on the main stage. The desk will feature our own writer, Thorin “Duncan” Shields alongside former professional players Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez and Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill. The duo of Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett and Henry “HenryG” Greeg will take fans through the matches along with Lauren “Pansy” Scott and her co-caster MACHINE.
The $250,000 event will take place at the Barclays Center from September 29 to 30, 2018 and feature eight of the worlds best teams.