Interview with Meteos at LCS Finals: On passion for jungling and not getting tilted – Daily Esports
William “Meteos” Hartman is an LCS jungler at the moment on OpTic Gaming. He has been on legendary groups like the primary iteration of Cloud9, in addition to FlyQuest, Phoenix1, and 100 Thieves. His analytical type to the jungle function has made him one of the crucial well-known North American League of Legends gamers of his place. I caught up with him throughout the third sport of the LCS finals in St. Louis. We chatted whereas the sport was taking part in within the background and even noticed Team Liquid coming again into the collection.
Daily Esports: What do you consider Game three [of the LCS finals] to this point?
William “Meteos” Hartman: Well, it seems like Liquid’s nonetheless placing up a combat in Game three. I don’t know. Their drafts have all appeared fairly bizarre right now. It looks like they’ve form of doubled down on the narrative of, “Everyone’s saying Impact can’t play carries,” so now it’s they’re solely taking part in carries on Impact. It looks like they’d most likely be higher off with some type of entrance line have interaction.
What do you consider a few of the different picks to this point? The Sona/Taric, the Lux, the Heimerdinger.
I feel the Heimer kinda made sense on paper, but it surely didn’t appear to be Jensen was that snug on it. In fights, simply appeared like he was not making the very best choices, which simply comes from practising a champion sufficient. That one didn’t actually work out. Then Game 2, Liquid selected to combat in opposition to the Sona/Taric. That’s a bot lane that’s been popping up all over the place.
Usually, you simply ban Taric so that you don’t deal with it. They wish to attempt Ashe/Zyra, which on paper can work. You’re gonna dumpster that lane. You can hopefully kill their turret rapidly, however … they’ve that prime lane matchup of Kennen into Irelia, which was final picked, by the way in which. Rek’sai spent most of his time up in that prime facet. And so the way in which League works, in case your jungler exhibits prime, their jungler is both gonna counter-gank that, or he’s gonna simply run backside straight away. So TL’s bot lane, as a result of their jungler is exhibiting prime, they need to form of launch their stress. Not push the turret as arduous in order that they don’t die to a gank. It looks like they’re taking part in off. Not actually of their finest type.
As an LCS jungler, how do you method these type of video games? Are you watching their pathing greater than normal? Do you suppose the pathing is indicative of the collection to this point, with Akaadian taking up?
I feel Akaadian’s been on higher picks more often than not. Game 1, he was Rek’sai into Jarvan, which has been overwhelmingly Rek’sai-favored lately. It looks like the Jarvan not often wins that matchup. That was good for TSM. Liquid really did a reasonably good job Game 1 of messing with Akaadian early sport. They obtained a kill and they blew his flash. That was fairly good by them. For Game 2, Xmithie was on Rek’sai and Akaadian was Hecarim. To me, in solo queue, it looks like Hecarim and Rek’sai are the very best junglers and Akaadian’s been taking part in them and doing very well. Xmithie has been taking part in Jarvan. He’s taking part in Skarner now Game three, which I’m not overly enthusiastic about. I really feel like Skarner doesn’t do injury at all. He actually simply does none.
It’s the Conqueror junglers.
Exactly. Conqueror is simply loopy proper now. I feel getting good worth out of that’s fairly essential. And it looks like it’s not what Team Liquid was practising.
Do you may have any particular plans for the summer time? Presumably you’re beginning on OpTic? I’ve but to listen to something in any other case.
I’ve but to listen to the rest too. So that’s the plan, as of now. During the off season, I’m not actually planning an excessive amount of. This was type of the massive occasion for me. I flew my brother out; he’s by no means been to an enormous occasion like this. It’s cool getting to hang around with him and present him what my world has been like for the previous 5 years. Aside from that, I’ve been simply getting again into streaming. I simply wish to play plenty of League, prepare for subsequent cut up. I’m nonetheless assured in my skills as a participant for positive, however clearly we’re not profitable. I’m simply doing something I can to get higher myself.
Is there one thing you do as a veteran LCS participant to type of preserve the newer gamers in your crew grounded in a way? If video games are going unhealthy, “We just gotta pick ourselves up and focus on what we can do to win”?
I’d say often I attempt to assist folks really feel higher after we have now a tough loss. Sometimes, I get type of rattled from losses too, however not often. Only if it’s one thing actually tousled. I often attempt to test in with gamers if it looks like somebody’s out of it, like tilted or one thing. I’ll attempt to speak to them and see what’s occurring, see if I might help.
Do you suppose junglers are the gamers that get probably the most tilted onstage? If you lose a Baron steal, or a Dragon. I really feel like stuff with helps or AD carries, the worst factor is that they get picked off, or they get targeted. With you guys, it’s very instantaneous, whether or not or not you guys have secured one thing or misplaced one thing.
Right, it may be for positive. Getting Baron or Dragon stolen is fairly tilting, ’trigger your entire crew is gonna be upset at you. If you concentrate on it, it’s a very bizarre state of affairs the place it’s not even that massive of a mistake to get Baron smited from you. Human response time isn’t adequate to smite precisely lacking the well being; a part of it’s guessing.
And the sport isn’t at all times exhibiting the well being. It may leap down from like 800 to 400 in half a second.
Definitely. You don’t know when your AD carry is gonna crit after they hit it, that type of stuff. You don’t know when the opposite crew is gonna leap in, so there’s plenty of issues occurring. It’s a a lot smaller offense than lacking a tank minion, proper?
It’s a lot extra gold.
