So my topic title is fairly boring and most everyone who isn't very pessimistic will say they enjoy artosis as a GSL and MLG caster who streams on the side every once and a while. I like him because of what he does for eSports.
First, he is an excellent caster that gets me excited for GSL Code S. When I watch Code A, I watch to see the up-and-comers and analyze games myself and not hear what the casters have to say usually. Code A almost stands as a standard, in my book, for how players should open and adapt (where Code S is super-metagamey and laddering with any one of those builds for an entire MU can lead to drastically bad results without perfect executions or scouts). Code S, while very good to analyze the tip-top play, is fun to watch. Tastosis is a great pair to get our nerd on and be excited about watching a video game competition. Artosis generally switches from analytic to OMG mode at mostly appropriate times to keep the crowd entertained as well as informed. I believe this is enough said.
What I think is better, though, is that he goes on casting and streaming binges as if he is a progamer himself in Code A. Not only does this up the quality of his own casting but it also brings a much more serious character to those who are in lower leagues, such as myself. Watching the artosis hour I see a template on how to analyze a game objectively, look for ways to out-manuever my opponent, and generally be better as a SC2 gamer. Many rag on him that he isn't the best in-game and that his reads may be off from time to time, but that is true of all non-code S regular players as well.
In essence, he is reverse day in how he is introduced to players. Most newbies get introduced to Day9 through the forums they frequent or what-have-you and immediately see him as a teacher or guide though how to get better at getting better at SC2. Then, they see his pro-casting for MLG, AfterHours, his own channel, etc. When most people are introduced to artosis, he is a caster first with a fun personality and then he "sucks in" the gamers to work harder on their game with his content. Day actively seeks new newbies whereas Artosis just happens to have the fanbase after doing his preliminary job casting.
So take it or leave it, I like who Artosis is for the community, another gate-way into being better themselves while still entertaining tons and tons who may not want that goal for themselves at the moment. He isn't my favorite icon of SC2 (I really like some of the top EU pros best) but he would be someone I mention of my favorite people in SC2/eSports.
Thanks for reading!