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Jan 10, In I joined the EU LCS and casted every season to date. Devin “ PiraTechnics” Younge. FROM: CALIFORNIA, USA. Pira-bio after covering Season 4 of the LPL alongside Froskurinn from our respective bedrooms. Jan 13, Indiana "Froskurinn" Black is a League of Legends Color Caster for the . Pira and I happened to be casting this set together and Zirene was in the chat. . to a much larger being like Riot and trying to get those dates sorted. DoA; Piratechnics (Horrible Name, but this little guy is so underrated as a caster); Quickshot; Kobe; Monte (Horrible voice and can be annoying.
It's my 6th year with Riot in ! I'm excited to see what content we can produce with the new capabilities behind the scenes. I have since learned otherwise. I began my career in esports as a writer and graphic designer before branching into casting. It took me a while to start casting, and it's been a long road to get where I am now!
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After graduating and working for a while as a doctor, I realised that it wasn't for me, and took the plunge into full time casting. The off-seasonhas been too long and I'm hungry for some League. Fast-forward to and I began writing LCS team profiles and casting amateur tournaments. I've loved every exciting minute of casting on the desk, but if I had to pick an especially memorable bit, it's gotta be Kobe and myself yelling ourselves hoarse over CLG and Stixxay's plays at MSI Shanghai.
With the roster shakeups we've seen, there's much less certainty of who will top the table by season's end, but I can't wait to experience the journey there alongside Europe's passionate fans!
I had a potato in my mouth and no idea what I was doing. Riot and the community gave me a chance and now I am proud of my progression. My favourite moments would be the "Trevor, Kiss me! The current Prince of Wales and Lord of Cringe. I started off as an aspiring player that one day wanted to be pro, but had the opportunity to cast in the UK and have been in love ever since. Getting to work with the insanely talented people at the European LCS has been awesome and casting in front of the French crowd live in Paris was my greatest experience to date.
When you say it like that, people are like "Huh? That's not that long. Obviously, I recognize that I have a lot of work to do as a caster but I'm pleased with the growth that I've made in a short amount of time cause I've only cast professionally for one split and that was just summer. Literally, we took a stream. I remember that Spellruler and I were actually casting together. Kelsey was a good friend of mine.
I was good friends with a lot of the China Talk people cause I was doing the show for them, hosting. When I started that show, I had no idea about anything about China. I just had no idea, they needed a host, and they convinced me that they wanted to do an English LPL stream but they needed a shoutcaster. I was the only shoutcaster that they knew of at the time. So I remember, we were just trying to figure out the mechanics of it and we were actually using my buddy Spellruler at the time.
There's still videos of him and I casting and not knowing anything on YouTube and Kelsey's just sitting in the background going "No, that's wrong. The stream was run by literally two people.
So there was Piratechnics and I as the casters. I did all of the overlays and any of the graphics work if we weren't relying on the stream. So anything that you were using in between. And then Kelsey ran the OBS and was our entire production and everything. And I remember when we did the finals which was super awesome of Twitch to reach out to us, cause obviously it was a big thing for Twitch.
Beacuse, if we were able to be successful, which Twitch determined, well I mean Garvey thought we were very successful and he works with Twitch. He's one of their, I don't know his exact title is That might actually be on his business card. If you've ever met him, he's a great guy.
But he just reached out to us and he was trying to give us tips on how to set up a brand and it was really important because that's literally what Twitch is about. It's about creating your own content, your own brand, and selling that. So you can imagine how excited Twitch would be about a bunch of these third party streams set up for English casts for like the Brazil league, the Japanese league, the LPL, or in any different language like French or in German.
They wanted this to set up and we were kind of like that testing ground for it. Obviously, Riot stepped in and they wanted the rights to the LPL broadcast and the English rights in general to any stream. I know that Brazil was trying to set up so they could cast an English stream cause I think the only stream available right now is the Portuguese one and Riot actually closed that down.
I think a lot of that was with the lessons they learned from LPL EN and the hardships from transitioning a brand over from a third party into an official avenue. I'm not going to lie. It was super frustrating at first. I think the big issue was, when you're a such a small party communicating to a much larger being like Riot and trying to get those dates sorted. It was a scenario of "We'll let you know if we're taking this by December. Cause Pira and I, we were not living together. What Pira and I had would have to do for LPL was load up a Chinese stream and we'd have to try to sync it and that was almost impossible.
It's fairly easy to do over Twitch for whatever reason but the Chinese streams One person can lag, it was just like a nightmare. Then we'd have to get into Skype so we couldn't see each other's facial expressions. And casting, what's really key about it is that there's a lot of cues. If I'm on a desk with someone that I can see and I want to make a point or I want to take a hand off, I can tap the desk.
Obviously, over Skype, you can't do that. You're just listening to someone so it's much harder to do, obviously if you're not in a live environment. There's no hype to feed off of. I mean, you try to make it sound as natural as possible. We would wake up at 9PM and we would stay up until 9AM and we'd have to do this every single weekend. So you'd have to be quiet. I remember Piratechnics was trying to soundproof his room because he didn't want to disturb his neighbors. I guess his neighbor was a giant pothead and was cool with it anyways.
There's one point where he just had his window open and, in between games we're trying to eat as quickly as possible cause we're just like dead to the world and you have those crazy breaks or pauses and Pira would be like "Yeah, I'm just sitting nude in my room right now and I think my neighbors hotboxed out of his mind cause he keeps waving at me.
Obviously, you want that to go to Riot so I was super happy when Riot picked up LPL EN from a production standpoint because, yes, finally, the LPL is finally going to get the production that it desires.
