WePlay AniMajor is in full swing, with the best Dota 2 teams from around the world competing for a share of $ 500,000 and very significant Dota Pro Circuit points that will give them a chance to qualify for The International 10 which has a prize pool of $ 40 million. The action was intense, the teams crashed early while others surprised and made a name for themselves. But there is only one thing Dota 2 The community has spoken during the AniMajor, and it’s the entertaining new casting duo of Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner and Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling.
Neither name will be unknown dota Fans. Aui_2000 won The International 5 with Evil Geniuses and had a long playing career, while SirActionSlacks has been one of the most entertaining hosts and presenters on the Dota scene. But so far neither has done much when it comes to game casting.
Over the years, SirActionSlacks has launched a few Dota 2 matches, but its unique style of comedy and mayhem has often annoyed some of the purists who want a traditional serious-style cast. Slacks also never claimed to be a spell caster, claiming last year that if Valve asked him to throw TI’s grand finale, he would just go home because they clearly don’t get it. dota more. As a result, his casts have been rare, despite much of the dota community that always wants to see more.
Aui_2000, meanwhile, only recently entered the casting scene. After years of being a highly successful professional player, this season he has made several appearances in the North American DPC League with Beyond The Summit. His knowledge of the game is unmatched and his tongue-in-cheek sense of humor has won him many fans, including WePlay, who invited him to play the AniMajor.
Somehow the two ended up sinking together at the AniMajor and fans were immediately on board. Slacks’ strong style and comedic calls worked perfectly with Aui’s attempts at serious analysis, and both bounced back naturally. Reddit threads praising the duo were quickly created, calling on the couple to pitch other matches at the tournament, and the community had a new pair of waifus to love.
“The casting with Aui is really great,” says SirActionSlacks. “Everything he says is incredible. So you know, it’s kind of like a tease, the more I talk, with every sentence I have, the audience just wants it to stop so they can hear Aui again. But yes, too much of a good thing is not that interesting. That’s pretty much what casting is like with Aui, I just steal from people what they want for as long as possible, and then when they hear him speak again, it’s amazing.
Putting two people who have limited casting experience together in a major was certainly a risk, but when they’re both as entertaining as these two, the results were always amazing. The ever-humble Slacks attributes a lot of that to Aui, who he says comes naturally when it comes to casting and being an on-screen personality.
“He’s a natural, the guy knows a lot about Dota,” says Slacks. “But then again, he’s a literal TI winner, so it’s not at all surprising. He is incredible. But who would have thought he would actually be able to speak too? I mean, play Dota and have a personality? It is quite rare.
That Aui gets so good at casting, especially with a personality like Slacks who can sometimes say things that would confuse even the most seasoned casters, is very impressive, showing that he does indeed have a natural talent for the role. But Aui says casting with Slacks has been great for him, and the humor that Slacks brings helps it be more entertaining during the casting.
“I loved casting with Slacks, I think the first casting we did together, I was rightfully shocked and couldn’t understand what was going on,” says Aui_2000. “People can’t see it, but Slacks was shaking his legs so hard I couldn’t control my mouse on the analyst’s computer, so it was a multi-front experience. In the right direction. I think we work well together because I can focus too much on the sheer dota aspect of a casting and Slacks is good for practicing more of an entertainment part of the casting. It helps us strike the right balance and deliver a more complete end product.
WePlay has always been open to less serious style castings, often allowing Slacks to launch and creating partnerships between talents that we usually don’t see, but that often end up working really well. While other tournament organizers, who often try to emulate traditional sports style shows, seem less willing to allow this kind of casting. But with Slacks and Aui now forming arguably the best couple of comedic style talent in dota, fans are very hopeful that they can reunite at other upcoming events, and that sentiment is shared by other broadcast talent as well.
“Whenever Slacks and I work on content together, we literally cry with laughter because we’re having so much fun,” says Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten, another Dota launcher who often works with Slacks on content like the very entertaining Fails of the Week series. “Do I think Slacks should launch tons of games? No, and I think he will tell you that himself. But in small doses, absolutely yes. I think being able to poke fun at the game or the players at certain times, or whatever, just makes for a better experience for viewers, so that’s a good thing every now and then. The more variety the better for the game.
As we begin to emerge from the pandemic and the big events begin to return to the dota scene, it is crucial that the massive viewership we have seen for events online over the past year or so is transferred to large local networks and hopefully grows further. The hilarious moments and entertainment that Slacks and Aui bring to the castings will no doubt be a great way to attract new viewers, and while they probably shouldn’t be hosting the TI Finals together anytime soon, the more we get to see them the better. work together.