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Tobi Wan casting.

Toby 'TobiWan' Dawson is an Australian Dota 2 eSports caster.[1][2][3][4] Dawson is employed by the Electronic Sports League.[5]


TobiWan was a competitive Call of Duty player during the Call of Duty: United Offensive era.[6]

TobiWan began his casting career at the JoinDotA studio.[7] The first Dota tournament he casted was World Cyber Games 2005 in Singapore, for which he was chosen even though he had only played a few games of Dota in his life.[7] His first achievement[weasel words] was being able to cast The International 2011 final. Unlike most Dota casters, TobiWan was never a competitive Dota 2 gamer, but got attracted to it because his mother's profession[not in citation given] involved casting.[7] TobiWan went on to cast most of the grand finals of major tournaments such as The International,[8] The Defense, DreamHack, and JoinDotA Masters.[citation needed][clarification needed] TobiWan has casted every iteration of The International to date.

During a 2012 broadcast, TobiWan made the following comment in chat: "have you heard the expression..lame as a niggers baby?". He later apologised for the act of racism.[9]

He casted the Professional Gamers League (PGL) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive championship in 2015.[10]

Tobiwan and Troels "Synderen" Nielsen commentated the finals of The International 2015 between Evil Geniuses and CDEC Gaming.[11] Tobiwan, Soe, and Maelk commentated the 2015 MLG World Finals.[12]

In 2015, he hosted the first Dota 2 Major, Frankfurt Major 2015.[13][14]

TobiWan appeared in the 2014 film Free to Play.


  1. ^ "MSI Pro Talk #1: Pro Dota 2 Caster – Toby "TobiWan" Dawson – MSI Gaming Series". MSI Gaming Series. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Toby Dawson". Eizo. 
  3. ^ Thursten, Chris (2 December 2015). "Great moments in yelling at Dota". Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Kühl, Eike (19 November 2015). "Sein Ziel ist die Unsterblichkeit". Die Zeit. Zeit-Verlag Gerd Bucerius GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Sillis, Ben; Stubbsy, Mike (29 May 2015). "Tobiwan and Capitalist on their ESL One forecasts". Red Bull eSports (Interview). Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Warr, Philippa (8 May 2014). "Tobiwan talks Dota 2, TI4 and casting rivals". Red Bull (Interview). Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c Savov, Vlad (26 August 2015). "Meet TobiWan, the voice of Dota 2". The Verge. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Purslow, Matt (25 June 2015). "Dota 2 The International invites talent including TobiWan, Capitalist, and Blitz". PCGamesN. 
  9. ^ Cox, Kate (18 May 2012). "Racist Comment Leads DOTA 2 Commentator To Apologize To Community". Kotaku. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Engstrand, Simon (2 March 2015). "Tobiwan to cast CS:GO Championship Series: "Be gentle with me"". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Dota 2: Tobiwan y Synderen serán los narradores de la final del 'The International 5'". Trome. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  12. ^ Smith, Chris (6 October 2015). "'Tobiwan', Soe and 'Maelk' to headline MLG $500,000 2015 World Finals". TweakTown. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  13. ^ Sillis, Ben (10 September 2015). "Master Caster: An interview with TobiWan". Red Bull eSports (Interview). Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  14. ^ Ziminaite, Karina; Gorzel, Johannes (11 December 2015). "2016 beginnt für Dota2 eine neue Ära". Sport1 (Interview). Constantin Medien. Retrieved 7 January 2016.