Final spring, the EU Masters introduced many new eyes to the wealth of expertise the European Regional Leagues (ERLs) need to the broader group, with Karmine Corp’s EU Masters win shattering viewership throughout. Nevertheless, the main focus it introduced was not educated solely on the gamers, but additionally the variety of casters from the ERLs that have been concerned. Danish NLC caster Guldborg was a kind of names.
On June ninth, the LEC announced its casting line-up for Summer 2021 and plenty of names from the regional leagues have been introduced as company, with Guldborg making it inside their ranks. This can be a large call-up for all of them concerned and reveals the LEC are paying extra consideration to the ERLs now. To search out out extra, Megalodontus sat down with Mikkel ‘Guldborg’ Guldborg Nielsen to ask if he’ll deliver his Danish biases on-air, why his final objective includes reuniting with LCK caster Chronicler and why swearing at Quickshot is on his bucket listing.
Thanks a lot for accepting this interview, I consider that is our third interview collectively. So to begin, congratulations on making the LEC! How does it really feel shifting up from the NLC to LEC? You’re shifting up on the earth!
It’s fairly loopy as a result of all of it occurred so fucking quick! Out of nowhere! Let’s simply say I received an e mail from one other announcement that’s arising and I used to be like: “Holy shit, that is large!”
And the following day I received the e-mail from the LEC and so they have been asking if we may have a dialog as a result of they wished to deliver me in. And on the identical day I spoke with them, and so they stated they wished me on and requested if I wished the spot. Do I need a spot? Fuck yeah!
Then the day after that was once I received a message saying I might have the ability to get the COVID vaccine now. It’s simply… holy shit man, every little thing goes too good for me proper now. I’m a bit suspicious as a result of sooner or later in time, one thing must go unhealthy quickly, as a result of every little thing’s simply been going too good for me currently!
I’m joyful for you! Is that this function that you just’ve accepted into the LEC a full-time supply? Is it on a everlasting foundation or is it only for the primary week of LEC?
With out saying an excessive amount of, it’s presently only for the primary week of LEC. I don’t suppose I can say an excessive amount of on the topic, however I undoubtedly suppose that visitor spots are one thing that they wish to begin implementing extra. So possibly sooner or later folks will get to see me extra if I don’t in the event that they don’t fuck it up (laughs)!
I’m positive you’ll do positive. Properly, I consider you’ve been to the LEC studio earlier than for the EU Masters. How does casting within the LEC studio in comparison with your earlier gigs in casting, say… Telia Denmark for instance?
It’s a good query. Clearly, Telia doesn’t have as many sources as they do on the LEC. I’ve good colleagues at Telia and you’ve got lots of management of the model, similar to the place you wish to take it and that’s about it. The studio is very nice, however it’s nothing in comparison with the LEC. And technically talking, I’ve not actually been on the LEC studio earlier than.
Sure, I’ve been there, nevertheless it has not been for LEC. It was rebranded for the European Masters, or earlier than that we used for just like the EUphoria podcast setting. However this time round, it’ll truly be with the LEC with all of the expertise, and I believe that excites me quite a bit. I believe I wish to have a lot enjoyable with it and simply deliver what I can to the desk. That’s what I’m trying ahead to probably the most.
Talking of pleasure, which matches or groups are you most enthusiastic about casting? If I needed to guess, you’d most likely say MAD Lions because Pad is also from NLC, however I’m eager to listen to your ideas.
It’s going to sound actually biased, however I’ll bringing a few of my very own ‘Guldborg model’ in there. Clearly I’m vastly excited to speak about G2 Esports and really watch them play. We have already got a number of Danes on G2 like Wunder and Caps, so in fact I’m excited for them!
And yeah, one in every of my pals that I actually labored exhausting with to develop in esports is a part of the Astralis LEC team as effectively. To not be biased, however I’m hoping to see that they really have improved in summer season, seeing as lots of groups have made some roster adjustments and theirs have stayed the identical.
I form of wish to see how a lot of an influence it is going to have in opposition to a crew that’s not essentially gelled collectively but, like SK Gaming for instance. Astralis are taking part in SK this week and I’m actually trying ahead to that recreation, particularly as a result of SK is coming in with a lot of questionable changes, and I wish to see what Astralis can pull off after being collectively for half a 12 months.
Apart from the matches, what are you trying most ahead to in LEC? Is it assembly the casters, casting the LEC video games or being on a platform to have the ability to discuss stuff you love very a lot… like Denmark?
(Laughs) I’m simply trying ahead to being there, actually. I’ve created type of a bucket listing of issues I wish to do each on forged and likewise behind the forged as effectively.
