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League veteran caster Pastrytime leaves LCS

Julian “Pastrytime” Carr, a veteran League of Legends caster who began his career in 2010, announced his retirement from professionally casting League during the North America Worlds 2022 play-ins on October 4.

Pastrytime has cast a wide range of esports events, both large and small. Prior to joining the NA LCS broadcast talent team in May 2016, he competed in a League of Legends tournament organized by the Oceanic community. Unfortunately, only he and his team sub showed up, leaving him with no teammates and nothing to do.

When a friend who was streaming the games at the event asked if he wanted to cast them, he agreed. Pastrytime then cast the entire tournament while commentating from the support POV on stream for ten hours straight. It wasn’t flawless — he cast the majority of the action based on what he could see on the minimap, with no production or replays.

Following that, he began casting more and more local tournaments. The Sydney native has worked in the LPL caster office and at several international events, including the Mid-Season Invitationals and World Championships.

“I’ve known for some time that this would be my last LCS split and final run at Worlds,” he said. “As such, I gave everything I had to these final events. In some ways it’s a lot easier to go all out, risk your voice not holding up, commit fully to the moment when you know it’s your only one left.”

Pastrytime said he enjoyed his time as a League caster, and that he would miss providing commentary for one of the world’s most popular games.

“For those of you that enjoy my work in League of Legends, I hope you had just as much fun as I did living and breathing those last games,” said the Australian. “Nothing will ever match that feeling of getting one shot to cover a hype in-game moment in LoL as best as you possibly can and I’ll miss it dearly.”

Pastrytime implied that he had no immediate plans, but he intended to remain in esports for the foreseeable future, whether at Riot Games or elsewhere.

“While the next steps of my career at Riot are currently in motion, nothing is certain,” he wrote. “I’m very sad to be losing something that has defined me for a decade, but I’m dedicated to my lifelong dream of seeing esports grow bigger and brighter.”

Pastrytime’s career journey

As one of the LCS’ most experienced play-by-play announcers, Pastrytime’s presence was most certainly felt by League fans during Game 5 of the legendary GSG vs. CJ Entus NLB winter finals. The veteran caster used to work with his long-time friend, Christopher “PapaSmithy” Smith, as the duo “PapaTime” in the 2015 LPL and OPL spring split.

During his time in North America, he was a regular on the broadcasts for both the NA Academy and numerous Proving Grounds/Amateur tournaments. Pastrytime has also been a World Championship Play-by-Play Caster since 2015.

The news of his retirement was met with positive comments from prominent figures in the community. Nick “LS” De Cesare said on Twitter, “One of my most memorable moments in esports was actually with you and deficio casting ROX vs ANX.”

“You were super helpful towards me and it was my first experience truly having an extremely good PBP. I hope nothing but the best for you and I’ve always thought well of what you do.”