The EU LCS spring split kicks off on Friday, January 19 and our talented on-air team is ready to take you through the nail-biting sieges, the jaw-dropping teamfights and every LCS big play we’ll have the pleasuring of witnessing in the 2018 season.
Old favourites return this year with some exciting new additions to the squad; Aaron “Medic” Chamberlain brings some British flavour to EU LCS full time, Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider trades his mouse and keyboard for a spot on the analyst desk, and Laure “Bulii” Valée makes her English-broadcast debut as an interviewer.
If you’re new to esports broadcasts, here’s a quick breakdown of the various roles on the team:
Hosts keep the broadcast flowing between games, a vital part in the overall broadcast experience. They’ll run the analyst desk by posing thought-provoking questions, break down games through in-depth analysis, and interview the many talented pro players in the League this season.
Analysts scrutinise the critical moments of the game in great detail from the desk, highlighting the minutiae of the game’s biggest plays and biggest fails. Their deep knowledge and understanding of the game allows them to break it down concisely, giving the viewer all the info they need to understand the game’s big swings.
Play-by-play casters call the action as they say it; they’ll keep you on the edge of your seat and hype you up through moment-to-moment commentary. They’re your chaperones through every game-winning teamfight, baron steal, and pinpoint COCOOON landed in a game of League.
Colour casters provide the flavour and the in-game breakdowns that help you understand why the game is progressing as it is. They’ll analyse every decision a team makes as they make it, and help you understand why your favourite team just crushed a teamfight, decided to split push a lane, or made a risky call for an objective.
So without further ado, meet your 2018 EU LCS on-air team!
Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
"I started covering League of Legends on a freelance basis in 2012, mainly writing articles and shooting videos for SK Gaming. With the start of LCS in 2013 I got picked up by ESL and Riot to be a fulltime host on the brand new format. Since then I've had the pleasure of seeing the scene explode and covering the biggest events all over the world, and it has been a dream come true since day one. This will be my seventh year covering League esports in some capacity. Wow!
"I'm excited to work with some of the new faces on the broadcast. With the addition of Medic, Laure and Amazing we’re adding some more flavour to the shows and I can't wait to see us grow as a team this year."
Follow Sjokz on Twitter @sjokz
Laure “Bulii” Valée
"I’ve been playing League since 2013 and got interested in competition a short time after starting. I began my career as a writer first, then as an interviewer. In 2016, French broadcaster O’Gaming called me to host the analyst desk for the World Championship and all major events in 2017. All of these wonderful experiences led me to my very first time on an international broadcast, during the LCS Summer finals in Paris. I can’t recall a more memorable moment than witnessing sOAZ receive his baguette at AccorHotels Arena. This year, I will be making my debut as a freelancer for Riot in the EU LCS.
"I’m really excited about the upcoming season! With all the roster changes during the off-season and the return to best of one format, it’s really hard to predict who will be on top! On the other side, the preseason patch brought many new things and interactions to the game, it will be interesting to see what the EU teams can make of these changes during the season."
Follow Bulii on Twitter @LaureBuliiV
Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider
"I started playing league around the end of 2011, after being introduced to it by my little brother. Didn't like it at all at first, but I suppose 6 years later and a couple of thousand games played shows that opinion doesn't quite hold true anymore. Been a professional player since 2012, and found friendship and competition through playing the game at a high level. I'm definitely eager to represent EU in a different format now, talking about the game instead of playing it, after it welcomed my teams and me wholeheartedly at every event and especially Worlds 2015.
"Happy and excited to take a step back from the competition and seeing more and more up-and-coming talents take it up a notch trying to create their own legacy, or the old guard trying to continue theirs amongst increasing competition for their spots and rosters."
Follow Amazing on Twitter @Amazingxlol
Happy and excited to take a step back from the competition and seeing more up-and-coming talents take it up a notch trying to create their own legacy.
Trevor “Quickshot” Henry
FROM: SOUTH AFRICA
"I've been playing League since 2010 and got involved as caster in 2012, freelance events like Go4LoL cups and developing my brand. I may have been the first caster to actively use spell names instead of QWER all those years ago! In 2013 I joined the EU LCS and casted every season to date. It's my 6th year with Riot in 2018!
"The studio in Berlin had a few upgrades in the tech department. I'm excited to see what content we can produce with the new capabilities behind the scenes."
Follow Quickshot on Twitter @RiotQuickshot
Daniel “Drakos” Drakos
FROM: OREGON, USA
"I started playing league when Nidalee was released, convinced at the time that Mundo was the most complex champion in the game because he used health as a resource. I have since learned otherwise. I began my career in esports as a writer and graphic designer before branching into casting. I've been a professional caster since 2015 and I joined the EU LCS in spring of 2016, making my debut that summer. 2018 will be my third year at Riot.
"I'm ready to see who will take the top spot in the EULCS, with every roster changing, and the swap to Bo1, it's harder than ever to predict who will be number one."
Follow Drakos on Twitter @DanielDrakos
With every roster changing, and the swap to Bo1, it's harder than ever to predict who will be number one.
Aaron “Medic” Chamberlain
FROM: ENGLAND, UK
"I got into league in the first year of medical school, about when Caitlynn first came out. It took me a while to start casting, and it's been a long road to get where I am now! While going to university, I'd travel around England casting small LAN tournaments and stay up to cast NA Go4LoLs. 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. This is my first full season on the EU LCS and I can't wait to get started.
"As this is my first full split in the EU LCS, I just want to get into the action! The off-seasonhas been too long and I'm hungry for some League."
Follow Medic on Twitter @MedicCasts
Devin “PiraTechnics” Younge
FROM: CALIFORNIA, USA
"I got my start playing League in 2011, when some uni classmates suggested I try it out, especially the new game mode Dominion (rip). Fast-forward to 2014 and I began writing LCS team profiles and casting amateur tournaments. Eventually I managed to catch Riot's notice after covering Season 4 of the LPL alongside Froskurinn from our respective bedrooms. 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. I'm looking forward to many more moments like that, as I kick off my 4th year with Riot and the EU LCS!
"New Year, new League. 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!"
Follow PiraTechnics on Twitter @PiraTechnics
I can't wait to experience the journey there alongside Europe's passionate fans!
Martin “Deficio” Lynge
"My very first casting experience was week 1 of the 2014 EU LCS split. It was horrible. 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!" in Madrid or casting my first World Final in 2015- a big achievement for me.
"I am just here to slap some asses and talk about League of Legends!"
Follow Deficio on Twitter @RiotDeficio
I am just here to slap some asses and talk about League of Legends!
Andrew “Vedius” Day
FROM: WALES, UK
"I am Andrew 'Vedius' Day. 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. I can't wait to continue my growth with the EU team and celebrate the success of our region!
"This is going to be a great year for Europe. 2017 was certainly good, achieving the final of MSI and getting two teams into the quarter finals at worlds. This year, however, we will achieve even more. Quote me."
Follow Vedius on Twitter @RiotVedius
This is going to be a great year for Europe. 2017 was certainly good, achieving the final of MSI and getting two teams into the quarter finals at worlds. This year, however, we will achieve even more.
If you’d like to join the EU LCS on-air team, now’s your chance! We're searching for talented new colour casters; if you’re interested in casting the EU LCS and can rock the mic as well as you can analyse high-level games, we’d love to hear from you! Please send me your casting showreels on Twitter.
Check out the team in action as the EU LCS spring split kicks off Friday, January 19 at 6 PM CET!