Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat confirmed Monday that he will not be returning to the Overwatch League full time for Season 3. This makes Massonnat the fourth high profile name to exit OWL and head into a new direction, as the talent line-up for the league thins out.
“I will not be returning to cast full-time at OWL. The hard part is putting a 2-year partnership on hold,” Semmler wrote.
Semmler’s departure follows those of Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles, Chris Puckett, and Erik “DoA” Lonnquist. Mykles was the first to announce he won’t be returning, citing irreconcilable creative difference between him and the OWL team after the departure of commissioner Nate Nanzer. Lonnquist and Puckett, on the other hand, expressed their desire to broaden their casting portfolio by working freelance for a number of esports titles.
Semmler’s parting of ways with Overwatch will be a good news for the CS:GO community. Known for mixing fiery passion with high-level game knowledge, Semmler has been a staple on CS:GO casting desks for years, giving the community some of the most memorable moments of the esport.
Semmler is yet to speak out about his future plans, but a return to CS:GO does sound the most likely scenario. After he joined the Overwatch League in 2017, Semmler was not seen casting CS:GO for the majority of his tenure, but made occasional appearances towards the end of 2019. He appeared on the StarSeries Season 8 desk as a commentator and hosted the analyst desk of the BLAST Pro Series Global Finals.
In October, Semmler also tweeted to a fan that they “might not have to wait too long to hear me again [in CS:GO],” dropping yet another tease of his likely return to Valve’s FPS.