The BLAST Premier tournament series is designed for the battles of the best teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It is always interesting to watch the battle of professionals, but the commentators on the broadcasts dilute the monotony of some events and help to better understand the game.
Esports Charts will tell you about the BLAST Premier commentators, who commented on the most matches, and who covered the most popular matches in the competition.
To determine the most popular commentators, we looked at all the events in BLAST Premier 2020, including the final that took place in January 2021. Statistics of Russian-speaking commentators are based on the Twitch channel winstrike_tv, and English-speaking ones on blastpremier.
The most popular English-speaking BLAST Premier casters
Major tournaments are mostly commented on in pairs, and BLAST is no exception. The most popular English-language commentators were the pair Launders and Scrawny. Mohan “Launders” Govindasamy is a former professional CS:GO player, but in 2016 he left the pro scene and moved to analysts and commentators. He is paired with Conner “Scrawny” Girvan. Together, they commentated on the entire BLAST Premier series, namely 77 matches, and were on air for 229 hours.
They also covered the most popular match among English-speaking viewers. It was the meeting of Astralis and NAVI at BLAST Premier Global Final 2020 and it got 208K people at the peak of the broadcast.
The third position is taken by Anders Blume. In 65 matches he reached 10.8M hours watched. He commented on the second most popular match for English-speaking viewers at BLAST Premier Global Final 2020. His tandem with Auguste Massonnat at the meeting of NAVI and Vitality was watched by 197K viewers at the peak.
The most popular Russian-language BLAST Premier casters
While there are only 5 English-speaking BLAST casters, Russian-speaking casters are as many as 13. The first place belongs to Taufik “tafa” Khidri. Despite many years of experience, Tafa comments on both international and regional tournaments. As for BLAST, he covered 46 matches and got 5.1M hours watched in 146 hours of airtime. Tafa commented on 7 of the 10 matches of the most popular BLAST Premier matches.
Taufik, along with Konstantin "LENINIW" Sivko, commented on the final of BLAST Premier Global Final 2020 between NAVI and Vitality, and that time 235K Russian-speaking viewers watched their comments. This match was the fifth most popular match in the history of the Russian-language esports scene of Counter-Strike.
The second most popular streamer of BLAST Premier was Arseniy ”ceh9” Trynozhenko. He started his career as a professional player. After 2013, ceh9 stopped actively participating in competitions and moved to the position of an analyst and commentator. At the same time, he still sometimes performs at show matches.
As for the broadcasts, Arseniy covered 26 matches and was on air for 84 hours, which is less than other casters from the top 5. ceh9 played most of his esports career for Natus Vincere, so he covered most of the NAVI matches.
In third place is Igor “SL4M” Sopov. He reached 3.7M hours watched in 113 hours of airtime and lacked only 8K to overtake ceh9.
Leaders in metrics (EN):
- Most popular streamer by hours wathced: Mohan “launders” Govindasamy and Conner "Scrawny" Girvan;
- Longest on air: Mohan “launders” Govindasamy and Conner “Scrawny” Girvan;
- Casted most matches: Mohan “launders” Govindasamy and Conner “Scrawny” Girvan;
- Commented on the match with the highest number of viewers: Mohan “launders” Govindasamy and Conner “Scrawny” Girvan;
Leaders in metrics (RU):
- The most popular streamer by hours watched: Tafik “tafa” Khidri (5.1M);
- Longest on air: Alexandr “Ded1ce” Kovalenko (165 hours);
- Casted most matches: Alexandr “Ded1ce” Kovalenko (56 matches);
- Commented on the match with the highest number of viewers: Tafik “tafa” Khidri & Konstantin "LENINIW" Sivko (235K peak viewers);
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