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MonteCristo reveals what he’d change in the Overwatch League

Published: 9/Aug/2019 22:02 Updated: 31/Dec/2019 19:16

by Michael Gwilliam

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Dexerto recently got a chance to interview Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles about what lies ahead for the Overwatch League caster, other opportunities he’d like to explore, and changes he would make to OWL.

Monte is probably most well-known for his League of Legends work, whether it was as a color commentator alongside Erik ‘Doa’ Lonnquist, as the coach of Counter Logic Gaming or as co-owner of the LA Renegades.

Back on June 4, Cristo told Choi ‘Locodoco’ Yoon-seop that he might return to League of Legends if Riot publicly apologized and Overwatch died. Dexerto followed up on this question and asked the 32-year-old if he would ever work with Riot again if Overwatch League were to fold.

“Well first, I don’t think that OWL is going to go under, I think it’s doing very well to make that clear. I think in terms of other esports, I don’t know if I would cast anymore. I have plenty of job opportunities to do things that are not casting within the esports industry,” Mykles said.

“I get job offers all the time to do other stuff. Part of it is because people think of me as a caster, but I’ve also I’ve been a team owner so I’ve run and sold a seven figure business. I understand how to structure organizations. I understand how to operate teams. I’ve done journalism, I used to own a journalism website. I’ve ran that. I’ve also been a professional coach for almost two years. I pretty much know … I’ve been here for 15 years and I’ve done effectively every job on the professional side,” he added.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentMonteCristo and Doa are considered one of the best casting duos in Overwatch League.

We asked if he would potentially want to be Overwatch League commissioner, a job many had speculated he would be a good fit for when Nate Nanzer left.

“Well first off that’s a job that is going to be held by Pete Vlastelica. So, no. Would I potentially take a job as a creative producer for the league? Possibly.

I think that is something that I would be interested in doing either instead of my casting or in addition to my casting because I would to definitely help shape some more of the content strategy around the league because I feel I, from all my years of experience, have a very good knowledge of what the audience wants as well as what content has been produced historically across esports.”

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentMonteCristo is quite the entertainer.

Monte’s work in esports expands across multiple Blizzard titles from StarCraft to World of Warcraft and now, of course, Overwatch.

“I think that having a creative vision for a product like Overwatch League or in different esport would be really fun and a new challenge for me. I think honestly if I were to leave, I probably would not cast anymore.”

However, that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t want to stop working.

“I probably would still do some on camera stuff like The Nines, the show that I’m doing right now, or some other gaming shows. But I doubt I’d be directly casting an esport and I think I would probably be trying to do more stuff in terms of leading the creative vision for a different esport.”

“I think what would be fun for me is if I look at things the LEC rebranding that happened this year, I think that was really successful and really cool to watch happen and I think doing something that for an e-sport would be particularly fun.”

Cloud9/YouTubeMonteCristo is a mainstay on Cloud9’s The9s.

We asked Monte, who has casted Overwatch in a number of different formats in Korea and North America, if there was one change he would like to see implemented in Overwatch League.

“Well, from a format perspective, I would do best of fives (first to three) and… probably have loser picks map or have a limited map pool and have a map draft. I think that when I was casting Apex, having the best of series was really fun and I really liked that in the playoffs as well. I’m just not a fan of having that dangling fourth map if somebody wins 3-0. I think you’d have fewer 3-0s if it was loser picks map because you’d have to beat the team that was picking the map on either three out of three or two out of three maps depending on who picks the first one.”

Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

And for Monte, there’s even more that Overwatch League can learn from OGN – especially when it comes to getting a crowd psyched up.

“I think also that in general, one thing that we lack in the Overwatch League is really hype videos and I think that we could do more when it comes to helping star building of the players and doing some really big hype videos that get the fans excited to watch. I think OGN was particularly good at both of these things and I think there’s a lot to learn from them.”

League of Legends

LPL 2021 Spring Split: 2-0 wins for WE and Victory 5

Published: 24/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 15:21

by Bill Cooney

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League of Legends’ LPL 2021 Spring Split has started. 17 Chinese teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs, so here’s everything you need to know, from streams and schedule to the current scores and standings to keep you in the know.


