Christopher “PapaSmithy” Smith has joined the ranks of LCS team 100 Thieves to serve as their League of Legends general manager, the organization confirmed Wednesday. The move ends PapaSmithy’s 4-year-long career as LoL caster, during which time he was a key figure on the LCK broadcast desk and commentated at multiple World Championships.
PapaSmithy teased his departure from the LCK casting desk end of August, right after the end of the Summer Playoffs grand final between SK Telecom and Griffin.
Four years after I cast my first #LCK final alongside MonteCristo and DoA it was fitting that at the same venue today I cast my last LCK final, this time flanked by Brendan Valdes and LSXYZ9,” Smith wrote.
PapaSmithy’s move to a management role will put him in charge of an org that has already reaped success in League of Legends and, despite having a rough 2019, has showed promise for improvement. 100T’s LCS debut ended with a second place finish behind Team Liquid in 2018 Spring Playoffs, followed by a top 4 finish the next split. 2019 started rough for 100T, as they placed last in the Spring Regular season. Their Summer started off on the wrong foot too, but 100T recovered to contest — but miss — a playoffs spot of their own.
“I’ve been looking for a future direction that lets me use my experiences to build something in esports because esports is the field I feel most passionate about,” PapaSmithy told ESPN.