With a week remaining until the LCO returns to our screens following a successful debut year, the competition has given their talent team a fresh lick of paint, announcing the return of some fan favourites while debuting a new side-line reporter.
The announcement comes shortly after the LCO revealed that, following his departure from Legacy Esports after their sale to Kanga, former OPL jungler Tim “Carbon” Wendel has joined ESL Australia as League Manager for the LCO.
With Carbon taking over operations behind the scenes, the broadcast portion of Oceania’s premier League of Legends competition will once again be hosted by the ever-charismatic Geordie “Mac” McAleer in his second year at the helm of the LCO.
Mac will be joined by the dynamic duo of play-by-play caster André “Skimmy” Allchin as well as colour caster Zack “Rusty” Pye, who will also double as an analyst for the upcoming split.
Both Skimmy and Rusty are veterans of Oceanic League of Legends, with Rusty joining the former OPL in 2019 following a stint casting in the LPL, and was joined in the OPL and subsequently the LCO by Skimmy in 2020.
The first shake-up is the replacement of Natalie “Nattea” Mahoney as the LCO’s side-line reporter by newcomer Kitty, who is also a Challenger-ranked content creator for last split’s champions Peace.
Overall, the casting team has downsized slightly from last year, going from six to four. Sadly, both commentator Jordan “Elfishguy” Mays and former pro Brandon “Juves” Defina have departed, the latter leaving casting to join North America’s Counter Logic Gaming as the head coach for their Academy roster.
Despite the smaller casting pool, the group that remains are all masters of their craft, and we’ll get our first taste of Oceanic League for 2022 when Mammoth and PEACE take to the Rift to kick off the split.
With the last rosters finally being announced and the LCO to shortly be underway, keep an eye out on Snowball Esports as we begin our coverage when the league kicks off next Monday.