League of Legends

PapaSmithy joins 100 Thieves as LoL manager

Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith has left the League of Legends Championship Korea broadcast team to join North American organisation 100 Thieves as their new League of Legends General Manager.

The announcement of his transition to 100T sparked numerous responses from across the scene, including G2 owner Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez, LCK organisation SK Telekom T1 and LEC host Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere.

PapaSmithy has casted the LCK for the last four years and is widely considered one of the best casters and analysts in the LoL esports scene.

In Week 7 of LEC Summer 2019, PapaSmithy made a guest appearance as a caster for six games. This included a clash between top two EU teams Fnatic and G2 Esports, with G2 cementing their spot at the top even further in convincing fashion.

In his own Tweet, PapaSmithy commemorated his last LCK final alongside Brendan “Valdes” Valdes and Nick “LS” De Cesare while reminiscing about the very first LCK final he cast with Erik “DoA” Lonnquist and Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles.

The 100 organisation Thieves debuted in NA LCS Spring 2018 and finished in second place after victory in the first place decider against Echo Fox going into the finals, with support player Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black named MVP of the split.

This year, following some additions and changes with their academy team, 100T struggled in LCS. A tenth place finish in Spring saw the squad finish dead last, with eighth place in Summer only marginally less disappointing.

As the only LCS team to earn zero Championship Points, 100T were unable to get a chance to attend Worlds this time around. At the 2018 World Championship, 100T lost to Fnatic and Invictus Gaming in the Group Stage, falling before the playoffs.

PapaSmithy will be looking to help 100T find the form they had in the year of their organisation debut in LCS Spring 2020.

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