Aries Alejandro, better known as his caster name Kalbz, is a DOTA 2 caster from local esports stalwart, WomboXCombo and Tier One Entertainment.
He started casting DOTA 2 in 2015 during The TNC Cup. TNC was looking for Dota 2 shoutcasters and considering the number that flocked to try out as the next big talent, Kalbz humbly remarks he “got lucky” that he got in. To be honest, we doubt luck had much to do about it because even after four years since he first tried out, he’s around in the business and that takes something much more special.
Since then Kalbz’ has grown and developed his own style of casting, blending intense bouts of emotion as well as some interesting insight and analysis. His casting style is energetic and boisterous giving color and excitement to the game and exudes much of his passion and love for the medium. Traits that trumps luck any day of the week.
“Hypecasting that’s what I call it. I’m really a very passionate guy and I’m really excited about what’s going to happen and predicting what’s going to happen and telling it to the people who are going to be watching it.”
During the interview, one can easily tell that passion is one thing that Kalbz clearly has in spades. It’s something that drives him and resonates with him when he sees it in others. When asked about his favorite part about casting he remarks:
“Of course, the fans. Every Filipino fan is very passionate about the games that they love.”
Part of his unique style he attributes to his first hero in the business, another bold and passionate individual, the legendary TobiWan. The seasoned and well loved international DOTA 2 caster has served as an inspiration for Kalbz and so many young casters and talents in the industry. Kalbz remembers the first time he encountered TobiWan casting a DOTA 2 game and was captivated by remarkable energy and sheer talent that veteran caster brought to the table.
“How could I forget, the first DOTA 2 match I watched was being cast by Tobiwan. He was actually the one that drove me into doing this. It was a actually a random game like “Oh there’s a DOTA 2 game and its being streamed” and that’s the time I saw tobiwan casting and it was really really good, I was like “ Oh my god this guy is Godlike when it comes to casting the game”
With the Nationals, Kalbz puts his passion to the ultimate test participating in what’s arguably the biggest esports event in Philippine history. The first franchise-based esports league in the country provides a chance for all sorts of talents, skilled players, and passionate individuals such as Kalbz to make a mark in history. The grandeur and impact that The Nationals will make is not lost to Kalbz stating:
“It’s a big opportunity for the community and esports as a whole. Since we all know esports is not really that developed or not in the mainstream but right now its emerging. There are some people that still don’t know a lot about esports and is actually a big help for the scene, especially since it’s going to be broadcasted live on TV.”
Kalbz also dreams of the day that the local scene can grow and become a heavyweight esports giant like other more esports-centric countries.
“Other countries like Korea, China, esports is in the mainstream, a lot of people know it and a lot of people have careers inside the scene as well. I wish sometime in the future it might get like that here in the Philippines.“
To see more of Kalbz and the rest of the DOTA 2 correspondents and courtside reporters at The Nationals, the biggest esports tournament in the Philippines.
Catch the action on 5 Plus, the home of esports on free TV every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can also watch the livestream via the 5 Plus website, and on OneSports via CignalTV for paid TV.