100 Thieves’ League GM PapaSmithy Steps Away

PapaSmithy posted on Twitter today, “After numerous rounds of discussions with management before Worlds, it was evident that the common vision of the kind of League of Legends programme we planned to establish together in 2019 no longer met the ambitions and aspirations of 100T in 2023.” In the end, this meant cheering on our LCS team through Worlds before splitting up.

Yesterday, 100 Thieves were eliminated from the 2022 League World Championship in the group stage after finishing play in Group D with a record of 1-5. The team was ultimately knocked out by the LPL’s fourth seed, Royal Never Give Up.

100 Thieves’ League team reached three consecutive LCS finals (winning one) while qualifying for back-to-back World Championships over the last two seasons. The team’s core starting lineup has remained intact since the beginning of the 2021 Summer Split.

With recent success in mind, PapaSmithy looked back on his accomplishments with the organization through a lens of confidence. The now-former GM said he was most proud of the franchise’s depth at all levels. 100 Thieves captured grand final berths in all three levels of competitive play in 2022—LCS, Academy, and Amateur.

“It was always a treat to see players at the LCS studio whose faces lit up seeing me and talking about how much they enjoyed their time with 100T,” PapaSmithy said. “That stuff made my day just as much as any team win or achievement we were able to take down.”.

While the future of 100 Thieves’ League roster remains uncertain heading into the offseason, the team is likely to fill PapaSmithy’s role before free agency begins on Nov. 22. The only 100 Thieves player set to come off the books and enter unrestricted free agency is top laner Ssumday, who has been with the organization since it was enveloped into the LCS as a franchised team back in 2018.

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