Phoenix1 announced on Facebook that due to an emergency, Rami "Inori" Charagh will return home to Vancouver and will not be playing in this week’s matches against Cloud9 and Team Envy. Replacing him will be long-time former Cloud9 jungler William “Meteos” Hartman.
Meteos was a part of Cloud9’s original roster in 2013, starting in the jungle for five of the next six splits. He was named MVP of the Season 3 Summer Playoffs after posting a 15.0 KDA en route to C9’s first LCS championship. After a poor start to the 2015 Summer Split, Meteos was replaced in the jungle by former mid laner Hai Lam. Meteos returned in the 2016 Summer Split after taking the Spring off, but was replaced before the start of the current split by 17-year-old Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia.
After years on the Challenger ladder in solo queue, Rami “Inori” Charagh was the breakout star of 2016’s Phoenix1 squad, leading a debut team to surprise success in much the same way Meteos did in his first split (although Inori’s did not result in a championship). He has had a strong start to this split as well, leading Phoenix1 to a 4-4 record through four weeks of LCS play.
Meteos noted yesterday on Twitter that he would be in the studio on Friday and Sunday, but didn’t note the reason why. Many speculated that he would be helping out with another jungle focused stream similarly to how he did before.
I'm gonna be at the LCS studio on friday and sunday, come say hi if you're there :D— Meteos (@c9_meteos) February 15, 2017
Phoenix1 will be playing against Team EnVy Us on Friday and Cloud9 on Sunday. Meteos is officially listed as Cloud9’s jungle sub according to LoL Esports, which means that Sunday’s match should be interesting, to say the least.