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Alex reportedly returning to pro CSGO to lead new FunPlus Phoenix roster

Published: 20/Aug/2020 7:52 Updated: 20/Aug/2020 8:44

by Andrew Amos


Former Vitality star Alex ‘Alex’ McMeekin is reportedly set to return to professional CS:GO, helping lead a new FunPlus Phoenix roster. Alex stepped back in March 2020, citing “personal reasons.”

The British leader was a core part of Vitality’s CS:GO roster, right as they launched their renaissance in 2019. He helped the team reach #2 in the CS:GO World Rankings, behind star squad Astralis, picking up seven trophies along the way.

However, entering into 2020, the team failed to find the same success, falling out of IEM Katowice in 9-12th. Alex decided to take a step back, citing personal reasons with excessive travel and a packed schedule.

Alex playing for Vitality in CS:GO
Alex helped Vitality find success in 2019.

“The demanding lifestyle of a high level professional CS:GO player wasn’t fitting him anymore,” Vitality said in a statement back in March.

The light has reportedly been rekindled for Alex, though. With a shift to online play, travel isn’t as much of a worry, and he might have found his way back into the professional scene at the right time.

The star IGL is reportedly heading up a new-look FunPlus Phoenix roster, according to insider DeKay. FPX have approached Vitality to talk about Alex’s buyout, which was previously reported to be as high as $600,000.

FPX’s two stints in CS:GO have been far from successful. They picked up Danish roster Heroic, but the deal fell through after Patrik ‘es3tag’ Hansen chose to move to Astralis. The roster never played a game under the FPX banner.

Their second roster, the former Bad News Bears team, was only a temporary endeavor for the remainder of Flashpoint Season 1.

FPX have been slowly expanding into Europe. They picked up the European Valorant roster ZyppanGoKill, who finished second in their first event under the Chinese organization’s banner, Allied Esports Odyssey.

Alex was also linked to FaZe back in July, coming in to replace youngster Aurimas ‘Bymas’ Pipiras. However, the organization opted to pick up Kjaerbye, confirming the signing on August 11.

FPX are yet to confirm the rumors. We will update you as more information becomes available.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.