Less than two weeks prior to the kickoff of The International 8, the broadcast talent has been announced by Valve.
The main host of the event will be the returning veteran Paul "Redeye" Chaloner scene who was skipped last year, with Valve choosing to give that spotlight to Sean "Day9" Plott. For group stages, William "Chobra" Cho has been tapped while Alex "Machine" Richardson has also been brought back in after a successful show at the Boston Major and The International 7.
The full talent list can be found in the Compendium portion of the TI8 Dota 2 Battlepass.
TI8 will see the return of plenty of talent, including Kaci Atchison, the anchor who has become a mainstay at The International, who will likely be making her first public appearance after her pregnancy along with the darling of the Dota community, Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner on interviews, stage hosting and content.
After past struggles with getting invites to previous TIs, Jonathan "PimpmuckL" Liebig will finally get himself to TI, much to the joy of his fans and the wider Dota 2 community who have been clamouring for his inclusion in the invite list.
Most notably this year, the DPC’s trend of including multiple professional players turned analysts alongside talented shoutcasters continue. For instance, Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg has been invited, alongside or Park "March" Tae-won among others.
While their roles haven’t been made explicit, this is likely a response to positive reception of pros at previous Dota 2 events giving their analyses, such as Kyle “Kyle” Freedman, Brian "BSJ" Canavan and Troels Lyngholt "syndereN" Nielsen. While they may lack the experience that more seasoned casters bring to play-by-play games, they may be expected to add experienced perspectives to analysis panels.
Many experienced broadcasters will be returning to Seattle as well, including but not limited to casters Owen “ODPixel” Davies, Tobi “TobiWan” Dawson and Austin "Capitalist" Walsh.
Also, in what is perhaps the biggest news of this announcement. We will finally see Grant "GrandGrant" Harris make his first ever TI appearance as a talent. The NA based caster has come a long way since last year first winning official sponsorship from Evil Geniuses and then appearing in multiple Majors before receiving his TI invite.
The announcement also included the official talent for Russian and Chinese streams.