July 23, 2019

Joshua “Jatt” Leesman returns to the LCS broadcast team

The LCS broadcast team is an integral part of what makes Riot Games’ League of Legends Championship Series one of the best-produced esports in the industry as of July 23. What makes it integral is the fact that the hosts of the League have to be the ones to properly assess and communicate the high-level gameplay to the viewing audience at home. One of the best casters that Riot had on staff was Joshua “Jatt” Leesman.

Jatt initially joined the Riot Broadcast staff in 2013, joining on as an analyst and caster to many games in the League, providing memorable and knowledgeable game commentary that helped make clear the hectic scenarios the League of Legends undergoes in pro play.

While his analysis seems complicated, he always proceeded his research with a succinct bottom line for viewers at home to understand what is needed to be known.

One of the many contributions he made to the community was the show Jatt’s Stats. Part of the regular broadcast starting in 2016, Jatt reviewed the teams of the League in a deconstructive manner of trends, matchups, coaching decisions and player strengths in a 3 min videos that helped shows like Jatt-22 and This or That.

He also was part of the debut of the Riot produced The Dive podcast with hosts Sam “Kobe” Hartman-Kenzler, and Isaac “Azael” Cummings-Bentley, to provide news on the League game, following storylines and League team updates.

On January 30, it was announced that Jatt would leave the broadcast team to pursue being a game balance developer for Riot Games directly. He said it was time to move on and pursue other endeavors and his main initial interest in working game design, in doing so, the League persisted without his analysis for a full LCS Spring Split and the Rift Rivals event.

On July 18th, Riot announced that he would be returning.

In an interview by Travis Gafford, Jatt explained his return. “I didn’t realize I would miss shout-casting. […] I kinda realized how important shoutcasting was to me.” Jatt says. He also says he misses the process and the production and the platform to express his opinions.

He casted his first game back on July 20th on the seventh week of the summer split, and has been welcomed back with warm reception.

Credit: Rudolf Baldovino

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