Intel Extreme Masters is in its eighth season and on its way to take over New York in a few short days. Ahead of the tournament ESL is proud to announce in association with Intel, RaidCall, BenQ and HyperX the casters, hosts and in-game observer for IEM NY.
Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner, who regularly hosts WCS Europe as well as other ESL TV productions, will return as host for the Intel Extreme Masters event at New York Comic Con after a job well-done in Shanghai. As one of the most experienced hosts and casters in eSports, his expertise is sure to guide audiences through an action-packed four days. Co-host, interviewer and Korean translator, Sue “Smix” Lee is set to experience her first IEM event, having long established herself elsewhere as an eSports personality in the American scene. Known as perhaps one of the most popular Korean translators in the community, her bubbly personality and humor is sure to go down well with the fans.
The casters for the upcoming American event are a truly international bunch. ESL TV colleagues, James “Kaelaris” Carrol and Shaun “Apollo” Clark (from the United Kingdom), are seasoned IEM casters, who work closely together on WCS Europe with a proven track record and tangible on-air chemistry. They will be joined by Nathan “Nathanias” Fabrikant, who proved up to the challenge with his outstanding performance in previous Intel Extreme Masters qualifiers. The Terran player made a name for himself during the 2013 DreamHack Open and, being born in New York, is really hyped to come back to his home city. Meanwhile, Yoan “ToD” Merlo, a French professional gamer and StarCraft II Protoss player, will round off the casting crew with his special brand of in-depth analysis and humour. His knack for dismantling plays and providing thought-provoking breakdown means he is always welcomed by the community.
As always, key to any StarCraft II broadcast is the observer. A regular for StarCraft II events in Asia, Phil “inFeZa” Bertino, grown up in Australia but born in America, will find himself a long away from home but back in his country of origin come October as he joins the team in New York. This will be the second IEM event this year for the observer who consistently shows a knack for being in the right place at the right time.