Meteos Returns To Cloud9 – But Not As LoL Player

16 Aug 2023
Tit Krajnik 16 Aug 2023
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  • Cloud9 re-sign Meteos
  • The 30-year-old re-joins Cloud9 as a content creator
  • During his pro career, Meteos helped Cloud9 win two LCS titles, IEM Season 9 San Jose, and reach three LoL Worlds quarterfinals
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Meteos LoL (credit: via Twitter (@Cloud9))
On Tuesday, August 15, Cloud9 announced the return of William "Meteos" Hartman, a legendary North American League of Legends jungler who spent nearly four years with Cloud9 from 2013-2016. But this time, Meteos isn't joining Cloud9 as a LoL player.

On Tuesday, Meteos rejoined Cloud9 after spending the last two years as an unsigned LoL content creator. The 30-year-old will now get to put on the white and blue jersey once again, but only as a streamer on Twitch, where he plays various games, including League of Legends and Teamfight Tactrics.

The retired LoL pro player started his esports career in 2013 with complexity Gaming, where he has spent just under three months, before signing with Cloud9 where he made a quick impact, leading the team to titles at Rising Stars Invitational 5, 6 and MLG 2013 Winter. He later spent a short stint with Quantic Gaming before returning to Cloud9 in May 2013 and helped the team win NA LCS 2013 Summer, helping Cloud9 qualify for the Season 3 World Championship.

Meteos spent the next three years with Cloud9 and established himself as a legend of North America LoL and an iconic member of Cloud9. He played a big role in Cloud9's success in the early LoL esports scene, helping the team win IEM Season 9 San Jose, NA LCS 2014 Spring title and qualify for two more LoL World Championships – both times Cloud9 finished top-eigh.

At the end of 2016, Meteos left Cloud9 and continued his career with Phoenix1 100 Thieves and OpTic Gaming, but he wasn't able to find the same level of success as he did with Cloud9, with who he won two LCS trophies, IEM Season 9 San Jose, and three LoL Worlds quarterfinals.

At the end of 2020, Meteos announced his retirement from professional LoL after finishing seventh in the LCS 2020 Summer regular season with 100 Thieves. Since his retirement, Meteos has transitioned to content creation and has amassed a sizeable following of over 510k viewers.

The return to Cloud9 won't change Meteos' path as the reunion only sees him become a Cloud9 streamer; however, his return makes a lot of sense as Meteos still holds a special place in the hearts of Cloud9 supporters.

Meteos will likely continue streaming, and there's a good chance he'll be granted co-streaming rights for the upcoming LoL World Championship 2023 in South Korea, where Cloud9 will be one of three (or four) North American representatives.