During a recording of theScore esports podcast, Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat revealed that he and commentary partner Anders Blume have put their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive commentary duo on hiatus.
"I haven't spoken about it, and no one's really spoken about it, but it's kind of just been there. And people have been questioning what's going on... but Anders and I are on hiatus as a commentary duo," Semmler told theScore esports.
"Anders and I are on a break, so he's casting with [Jason "Moses" O'Toole] right now, and I'm exploring different projects like the couch we did at Malmö, and other projects that I've got coming up towards the end of the year," he said. "Anders will be casting with Moses and I will be freelance. So to all the TOs, if any TOs are listening to this: I'm on the market. And there has been a divide."
Semmler did not join Anders and the other casters at DreamHack Masters Malmö, instead teaming up with analyst Duncan “Thorin” Shields, Fnatic coach Viktor "Vuggo" Jendeby and former pro Joona “natu” Läppenen to provide an alternative stream with a more casual atmosphere for the event from the Znipe studio.
"Really, it's interesting, because I could just get down and be like, 'Oh my God, it's all over,' all that sort of shit. But really what I'm thinking about is like, this is an opportunity to get back into what I used to do, which is a variety of things, not just casting. Because casting... has just absorbed everything for like four years now," he said. "It's just casting. Back when I started, it was StarCraft II and it was hosting, it was interviews, it was a variety of different things that kind of challenged me."
During their time together, the iconic duo have developed a reputation as the esport's premiere casting pairing.
Not wanting to speak for Anders, Semmler said that he felt that the duo had reached a place of comfort during their more than four years together, and that a change in pace was something that felt healthy.
"We have had that feeling, for a little bit, where you get comfortable. And I think that's why Anders wants to do it, is he needs to feel like he's changing up a little bit. Because you get comfortable with the system that we came up with, which was basically split it 50-50," Semmler explained. "But that's really hard to do in commentary."
Explaining that Anders' style with Moses was akin to a return to a traditional color and play-by-play duo, Semmler expressed surprise that he and Anders managed the 50-50 split for as long as they had.
"But that being said, who knows what the future holds? I haven't closed any doors and I hold nothing personal. I think if we want to get back together again, we get back together again. If we don't, we don't. But right now the way that I'm approaching it is that I'm a free agent and I get to do what I want."
"I'm trying to just figure out what to do, what interests me right now [...] for now at least, I'm kind of just free. It's good."
theScore esports has reached out to Anders for comment and will update this article with his response.
For more of Semmler's thoughts on the hiatus, as well as his take on DreamHack Masters Malmö, PUBG and more, watch the full episode of theScore esports Podcast.
Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.