ALEX leaves Vitality CSGO team due to “personal reasons”

Published: 4/Mar/2020 19:30 Updated: 4/Mar/2020 19:32

by Matt Porter


Both Team Vitality and now-former in-game leader Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin have confirmed that the British captain will leave the French CS:GO team, citing issues with the extensive travel and exhaustion of the professional scene.

First reported by neLendirekt, ALEX has revealed his decision to step away from the Vitality roster following their 9-12th finish at IEM Katowice 2020, and their exit in the group stages at BLAST London back in February.

The British star has been a part of Team Vitality for just over  a year, joining the French organization back in 2018 to replace Vincent ‘Happy’ Schopenhauer, and the 24-year-old led the team to second place in the Counter-Strike World Rankings — picking up trophies at ECS Season 7 Finals and EPICENTER 2019 (with victory over mousesports) along the way.

ALEX competing with Vitality at StarLadder.
ALEX joined Team Vitality back in 2018, and led the team to multiple championships.

According to the initial reports reports, ALEX’s decision to leave Team Vitality is due to personal reasons, and not in-game issues or conflicts with teammates. The IGL has apparently grown tired of the constant travel associated with being a professional CS:GO player, which can force those at the top level to fly around the world to compete, sometimes with minimal breaks in between.

In a TwitLonger post, ALEX confirmed those reports, saying that the “accelerated professionalization of the CS:GO scene” was too tiring and intense. According to him, the team traveled 36 weeks of the year in 2019, but he realized recently that the changing ecosystem meant he wouldn’t be able to cut it down to closer to 22 weeks in 2020 like he had planned. Vitality made an official statement on March 4.

With Vitality heading into an extraordinarily busy period for them, which could see the team compete at six events over the next four months, plus added matches at the BLAST Premier Showdown thanks to their disappointing result in London, ALEX has decided that now is the right time to step down from the team, and has already informed his teammates of his choice.

Team Vitality celebrating victory at ECS Season 7 Finals.
ALEX was part of the Vitality squad that won ECS Season 7 Finals.

ALEX’s departure from the team will come as a shock to many, with few expecting to see him leave the team despite recent struggles that have saw the team fall to ninth in the world rankings, their lowest since May 2019.

Reports suggest that they are eyeing up LDLC’s Ali ‘hAdji’ Hainouss as a replacement.

Team Vitality CSGO lineup

  • Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire
  • Cedric ‘RpK’ Guipouy
  • Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut
  • Richard ‘shox’ Papillon
  • Remy ‘XTQZZZ’ Quoniam (Coach)

ALEX’s full statement on TwitLonger:

You may have seen the rumours fly around, I can now confirm that it’s true, I am moving away from playing at this time. Last year we travelled 36 weeks of the year and by July I was struggling to keep up with the intense travelling schedule, coming into this year we wanted to cut that down to 22 weeks (an extra 2.5 months at home). However the accelerated professionalization of the CS:GO scene, through ESL pro tour & Blast Premier arrivals, changed the ecosystem and we could no longer get down to anywhere near the amount of weeks discussed earlier. That being said, the only logical course of action for me after the year that had just passed was to withdraw myself from the team before becoming too tired to put the necessary work in, although I did offer to stay on until they found a suitable replacement they chose to look for someone now and that is their decision to make, I wish them the best of luck and would like nothing more than for them to do well.

I would like to thank Dan, Mathieu, Cédric, Richard, manager Matthieu, assistant coach Mathieu & a huge thank you to Rémy who had a massive part to play in everything that went right during my time in the team.

The last part of this is just a massive thank you to Vitality, who have done nothing but try to put us in the best conditions possible to perform, brought in countless members of staff and invested heavily into the team, as you may have seen from my last Twitter post a few days ago I have nothing but love for this organisation and I wish them the best going forward, with everything they do.

I’m not sure what the future will hold for me, but I would like to thank everyone who has supported me/us over the years and I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride as much as I have.


LIVE: BLAST Premier Global Final – EG vs FURIA coming up next

Published: 19/Jan/2021 23:36 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 17:43

by Albert Petrosyan


BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 

  • EG fight FURIA for torunament survival
  • They will play Inferno, Mirage and Nuke
  • Team Liquid 2-0 Na’Vi, Vitality 2-0 Complexity

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results




Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  Na’Vi 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses vs FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity vs Na’Vi 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis vs G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality vs Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpasss — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
7-8 TBD $15,000