100 Thieves has found its replacement for former League of Legends general manager Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith. The organization promoted its head of strategy of analytics Joseph “JungleJuice” Jang to the GM role today for the 2023 League of Legends season.
JungleJuice has been with the 100 Thieves organization since 2017, filling a variety of roles for the league team, including coach and analyst.
This offseason, 100 Thieves is beginning to move in a different direction after parting ways with PapaSmithy after three seasons. The decision to move on was communicated to him prior to the league World Championship. The team failed to make it past the group stage at Worlds for the second consecutive year after finishing with a record of 1-5 at the tournament.
“Building a superteam of veterans is one extreme, building a team of all rookies is another extreme,” 100 Thieves president John Robinson said in a video posted to social media. “For 100 Thieves, we’re always weighing everyone but usually end up somewhere in the middle.”