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Casters' Couch: From Manager to Caster

Get to know MineskiTV.Indonesia's Oddie

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Written by Eric Soejatno

Last time, we introduced Pasta, one of the casters from Mineski TV.ID who was a part of the Manila Masters Indonesian broadcast team. This one's another member of the MineskiTV.ID broadcast team who served as an analyst for the Manila Masters. Meet Oddie:

Oddie : From Manager to Caster

Hello, my name is Vinzent Indra, but I'm better known as Oddie, and I’m a caster for Mineski TV.ID. I’m an analyst—I accurately figure out how players or teams execute their strategies.

I started playing DOTA with my friends in an internet cafe back in 2006. When Dota 2 got released, I decided not to play it instantly because I thought the interface was not interesting and it was not really popular in Indonesia4. Until The International 2012 came, that’s when I decided to move to Dota 2. In 2013, I was offered by my friend to help Rex Regum Qeon, an Indonesia Dota 2 team, and I accepted it.

My role at RRQ is help them schedule their practice and set their lifestyle—when they sleep, eat, etc. As intermediaries between players and owner, I also register the players whenever there are tournaments we can join in. I didn’t know if my role was actually a manager, since the term manager was never established in 2013. I only became the manager of RRQ in 2014 until 2017 before I move to MineskiTVID.

Speaking about being a shoutcaster, I started have interests back in 2013 when I joined DTVI. Before that there are no shoutcasters in Dota. Sure, Tobiwan already start way back during the Dota 1 but the term shoutcaster was never coined. I was a co-caster and analyst in DTVI and at that time, it’s very rare to see an analyst in the Indonesian community.

My experience as RRQ’s manager helped me a lot to explain the situation. As a caster you can see the whole thing, compared to players who can only deduce from what they can gather in minimap and team info. In 2014, I left DTVI to focus as a manager for RRQ. But I still help around co-casting some games whenever my schedule permits.

I chose Oddie as my name because back in Dota 1, if you want to play online you must have an ID and it is limited. I asked my friend to name my ID after the dog from the comics Garfield: Oddie. Since then, people who I knew me from Dota 1 to Dota 2 call me Oddie. I have no plans on changing it since it’s simple and easy to remember.

About Manila Masters, it’s not first time I went to Manila since I was present during the Manila Major but as an audience. The hype was very crazy, I can’t describe it using mere words. When Mineski asked me to cast at Manila Masters, I’m very happy and excited about it.

Compared to Indonesia, the Philipine esport community is strong. People who aged more than 40 or even at 60 know something about esports. Unlike in Indonesia, some parents didn’t even know a thing about esports. Internationally-acclaimed tournaments such as the Manila Major and the Manila Master also make the Philippines esport scene better.

During the Manila Masters, I had to make sure that the Indonesian stream was running smoothly. This was my task from from day 1 until the last. But not all credits are due to me as I would like to thank everyone who helped our streams run well.

Actually, there are many events to make the Indonesian esports competition bigger. But it needs clear and useful events for esports. It also needs to organize the system properly in order to make the competition of higher quality.

A great example would be tournaments which run best-of-ones. These competitions won’t be able to properly harness the potential of teams. There are many good events but fewer tournaments that make teams compete against each other. There are many Indonesian teams but it also need more LAN competition.