It's going to get the attention that it deserves. It's going to become more streamlined like the LCS. I wanted that to happen. The thing that I didn't want to happen is I obviously wanted to go with the LPL as soon as it was picked up cause I felt I had taken all of this time to raise something from the ground up and would have liked to have road it or at least helped out.
So there was definitely frustration with that in terms of the communication. But the first thing that I did when I heard that it was going over to the Oceanic team was I got online and I added the Oceanic guys and was like "How can I assist you?
It was funny, they were actually fairly surprised. I remember I was having a conversation with Atlas and Atlas was like "Ya know, I'm actually really surprised that you're acting this way cause I had heard certain things and you're nothing like I had thought you would be like.
Let's move onto the next question! You said at one point, you went from 8 to 48, viewers. Then recently, you were casting IEM. Did you ever get stage fright? I had stage fright every time. I actually get jittery. In highschool, I did speech and debate, specifically dramatic interpretation and after dinner speaking, which, if you're familiar with speech and debate, is pretty much emo acting and comedic speaking.
After dinner speaking typically has to have a meaning or commentary on social issues however but it's very humorous. So I'm used to speaking in front of big crowds but it's actually kind of scary because it's very different when you're speaking to a camera or you're working with a camera versus working with an audience. I would much rather prefer being on a stage and working with an audience or working with a small group of people than working with a camera a lot of the time.
But yeah, I do get nervous. There was a fair amount of backlash on Reddit and you gave a pretty good response about that. What were your general thoughts on your first time casting on such a huge stream and immediately having the kind of "feedback" that you can get from the community in general.
First and foremost, I'm incredibly grateful and honored to work with the crew that I did. I mean, this is such a PR answer but, in all honesty, working with talents like Chobra. Chobra is so smart and he's so well-rounded in all of his experiences. So anytime you ever get to meet that guy, he's one of the nicest guys. He's been through pretty much every facet of the industry.
That in itself, not even just casting or being on the event, but being able to network, connect, and communicate with Chobra was a huge plus. I was super stoked too because I got to hang out with Christopher "Papasmithy" Smith, one of my good friends, Devon "Piratechnics" Younge, another one of my huge good friends, and I got to meet Mitch, and I totally will space Mitch's last name, but the Australian "UberShouts".
He was really cool. Working with the ESL staff in the studio, have you ever been to that studio? It's much bigger, you can accomodate. But it [ESL's studio] create's a very intimate setting. That thing will only seat about 25 people, maybe max. I didn't count the seats. But it's very tiny, like you're right there.
There's walkways and and you can go into a lounge area and ESL will bring food in for guests to eat like pizza or Mcdonalds and stuff like that. People will be lounging around on coaches and it just creates this really cool intimate, festive vibe where you get off the desk and you can immediately walk over and watch the game with a bunch of different fans. But it's not like so overwhelming. You can have like 1 on 1 conversations which I really enjoyed the vibe of that and the office structure in general so that was really cool.
In terms of actually getting to cast IEM and the backlash and everything, I definitely will agree that my cast with UberShouts was actually my much better cast. I don't want to be like "I didn't do that terrible! There's always going to be room for improvement.
Again, I've only casted professionally for like 13 weeks. I think I understand what my weaknesses are better than anyone else. Of course, I always accept and love constructive criticism. I'm actually a super critical person. I love getting as much feedback as possible. It was cool to have the community do that.
So many people did reach out to me to try to give pointers but you have to take it with a pinch of salt. Using reddit as a tool is incredibly important. It's a place where a bunch of information is condensed. But you have to understand how to use it as a tool. The example that we always like to bring up is What we typically like to do is when we go into LPL threads, if no one says anything about the casters, we're like "Yes!
We did our job perfectly. I love these casters!
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OMG really dropped the ball this time. No one's saying anything about us. We did our job! We as a casting team, we understand that we do know things about League of Legends. I mean, there's like a bar to get hired for this job. Rusty was an ex professional player. He's ranked in Masters right now. Spawn has been a coach for multiple teams as well as an analyst. I've coached for multiple teams as well as been an analyst.
So we've gotten jobs before our casting jobs that have like a bar or line of knowledge.
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I'm not saying that we don't mess up because every caster messes up. Sometimes, you just lose what you're doing on air and say stupid stuff sometimes. So if you get this feedback, "These casters don't know anything", how you have to define that is obviously our audience doesn't think we know anything.
So what does that mean in terms of casting? Typically, what I found is it's the difference between macro points and the difference between micro points. A macro point is map objective orientated like making a rotation or cross mapping whereas micro is anything mechanical so champion interactions or spell interactions or how something goes down. If you throw out micro points, people seem to get very excited or use this as a baseline of "This guy knows what he's talking about.
I think this is very smart. I don't know the in-depths of it but I'm assuming that he's probably sat down with his co-casters. I know when I sit down with a co-caster, I'm like "Don't ask me this. Don't ask me this. I want to talk about that.
Because every caster has their specialty. But go listen to Doa and Monte cast, go listen to Papasmithy and Monte cast, Monte will never be like "This is how intimately this champion interactions works. Look at someone like Phreak. Phreak is very micro oriented. He's the numbers guy.
He has great rune page breakdowns and things like that. So it's taking that feedback from reddit and saying "OK, so what do they actually want from us? If this is what they think, how do we actually deliver that? How does it help you to interpret what they're saying just knowing that there's probably triple, quadruple, ten times the number of people watching that and giving you feedback compared to the relatively small LPL community which is probably a lot of the same people giving the same feedback?