Recently, PapaSmithy has been featured as one of the casting talents covering MSI, joining a team of other popular casters such as David "Phreak" Turley and Mitch "Krepo" Voorspoels. With one of the biggest yearly events that League has to offer currently underway, fans of both the game and of PapaSmithy's style had plenty of questions for the caster in a recent AMA he conducted on Reddit.
With over 1,000 comments stemming from the AMA, there's a lot of information there to sift through. We've compiled some of the best questions and answers that the AMA had to offer below to give an insight into why, and how, PapaSmithy does what he does best.
Q: When and why did you start casting, who influenced you the most out of your
A: I started casting due to listening to the Kings of Europe tournament and hearing
If I have to pick
Q: What do you think TSM's primary downfall of MSI was? (ie. drafts, individual play, just purely outclassed)
A: I think the meta shifting to largely encourage
To be successful at an international event you need to be able to master your own approach to the game but also have at minimum an answer to other dominant meta strategies - I don't think TSM were decisive enough to translate their well drilled macro decision making into closing out games or flexible enough to play true protect-the-ADC
Q: How did you get your name?
A: When I was playing as a 'pro' player in the infancy of the Australia scene back in early 2012 I was known to the other players for two things: Firstly, I held a
Q: In non-specific terms (unless you feel comfortable being specific), has Riot's treatment of freelance casters as yourself improved over the years? This can involve anything from straight up pay increase to better benefits and job security and such.
A: I felt very strongly about the open letter I cosigned with Monte & Doa before last year's MSI and it's the principles that were outlined there that inform my every dealing as a freelancer. There was every possibility that speaking publically about caster treatment, especially given it was the first Riot event I'd ever been invited to, would have
Riot have since that point negotiated in good faith and strived to meet industry standards. It is always an ongoing process of negotiation for every event, but if you see me at a Riot event know that I have and will continue to stick by the principle of moving the industry forward for all casters, freelance or
Q: What was your
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