MonteCristo and DoA patriots at heart—will return to America to cast Overwatch League

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After a significant tenure with Korea's OGN, both Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles and Erik "DoA" Lonnquist have confirmed with ESPN that they will return to America to cast in Overwatch League. While they are both incredibly renowned for their time casting various Korean scenes throughout the years, MonteCristo and DoA have noted a strong desire to help build an exciting project from the ground up.

To ESPN's Tyler "FionnOnFire" Erzberger, Monte noted, "One of the most compelling aspects of moving back to the States is the opportunity to help build a show from the ground up that resonates with fans as an authentic esports product rather than overreaching into outmoded models from traditional sports." His assertion is specifically important given Blizzard's desire to break the boundaries of traditional esports—and more importantly their desire to stray away from the old CGS's faults.

Helping set up an esports league that draws from both traditional sports and esports culture is the clear goal, and the legendary casting duo hopes to ensure that Overwatch League exists on the forefront of the esports world. As such, their experience will be key when advising Blizzard's decision-making in setting up such a league.

The pair will cast their last game tonight, when the lovable underdogs of RunAway take on the Korean heartthrobs of Lunatic-Hai. In the much-anticipated final match, APEX's second victor will be crowned, and the match promises to serve as an amazing end to the duo's (likely) last Korean match.

MonteCristo noted that while he and DoA would leave Korea, fans would be in good hands with whomever is appointed to cast the next season of APEX. Presumably, current OGN casters PapaSmithy, Achilios, and Atlus might be involved, but OGN has not yet given any indication of who will step in.

Update: MonteCristo and DoA noted on Twitter that the pair would remain freelancers while working with Blizzard, as they feel the impartiality granted by freelance work is necessary to proper casting.

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FeelsGoodMan

FeelsGoodMan
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The real question is whether blizzard will have their own streams for various languages.

Nice to see these guys will be in OWL, they're pretty much the uncontested best casting duo in overwatch

The real question is whether blizzard will have their own streams for various languages.

Nice to see these guys will be in OWL, they're pretty much the uncontested best casting duo in overwatch
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pendaThe real question is whether blizzard will have their own streams for various languages.

Nice to see these guys will be in OWL, they're pretty much the uncontested best casting duo in overwatch

I like ZP/Hex better. monte doa/uber-jkap pretty much tied for 2nd.
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[quote=penda]The real question is whether blizzard will have their own streams for various languages.

Nice to see these guys will be in OWL, they're pretty much the uncontested best casting duo in overwatch[/quote]

I like ZP/Hex better. monte doa/uber-jkap pretty much tied for 2nd.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Sideshow and Bren announcement soon™

Sideshow and Bren announcement soon™
#5
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You chose a good picture...

You chose a good picture...
#6
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Monte + ZP would = Kreygasm

Monte + ZP would = Kreygasm
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Soon they will become Korean-American fellatio enthusiasts

Soon they will become Korean-American fellatio enthusiasts
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One_Punch_ManpendaThe real question is whether blizzard will have their own streams for various languages.

Nice to see these guys will be in OWL, they're pretty much the uncontested best casting duo in overwatch

I like ZP/Hex better. monte doa/uber-jkap pretty much tied for 2nd.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

me 2

[quote=One_Punch_Man][quote=penda]The real question is whether blizzard will have their own streams for various languages.

Nice to see these guys will be in OWL, they're pretty much the uncontested best casting duo in overwatch[/quote]

I like ZP/Hex better. monte doa/uber-jkap pretty much tied for 2nd.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯[/quote]
me 2
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When you dont actually feelbadman that ZPS is not involved, mainly im sad becouse HEX has been off from big leagues ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

When you dont actually feelbadman that ZPS is not involved, mainly im sad becouse HEX has been off from big leagues ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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One_Punch_ManpendaThe real question is whether blizzard will have their own streams for various languages.

Nice to see these guys will be in OWL, they're pretty much the uncontested best casting duo in overwatch

I like ZP/Hex better. monte doa/uber-jkap pretty much tied for 2nd.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ZP is a good caster but too much hype for me. you don't have to be super excited everytime someone presses Q or whatever. dunno. maybe its just me.

