Worlds: Caedrel’s insight highlights need for ex-pros on Riot broadcasts

League of Legends. Photo Courtesy of Riot Games.
League of Legends. Photo Courtesy of Riot Games. /

Excel jungler Caedrel joined Riot Games’ Worlds broadcast for the play-in stage

From Deficio’s Danish charm to Bwipo’s mile a minute analysis, former and current professional League of Legends players are a source of invaluable insight that Riot Games must utilize to enhance their broadcasts. The incredibly positive community response to Caedrel’s casting debut during the World Championship play-ins further highlighted the importance of top-level experience in providing top-level analysis.

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As League of Legends esports broadcasts are still in their infancy compared to their traditional sports counterparts, it’s no surprise that there is still room for improvement.

In programs produced by the best sports leagues from around the world, “analyst” and “color commentator” positions are always filled by former professionals, be it players, coaches, or even owners. Often this because the wealth of experience and personal anecdotes provided by former pros is far more valuable than an in-depth view from an analyst that has never competed at the highest level.

League of Legends is no different.

Over recent years, the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) has established itself as one of the leading broadcasts in esports, a feat that would be impossible if not for the quality of analysis provided by Ender, Froskurinn, and Vedius. However, with very limited professional experience between them, this group can barely scratch the surface of what it’s like to be an LEC player or coach, effectively placing a cap on their level of insight.

Marc “Caedrel” Lamont exceeded that cap during the World Championship play-ins joining the likes of YamatoCannon, Amazing, Krepo, and Deficio who all possessed an extra layer of analysis thanks to their experiences as professional players and coaches.

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If not for the restricted supply of former pros created by League of Legends’ small team sizes, minimal league allowances, and nonsensical substitution rules, there would no doubt be more experienced personalities on our screens during LEC and LCS games.

Fortunately, the broadcast organizers have seemingly acknowledged this problem and invited active players, such as Caedrel, to the stream to provide high-level analysis widely appreciated by the audience.