John "TotalBiscuit" Bain was a StarCraft II commentator from the United Kingdom, residing in the United States. He was the manager for team Axiom from 2013 to its disbandment in 2015.
On May 24, 2018, he passed away after struggling back and forth with colon cancer for over four years.
John began his broadcasting career as a DJ at the age of 13, being one of the beta testers for live365, which was one of the first online shoutcast services to become available to the general public. He later went on to manage his university's radio station where he hosted a very popular extreme metal music show. In 2004, TotalBiscuit took his talents from DJ'ing to the world of talk radio, as the owner and operator of WoW Radio. Here, he hosted a variety of radio shows revolving around the MMORPG, World of Warcraft, which ran for 6 years, until 2010, when he stopped creating content for World of Warcraft and started casting StarCraft II matches. In 2005, WoW Radio was invited to Blizzcon in the USA to provide coverage of the event. During Blizzcon, he met Genna, whom he later married. After the wedding, he planned to permanently move to the US, to live with his wife and stepchild. However, the couple ran into problems with the American immigration system and TotalBiscuit was sent back to his home country, the United Kingdom. The family was separated from late 2008 until April 2012, when TotalBiscuit was finally given a permanent visa to live in the US. He reunited with his family on April 28, 2012.
Since the release of StarCraft II, he has become a part-time professional caster, casting various large events such as Assembly and DreamHack. His primary form of income is derived from a YouTube partnership where he operates 2 channels. One large variety-gaming channel with over a million subscribers, and a smaller StarCraft II channel with over 160,000 subscribers (as of July 2014).
Wings of Liberty
TotalBiscuit started playing as Terran, but switched to Zerg after being coached by Sheth on his show, ShoutCraft. After the switch he has found renewed pleasure playing the game. Some time after that, he switched back to Terran.
The majority of his time is spent working on video content for his main channel, with StarCraft II being more of a "passion project" as he describes it, rather than a serious form of income.
On June 4, 2011, TotalBiscuit first announced his SHOUTcraft Invitational, a small invitational tournament, funded out of his own pocket, whose intended purpose is to provided a convenient, lucrative tournament for the professional players, and entertainment for the community. The first tournament took place eight days later, on June 12, followed in the preceding months by three more events, with an ever-increasing prize pool and an ever-evolving format. TotalBiscuit cast the first event himself, with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th events being dual-cast with Apollo.
TotalBiscuit has been streaming his ladder games under the show name "I Suck at Starcraft 2" and starting on the 24th October 2011 he began his new show Showcraft every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 21.00 CEST which is described as a StarCraft II Variety show, featuring various segments and facets of the game including casting, coaching, custom games and community interaction. Despite the intended schedule, however, TotalBiscuit's other obligations forced the show to go on breaks multiple times, and only 20 episodes have been released by the end of 2012. The money earned from the stream goes towards funding future SHOUTcraft Invitational tournaments.
Heart of the Swarm
TotalBiscuit's first significant involvement with Heart of the Swarm came on the 16th of December, 2012, in the form of the continuation of his SHOUTcraft Invitational series, with the production of House of the Swarm, a small tournament involving the three Axiom team members and their two housemates.
Legacy of the Void
In July 2016, TotalBiscuit started SHOUTcraft Kings, a monthly King of the Hill tournament with top players participating. He also was the first announcer to be added into StarCraft II in January 2017.
- Created the SHOUTcraft Invitational using ad revenue from his stream and viewers donations for the prize fund.
- Contracted to cast the IGN ProLeague Season 3 and the IGN ProLeague Season 4 but unable to attend both times due to visa issues.
- Lived in the US with his wife Genna until his passing.
- An early game of TotalBiscuit's was featured in an episode of Bronze League Heroes.
- A photo of TotalBiscuit laughing is the LUL emote on Twitch.
Notable Events Casted
|2017-11-04||Premier||2017 WCS Global Finals||Commentator|
|2016-11-05||Premier||2016 WCS Global Playoffs and Finals||Commentator|
|2016-05-08||Premier||2016 DreamHack Open: Austin||Commentator|
|2016-01-24||Premier||2016 DreamHack Open: Leipzig||Commentator|
|2015-11-15||Major||SanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational II||Host||None|
|2014-08-10||Major||Destiny I||English Commentator|
|2014-06-08||Major||SanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational||Host||None|
|About achievementsBroadcasts from any Tournament|
- 2013-11-26 | TotalBiscuit adds "GSTL champion" to his list of titles by Waxangel of TL.net at Red Bull Battle Grounds New York City
- 2013-06-29 | TotalBiscuit - MLG Anaheim 2013 by Livinpink of flamingcow.tv at 2013 MLG Spring Championship
- 2013-05-22 | Totalbiscuit Interview @ WCS America Ro16 by HotBid of TL.net at Season 1 America: Premier League Ro16
- 2012-12-02 | TotalBiscuit shares his thoughts on IPL 5, 2012 events, and ZvZ by Slasher of GameSpot.com at IPL 5
- 2012-06-23 | Real Talk with TotalBiscuit EP05 by itmeJP
- Genna Bain (2013-08-16). "GLHF". TL.net.
- https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/999787845127634944 "John Peter Bain July 8, 1984 - May 24, 2018"
- Last.fm  TotalBiscuit on Last.fm]
- Mailbox episode on Youtube  The Mailbox: April 24th, 2012]
- TotalBiscuit Forum Post TL.net. January 20th 2011.
-  TL.net. January 20th 2011.
- TotalBiscuit Forum Post TL.net. January 20th 2011.
- The SHOUTcraft 1-day Invitational
- "Showcraft : The Starcraft Variety show" TL.net. October 20th 2011.
-  Dignitas announcement of TotalBiscuit sponsorship of BlinG
- Crank Offered Sponsorship from TotalBiscuit for MLG Raleigh
- Relevant Reddit thread : http://www.reddit.com/r/starcraft/comments/10jeya/axiom_esports_headed_by_tb_and_wife_jenna_will/
- SHOUTcraft "House of the Swarm"
- "TotalBiscuit Announcer and Contest". Battle.net. 2017-01-19.
- TotalBiscuit's Twitter Twitter.com. October 6, 2011.
- TotalBiscuit's Twitter Twitter.com. April 4, 2012.