League of Legends professional shoutcaster Christopher “PapaSmithy” Smith will join OnGameNet as the Korean broadcasting company expands to a four-day schedule, according to several sources close to the organization and caster.
Smith will co-host the OGN Champions Korea English broadcast as the group’s new “global broadcaster,” a title last held by Will “Chobra” Cho, who recently joined European esports giant ESL. The move for Smith won’t be immediate, however. He’ll substitute in for the Riot Games Chinese League Pro League (LPL) for the first two weeks of coverage to prevent scheduling issues at Riot Games’s Sydney office.
With OGN’s recent announcement of a four-day broadcast of the Korean league, the casting will be divided into two halves. The first will place Smith alongside OGN’s mega-popular caster Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles, and the second will be the famous duo of Mykles and long-time partner Erik “DoA” Lonnquist. Due to Lonnquist’s other commitments to games like Hearthstone for OnGameNet, he will only be part of two days of the broadcast. In similar fashion, Smith will eventually cast other games, though it’s unclear yet which.
Smith, a color commentator, is best known for his work with Riot Games Oceania, where he hosts the Oceania Pro League and, starting last split, the Chinese LPL English broadcast. He’s meshed well with Mykles in the past video reviews, and the pair have a good personal relationship. So fans should have a lot to look forward to in this coming Korean split.
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