Meteos Domestic Career
William “Meteos” Hartman began his LoL career as a stand-in for CLG Black. He took part in the King of the Hill tournament and received high praise for his jungling prowess. Afterward, Meteos created Team Normal Stars together with his friends. They enjoyed quite a bit of success in the Go4LoL tournaments, but the entire roster disbanded right before the NA LCS Qualifiers.
At one point, Meteos was asked to sub in for Cloud9 (C9) in place of their old jungler, Trickz. On C9, he attended several online tournaments, and his teammates liked playing with him so much that they offered him a starting position. Meteos accepted. During this time, he also acted as a substitute for compLexity Gaming.
Cloud9 briefly took up the banner of Quantic Gaming to attend the 2013 NA LCS Summer Promotion tournament. There, they defeated Team Astral Poke and compLexity Gaming to qualify for the NA LCS. Afterward, the entire lineup left Quantic and went back to Cloud9.
C9 took over the 2013 NA LCS Summer Split with an impressive 25-3 record over the regular season. They displayed the same level of dominance in the playoffs by crushing Team Dignitas and TSM without dropping a single game. With these wins, they claimed their first NA LCS trophy.
The 2014 NA LCS Spring Split had Cloud9 continue their winning streak. Once again, they secured an insane 24-4 win/loss ratio and scored back-to-back victories against Team Curse and TSM in the playoffs. However, C9 came down to earth in summer. Their 18-10 run was impressive, but they were nowhere near as dominant as before. And while they 3-0’d Team Curse in the Semifinals, C9 fell against TSM in the finals.
During this time, Meteos was hailed as a revolutionary. Unlike other junglers, he put an emphasis on farming and scaling, which turned him into another carry in the later stages of the game. And while this playstyle did make things harder in the early game, C9’s laners were more than capable of holding their own.
In the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split, Cloud9 had their weakest showing to date. For the first time since their inception, they ended the regular season in second place (12-6 record). In the playoffs, they scored a hard-fought victory against Team Liquid only to lose to TSM later on.
In summer, Hai announced his retirement, and Cloud9 brought in Jensen to replace him in the mid lane. But the result was nothing short of a disaster. C9 struggled to adapt to the new shot calling model, and Meteos decided to step down in order to bring Hai back as a jungler. Afterward, Meteos was meant to become the captain of Cloud9’s Challenger team. But the concept never worked out, and the roster disbanded before playing any games.
Meteos returned to Cloud9 for the 2016 Summer Split. His team put on a clinic in the regular season, and its playoffs victories against Team EnVyUs and Immortals showed a lot of promise. However, a 1-3 loss to TSM knocked Cloud9 down to the Regional Finals. Fortunately, they faced the same opponents in Team EnVyUs and Immortals, so C9 had no issues finding their wins and qualifying for Worlds.
Meteos briefly went back to his substitute position before joining Phoenix1 (P1). With his help, P1 had a massive resurgence, finishing the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split with an 11-7 record. In the playoffs, they 3-0’d Team Dignitas but fell short in the following round against Cloud9. Afterward, they squeezed out a narrow 3-2 victory in the third place match against FlyQuest.
During this time, Meteos was open about the fact that he’s not very committed to practice. Even so, his vast competitive experience translated into strong showings on stage, and he often took over games with intelligent pathing and decision-making. In summer, Meteos distanced himself from competitive play even further. He ended up starting in three NA LCS games, and all of those ended in losses.
When Phoenix1 weren’t accepted into the NA LCS, Meteos left the team to join 100 Thieves.
Meteos International Tournaments
Meteos attended his first international tournament—the 2013 World Championship—as a part of Cloud9. Because C9 had won the NA LCS, they were seeded into the Quarterfinals, but a 1-2 loss to Fnatic spelled an end to their run. Then, they went to IEM Season 8 Cologne. But after being seeded into the Semifinals, C9 made a quick exit due to a 0-2 defeat against Gambit Gaming.
They managed to extract their revenge against Fnatic by scoring a 2-0 victory at the Battle of the Atlantic tournament, but C9 still felt untested at international events. They had a better showing at the IEM Season 8 World Championship with back-to-back victories against Team WE and Taipei Assassins. But in the end, they still lost 1-2 to Fnatic in the Semifinals.
Their breakthrough came at the 2014 World Championship. Cloud9 breezed through the group stage with a 4-2 record, defeating Alliance and KaBuM! in the process. And while they lost 1-3 to Samsung Blue in the Quarterfinals, this was still their best international showing to date.
C9 capitalized on this success at IEM Season 9 San Jose. The field wasn’t the strongest, but they still defeated PaiN Gaming, Alliance, and Unicorns of Love to win the trophy. They couldn’t keep the momentum going, though, and the IEM Season 9 World Championship had Cloud9 leaving the tournament after losing to GE Tigers and Flash Wolves.
The team bounced back at the 2016 World Championship by securing a 3-3 record in groups and becoming the only North American lineup to enter the knockout stage. Unfortunately, their Quarterfinals opponent—Samsung Galaxy—dismantled C9 with a 3-0 score.