With the League Championship Series (LCS) set to return to action this Friday, Riot Games and co. have announced the list of names making up the team of hosts, casters, and analysts that will be featured for the league's 10th year of competitive play.
Here's a breakdown of the LCS broadcast's talent lineup for the upcoming year.
- James "Dash" Patterson
- Gabriella "LeTigress" Devia-Allen
- Clayton "CaptainFlowers" Raines
- David "Phreak" Turley
- Julian "Pastrytime" Carr
- Sam "Kobe" Hartman-Kenzler
- Isaac "Azael" Cummings Bentley
- Joshua "Jatt" Leesman
- Mark "MarkZ" Zimmerman
- Hai "Hai" Du Lam
- Emily Rand
- Barento "Raz" Mohammed
As shown by the announcement's cover photo and list of names, all of the members in the lineup are no strangers to the North American spotlight.
A pretty welcome surprise, Jatt is back for the first time in two years. In 2020 and 2021, Jatt served on Riot's competitive balance team for League of Legends and was the head coach for Team Liquid before resigning from the position ahead of last year’s Summer Split.
On Twitter, Jatt confirmed that he will be casting games, as well as sharing some knowledge on the analyst desk, in a freelance role.
As mentioned by MarkZ on Jan. 8, with there being plenty of structural changes set to come to the LCS, Academy, and Amateur format in 2022, it appears several of the show's personalities and analysts will be shifting into smaller roles or have left the show altogether.
With the LCS regular season format set to return to an even split between the Spring and Summer Splits consisting of two eight-week double round robins, the broadcast is going back to two days a week for most of the year.
As such, MarkZ shared that aside from playoffs and two "LCS Super Weeks" per split — in which five additional games will be played on Fridays — the LCS analyst desk will have two set roles in terms of everyday on-air talent with him sharing a rotating third spot with someone else.
The LCS will kick off its Spring 2022 schedule with the Lock In preseason tournament on Friday, Jan. 14.