OpTic Gaming have acquired a new jungler for their League of Legends team, and he’s a familiar face, having played for their North American rivals 100 Thieves the season prior.
William ‘Meteos’ Hartman has officially signed with OpTic on November 27, filling the final open spot in their main squad for the upcoming season.’
Their full active roster now features Meteos as the jungler, ‘Dhokla’ as the top laner, ‘Crown’ as the mid laner, ‘Arrow’ as the ADC, and ‘Big’ as the support.
The announcement of this roster move was made via a post on OpTic’s official Twitter page, hours after their former jungler ‘Akaadian’ left the team for free agency.
Jungle game on :lock:.
— OpTicLoL (@OpTicLoL) November 28, 2018
Meteos arrives after having spent the last few months playing for FlyQuests Academy. He was traded to FlyQuest from 100 Thieves in July, which ended up becoming a drawn-out roster saga because FlyQuest’s active roster was full and Meteos did not want to play for their academy team at the time.
While with 100 Thieves, he played an integral role in their second place finish at the NA LCS Spring 2018 Playoffs, including having the best record in the Split’s regular season.
Prior to joining 100T, he also had a successful spell with Cloud9, including a first-place finish at the IEM Season IX Major in San Jose, CA.
OpTic Gaming will hope that Meteos’ experience and pedigree of success will translate over to their team, which has had a largely unsuccessful start since joining the NA LCS.
Their squad finished ninth in the Spring Split and seventh in the Summer, prompting management to broker some high-level roster moves so far this offseason.
In addition to letting go of Akaadian and acquiring Meteos, OpTic also signed Crown, a former World Champion with Gen.G (then known as Samsung Galaxy) in 2017. Crown arrived as a replacement for ‘PowerOfEvil,’ who left the org to join Counter Logic Gaming on November 24.