Steven R. February 7, 2020
A fresh but familiar face is set to appear at the desk of the 2020 LEC Spring Split.
The LEC announced that esports caster and host Alex “Machine” Richardson will serve as a guest analyst for weeks three and four of the season. The two sides briefly bantered about the news on Twitter,
This will be Machine’s second time casting League of Legends. Machine appeared in the LEC as a host during the 2019 LEC Spring Split as a temporary replacement for Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere. Despite his limited resume in LoL, there is little doubt that he will be able to do an solid job in the LEC.
Machine has been one of the most popular broadcasters in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for several years now. He popped onto the scene in a big way in 2015, working a number of events organized by ESL including the 2015 ESL One Katowice Major and the 2016 ESL One Cologne Majors.
He started taking on opportunities outside of ESL and CSGO in 2016, when he began working in Dota 2. He made his debut in the game at the 2016 Boston Major and went on to work The International in both 2017 and 2018. He has not worked at a Dota 2 event since TI8, though this was likely in part due to The International 2019 taking place at the same time as the StarLadder Berlin Major in CSGO.
Machine steps into the LEC at an interesting point in the season. Week three will kick off with G2 Esports standing comfortably atop the league with a 4-0 record, seemingly poised to follow up on its exceptionally strong 2019 season. Past G2 is a pileup of teams with Fnatic looking get one over on them, and Rogue and Origen looking to continue their hot starts.
Week three of the 2020 LEC Spring Split kicks off on Saturday, February 7.