The Scale (1-10)
(S)kill - How good they are at hon, knowledge of the game
(M)usic - How much I enjoy their music - this also includes banter between friends, and other people on vent, for those who don't have music
(Q)uality of Stream - How good it looks
(I)nteraction - This isn't how much they talk but how much they do for the actual viewer: How much do they talk to the viewers, respond to them, and do things for them?
(A)rchives - Do they or don't they? Yes = 10
(D)aily Streams - How often they stream? Daily = 10, Often = 5, Rarely = 0
Now, onto the streams:
Pwn` - http://www.justin.tv/pwnx
Pwn is a good player, he will keep you laughing, he interacts with his viewers and is known for having the best playlist of music. he streams daily, and he archives.
S - 8 | M - 10 | Q - 8 | I - 8 | A - yes | D - Every DayDangerousDan - http://www.justin.tv/dangerousdan1
Dan, like pwn is very entertaining, and he is better then most at the game however not as good as the competitive streamers. Dan also streams daily though it may be a hit or miss if he actually plays hon. His stream is the best quality and he will play all the latest games. He archives as well
S - 7 | M - 7 | Q - 10 | I - 10 | A - Yes | D - Every Dayinb4tehlock - http://www.justin.tv/1inb4tehlock1
inb4 is not as entertaining as the rest but his skill level of the game is quite good. He solo queues a lot, and has a lot of mods. While not the most entertaining stream he does interact with his viewers and provides a lot of knowledge on the game. If you want to learn go here, if your looking for a good game and a laugh look above. he streams daily and archives.
S - 7 | M - 6 | Q - 6 | I - 7 | A - Yes | D - Every DayJoshP - http://www.justin.tv/ragingismyhobby
(Updated March 4th)
Easily one of the most skilled players. His stream quality is good, and he interacts with his viewers. however he streams maybe once a month, maybe once a year, hell who knows its rare though. However when he does stream its worth the watch. He does not archive
As an update to this review it seems Joshp has quit hon or so the word was given on AMXzaku's stream. He told me he would be streaming 8 hour days on a normal schedule. Then that same day he rage quit off his live stream and wasn't heard from again. Well not until two days later where it was said he had given up on hon. So I wouldn't hope to see him live soon which is a shame because he was one of my favorites. Regardless of his personal problems or problems with other players, you cant deny the raw talent this guy has and the amount of education you got from his stream was off the chart. Sad to see this one go, for probably a week or two then he will come back AMIRITE!!!
S - 10 | M - 7 | Q - 8 | I - 7 | A - No | D - Rarely StreamsFojji - http://www.justin.tv/fojji
Fojji runs a quality stream, decent music, and good skill. he doesn't talk much so don't expect him to interact much with his viewers. he streams about everyday and archives.
S - 8 | M - 7 | Q - 7 | I - 5 | A - Yes | D - Every few daysamxzaku -http://www.justin.tv/amx10
Zaku has one of the most popular streams, and he doesn't just stream daily but all day every day. In fact you can almost always see zaku playing live. he is one of the best skilled players that streams and he plays just about any hero you can think of. however the problem with zaku is you will probably be watching him chat in several different chat programs (MSN, IRC, Stream Chat, etc) He tends to be more concerned with making a buck off his stream then actually caring about quality of content for his viewers. If he wasn't so good at hon and entertaining when he actually plays I would skip all together. If he played more then alt tabbed this guy would have the "go to" stream. he does not archive.
S - 9 | M - 6 | Q - 7 | I - 6 | A - No | D - Almost always liveSwindlemelonz - http://www.justin.tv/melawnzz
Another pro player stream, where you can go to see how a really good player plays in pubs where he isnt tri-laning. Swindle interacts a lot with his viewers, probably the most out of the streamers or at least tied with pwn and dan. The problem with his stream is he plays in windowed mode, which is better for him but it looks like trash to us. Its blurry and easily the lowest quality stream out of all of them. he also is having a problem with sound so you only get his voice. on top of that he has his brother stream a lot, and well, sorry melonz brother, no one wants to watch you play the game. he archives and streams daily.
S - 9 | M - 6 | Q - 6 | I - 9 | A - Yes | D - Every dayMafus - http://www.justin.tv/mafustv
(Updated March 4th)
This guy is good, hes easily at the skill level of the other streamers and he streams daily. he doesn't interact much with his viewers, he does have a lot of friends who chime in and make it more entertaining, music is pretty good too, lots of old school stuff. He streams daily and archives
I decided to add some more to this stream because I think he deserves a lot more credit. This guy isn't just good. Hes real good and I found myself being quite impressed with a lot of his gameplay. he also plays in good company as it seems like he has just about every pro hon player on his friends list. Follow this guy you wont regret it.
S - 9 | M - 9 | Q - 7 | I - 6 | A - yes | D - Every dayChapy - http://www.justin.tv/chapywithap
(Updated March 4th)
Now I have been watching hon casts and streams since they were any to watch. I always love e-sports (I watch all of sc2 tournys and I don't even play sc2). So when hon first got its casting going, there were a lot of foreigners who had broken English casting on GR, and when Honcast first came out
Breakycpk was just getting started. There was however one caster who stood tall amongst them all. His name was Chapy.
I have said this before and Ill say it again, Chapy is the best hon caster you have heard. Now he isnt some amazing day9 or tasteless, but in hon you will find no better.
