Can ALEX lead Cloud9's CSGO Colossus without ZywOo? - Dexerto

Can ALEX lead Cloud9’s CSGO Colossus without ZywOo?

Published: 4/Nov/2020 16:18

by Shane King


As someone who split time between France and England growing up, the bilingual Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin had a choice to make when it comes to Counter-Strike, in which teams he would decide to join.

He chose to play for French rosters while always repping the Union Jack on all of his social media accounts. While playing for these French sides he led some of the best talents CSGO has to offer in their charge up the world rankings while also picking up some important lessons along the way.

Unfortunately, the demands of a jam-packed Counter-Strike calendar became too much and the IGL decided to step down from the team in early 2020. After six months on the sidelines, he was announced to be the first member of Cloud9’s colossus under GM HenryG and coach kassad, penning a deal worth $1.65 million.

Now the question on everyone’s lips is, will the IGL be able to restore C9’s Major-winning glory days? Or was ZywOo the reason behind his success?


How Stanislaw became NA CSGO’s greatest leader

Published: 28/Nov/2020 20:36 Updated: 28/Nov/2020 20:37

by Alan Bernal


Peter ‘stanislaw’ Jarguz has been one of CSGO’s most impressive in-game leaders for years, leading teams to extremely impressive highs and, at times, disappointing lows. His persistence through myriad successes and failures has earned him the title of the region’s best IGL.

An all-around in-game leader is hard to come by. While Europe has its fair share of talent like Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen or Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander, NA has historically been lacking in that department.

A 20-year-old Stanislaw burst on the scene in 2014 with fantastic aim and cheeky tactics. Through tumultuous roster relocations, he eventually landed on Conquest where consistent results were stacking up.

It wasn’t until the Greenwall had picked him up alongside Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba, Damian ‘daps’ Steele, Shahzeeb ‘ShahZaM’ Khan, and Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic, where CSGO crowds started to learn his name.

Through all the odds, this team would eventually qualify for the ESL Cologne Major. But after fizzling out in the group stage, there were a few roster changes in the OpTic lineup that saw stanislaw ousted from the team, just to eventually return a while later.

But this is the part in stan’s journey where he notably led the way to victories with his rifle as well as his tactical prowess on teams like Evil Geniuses. With the tactical side of CSGO taken care of, he resorted to focusing on himself to avoid being a detriment to the team.

Usually, IGLs aren’t expected to collect a lot of frags, but the NA leader defied convention throughout his career to be a potent threat on all parts of the map.