Alongside the various roster changes that have taken place in preparation of the new season, the OPL talent lineup has had a few adjustments of its own going into 2019.
The on-screen talent will be entertaining the audience of the OPL during and between games on the casting desk and the analyst couch.
Familiar faces from 2018 will return for the next split, including dynamic duo Bryce “EGym” Paule and Jake “Spawn” Tiberi as colour casters. EGym and Spawn both have many splits experience as players and casters in Oceania, and their ever-expanding knowledge of the region will make sure the broadcast keeps on improving.
On top of this, they’ll be able to give up a little bit of “inside analysis,” with EGym expanding into coaching for his first split under new OPL team Gravitas, while Spawn continues his term as the General Manager of ORDER heading into 2019.
This split is also the sophomore season of Nich “Nichboy” Richardson as the OPL’s charismatic host (pending Riot approval), and Bailey “the Beagle”, the broadcast’s furry mascot confirmed to reappear throughout the year.
2019 also brings the winds of change to Oceania’s rift. OPL veteran Zack “Rusty” Pye will make his long-awaited return to the broadcast alongside Devin “PiraTechnics” Younge to bring another casting duo to the top flight.
Having casted the OPL since its inception until last year, and playing in Oceania Regionals before that, Rusty will bring a refreshed voice to the OPL broadcast following his time in China casting the LPL. He will also be taking up coaching for the first time, taking the renewed Avant Garde roster under his wing for 2019.
“It’s super good to come home and be able to share my years of experience on the LPL with the region that started it all for me,” Rusty commented on his homecoming.
PiraTechnics will make his first appearance on the OPL broadcast in Week 3 for the remainder of Split 1 after leaving the EU LCS in November to become a freelancer. His impressive portfolio built over the past three years covers international events including Worlds, Rift Rivals, MSI, All-Star and the recent OPL Split 2 Grand final at the inaugural Melbourne Esports Open.
“I’m thrilled to announce my return to League of Legends casting down under with the OPL this split,” PiraTechnics told Snowball Esports.
“After the incredible experience that was last split’s finals at MEO, I’ve been looking forward to another chance to work alongside the OCE Broadcast crew, covering one of the most exciting up-and-coming regions in professional LoL.
“And with just about every roster shuffling talent across the scene, this season is sure to be a real toss-up,” he quipped.
With all of this experience under his belt, his play-by-play casting will be extremely valuable alongside the other veterans.
With seasoned talent from around the world alongside the new rosters, 2019 will be an extremely exciting year to be a fan of the OPL.
The broadcast team will be seen in action starting from January 18 when the OPL returns for its ninth split.