He speaks clear, his game sense is as a pros and he gives insight that breakycpk wouldn't see if it smacked him in the face. So when I checked out his stream and saw him casting a scrim, it was a pure delight. Now its hard to rank chapy with everyone else because he is unique. He doesn't cast himself like everyone else, he simply casts hon scrims that otherwise wouldnt see the light of day.
If you are looking for a cast and breaky is making your ears bleed and the aussies cant put a coherent sentence together, then check to see if Chapy is LIVE.
S - 10 (this is due to his skill level of casting) | M - 8 | Q - 7 | I - 8 | A - Yes | D - Every DayVeggieland - http://www.justin.tv/veggieland
(Updated March 4th)
Veggieland is a high quality streamer who gives us a glimpse into the euro scene. His skill level isn't at the grade of the pro players, but he can still teach you a few things. I had to go back a full month in his archives to even hear what he sounds like (he is without a mic currently). The first game I saw had him and his friend as a Empath puppet duo. They demanded the short lane and their Chronos was like huh?
Another thing that I want to point out is his taste in music. Hardcore metal is fine if that's what you like, but I cant watch someone play hon while some guy is screaming his brains out in the background. I couldn't handle the music so I had to mute him, and then the stream just got boring so I had to pass on this one.
Its still a good stream if you can handle his taste in music
S - 7 | M - 5 | Q - 9 | I - 8 | A - Yes | D - Every 1-2 DaysObi1kinob - http://www.justin.tv/ragers
(Updated March 4th)
I feel bad for not having obi in my original review. he apparently was one of the first streamers to stream hon. I have always been a fan I just had no idea he had a live stream. I have to say I love his stream. The quality wasnt as good as Dan's but no ones is.
He however can entertain rather well. He plays with a lot of s2 staff and SBT players, like Anghkor, Sadfish and Utah. Having played with these guys myself I found I was a little biased when watching this stream. This one my friends is a must follow if you watch hon at all
S - 7 | M - 9 | Q - 8 | I - 8 | A - Yes | D - Every DayThe last few are honorable mentions: This means they didn't stream too often this week, or often enough to warrant a review. Basically, it means I didn't watch enough of themTyrael - http://www.justin.tv/koopahtroopah
(Updated March 4th)
Here is another hardcore streamer that should have been in my original review, but I left him out. Now if im going to be honest I left him out because when I first saw his stream forever ago I looked up his stats and I was not impressed. At the time I was looking for players I could hopefully improve my own game off of.
This guy has a lot of fans and I was told by a few of them that I needed to give him a shot because he runs a top notch stream. So I did and boy were they right. He has to be one of the nicest streamers in all of hon. He is constantly trying to please his viewers and interact with them.
His skill level has improved since the last time I saw him. Quality is good and sound is too. he even had DangerousDan on as a kind of "Guest Star"
While this isn't a stream you will learn that much from, it is a stream that you wont care if your learning because your having a good time.
S - 6 | M - 8 | Q - 8 |I - 10 | A - Yes | D - Every Day
The Top Ten ranked according to (interaction, music, skill, quality of stream, archive and daily streams)
If I missed anyone let me know.
Enjoy your hon streams
Oh and is it me or is Kalikot a mod on every stream in the world?
Thanks to Anghkor for the amazing format
Last edited by wza; 03-04-2011 at 08:49 PM. Reason: Formattedz
Thanks for the review, I'll make adjustments accordingly and be #1 on your list.
Why didn't you even mention these:
Reading is hard.If I missed anyone let me know. I do know that koopahtroopah has a stream and this other guy who goes by pokehon. I dont know their justintv and havent watched them enough
Anyway... Obi #1
yea im always looking to find more people who stream. I am a day trader, so I work at home and on my comp. I like to watch hon streams while I work and wait for prices. Ill take a look at all the guys i forgot to mention and ill be more then happy to give my thoughts and update the rankings
Moving to Shoutcasts & Streams, and will sticky if you finish reviewing the rest.
Hey man, thanks for the list pretty interesting to see how some of the streamers are ranked. No question why pwn is at number 1 though, super popular, excellent quality, decent music, good viewers, all that jazz.
Sorry you haven't been able to watch me at all, I've been streaming a lot lately so you might wanna check me out. I didn't even know this thread existed until one of my viewers was like hey you're not ranked on this =(. It's all good though, good job with the list.
what about chapy?
and swindlezz / zaku 1/2 ... pwn is a lot of fun but isnt as good
PWN BEST AYSHUN
and where is the coppp stream?
And no obi feedback, I am disappoint son!
But thanks for this thuogh
S2 just surrendered to LoL
1000000. Zaku, his stream is all about making money, can't believe people actually watch him play ://
chapy doesnt use justintv and I cant stand the 30 second ad everytime I load up owned. Its the same reason I stopped watching guiles stream.
right on Ill follow you, in about a week ill update the ranks
wza, in case you didn't know Tyrael is KoopahTroopah. His jtv site is listed on Tukkez list. I personally feel Tyrael is the most underrated streamer in all of Newerth, he has been doing it for a long time and is always neglected when talk about HoN streamers. He has a very wide range of music on his playlist that goes from nostalgic video game tunes to rock to rap and back to some Cowboy Bebop (one of my favorites). He is a 1700 mmr player and plays with viewers when he has room in his tmm party.
Obi is also another good streamer that I helped me get into HoN. I have been watching Obi for a long time now, again he is listed in Tukkez post under /Ragers.
A couple weeks back I always stumbled upon /veggieland on jtv and he runs a solid stream as well.
I suggest you check out all of Tukkez list as it is pretty thorough, in combination with your list, of the quality entertaining HoN streams currently available.