English-speaking fans of the League Champions Korea (LCK) will have to get used to new voices in their games as long-time casters Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles and Erik “DoA” Lonnquist will not be returning to the casting desk.
Though the news first broke out by Fomos (Korean), MonteCristo and DoA both quickly confirmed it through their respective Tweeters.
— MonteCristo (@MonteCristo) January 10, 2017
— erik lonnquist (@ggDoA) January 10, 2017
A few hours later, the duo also released a video explaining their decision and their plans moving forward. First of all, they wanted to congratulate fans for their support throughout the years as the community at large has been very receptive of their work.
MonteCristo has always been vocal about his opinions on League of Legends and its parent company. One of the main reasons for the change is ensuring better career stability, something that Riot just cannot offer them. Furthermore, MonteCristo commented on the fact that Blizzard has treated them better than Riot and that their communication and level of engagement is unparalleled.
Both of them made it very clear that the decision to move away from LCK was not brought on overnight. They had already been talking about it for some time, particularly after the format of the championship changed as they both felt like something was missing afterwards.
Of course, both DoA and MonteCristo had great things to say about their time working with Riot. They particularly praised the company’s production team as well as its diverse set of casters. Moreover, they acknowledged the fact that Riot has been instrumental in pushing eSports forward as an industry and bring it to where it stands today.
In addition to all that, they are simply very passionate about Overwatch. For his part, DoA revealed that FPS are his favorite genre. When Overwatch was first announced, they both knew that they would want to cast it one day.
The duo has been focusing progressively more on Overwatch in recent times so the news is not all that surprising. Their coverage of OGN’s Overwatch Apex showed their passion for the game as well as the fact that they cast the Overwatch World Cup during BlizzCon.
Though relatively new, the competitive scene of Overwatch in South Korea is already well-established and is set to grow over the next few years. Being part of such a movement in its early beginnings is certainly exciting, particularly due to the fact that Blizzard has embraced it wholeheartedly.
As for the future of LCK casting, the spring split’s broadcast will be formatted between OGN and SpoTV. Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith and Seth “Achilios” King will be taking over MonteCristo and DoA’s roles for OGN.