Top 10 Shoutcasters To Follow In 2020
Shoutcasters are an incredibly important part of any esports broadcast. That’s just a fact at this point, and oftentimes you’re not even aware of their inherent importance until a bit of time passes. Their voices, their humor, their energy becomes an unavoidable part of the broadcast, and fortunately, esports has some of the best shoutcasting talent in the world. These individuals are passionate, knowledgeable, entertaining, approachable and perhaps above all capable of turning insane plays into moments that will forever be engraved into your conscience.
Heck, you might not even understand the language and it can still stay with you for years, like this one:
Or this one:
Or this one:
And yet they’re so memorable not just because they’re explosive and exciting but because they’re brimming with energy that these insanely talented shoutcasters bring to the table. Heck the plays themselves might not be even that entertaining, but if the casters ramp up and start doing their thing, even the most mundane actions become legendary, historic outplays and moments to remember.
Finally, there are many exceptional casters out there, some of whom aren’t even casting at the highest of levels. A Top 10 list can never be fully objective, and someone’s bound to left out. That said, every individual listed below certainly deserves to be here as they’ve defined what a shoutcaster should be.
CaptainFlowers [North America, LCS, League of Legends]
Two years is all it took for CaptainFlowers to emerge as one of the best and most talented League of Legends casters in the world. Well, four years in total to be more exact if we count the day when he decided to embark on this whole journey. His enthusiasm, positivity, and energy are unrivaled and are downright addictive. And his shoutcasting skills? Spectacular. The speed at which he’s able to process information and put it out there in the world in a cohesive manner is staggering.
He started off casting random solo queue games and online tournaments that had less than ten viewers, and now he’s one of the most respected casters out there because of his skill and dedication. He went from casting solo queue to casting the World Championship in record time.
Talk about a success story.
Mitch “Uber” Leslie [Overwatch League]
Uber is, in many ways, the Overwatch CaptainFlowers. He’s likable, has a great sense of humor, and his ability to deliver controlled amounts of hype and information once those hectic six-on-six team fights break out is unparalleled. The charming Australian certainly tried his hand at multiple titles (CS:GO, League of Legends, World of Tanks), but his breakthrough moment came from Overwatch in 2016.
It didn’t take long for fans to acclimate to his spectacular set of shoutcasting skills as he was quickly deemed as OWL’s best and most capable caster mere months after the league began.
Sam “Kobe” Hartman-Kenzler [North American LCS, League of Legends]
Kobe is as beloved a shoutcaster as they come. His knowledge of the game is vast, but it is his friendly, boyish charm and demeanor that attracted fans across the globe. Whenever Kobe casts, you feel like you’re watching top-tier games with a friend, with someone who’s just slightly more knowledgeable than you are.
There’s no distance, no fourth wall so to speak. Kobe has been with the LCS ever since its very first split and has become a staple presence. It’s impossible not to like him as he’s always positively charged and tries his hardest no matter if it’s an LCS final or a clash between two bottom-tier dwellers.
Trevor “Quickshot” Henry [Europe, LEC, League of Legends]
The LEC veteran. Quickshot has been with Riot ever since 2013 and is, in many ways, the European League of Legends grandfather. It’s not that he’s old at just thirty-two-years-old, but he’s been through thick and thin, he shoutcasted many different iterations of the game, dozens of metas, and has basically seen it all.
He’s also closely involved with the production of the LEC as well and has often allowed less experienced casters to test their chops by taking his place in big moments and tournaments. The fact that he’s “old” by LEC standards in no way diminishes his experience, energy, and shoutcasting talent, however. He’s still one of the best in the game and has shown no signs of regression over the years.
Owen “ODPixel” Davies [Dota 2]
If you’re looking for a master shoutcaster who has an uncanny ability to maintain inhumane levels of hype over prolonged fights and skirmishes — along with impeccable delivery — look no further than Dota 2’s ODPIxel. The veteran caster is a staple name in the Dota realm and yet he’s just twenty-three-years-old.
He’s been a mainstay ever since The International in 2015, and it’s easy to see why.
Toby “TobiWan” Dawson [Dota 2]
TobiWan is a veteran in every sense of the word. He’s been casting Dota at the highest of levels for more than a decade and has been involved with basically every important, top-tier tournament that happened in its history. There was never an International that wasn’t graced by his voice and energy. In fact, one could argue that he’s the voice of competitive Dota 2, and with good reason.
Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat [Counter Strike: Global Offensive]
Semmler is an absolute CS:GO legend, known for his incredible (and hype) casting of some of the biggest Counter-Strike tournaments out there. He did, however, try to transition into Overwatch casting which, to be fair, didn’t exactly pan out as expected. He was still as good as ever, but his skills weren’t exactly the best possible fit for a more hectic game like Overwatch. He’s much more efficient and impactful in a game where the stakes gradually rise until a spectacular climax.
If you want to hear Semmler in action, look no further than the legendary EnVyUs Happy Desert Eagle race against Team SoloMid.
He’s undoubtedly a man of immaculate style and casting ability, and you can hear his voice paired with some of the best and most insane CS:GO moments in history.
Anders Blume [Counter Strike: Global Offensive]
It feels like you can’t mention Semmler without dropping Anders’ name as well. Semmler’s long-time casting partner is perhaps even more synonymous with the CS:GO scene. Anders was present for every single Major except for one in 2014, and is known for his insane, energetic commentary. If there was a legendary moment in CS:GO’s competitive history, odds are, Anders was present in the casting booth.
His contribution to the scene is monumental, and he’s still going strong even after five full years of giving us his all, game by game, cast by cast.
Finally, we have to mention another spectacular CS:GO casting duo — Henry “HenryG” Greer and Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett. The two of them are every bit as fantastic as Semmler and Anders and have lent their voices to some of the game’s most iconic moments. They definitely deserve a spot on the list as well.
Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles & Erik “DoA” Lonnquist [Korea , LCK, League of Legends]
Monte and DoA have been an inseparable casting duo for seven years. During that period, they became known for their knowledge, passion, but also friendly banter and off-topic tangents that seemingly went on without an end in sight. For the longest time they were considered as the voice of the LCK, and they were up to the task regardless of what was happening — they could handle both the slow and subdued macro play which the LCK pioneered, but also the hectic skirmish-heavy chaos that often ensued in the mid and later stages of the game.
2016 marked the year when they moved on from League in favor of Overwatch where they also became a staple casting duo thanks to their work in multiple seasons of Overwatch APEX and the Overwatch League.
Perhaps the best thing about Monte and DoA is the fact that they’re always having so much and they’re constantly bantering, especially if the game is slow. Unfortunately, after seven years, the veteran duo will go their separate ways (Monte to Cloud9 as a content creator and DoA into freelance casting), but their contribution to esports will long be remembered.
James Chen [FGC]
Finally, to close out the list, we have an FGC veteran who definitely deserves a shoutout. He’s not as well-known as some other casters on this list, but his contribution to the FGC scene is second to none. Chen’s passion for fighting games is unrivaled and so is his experience and vast knowledge of the many layers and nuances that come with the genre. He’s also been around for a long time — well over a decade. Heck, he was even casting the legendary Daigo Umehara parry in 2004.
Much like the scene itself, Chen can always be seen on the ground floor, interacting with fans and being as inclusive as humanly possible. He’s not the kind who’ll stroll through the VIP zones and distance himself from the community. In fact, that’s the one thing he’s fought against throughout his entire career. Such an approach is just one of the many reasons why the FGC scene is so beloved. There’s no franchising, no millions of dollars being spent frivolously. Instead, it’s just a ton of folks who love fighting games at their core.