Heading into the 2020 season for the North America League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS), 100 Thieves has formally announced they will be parting ways with head coach Neil “pr0lly” Hammad.
On November 8, 100 Thieves relived the highs and lows of their journey with head coach pr0lly in a heartfelt, emotional Twitter announcement video. From finishing first in the 2018 NA LCS spring season and qualifying for the 2018 World Championships; to the lows of finishing rock bottom of the league in Spring 2019 and 8th in Summer 2019.
Today, we part ways with @pr0lly, our League of Legends Head Coach.
Neil, thank you for everything these past 2 years. We wish you the best in the future. pic.twitter.com/1fdhq4x0M4
— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) November 8, 2019
Quoting the 2020 LCS season update video from 100 Thieves’ YouTube channel, Owner and CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag speaks highly of former head coach pr0lly.
“He’s a great friend and I think he did a fantastic job of representing 100Thieves in and out of the game, and he came in, in the first two years and really created a legacy that I think will live on for a very long time, it was just a joy to work with him,” Nadeshot said.
Although pr0lly is no longer officially a thieve, the acknowledgment for pr0lly’s hard work, dedication, and contribution to kick-starting 100 Thieves’ League of Legends legacy will always be present amongst the 100 Thieves community and management, staying true to their values as there will always be honor among thieves.
With Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith appointed as General Manager for 100 Thieves’ League of Legends team, the focal point of PapaSmithy’s responsibilities lies in scouting and acquiring the best of talent for the North American organization, shifting his renowned casting career from the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) scene to a more managerial role in one of America’s most beloved esports organization.
It is unsure as to where pr0lly will next call home as he is actively exploring options for 2020, but with such a rich history and well-respected career that is universal across western League of Legends, it is naive to presume pr0lly will not find a new home coaching in the up and coming 2020 season.