The Manila Masters English Broadcast team to include local talent Eri Neeman and Allyza Taylor
No love for Tobi Wan though…
With just barely a month to go before the Philippines witnesses another major Esports event, the Manila Masters, the organizing body behind the premiere tournament has just announced the English broadcast team, not just 1 but 2 Filipino talents will make up the group of analysts, hosts, interviewers and shoutcasters.
First off, actor and stand-up comedian Eri Neeman, who once was part of the ESL One Manila 2016 and ESL One Frankfurt 2016, will be back to the pro gaming scene once more as the Manila Masters stage host, following his commendable performance in the past ESL hosted events. Neeman has come a long way in hosting for video game segments and events, starting with MOG TV back in 2011, a locally produced television show centered on MMOs, followed by his first major game event hosting at the MSI Beat It Philippines 2013. Neeman’s energetic and easily relatable hosting act has gained him much popularity and adoration among Esports fans, both locally and abroad, especially with his signature Macho Man contest segment.
Together with Eri Neeman, will be another local talent will be joining the English Broadcast team as an interviewer and that will be Allyza Taylor, who is known to shoutcast pro FPS events for pro gaming organization Mineski, and has also hosted other locally organized video game and Esports events such as the Pinoy Gaming Festival and the Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit. The Manila Masters will presumably be the first major international event in which Taylor will be part of as part of the broadcast team.
The rest of the Manila Masters English broadcast team will include Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden, Grant “GranDGranT” Harris, Ben “Merlini” Wu, Jack “KBBQ“ Chen, David “LD” Gorman, David “GodZ” Parker, Owen “ODPixel” Davis, Trent “TrentPax” MacKenzie David “Luminous” Zhang, and Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner, sadly though, even with the caliber of talent that is present, the English Broadcast team for the Manila Masters will not include Toby “TobiWan” Dawson, one of the pioneers in DotA and Dota 2 shoutcasting, that after Tobi stated that he himself “offered to go“.
Although Tobi states that he felt sad as he will not be making it to the Manila Masters, he still extends his appreciation for the Philippine Dota 2 crowd and will presumably be enjoying his break before The International 2017 which will take place this August.
The Manila Masters is the Philippines third major Esports event for Dota 2, following the highly successful ESL One Manila 2016 and the Manila Major 2016, and will take place in the SM Mall of Asia Arena, this coming May 26 to 28, 2017.