Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles and Erik "DoA" Lonnquist discussed why they decided to stop casting League Champions Korea after 10 seasons and why they're excited to cast Overwatch in a video posted on DoA's YouTube channel.
On Jan. 10, both MonteCristo and DoA confirmed a report from FOMOS' Kim "Kenzi" Yong-Woo that they would not be casting LCK's upcoming season, promising to release a detailed statement later. In the video, DoA said that the decision to stop casting LCK was not made lightly, as the two had discussed switching to Overwatch for some time.
"This is something that's not sudden," DoA said. "It's something that we've been talking about for a long time. I think when Overwatch was announced, right from the beginning with the intro video and all that, we knew or at least felt in a way that it would be a big esport and it's something that we've wanted to cast. We've been kind of talking about this for a few years now actually."
The duo have previously casted the first season of OGN's Overwatch APEX Series and appeared at BlizzCon to cast the Overwatch World Cup. Based on their experience so far, MonteCristo said that Blizzard has made a "much more concerted effort" to keep them up to date and in the know as opposed to Riot."
"Over the years, it has been difficult for us to predict or have a lot of trust in regards to what Riot is going to do, especially in regards to us as non-Riot casters," MonteCristo said. "There has been very little stability for freelancers in the scene. Blizzard has been making, for us at least, a much more concerted effort to include us in a lot of the conversations that are going on. And the treatment of us has been, I feel, more honest and better."
Despite their experience with Riot, both DoA and MonteCristo stressed that they loved working with Riot's production team, and wished them the best going forward.
"One thing we want to stress too is that we are not talking about the Riot production team, the other casters and all that," DoA said. "We've absolutely loved working with the production people at Riot, the entire staff over there and all of the other casters that we've done, you know, IEMs with, MSI, Worlds and all that. That's a sad part for us, not working with those guys for a while."
Though DoA and MonteCristo are excited to focus on casting Overwatch, DoA said that he will miss casting LCK for the upcoming season for one reason.
"I do regret not being able to cast a team named BBQ Olivers," DoA confessed.
Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports whose journalism idol is Dino Ghiranze. You can follow him on Twitter.