With the start of the Spring Split only a few days away, the League of Legends European Championship announced their full casting lineup for the 2021 season. The announcement comes after a challenging year for esports broadcasting across the globe as every competition was seemingly postponed and shifted to an online format.
After such a turbulent year, the broadcast team has been shaken up in the form of the departure of analyst Froskurinn. Stepping in as analysts alongside Vedius and Ender are previous LEC guest casters Foxdrop and Caedrel, with Caedrel having retired from professional play earlier this year in order to pursue a career in content creation.
The remainder of the LEC team will remain unchanged. Sjokz and Quickshot will both begin their ninth consecutive year as prominent faces of European League of Legends broadcasting. Joining them will be an impressive roster of play-by-play casters, analysts and interviewers, with Medic, Vedius, Drakos, Ender and Laure all returning for 2021.
2020 was a year that saw esports broadcast teams challenged to produce remote broadcasts with little to no turnaround time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The LEC, in particular, was forced to move online with little to no notice after a member of its crew became exposed to the virus in March 2020.
The LEC adapted quickly and were subsequently praised by many for their handling of the unfortunate situation and maintaining a high level of production.
Due to changes in lockdown restrictions in Berlin, the LEC was able to return to an in-person broadcast in the first week of the Summer Split. Players continued to play from remote setups, but broadcast and production staff were able to return to the studio in order to continue delivering a high standard of production to fans across the globe.
The LEC will return on Jan. 22.
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