Ex-LCS host James “Dash” Patterson has announced he wasn’t invited to be part of the MSI 2023 broadcast for the first time ever. Here’s why Dash isn’t at MSI.
Dash has been a fixture of the League of Legends esports scene in North America, hosting the LCS as the lead host for practically all of its lifespan as a broadcast. But it was announced in late 2021 that Dash would not be returning to the broadcast as a regular appearance.
This led to fan backlash, and Riot Games clarified that Dash would still appear irregularly. He ended up appearing on the regular LCS broadcast and hosting the LCS 2023 Spring Finals in Raleigh, North Carolina. However, he recently announced that he had not been asked to participate in MSI, reigniting community ire.
No Dash at MSI 2023 makes history
Dash recently took to Twitter to announce that he hadn’t been asked to participate in MSI 2023. This is the first time in the history of the Mid-Season Invitational that Dash wouldn’t be a part of. And it’s striking to consider he wasn’t invited to the event.
The host said he was devastated by Riot’s decision, caring deeply about League of Legends and being a part of it. This year’s MSI will take place in London, England, the first international event in the United Kingdom.
Many community members gave their support to Dash and said he’d be missed at the Mid-Season Invitational. Fellow caster and one of the MSI 2023 talent roster, Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere was among them.
She said she wishes she could have shared the desk with Dash. Dash’s departure from the LCS was the beginning of the end of an era for many LCS fans. There are lots of veteran fans to whom Dash is part and parcel of the league.