We’re excited to announce our 2019 broadcast team to the Overwatch League community.
Starting at the Watchpoint desk, meet the people that will hold down the fort and provide context for all the exciting Overwatch League action throughout the 2019 season:
Chris "Puckett" Puckett
After competing in professional Halo, Chris Puckett joined esports powerhouse Major League Gaming as a tournament director in 2004. By 2014, he had become VP of programming and the broadcasting face of MLG events. Now with Activision Blizzard, Puckett is not only the hype man that fans have come to love, but also a cornerstone of the esports community, with an intrinsic understanding of the space. Follow him on Twitter.
Returning for the 2019 season is former video-game journalist, Reaper main, and devout console player, Malik Forté. He made his way into the Overwatch competitive scene during the 2016 ELEAGUE Overwatch Open as the sole field reporter. After a botched handshake with Brandon “Seagull” Larned at the event garnered national attention, Malik decided to continue his foray into esports broadcasting, later taking part in the ELEAGUE Street Fighter Invitational and Overwatch World Cup. Now, Malik helps get us get the scoop on pro players in his interview series, On Point. He’s best known for his rabid fanaticism of hip-hop culture and his past contributions as the video-game editor for Nerdist.com. Follow him on Twitter.
Josh "Sideshow" Wilkinson
Josh Wilkinson has been analyzing and writing about Overwatch since its release, spending 2018 as a staple on the Overwatch League desk. With detailed knowledge of storied veterans and talented newcomers alike, expect him to break down the action throughout the 2019 season. Follow him on Twitter.
Brennon "Bren" Hook
Brennon Hook has gone by many names—The Oracle, Brenji, Please Switch Off DPS—in the Overwatch scene and returns to the 2019 season as a grizzled veteran, bringing his unique no-holds-barred style back to the analyst desk to annoy Puckett, Sideshow, and Soe once again. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Soe Gschwind is a Swiss commentator and host. Over the past 12 years, she has casted and hosted at global events such as BlizzCon, WCS, gamescom, WCG, The International, ESL ONE, X Games, FedCon, IEM, and E3, to name a few. After hosting a daily esports show on German television in 2016, she moved to Versailles, France, to work as an associate esports manager and on-screen talent for Blizzard Entertainment. At the end of 2017, she transferred to Blizzard’s US office to join the broadcast crew for the Overwatch League. During the inaugural season, she took on the roles of insider, sideline reporter, host, and interviewer. Follow her on Twitter.
We will have four featured caster teams on hand this season to call the matches. They include:
Christopher "Montecristo" Mykles
Veteran caster Christopher Mykles begins his second season of the Overwatch League eager to lend his cutting insight and blunt honesty to the broadcast. He prefers to spend his time ruminating about esports and contemplating how Overwatch League definitely is not an anime. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Erik "DoA" Lonnquist
Erik Lonnquist spent six years in Seoul, South Korea, casting top tournaments across a variety of premier esports titles. His work includes numerous seasons of StarCraft II, League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Overwatch, with South Korean broadcasters GOMTV and OGN. He returned to the US in May 2017 to begin working with Blizzard on the Overwatch League as a consultant and commentator. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Mitch "Uber" Leslie
You know he had to do it to you—one of Overwatch's longest serving casters is back to bring the heat in the 2019 season. There's no overtime too long and no one-liner too cheap for the outspoken Australian. Uber and his signature play-by-play style will keep you abreast of all the biggest moments in the Overwatch League. Follow him on Twitter.
Matt "Mr X" Morello
Matt Morello is an esports commentator and analyst who has been around professional FPS titles for over 10 years. With his experience playing FPS games professionally and coaching at the highest level, Matt helps convey top-level strategies to the audience at home. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat
Auguste Massonnat is a seasoned esports commentator, broadcaster, and analyst, with years of experience casting high-level FPS tournaments around the world, including the ELEAGUE Major Grand Finals for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which was nationally televised on TBS in October 2017. Auguste was part of the original commentator team for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. Follow him on Twitter.
Robert "Hexagrams" Kirkbride
Robert Kirkbride has been broadcasting competitive Overwatch since the game's release. A veteran of events such as DreamHack, Carbon Series, and Overwatch Contenders, Robert has a long history with the Overwatch community and pros. A fan of British time-traveling heroes and meditating omnics alike, he’s excited to continue being a part of Overwatch's transcendence on its biggest stage. Follow him on Twitter.
Wolf "Wolf" Schröder
Wolf Schröder has lived his entire adult life in Seoul, South Korea, commentating esports tournaments across numerous games for Korean TV networks. He's returning to the US for the first time in eight years to join the Overwatch League broadcast team. His background in Korean Overwatch makes him an expert on the new talent emerging from his home region. Follow him on Twitter.
Seth "Achilios" King
Seth King first moved to Seoul three years ago to begin his career at OGN, casting League of Legends and quickly getting involved in Overwatch. Starting with the 2016 IEM Gyeonggi, he has been a staple in the Korean Overwatch scene ever since, having cast numerous tournaments including APEX, World Cup, and most recently Contenders Korea. The self-proclaimed “rap god” is returning home to bring his high-energy commentary to the broadcast. Follow him on Twitter.
Last but not least, meet our new group of insiders that will help interview players at Blizzard Arena:
Danny Lim is a Korean translator and entertainer known for hosting some of the biggest K-Pop events all around the US—working with artists like GOT7, Wanna One, Super Junior, and Red Velvet. He made his debut in esports during the inaugural season of the Overwatch League and quickly garnered attention through his witty translations and bright personality. Now, as the Korean insider for the 2019 Overwatch League season, Danny will help bridge the gap between the Korean Overwatch community and the rest of the world. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Emily Tang joins the Overwatch League for the 2019 season as an insider focusing on the Chinese teams. Prior to working in esports, she spent five years covering major awards shows as a Hollywood red carpet correspondent and two years as a reporter in the National Basketball Association. Tang is also a certified yoga teacher, self-proclaimed Pokémon master, and—when not procrastinating—posts educational videos on YouTube. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
A player of Overwatch since closed beta, Mica is a video game journalist, on-camera host, and professional cosplayer who recently dove into the esports scene. She got her start as a host for Contenders North America Season 2 and is looking forward to bringing her joy, enthusiasm, and love of every team and fan to the Overwatch League as an insider. Her passion for gaming and anime is always present. Follow her on Twitter.
IN THE MIX
Keep an eye out for appearances by Jonathan "Reinforce" Larsson and other special guests throughout the season.
The 2019 Overwatch League season kicks off on Thursday, February 14, at 4 p.m. PST with a rematch of the Grand Finals between the Philadelphia Fusion and the London Spitfire. Watch all 2019 season matches live and on demand on overwatchleague.com, the Overwatch League app, our Twitch channel, MLG.com, and the MLG app.