Here’s the issue that I have with TB.
If you’re watching an NBA match or similar professional sport, what do you expect from the commentators? It’s ideal for a sports commentator to know his stuff, but because all the action is obvious (so-and-so shoots a 3-pointer) it is more acceptable to comment play by play.
However, when you’re watching a WNF stream or a tournament match video that was uploaded later, you appreciate the commentaries from a player like Viscant because of their knowledge and expertise of the game.
That’s why it’s really unusual for a commentator like TB to become popular despite his lack of knowledge about the games he commentates. He would be bashed by beyond belief if he commentated for any major tournament. Simply admitting the fact that you don’t know much about a game, yet choosing to commentate doesn’t make him any more qualified. Thats like saying: “Yeah, I don’t know much about the stock market but I’m going to commentate anyways.” In this case, it is worse because TB openly admits that he doesn’t know much even though it’s part of what he does for a living.
Because e-sports has much implied knowledge (think option-selects and safe jumps in SF, or build orders in SC and jungling in LoL) it is necessary for a commentator to know his stuff. TB commentates more like a sports commentator, telling what is obvious and redundant to us. Although his fans seem to like it and AE is gaining some more players, I feel that it is laziness to not know about the games you commentate, especially if it’s your job.