Tralf, talk strategy and let breaky do the announcing.
The problem is that Tralf gets most of the stage when he does strategy and announcing, when it should be the opposite, breaky is the one who should take most of the stage time and tralf should only come in to talk about strategy.
I somewhat agree. Whilst it is very refreshing to hear Tralf give competitive insight, he shouldn't be the person talking the most. BreakyCPK should ramble on and do the play-by-play casting, and as you said, Tralf should just comment specific plays/pickups/builds.
I agree, Tralf shouldn't talk during fights, kills and such, he does that way too often :s
I don't mind Tralf saying "oh, and at the bottom lane Jereziah goes down!". I don't mind Tralf jumping in and doing play-by-play, of course Breaky is better at it but that comes with practice.
All in all I just love that Tralf is now doing casts, he has so much insight, its really great to hear what pro players are thinking.
let breaky do what he is good at - talking during fights, ganks and kills. Let tralf do what he is good at, the inside competaive metagame knowledge.
That's pretty much what they are doing.
Breaky is generally doing the play-by-play and Tralf often lets BCPK take over during big fights. If Tralf is doing a little bit of play-by-play it's usually because BCPK perhaps missed a gank and Tralf caught it or something minor happening while Tralf is talking.
Tralf know that BCPK is awesome when it comes to play-by-play and lets him do it. But Tralf needs some practice aswell incase he ends up being alone on a cast or two.
If I would give any negative feedback to their casting right now it's Tralf's obsession with Steam boots stance and Shrunken.
Mentioning the different uses of swapping stance on Steam boots once is fine but pointing out that 'this player didn't use it on this occasion' feels a bit whiny.
AND WE GET IT, SHRUNKEN IS AWESOME FOR TEAMFIGHTS! (;])
Overall, I like the duo alot and these are just minor inputs. I think HonCast is in a great spot right now.
Other suggestions would be, get Tralf some HoN gear so the both of you can sit there and look official. It looks great on BCPK.
And, ofcourse, the lag and big spikes HonCast had issues with since I can remember. I don't know the cause of it, perhaps the sudden spike from 0 to 5k+ viewers catches twitch.tv's system offguard or whatever but the amount of lag is seriously annoying.
And yeah, I do watch alot of other streams without having lag issues for no reason.
The way I look at it is that they are essentially having a discussion for the most part . Which is definitally the most interesting to listen to.
They already have a pretty good balance. Tralf usually does the play by play if he is already saying something, otherwise Breaky seems to do most of it - which is how it should be.
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You guys have to remember they've only been doing this together for about 3 months give or take, I'm not exactly sure when Tralf joined S2. Both casters have to get used to it, Breaky being with a different competitive insight guy, and Tralf just in general with formal casting. It's very seldom that a duo of play by play casters of any venue get entirely cohesive in such a short span, and considering how there has been so much change with Honcast and S2 recently, I'm sure it's been difficult for both of them.
In short, they will only get better.
"I'll let you take over now Breaky" as a teamfight starts 2-3 times a game quite often.
I love how the casts feel now, professional yet still with an air of informality to make them less flat feeling (for lack of a better word) :P
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