CaptainFlowers has declined to cast MSI, cites broadcast logistics

Source: LoL Esports

According to a post on popular play-by-play caster Clayton "CaptainFlowers" Raines's Twitter account —  the LCS talent will not be casting this year's Mid-Season Invitational. In the tweet, CaptainFlowers explains his decision being because of the logistical difficulties of the broadcast. Because the English broadcast team is being held at the LEC studio in Berlin, the event requires casters to both overcome the problems present with remote broadcasts, as well as face the common difficulties present with long travel — factors that caused CaptainFlowers to decline casting the event.

CaptainFlowers declining to cast at MSI 2022 is another absence for the talent at international League of Legends tournaments. Last year, it was noted that CaptainFlowers willingly chose to forgo working at the 2021 League of Legends World Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland — citing he believed it was in his best interest, for the sake of his physical and mental health.

Over the past several years, CaptainFlowers has grown to be one of the most beloved English casters in League of Legends — famous for his fiery play-by-play skills and enthusaism for matches. He has been a regular staple at most of the recent iterations of Worlds and MSI, with his last major international tournament being at MSI 2021. 

The news is another example of the challenges still present due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though events in League of Legends are becoming more common — such as the large crowd present at the LCS 2022 Spring Finals at Houston's NRG Stadium — setbacks and restrictions for events still are prevalent. Other recent examples include this season's LPL Playoffs being postponed because of the COVID-19 situation in China. 

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