Hai officially retired from competitive play after Cloud 9 fell to Team Solomid in the 2015 Spring Playoffs Finals, thus failing to earn the right to represent North America at Riot’s Mid-Season Invitational. After trying out several players as potential replacements for Hai in the mid lane, Cloud 9 opted to pick up recently unbanned European solo-queue star Nicolaj “Incarnati0n” Jensen. Many may assume Incarnati0n has the biggest shoes to fill after Hai’s retirement, but that unfortunate pressure actually falls to their jungler, Will “Meteos” Hartman, Cloud 9’s new dedicated shot-caller.
Meteos is no stranger to shot-calling, but no one knows better than he just how much he will need to grow. It is up to him to bring Cloud 9 back to relevance on the international stage. As a Cloud 9 fan, I look forward to watching their growth over the course of the Summer Split. I can only hope Meteos will make Hai and the rest of us proud.
Image taken from Hai’s twitter page. Follow the retired star at https://twitter.com/Hai_L9!