I wish to do a showreel of my outfit that you just see Sjokz do, I wish to be a part of it and see if I can get in on that! I wish to do a TikTok with Caedrel and Drakos as a result of they often do this as effectively.
For the following one, context might be wanted. Each time Quickshot casts with a brand new caster, the one factor he’ll inform them is “don’t be shit”. And I’ve been instructed this by many others, however he hasn’t instructed me this but. So earlier than he tells it to me, I wish to cease him and I say, “Trevor, truly I received one thing to inform you. Don’t be shit”.
After which I’m going to go in there with him, with me having stated it first! That’s like primary on that bucket listing (laughs).
Does this not wreck the shock?
He most likely gained’t learn this text so it’s positive!
I’m additionally trying ahead to being like a younger, cocky individual once I’m casting with Quickshot, as a result of he likes to delight himself that he’s the dad of esports. However from my standpoint, he’s the grandad of esports. Excoundrel is my dad of esports!
Quickshot the previous man and I’m going to go in there and I’m going to only shock him with no matter I’ve!
I do know you’re not leaving the NLC behind, however what have your fondest reminiscences been casting the NLC to date? Foxdrop educating you a brand new phrase, possibly your podcast moments with Hiprain on Japan, or absolutely the fiestas within the league?
Man, you get so emotional while you simply discuss so many various reminiscences. A few of them nonetheless linger at the back of my thoughts. From the primary season as effectively, as a result of I used to be so new in an ERL, it was my first ERL to forged, I met so many gifted people and discovered so many distinctive strengths from every of them actually.
Going from Veteran, Froskurinn and Medic, all of these guys once they have been on as company had one thing totally different they might educate you. And I believe that that basically formed me to be what I’m at this time.
But when I discuss my most fond reminiscence… it’s undoubtedly not Foxdrop telling me to shit myself (laughs)! This query is hard man, are you aware how powerful this query is?
I do know it’s!
Okay, I believe… it was once I first began bringing the Denmark bias and the fellows weren’t prepared for it. They weren’t actually positive it was going to work, and so they have been afraid I used to be going to be too cringey. However as soon as they began getting the ball rolling and a few of them began to get in on it, it simply began to gel with me.
It’s not particularly one favourite second, nevertheless it’s one thing that constructed as much as what we’ve got at this time on NLC. And I’m actually keen on what we’ve got at this time. That’s going to be my cliché reply!
Because you’ve made it from NLC to LEC, some viewers could also be unfamiliar with the NLC. With you being a veteran caster there, inform us what storylines or groups they need to learn about for this season.
I do suppose Tricked Esport are trying actually good this time round. They’ve a extremely good understanding of what you want to do on this meta, about being proactive within the early recreation and attempt to snowball it from there with skirmishes.
I additionally suppose Fnatic Rising, for as soon as, truly regarded actually good of their opening recreation as effectively. I don’t know if it was only a fluke, however I believed they made actually good performs in opposition to Riddle Esports. After which clearly, when you haven’t watched the European Masters or by no means heard of it, effectively, you most likely have to tune into the NLC to observe BT Excel who have been the runners-up.
I’d undoubtedly say that that will be my prime three after which Nordavind sneaking in there too, as a result of they completed third in NLC 2021 spring and you can’t underestimate them. They’ve stayed collectively as the identical crew for the summer season season, and they’ll most likely deliver some upsets to the desk.
I knew you’ll discuss Tricked (trace: Denmark)! Transferring on, what gamers from the NLC do you suppose have the potential to make it to the LEC sooner or later?
Hmm… clearly BT Excel’s jungler Markoon and support Advienne are actually good bets. I believe their top-laner Orome actually has a superb shot at it as effectively. We see Adam from Karmine Corp making it to LEC on Fnatic as effectively, and we noticed what Orome did to Adam within the EU Masters finals!
After all this isn’t to say Adam is a foul participant by any means, I believe that’s only a assertion on how good Orome is as effectively by the truth that he was nonetheless beating Adam in prime lane, to the purpose the place Adam needed to tweet about it afterwards.
For gamers that persons are not likely taking a look at on a regular basis, Fnatic Rising’s help rhuckz is a extremely good participant as effectively. He’s actually good round roam timings so I believe if groups want to be extra proactive from the underside half and creating good synergy with the jungle and help, I believe rhuckz is basically good at creating this for his crew.
As for a non-academy participant… what, let’s fucking meme it. Poulsen from Tricked Esport with time goes to fucking take that LEC spot! There’s a younger Caps in that man proper there, it couldn’t be anybody else. It must be him!
Coming from Telia Denmark, you’ve moved on to the NLC, now you’re going to do the LEC. I’d prefer to ask about your objectives and ambitions as a caster then. The sky appears to be the restrict for you, so the place do you see your self within the subsequent few years? Worlds, maybe?
