On Thursday, Phoenix1 announced that Meteos would be filling in for Rami "Inori" Charagh for the weekend. "Inori has returned to Vancouver to take care of a personal matter, and therefore cannot participate in this weekend’s matches."
It may be much more than the weekend as Rubens said to theScore esports that "they [Phoenix1] purchased/acquired the contract from C9." He also stated that he was acquired for cash.
Meteos cannot return to Cloud9 for three weeks according to section 4.1.6 of Riot's NA LCS Rules. "Any player who leaves or is removed from an LCS Roster (for any reason) may not re-join that LCS Roster as a result of a later trade, free agent signing, or any other type of transaction until a minimum of at least three game (3) weeks has elapsed following the effective date of the transaction that resulted in their most recent removal from the Active Roster unless granted a hardship exemption at league discretion."
Meteos' contract is now listed among Phoenix1's roster in the League of Legends Esports Global Contract Database.
According to WWG's League of Legends Writer and Analyst, James Bates, there's much more to this move that many may not realize. "Obviously, when you're one of the best teams in your league, you want to change as many things as possible. Wait. No. That's that opposite of what you want to do. Phoenix1 are widely held to be one of the top four times in the NA LCS, and Inori has been a huge part of that with his aggressive playmaking," said Bates. "Replacing him with a player that looked as if he was playing half of last split asleep at the wheel is an unfathomable choice. In a split that's already been defined by talented young jungle talent, benching your promising young jungle talent seems tantamount to a preemptive concession to your next couple matches. There's more going on in Vancouver than might be apparently."
"Replacing him [Inori] with a player that looked as if he was playing half of last split asleep at the wheel is an unfathomable choice." - James Bates
P1 face off against EnVy on February 17 and then face Meteos' former team, Cloud9, on February 19.