Olivia R. February 2, 2020
100 Thieves is looking strong this season after their win over Counter Logic Gaming. They are currently sitting at a 2-1 record, with their only loss being to Evil Geniuses.
But jungler William "Meteos" Hartman isn't too concerned about that. He told WIN.gg that his biggest goal is just to be a good teammate.
How are you feeling after that win against CLG?
Meteos: Pretty good.
Just pretty good?
I don’t get too excited or bummed out from wins or losses. Obviously there’s always stuff we can do better.
What could you have improved in your match today?
I suicided for first blood, which was pretty fucking wild. That wasn’t great. But as a team, there’s always ways to optimize and put the most pressure on the ebemy team that we can.
Did you get flamed by Ryoma for giving up first blood like that?
No, no. He’s really chill. He was like, "That happens."
Why do you think CLG failed to find an opportunity for a comeback towards the end of the game?
I think that we were spacing pretty well. We had the range advantage on our comp. It was on them to find engage. We kept our zone control, even when they had Elder Dragon. That was a big part of it.
You can tell they were feeling the pressure. They went for some failed engages. We just thought about how each comp wanted to play and executed it better.
People were surprised to see Ssumday pick Sett. What was the reason behind that pick?
Sett’s a new champ. Riot has a tendency to make champs overtuned and really OP on release. Sett is no exception. When we practiced, he seemed really strong. And Ssumday was playing Sett well, so we figured why not whip it out?
100 Thieves' entire roster is almost all new players. How has the atmosphere been?
It’s been pretty good. Everyone’s generally pretty friendly. We get along really well outside the game. In the game, we’re not all the most experienced players of all-time. We all have things we can learn about playing together and how to be as good as we can be. We’ve had some rough days and rough games in practice, but I do think that overall, because we are so close, we can grow from it.
We are learning at a good rate. We're not best team in North America right now but we have a really good system going. Tony, our coach, is a big part of that too. He’s by far the best coach I’ve worked with. He's good at keeping us moving forward, even when we have rough patches.
Your only loss so far was to Evil Geniuses. Are you looking forward to a rematch?
I’m definitely someone who doesn’t take the early season standings too seriously. You haven’t even played every time until you hit nine games. At the beginning of spring, a lot of the rosters get a lot of revamps. Every team will be getting better and better.
I’m mostly focusing on our rate of progress more than having grudges against specific teams. You just have to be as good as you can be when playoffs come around. I’m not focused on the outside teams.
How do you think it will go?
There’s a good chance that every time we play we should be better. I’m sure it’s not going to be a flawless path and we will always have obstacles we have to overcome. But we will do our best to keep working through them.
How are you feeling about your match against Cloud9 tomorrow?
I think that will be a hard game. They’re looking really good. But we’re capable of winning. It will be a good test for us to see how we’re doing.
I have a lot of respect for Blaber. He's a really, really good jungler. That will be a nice challenge for me.
What are your goals for the Spring Split?
My goals are consistent with my whole career: get better individually and do what I can to eleveate my teammates. To try and not make them feel bad, to not cause problems. I just want to be a teammate that I would want to play with. My goal is for my teammates to be able to look back and say I was someone they enjoyed playing. That they had a good time.
I just want to have a good time and do well.