Medic has declined to cast Worlds, cites personal reasons

Source: LoL Esports

According to a post on popular play-by-play caster Aaron "Medic" Chamberlain's Twitter account — the LEC talent employe by Riot Games will not be casting this year's League of Legends World Championship. In the tweet, Medic explains his decision being because of the mental and emotional exhaustion he has been experiencing recently — citing the challenges of Covid, online casts, and the world in general. 

"It is always an honour to cast for you all, however for now, I'm going to focus on myself and getting myself into a place where I am genuinely happy again and I am thankful to Riot in supporting me in taking time off," Medic stated in the announcement. "I will miss you all, but hopefully see you again in 2023."


The British caster has been a staple in the LEC and international League events like Worlds and MSI since 2017.  It is one of many instances in the last few years in which a caster has cited the stress of their profession, as well as declined to participate in a major event. Popular LCS commentator Clayton "CaptainFlowers" Raines has been noted for declining to cast events such as MSI 2022 and Worlds 2021 for similar reasons.


Isaac "Azael" Cummings has made similar comments. "Obviously, I still spend most of my life on my work, but it's something that I just think has made it feel more sustainable," Azael told Inven Global in an interview last year. "Because I had this conversation a couple of years ago with a bunch of casters. We're at an MSI, and I went around and I was like, "Can you see yourself doing this for another 30 years? Average age of retirement 65, 30-35. Could you do this?" And literally, everyone was just an instant no. Because people are so stressed. And people are so just psyched out a lot of times by the pressure that they feel working these events, having criticism from fans, and pressure to perform and do really well or maybe be replaced by someone else coming up."

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