The last time Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels was seen on a professional League of Legends broadcast was during the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational.
Krepo is a player, caster and coach whose career has lately been steeped in controversy.
The beginning of the Belgian’s career is somewhat hazey, starting sometime during season 1 on teams like Fureur and La GG, though it was during his days with La GG that he met future teammates Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis and Peter “Yellowpete” Wüppen.
These three players would go on to form CLG.EU at the very end of 2011, a sister team to the American organisation, Counter Logic Gaming.
Joined by Mike “Wickd” Petersen and Henrik “Froggen” Hansen they would form one of the first European super teams, with many great showings both domestically and internationally, even claiming a second place finish in a Korean tournament Azubu the champions summer 2012 and even a 3-4th place finish at the season 2 World Championships.
The team would later be re-branded into Evil Geniuses just before the start of the EU LCS’ inaugural split. But after the team failed to re-qualify for the Season 3 World Championship, the roster decided to split, with three of the players moving across the pond to the North American LCS, while Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and Mike ‘Wickd’ Petersen stayed in Europe to form Elements.
While in America, Krepo would become more of a team leader than ever before and would be featured on the casting desks more often. This exposure would help him shape his career down the line.
With a series of disappointing splits in the NA LCS, after just one year of play, Krepo would return to Europe to rejoin his former teammates on Elements. On somewhat of a star-studded roster, many thought Elements would claim the top spot in Europe, however, they would ultimately finish the split in 7th place, safe from being relegated but out of a playoff position.
This finish would be somewhat of a hidden blessing for Krepo, as on April 28th he would retire from professional play all together and a month later, joined the Riot Games Broadcast team as a colour caster full time.
As a colour caster, Krepo quickly became a fan favourite, making the game accessible whilst providing a high-level of insight.
After explicit private photos of the Riot Games employee were leaked online during the Mid-Season Invitational, Krepo announced via social media that he would be stepping down from casting.
— Mitch Voorspoels (@Krepo) June 2, 2017
“As of right now I have decided with the support of Riot that I will be stepping down from my role as an EU LCS shoutcaster for the foreseeable future.”
Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels
Half a year later and Krepo has announced his full-time return to the League of Legends scene, though not as part of the casting scene, much to the dismay of many fans.
Instead, Krepo has joined Schalke 04 eSports as the newly promoted team’s Head Coach, looking to establish the team within the top-tier of European competition and eventually take the crown as the best team in Europe.
— Schalke 04 Esports (@S04Esports) October 24, 2017