I think everyone understands that the profession of a commentator does not mean an easy one. Try to somehow comment on the match of your favorite team for your friends at your leisure. I can say you won't do too well, and that's fine, it should be so. After all, a commentator is essentially a journalist who tells his opinion about the game and objectively about the whole situation that happens before his eyes or on the screen.
A sports commentator is a professional announcer-journalist who provides real-time commentary on sports events. Understanding the specifics of sports, the ability to create the necessary emotional coloring, and the ability to evaluate and predict sports events are the main features and skills necessary for a successful representative of the sports commentator profession.
You must have impeccable diction and culture of speech, the ability to see both the whole sports picture and important little things or details must have a high speed of reaction and mind skill for a competent assessment and forecasting of events.
As for the esports industry, especially Dota 2, the truth here is slightly different. Yes, general indicators in a competent understanding of the game, heroes drafts, a sense of meta, and, in general, absolute awareness of the game and what is happening remain the essential things in the successful work of a commentator.
Nevertheless, today's realities are such that if you want to start a commentator career. You also need to be a showman. However, in addition to this, commentators surprise with their commentary style and sharp statements about everything that happens in the world of eSports and not only. Perhaps the most striking example of combining these characteristics is v1lat.
Definitely the best commentator of eSports events over the past 10-15 years in the entire CIS, key figure in the CIS eSports world. He is not just a commentator, but also the founder of his analytics studio -Maincast. His regular shouts on the commentary bridge did not leave anyone indifferent, he was compared with Eminem because of the high rate of commenting in especially harsh situations, everyone understands his legendary pearls, which he spoke literally at every tournament. If you are looking for the best commentator in the CIS for Dota 2, this is v1lat. Here is what Vitalii says about his own path and the pleasure of commenting:
I never hid that esports is a stepping-stone to classic sports for me. I am a fan of all sports, all my life, I wanted to work in sports in any form. I always planned to do sports journalism, commenting, or something else. However, when I first started working after graduation, there were practically no opportunities to get into the sports media or on television. These were not very pleasant times for Ukrainian television. So I put it off until later, and as soon as such opportunities began to appear, I began to use them
Now, v1lat is not just a Dota 2 commentator and the owner of Maincast, he is also a sports commentator of all events on Ukrainian TV, he voiced the Olympics and many other sports events. We really hope to hear this legendary person again at TI, because all Dota 2 fans are waiting for this.