As for last season, thanks a lot for letting me taking the mic from time to time, I really enjoyed it and hopefully I can keep on doing it next season.
As I said in the Grand Final interview, production.casting guys dont get as much credit as they deserve. Yes it's not always perfect, but you're there to make casts happen, and thanks a lot for that.
And because I've been part of the crew this season, any points directly about me are welcome too, so dont hesitate and fire up !!
If I may, these are my answers to some points here.
I'd say the interviews are wasted, they're just too clinical. give the players space to express personality and rivalries, it usually feels like 'forced professional' instead of an organic interview and the result is generally uninteresting. It would probably be better to have the interviewer be someone in the inner circle who isn't afraid to poke fun at people, when possible.
I strongly feel you on that, but for having run some post-game interviews myself, most of the time it's really hard to get anything interesting out of the players. When I watched casts in the past, I loved interviews because people used to give their opinion, nowadays it's more like "meh game was, it's not like we even try/care anyway".
I agree a bit with you on this topic, but interviews dont solely depend on the casters, players have to be a bit more giving too.
smzi- be more savage/polarizing in your casts (call people out if they beef etc to create more tension and something to talk about in chat)
Again, this is gonna be personnal experience, but iirc, I was a bit harsh on meds during some casts (one being Nunya Black against Choke Bustaz I believe), and I remember the chat getting all like "wtf is he talking about blablabla". I know chat during game is a lot about memes, but getting reactions like these doesnt really encourage you to be somewhat critical towards the players who make mistakes. Plus, when a play happens, we'd rather emphasize the "well played" side of it, rather than the mistake, if that makes sense.