The official host of The International 2017 will be none other than Sean 'Day[9]' Plott

Dota 2 Eugene “ehzx” Hong

Earlier today, Valve announced that Sean 'Day[9]' Plott, a veteran Starcraft 2 caster, will be hosting the main event of The International 2017. Accompanying him is Alexander 'Machine' Richardson, who will be hosting the TI7 Group Stage.

Day[9] started off as a pro player in Starcraft and transited into casting after the release of Starcraft 2. He quickly made a name for himself and was loved by many in the Starcraft community. He even started his very own Day[9] TV, where he analyzes Professional Starcraft 2 matches. Earlier this year, Day[9] decided to pick up Dota 2 and started a weekly webshow called 'Day[9] learns Dota' with Kevin 'Purge' Godec.

Day[9] will be making his debut in the Dota 2 scene at the biggest event possible – The International 2017. There may be many doubters but I believe that Day[9] will live up to the pressure and deliver only the best at the main event. As for the Group Stage, it will be hosted by none other than Alexander 'Machine' Richardson, who was well-received during his Dota 2 debut at the Boston Major in December 2016.

Just an hour later, Valve announced the rest of the English Broadcast team, filled with amazing talents. Not only do we have the return of many fan favorites and cornerstone talents such as David 'LD' Gorman and Toby 'TobiWan' Dawson, we also get fresh perspectives from the (not-so)new faces such as Joakim 'Akke' Akterhall, Henrik 'AdmiralBulldog' Ahnberg and Per Anders 'Pajkatt' Olsson.  

A name that many have missed - Jorien 'Sheever' Van Der Heijden who will be returning temporarily after her absence from battling cancer.

On top of all the talents, Valve also announced that there will be the return of the newcomer stream for the upcoming TI7 to help newer audiences learn Dota 2 and enjoy watching the games at the same time.  The Newcomer stream was first launched in 2014 for TI4 and many fans called for its return as of late. 

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Do you agree with Valve's decision to invite Day[9] as the host of TI7 main event?

Yes, he will be great!
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No, I prefer Redeye or Machine
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  • Koulio "koulio" Vag ,
    Best personality ever. Fan of Day[9] 6 years now. Congrats to Valve. Endless hype...
  • Bence "MeltingSnow" Pesenyánszki ,
    Its sad that Starcraft doesn't have many viewers, players, or even tournaments, but it is still by far the best, most enjoyable, most professional progaming to watch, productionwise as well. No kidding here, I've stopped watching Dota progaming for a while now, only tuning back to TI, but I still watch sc2 time to time for the previously mentioned reasons. I'm glad to see that Volvo is learning and selecting good personalities. To be honest, I'd have been more than fine with Mr. Redeye, but u can't go wrong with D9. The only reason i won't say that I hope we get Tastosis' too at some point is because it would mean the end of sc2.
  • Dota "DotaTwo" Two ,
    Xyclopz is the best caster!!! He should be invited!!
  • Mr "soly" Soly ,
    Who the fk is that?
  • Chester "hasanvanismail" Bennington ,
    i was expecting my master SingSing to join the tallents :(
  • Johnathan "r0xo" Loxton ,
    I really like Day[9] and I am sure he will do a great job at TI, he knows what he is doing. But I really don't agree with this decision. It is not about the lack of Dota knowledge, it is about having guys in the scene who are proven to be really great hosts and choosing someone who has never hosted any Dota tournament to do TI. I mean it is not only players who feel they have to work hard and prove themselves during the year to get invited to do TI. TI is a Dota caster's dream job. How they say yeah Redeye you have done amazing work for Dota and even Dakota is totally capable of hosting and works hard in Dota but sorry we choose this other guy. Now I know it is more about putting on a good show and like I said he is a proven host, so it is not despicable. I just feel like they should give something to all of these casters/hosts who do so much for Dota and do good work during the year.
    • Patrik "TigerusX" Man ,
      Was really hyped cause I'm a long time fan of Day 9, however...you make a good point.
    • James "Yared" A ,
      ReDeYe features great class with his very professional demeanor. KotLGuy is a trained actor and definitely a proven versatile talent. Machine brings a more youthful everything is going smoothly feel. Day[9] can be closer to the newer audience which we might want. As Dota 2 has lost quite a bit and Valve is now focusing on getting more initiates. This time the new and incoming ones are being favored instead of the faithful fans. IMHO keep ReDeYe or bring KotlGuy as stage host and Day[9] or Machine as desk host. I would have lobbied for a please all sides if the show is worth millions anyway. Because if paying for talent is not the problem then we can make everyone happy.


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