Interview with Valorant Caster Peter "Kremer3" Kremer
Yoann: Hey, hello everyone! Today, I'm with Kremer, Valorant caster! When and how did you get into esports casting?
Kremer: Hey! I was a CS-GO caster, and I do sort of dabble in both still, but I'm predominantly a Valorant caster now!
I started playing CS a very long time ago, when I was 13, or 14 years old. I was in a team and I was essentially just bullied by all four of the players.
After I left, I joined Peak esports, and one of the owners said “Hey, you have a hot voice, try commentating!” It was a horrible idea, it was a horrible cast! But another team liked it, so they asked me to cast the next game for 5 euros. 5 euros? I’ll be fucking rich! And another team asked me to cast for 10€, I just started from there!
One thing led to the other, I joined Vortex and started doing tournaments, and here we are now!
Yoann: Great! How did you learn the art of commentating?
Kremer: I have been very lucky to have very good co-casters.When I was in CS, I was casting with Emenjay, and he taught me pretty much everything.
I used to do “cocaine casting”, which is when you talk like 100 miles an hour, you don't really say anything interesting.
So having people like Emenjay, ExWarrior, Retro, really helped me improve!
Yoann: How different are Valorant and CS-GO when it comes to commentating?
Kremer: In CS there's a lot less to say, a lot more of your role becomes storytelling. Hyping up players, circumstances…
In Valorant, there is more to it with different agents, abilities, and all of that.
From a color perspective, it helps, but from a play-by-play perspective, it’s hell! There is so much things going on! But choosing between the two games is down to personal preference.
Yoann: Okay, who is your co-caster and how did you guys meet?
Kremer: I've had three proper duos. The first one was Emenjay, Josh. An incredible person who taught me most of what I know. It's thanks to him, I was able to be good enough to get my next year of work after that! I owe him a lot!
Then, once Valorant came out, I worked with Legday, this guy has a mastery of the English language that not a lot of people have. It was a lot of fun casting with him, but then he got an offer for the Overwatch league, I told him to go get it!
Then, I worked with ExWarrior, Pavlos! We’ve been working together for a very long time. We’ve done the 2022 APAC LCQ together, and everything just clicked, we’ve had some very good casts, ONIC vs BOOM was one of the best series I’ve ever cast!
And afterward, we cast Project Striker finals, we gave each other a hug and I swear to God that both of us were this close to bursting into tears, just how proud we've made it.
We would love to work together again, but circumstances don't quite allow it right now. We still practice scouts every now and then.
Yoann: That’s awesome! You are also coaching a Valorant team, how is it going so far?
Kremer: I’m coaching Next In Line right now, I've coached one or two teams before for a couple of weeks. We're not talking no coach experience whatsoever, but I know people.
When I met the team, we talked about the humanitarian work I’ve done in Ukraine, and the youngest player asked me “I don't know if I'm allowed to ask this, but how many people have you killed?”. They really thought I was something that I’m not, that was quite funny!
It’s interesting, that there are different challenges to coaching compared to casting. Coaching, you focus a lot more on macro than you do micro.
Yoann: Which team do you see winning Champions in L.A. right now?
Kremer: I think Paper Rex is probably going to win.
I'm a bit of a PRX fan! A year and a half ago, Benkai called me a master analyst haha!
The more regions can win the world championship, the better it is for the health of the ecosystem, I would want EDG or Paper Rex to win!
Yoann: That would be so cool! Let's now move on to two quick questions. I will ask you ten quick questions and you'll have to answer as fast as possible. Ready?
Kremer: Yeah, right!
Yoann: Phantom of Vandal?
Yoann: What's your favorite map?
Yoann: What's your favorite agent?
Yoann: What's your favorite skin bundle?
Kremer: I don’t own any skins, but I can tell you that I hate the Chronovoid bundle!
Yoann: Who are your favorite teams in each region?
Kremer: I like Fnatic because the strats are really easy to steal haha! They are so well-drilled! Paper Rex of course in APAC, as well as Boom esports. And in the Americas, I’m a big fan of Loud!
Yoann: How often are you traveling for your job right now?
Kremer: At the moment, not much at all because of Champions.
But I’ve been working on events in APAC, the Indians fans are wholesome! But the flights to APAC are not cheap, so I’ve been traveling a lot less than when I was working on CS.
Yoann: How would you define your night market in a few words?
Yoann: That works haha! What's your favorite moment with the Valorant crew?
Kremer: I almost set off the fire alarms when I was working on Riot’s Project Striker. At the time I was a smoker, so I was looking for a balcony on the 4th floor, and someone told me “the first door on the left”. And I got stopped by the security “Don’t try to open that door! That’ll set the fire alarm and the sprinklers will go off!” They're like server rooms, and I realized the first door on the left was painted white, and at 2 a.m. a white door on a white wall, looks like a wall!
We almost speedran getting blacklisted from Valorant!
Yoann: Wow haha! Can you quote a voice line from your favorite agent, Breach?
Kremer: “LET’S GOOO!”
Yoann: Awesome! Let's get back to the standard questions. How often do you play Valorant in your free time?
Kremer: I find myself watching Valorant more than I play, I’m VODing Valorant a lot right now! But I’m playing around 4 times a week.
Yoann: What are your hobbies or passions aside from gaming?
Kremer: Well, it’s going to be more serious for a moment, but as you know, I've come back from humanitarian work. And when I was over there, you see how shit the world is. We were categorically in a Green zone but a lot of my friends have died, which makes going back to esports and video games and all of that really hard. It’s crazy how easy it is to be happy, compared to people living over there.
A lot of my hobbies at the moment are away from video games. I have just discovered running, I am bad at it and it feels like my ankles and shins are sandpaper by the end of it, but it's quite rewarding! I’m also doing a bit of weight lifting, and gokarting, and I also shoot, but not alive targets.
Yoann: What would you change to Valorant if you were a developer?
Kremer: I would remove Breeze permanently. It's not coming back! We’ll see how the changes affect the map.
I would also remove the amounts of flashes that can be consecutively cast.
I have no clue how to do this, but I'd like to see the game shift in a way that you no longer have dead zones on the map where you just can't play if they have ults.
Yoann: What are your short and long-term ambitions on Valorant?
Kremer: In the short term, I'd really like to do a few off-season events!
Long-term, I would very much like to be casting for the franchising teams. Whether that’s in EMEA or in APAC, either of them would be nice!
Yoann: That would be cool! What advice would you give to someone willing to become a commentator in esports?
Kremer: I have three bits of advice.
The first one is you're going to have to get used to hearing your own voice because you're going to have to go back, watch all of your faults, see where you fucked up, see what you have it.
The second one is to treat it like your job before it becomes a job. make sure you're always on time, you're awake, you're ready, and you've done your background research, and even if you're not being paid, the fact you have those habits in place will take you further. CEOs will notice that.
Do the small things, you will get noticed. For me that was learning about Hindi actually, I've got like four or five words. It’s a big plus if you're a language nerd and you can pick up a phrase in the language of the teams you're casting!
And the final point is you need to have quite a thick skin. People will say bad things about you, you're going to get abused.
Have a very good friend group outside of casting just so you can take the mental disconnection out of it.
Yoann: Awesome! Is there anything else you would like to add?
Kremer: Don't be toxic on the internet, it will come back and haunt you!
Remember to stay in school, say no to drugs, and alcohol until you’re at the legal age and make sure that when you do play valorant don't be toxic! Good luck, and have fun!
Yoann: Awesome! Thank you so much for your time, and I wish you the best in the future!
Kremer: Thank you!
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