It is with great sadness today that we must announce the heralding of the end of an era. Simon ‘Swiffer’ Papamarkos will not be the starting mid-laner for Chiefs in 2018.
Swiffer was one of the founding members of the Chiefs Esports Club in August, 2014. Coming over from the famed roster that dominated the Oceanic League of Legends scene at the time, Swiffer would be a huge part of the highs and lows experienced by us as a club.
Following our defeat in the first ever tournament the Chiefs participated in, the Riot Regional Finals in 2014, Swiffer has been a part of a core 3 that won the first 4 Oceanic Pro League titles, shouldered Oceania’s hopes and dreams on the big stage. An IEM appearance later, Swiffer would participate in what many called an ‘agonising’ year for the Chiefs in 2017, resulting in our first ever losses in the Oceanic Pro League playoffs.
However, it is with great pride that we can call Swiffer a Chief. One of the greatest and most storied players in Oceanic history, it was a difficult decision to part ways. However, we are incredibly thankful for the time we have spend together and would collectively like to wish Simon the best of luck for the future!
“To Simon, I hope your three and a half years at the Chiefs has left you a better person than when you started, for I know you have done the same for everyone who has had the pleasure of working with you. You’ve grown from being a teammate to being a close friend. I know we didn’t achieve what we set out to do, and I will always lament what more I could have done to get us over the line. I will never forget what you said to me after we lost the OPL final to Dire Wolves this year, but I never want you to think you let anyone down.
Our time wasn’t without ups and downs, but it is because of that that I truly value the memories we have created and shared, with each other, the team, and our fans, and it’s what makes this farewell so difficult.
Once a Chief, always a Chief. I wish you the best of luck for the future, and I look forward to seeing you soon.” – Frank ‘Sangy’ Li, owner and founder