Starcraft 2 casters : eSport rocks!
Ok so first thing, Blizzard Entertainment really kick-ass! It’s commonly known for World of Warcraft, the world’s most subscribed MMORPG with 12 million subscribers. Released in 2004 and still #1. For instance, the new expansion Cataclysm sells over 4.7 million copies in just one month!
Rock’n & Roll Racing and The Lost Vikings serie ? Awesome.
Warcraft serie ? Awesome !
Diablo serie ? Awesome !!
Starcraft serie ? Awesome !!!
Starcraft’s multiplayer has been very popular in South Korea. The 1st eSports stars have appeared with Starcraft. Starcraft 2 Wings of Liberty was released this year and it seems like it’s going to be even bigger than the first one. For PC Gamer, if e-sports succeed in the West, it’ll be thanks to Starcraft 2 popularity (read this article on PC Gamer on how Starcaft 2 is an « e-sports enabler »).
A few weeks ago I watched a Starcraft 2 commented pro game and even if I didn’t know the game mechanics I watched it entirely, because the comments were so interesting! That’s how I discovered the – Starcraft 2 – shoutcast scene.
The most famous Starcraft 2 caster is Sean « Day » Plott, a professional gamer on Starcraft: Brood War and Starcraft 2. His ‘dailies’ are a 1-hour deep analysis of the commented game. On Monday, he’s doing a special session call « Funday Monday« . For each Funday Monday session, Day give objectives to his viewers, like a « Carrier rushes » for Protoss or a game with no marines, no marauders and no tanks for Terran!! Then he casts the replays during the Funday Monday. DAMN, THIS IS SO HILARIOUS!! Day, with his analytical style, is really the man! Those casts are the most pedagogical cast on Starcraft 2 you will ever find! (read here for an interview of Day by PC Gamer)
Click here for the Day Daily #233 – TheLittleOne vs White-RA. This is the best game I’ve ever seen and to quote Day himself:
MOST AMAZING EPIC UNREAL GAME OF ALL TIME WTF WTF WTF WTF
And here the Day Daily #227 – Funday Monday – Battle Cruisers! (or « Cattle Bruisers »):
You can find Day casts at:
An other great US Starcraft 2 caster is HuskyStarcraft. Really interesting, contrary to Day, HuskyStarcraft spent less time on analysis and really concentrates on the commentary. He also did a really fun parody of Justin Bieber’s song « Baby », named « Banelings ».
In France, at the present time the most famous Starcraft 2 casters are Pomf et Thud, I didn’t find any worthwile french casters except them. Unfortunately they upload videos less often than Day and HuskyStarcraft.