LCS: Three Teams that are Possible Landing Spots for Meteos

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With the news of his release, here are three LCS teams that could look to add Meteos as their jungler.

This week marks the roster lock for LCS teams, meaning they are prohibited from trading players to other teams for additional assets. That said, it does not preclude teams from releasing players or signing whatever free agents remain on the market. Today, 100 Thieves shook the waters of free agency by announcing they were releasing their starting jungler William “Meteos” Hartman.

This would be the second time that 100 Thieves has released Meteos during the Summer Split. Back in 2018, with 100 Thieves on a path towards their first Worlds ever, the team released Meteos, replacing him with Andy “Anda” Hoang. This year, the change was not so abrupt, with the Thieves moving Meteos down to their Academy team earlier in the split, replacing him with Juan Arturo “Contractz” Garcia.

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Now that he is a free agent, though, Meteos will likely still be a highly-sought-after free agent. The jungle is perhaps the weakest role in the LCS and, while Meteos has not performed at the level he once was this year, he can still be a valuable veteran presence to the right team. Here are three teams that could be looking to sign Meteos.

1. CLG

I was much higher on Raymond “Wiggily” Griffin than most coming into the Summer Split, but it is undeniable that he has been one of the weakest links for a surging CLG team this split. With the team currently in a downturn, it might make sense for them to consider Meteos as an upgrade.

While his level of play hasn’t exceeded Wiggily’s by much this split, Meteos at his peak would for sure be far above what we’ve seen from Wiggily. In fact, just last split Meteos and Wiggily were among the top-ranked junglers, but I still considered Meteos the better player at the time. With a higher upside, a team in desperate need for a shotcaller, and not much to lose in the fact that this roster is probably not strong enough to make top three in the playoffs, what does CLG have to lose?

2. TSM

Let’s get this one out of the way because I know it’s where a lot of people’s minds immediately went. Yes, TSM is having their own jungle problems (yet again) with Mingyi “Spica” Lu having a disastrous performance last week. Yes, the team still looks like they’re in desperate need of shotcalling guidance (also, again). But that doesn’t mean Meteos is the answer.

At this point, you have to acknowledge that the rumors circling about how TSM views the jungle position are largely true. Meteos, on the other hand, is known for being very stubborn on his views on how the jungle is meant to be played. We saw how well a hard-headed jungler worked on TSM when they had Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett last split and it ended quite poorly. Adding Meteos would be like mixing water and oil.

3. Team Liquid

This might seem ridiculous, advocating that a team tied for first place make a major roster upheaval with just a few weeks to go in the season, but this is a move to be made with an eye beyond the LCS playoffs. This team, right now, with Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, has some very obvious limitations that have yet to be punished by the rest of the teams in the league, namely his poor early game and lack of proactivity.

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Meteos, on the other hand, is a very vocal shotcaller and has always had strong early games. Even this year, during a down year, Meteos has posted the fourth-highest XPD at 15 minutes. Compare that to Broxah, who currently has the second-worst XPD at 15. Getting a jungler who can control the early game as well as Meteos would allow Team Liquid to potentially challenge Cloud9 for the LCS title come playoff time, so it’s worth the risk.