Yeah, they nonetheless miss tanks on a regular basis, however what I’m saying is that the enter going into it — it’s much more comprehensible for a Baron steal. It’s simply the output of truly getting Baron as a substitute of you is insane. The results of the error, should you can name it a mistake, is critical. So it’s considered as you probably did one thing horrible. When in actuality, there’s solely a lot you are able to do.
I mained jungle for like three years and I simply obtained burnt out in like Season 7 or eight. How do you retain up with your place? Have you considered switching to a lane? Have you simply at all times liked the jungle?
Mhm. I haven’t actually given it severe consideration to switching. Sometimes I really feel like help these days is nearer to what jungle was for the longest time. For probably the most half I take pleasure in jungle. Playing solo queue will be irritating at instances as a result of everybody likes accountable you for the whole lot. You have a very good quantity of management in solo queue as jungle. Probably like one of many highest roles, however nonetheless you’re one individual on the market with 5. I suppose the toughest factor about jungle is you’re actually more likely to get blamed. If any laner has a foul time, they are often like, “Our jungler sucks,” and the opposite laners shall be like, “Yeah, that sounds right. Our jungler sucked,” that type of factor. It’s no matter. I’m fairly used to it, however it may be type of annoying nonetheless.
Jumping again to OpTic, how has it been, not essentially immediately competing, however clearly Dardoch is on the crew as properly? Do you may have a very good relationship with him? Are you guys making an attempt to make one another higher? Or is it simply a type of issues the place it’s like, “I’m gonna work on me, you’re gonna work on you, and then whoever shows up, shows up”?
It’s most likely someplace within the center there, the place we’ll speak concerning the sport and it doesn’t actually really feel like both of us is making an attempt to cover one thing from each other. It’s a reasonably useful relationship for probably the most half. We don’t see eye to eye on the whole lot. Plenty of it is rather like, he’ll come to me and be like, “Yo dude, what do you think about Riven jungle? It seems busted.” And I’ll be like, “I don’t really play Riven. It doesn’t seem that strong to me, but if you like it then go for it,” type of factor. So we don’t at all times agree on the whole lot. We’ll see conditions in a different way in fact, like anybody would. We’ll give one another suggestions or ask one another questions on stuff. Share our opinions, stuff like that.
Tomorrow are the LEC Finals. G2 versus Origen. Who do you suppose is gonna take that?
G2 versus Origen, so Origen beat Fnatic?
Yeah, they received three-1 earlier right now.
Interesting. I didn’t really catch that sport at all.
Actually, I used to be a bit bit dissatisfied that they didn’t deliver out a few of the crazier picks. Fnatic picked Sona/Taric Game 1, and Origen instantly answered within the first spherical of picks with Zed/Blitzcrank. They received that, Game 2. Patrik and Mithy performed Sona/Taric; they kinda stream rolled. Game three Fnatic received, and then the final one Origen simply took over.
Interesting. It appeared like lots of people had been anticipating Fnatic to make it. It needs to be good although. G2 seems fairly robust. It’s actually attention-grabbing while you look at the explanations. It appears that Griffin, TL, and G2 all type of adopted an identical trajectory all through their season … beginning extremely robust. Once they secured first, they type of took a dip, dropped some video games. At least for playoffs to this point, Griffin obtained three-zero’d in finals, and Liquid seems like they’re about to get three-zero’d in finals. Maybe G2 is gonna go and get three-zero’d in finals.
With the winner going to [the Mid-Season Invitational], is there something particular you attempt and take with you to worldwide competitions?
MSI’s a tough one. It doesn’t essentially really feel like a reward as a participant. Just ’trigger there’s not that a lot of a break between spring and summer time, should you go to playoffs. If you go throughout playoffs, then you may have one other MSI occasion. So it looks like plenty of the time the gamers that go to MSI really find yourself trying a bit weaker after they come again. [It could be] it’s simply them not taking the competitors as significantly, as a result of, “You know, I just played against, like, Faker and Uzi. Now I’m playing against ‘you know.’”
The “G2 took a vacation right before” meme.
Yeah, there’s stuff like that. I feel that shedding your off-season, simply shedding that break, will be actually arduous. When LCS is in season, time simply goes by like that; it’s so quick. So having breaks is very nice to recuperate.
[Gameplay from Game 3 catches our attention in the background. Team Liquid is hanging in there.]
I at all times love 5-sport collection. I’m from New Jersey, so I’ve been capable of go to Toronto, Boston. I went to the World semifinals in Madison Square Garden. But for Team Liquid, how do you suppose their mentality is with being down two video games, taking part in backs in opposition to the wall? CoreJJ is on Tahm Kench lastly.
It appeared like CoreJJ was working it down a bit within the begin of this one. They appear to be recovering; I don’t know. … You’re within the finals, and you’re about to lose — it’s fairly arduous. I imply, I suppose it’s the place you type of see how everybody’s mentality is, proper? There’s the gamers, whose gonna get actually scared to lose and type of choke, and there’s the gamers that over-carry out when their again’s up in opposition to the wall. The clutch issue and whatnot. Liquid looks like they’re all fairly skilled gamers, so I don’t suppose they’ll make any actually loopy tilt choices or something. It’s undoubtedly arduous to be them.
Meteos has been and will proceed to be one of the crucial recognizable North American gamers attributable to his longstanding success and wonderful hair kinds through the years. It was nice to satisfy him and see precisely what’s occurring in a professional’s head throughout probably the most tense time a participant may have. Make positive to observe Meteos on Twitter.