Also. I'm actually surprised that people apparently don't care about montecristo shittalking his former employee.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

[quote=One_Punch_Man][quote=penda]The real question is whether blizzard will have their own streams for various languages.

Nice to see these guys will be in OWL, they're pretty much the uncontested best casting duo in overwatch[/quote]

I like ZP/Hex better. monte doa/uber-jkap pretty much tied for 2nd.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯[/quote]


ZP is a good caster but too much hype for me. you don't have to be super excited everytime someone presses Q or whatever. dunno. maybe its just me.

Also. I'm actually surprised that people apparently don't care about montecristo shittalking his former employee.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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pogtrompOne_Punch_ManpendaThe real question is whether blizzard will have their own streams for various languages.

Nice to see these guys will be in OWL, they're pretty much the uncontested best casting duo in overwatch

I like ZP/Hex better. monte doa/uber-jkap pretty much tied for 2nd.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ZP is a good caster but too much hype for me. you don't have to be super excited everytime someone presses Q or whatever. dunno. maybe its just me.

Also. I'm actually surprised that people apparently don't care about montecristo shittalking his former employee.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Its why I like monte.

[quote=pogtromp][quote=One_Punch_Man][quote=penda]The real question is whether blizzard will have their own streams for various languages.

Nice to see these guys will be in OWL, they're pretty much the uncontested best casting duo in overwatch[/quote]

I like ZP/Hex better. monte doa/uber-jkap pretty much tied for 2nd.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯[/quote]


ZP is a good caster but too much hype for me. you don't have to be super excited everytime someone presses Q or whatever. dunno. maybe its just me.

Also. I'm actually surprised that people apparently don't care about montecristo shittalking his former employee.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯[/quote]
Its why I like monte.
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I think people are drawing, rightly imo, a distinction between shittalking your former employer and having very reasonable disagreements with them about policy with regards to talent.

If he hadn't said anything and instead had just jumped ship to Overwatch and left his colleagues to deal with bad conditions that nobody outside of Riot knows about, that would be the morally dubious part. Bringing information to light about contracts for casters and what people are/aren't allowed to do - and applying pressure to Riot to treat their talent better - is a good thing imo. It isn't more 'professional' to sit there and take it.

I think people are drawing, rightly imo, a distinction between shittalking your former employer and having very reasonable disagreements with them about policy with regards to talent.

If he [b]hadn't[/b] said anything and instead had just jumped ship to Overwatch and left his colleagues to deal with bad conditions that nobody outside of Riot knows about, that would be the morally dubious part. Bringing information to light about contracts for casters and what people are/aren't allowed to do - and applying pressure to Riot to treat their talent better - is a good thing imo. It isn't more 'professional' to sit there and take it.
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I think there is a huge difference between something like

> blizzard has been so refreshing because... I'm not used to this

and

> blizzard has been so refreshing because.. riot was really shitty

just saying.

I think there is a [b]huge[/b] difference between something like

> blizzard has been so refreshing because... I'm not used to this

and

> blizzard has been so refreshing because.. riot was really shitty

just saying.
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pogtrompZP is a good caster but too much hype for me. you don't have to be super excited everytime someone presses Q or whatever. dunno. maybe its just me.

Also. I'm actually surprised that people apparently don't care about montecristo shittalking his former employee.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I'm the opposite of that, monte and doa seem to give too little hype at times and when something really big happens they sometimes completely miss it or don't hype it up enough

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

[quote=pogtromp]
ZP is a good caster but too much hype for me. you don't have to be super excited everytime someone presses Q or whatever. dunno. maybe its just me.

Also. I'm actually surprised that people apparently don't care about montecristo shittalking his former employee.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯[/quote]
I'm the opposite of that, monte and doa seem to give too little hype at times and when something really big happens they sometimes completely miss it or don't hype it up enough

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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It's not like monte has never explained why he thinks riot is shitty, and it's justifiable for him to say that considering the way they treated him.

It's not like monte has never explained why he thinks riot is shitty, and it's justifiable for him to say that considering the way they treated him.
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