That is truly humorous. When Chronicler made it to the LCK, I used to be actually unhappy as a result of I couldn’t get to forged with him once more on the European Masters. And for individuals who didn’t know, Chronicler was once a play-by-play caster again then, now he’s a color caster. So we made this ‘anime promise’ to one another that we’re going to work exhausting so in the future we get to forged a Worlds finals collectively, because the finals are two color casters and one play-by-play!
I believe that’s like my final objective, attending to forged with the Chronicler once more and and simply smash a finals.
So which means you wish to go to the LCK?
Not essentially! I simply wish to forged with Chronicler. Perhaps he may come to LEC as effectively. Perhaps he didn’t need to, , forged such a shit league!
(Writer’s be aware: Please be aware that Guldborg is joking… or is he?)
I’m laughing an excessive amount of. Okay, breathe… So, Chronicler and your self each come from the ERLs, and one side that will get ignored is the depth of casting expertise that folks may not pay attention to. As somebody who’s interacted with numerous ERL casters, are there any that you just’d like to spotlight?
I’ve some totally different solutions to this one. Now, I don’t perceive Italian, however once I’m listening to Moonboy forged now and again on the PG Nationals, I don’t perceive jack shit of what he’s saying, however I fucking adore it! I really like the circulation and I really like what I’m listening to. It’s simply music to my ears actually.
From the NLC, Aux has been so undervalued for so lengthy. Jamada as effectively. I believe Jamada might be like the largest one up-and-coming caster for English casts. Little doubt about it, the sky’s the restrict for this man and he’s undoubtedly going locations.
From the Polish Ultraliga, I’d prefer to shoutout TheFakeOne and Magvayer as effectively. As soon as once more, I don’t perceive Polish, however they’re actually good with circulation and that’s one thing you may recognise. After we do the EUpdate on the EUniverse with them, there’s completely nothing mistaken with their English as effectively, and I believe in the event that they devoted themselves to it, they could possibly be actually good English casters.
Earlier than we finish, we’ve spoken at size on the regional league gamers and casters, so lastly I’m going to ask you to promote the ERLs and EU Masters to the viewers. Why ought to folks take note of the ERLs and EU Masters, and the place ought to they go in the event that they want a helpful information for it?
Generally, as a result of it brings such a area people while you get to be part of it, particularly if it’s your individual ERL. It’s what retains the LEC going as effectively since there’s at all times this large expertise pool, and you may watch these folks evolve from the get go. You will be part of it, and you may talk about with them and work together with them on social media platforms like Twitter, that possibly turns into much less accessible as quickly as they make it to the LEC.
It’s the truth that you may put your self on the market, whilst a spectator, and if you wish to work in esports then the ERLs is the proper place to begin. Everybody begins from someplace and the ERLs are simply one of the best ways to work your self up. This goes for professional gamers, coaches and us casters too. All of us begin someplace and it’s the ERLs.
The ERLs are the muse of European League of Legends and it’ll proceed to be that. It is going to maintain evolving and we simply want extra folks in there to indicate it extra help with evolution as effectively.
Do your self a favor and discover out what league is in your nation, and if that’s not satisfying sufficient, effectively, the LFL is at all times a extremely good place to begin! You don’t even have to know what the casters are saying. The PG nationals as effectively is at all times nice. There’s simply so many fascinating groups and leagues within the ERLs.
And when you nonetheless don’t know the place to begin…Properly, let me inform you concerning the EUniverse on Twitter and EUniverse on YouTube, the place we’ll deliver you weekly protection of the ERLs with highlights matches to observe, and the present standings of every ERL, main as much as European Masters, which ought to be your spotlight of the 12 months earlier than Worlds and LEC!
We’ve come to the tip of the interview. Is there anything that you just’d like so as to add? Any shoutouts you’d like to provide?
Shoutout to all the fellows that introduced me right here. Shoutout to Excoundrel, Hiprain and Aux. Again once I didn’t get the gig for the previous Nordic Championship, they reached out to me and I believe as a result of they received my assist for the Nordics, they received that reference to me and wished to deliver me in to do extra.
Shoutout to all of the folks I’ve labored with on Telia. I’ve labored with so many wonderful individuals who formed me to be the place I’m at this time. Shout out to Troubleinc for the final European Masters. We had quite a bit of enjoyable, which might be why I additionally get to be right here due to our efficiency there.
Everybody who’s ever labored with me, when you’ve checked out me, taught me or finished something with me in work-related locations, I thanks since you’ve made me who I’m at this time!
Follow Guldborg on Twitter. You could find the occasions for all of LEC’s Week 1 matches for 2021 Summer here.
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