  • Beishang starred as WE went top with a 2-0 win over LNG.
  • Victory 5 demolished Rogue Warriors in a clean 2-0 sweep.
  • EDward Gaming remains second after a 2-0 win against JDG.

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule. We’ll update this section as we get further along into the tournament.

Week 4 schedule (January 25 – January 31)

Date Match PST EST GMT
January 25 EDward Gaming vs SinDragon 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
JD Gaming vs Rare Atom 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 26 Royal Never Give Up vs Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG vs Bilibili Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 27 eStar vs FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Invictus vs Rogue Warriors 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 28 LGD Gaming vs Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
OMG vs SN Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 29 eStar vs LNG 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE vs Royal Never Give Up 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 30 SinoDragon vs Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Invictus vs FunPlus Phoenix 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 31 Rare Atom vs Rogue Warriors 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports vs JD Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 2 results (January 11 – January 17)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 11 Bilibili Gaming 2 – 1 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
ThunderTalk Gaming 0 – 2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 12 Oh My God 0 – 2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Rogue Warriors 2 – 1 Top Esports 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 13 Team WE 2 – 1 Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 2 – 0 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 14 JD Gaming 2 – 0 Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Royal Never Give Up 2 – 1 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 15 Rogue Warriors 0 – 2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports 2 – 0 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 16 Victory 5 2-1 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-1 FunPlus Phoenix 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 17 LNG Esports 2-1 ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE 2-1 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 3 results (January 18 – January 24)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 18 Oh My God 1-2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Bilibili Gaming 1-2 Victory Five 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 19 Rogue Warriros 0-2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 LGD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 20 Invictus Gaming 2-0 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Suning 0-2 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 21 ThunderTalk Gaming 0-2 Team WE 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Oh My God 0-2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 22 Rare Atom 0-2 BiliBili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 JD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 23 Top Esports 2-0 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
FunPlus Phoenix 2-0 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 24 Rogue Warriors 0-2 Victory Five 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 0-2 Team WE 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below is how each team places in the current standings, with Royal Never Give Up, Team WE and EDward Gaming all yet to drop a series.

Placement Team  Series    Games 
1 Team WE 5-0 10-2
2 EDward Gaming 4-0 8-2
3 Royal Never Give Up 3-0 6-1
4 FunPlus Phoenix 3-1 7-2
5 Victory Five 3-1 7-4
6 LNG Esports 2-1 4-3
7 Invictus Gaming 2-2 5-4
Top Esports 2-2 5-4
9 Billibili Gaming 2-2 5-5
eStar Gaming 2-2 5-5
11 JD Gaming 1-2 2-4
Rare Atom 1-2 2-4
 13 Suning 1-3 3-6
14 Rogue Warriors 1-4 2-9
15 LGD Gaming 0-3 1-6
ThunderTalk Gaming 0-3 1-6
17 Oh My God 0-4 2-8

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Bilibili Gaming Biubiu Meteor Zeka Aiming Mark
Edward Gaming Flandre Jiejie Scout Viper Meiko
eStar Gaming zs H4cker irma rat ShiauC
FunPlus Phoenix Nuguri Tian Doinb Lwx Crisp
Invictus Gaming TheShy XUN Rookie Wink Baolan
JD Gaming Zoom Kanavi Xiye, Yagao LokeN LvMao
LGD Gaming Cult Flora, Kui Uniboy Garvey, Kramer Peace
LNG Esports M1kuya Tarzan icon Light Iwandy
Oh My God New Aki Wuming Eric COLD
Rare Atom Cube Aix FoFo iBoy Hang
Rogue Warriors Ziv Haro Forge kelin, Michi QiuQiu
Royal Never Give Up Xiaohu Wei Cryin GALA Ming
Suning Bin SofM Angel huanfeng ON
Team WE Breathe beishang Shanks Jiumeng Missing
Top Esports 369 Karsa knight JackeyLove Zhuo
ThunderTalk Gaming Chelizi bless Captain SamD Teeen
Victory Five LANGX Weiwei Mole y4 ppgod