From burnout to building CSGO's Colossus | Exclusive Cloud9 ALEX interview - Dexerto

From burnout to building CSGO’s Colossus | Exclusive Cloud9 ALEX interview

Published: 16/Dec/2020 13:11 Updated: 17/Dec/2020 13:12

by Ava Thompson-Powell


With an incredible year for Counter-Strike in 2020, there’s lots to unpack. Here, we sit down with one of the most well-known players in the CSGO scene.
Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin is renowned as one of Counter-Strike’s best IGLs. But after his success with Team Vitality leading into 2020, the Colonial Captain announced that he’d be taking a step back.

Fast-forward to the tail end of the year, and Cloud9 has formed a Colossus. Speaking exclusively with Dexerto, ALEX delved into his time with Vitality and the reason for his departure. After touching on the CSPPA controversy, he looked ahead to Cloud9’s future going into 2021.

Facing 36 weeks’ worth of traveling throughout the year, the star knew that this was something he couldn’t continue long-term. If the current global affairs hadn’t occurred, it was likely that he was due to travel more than the 22-25 weeks the team had initially agreed to reduce it to. Unable to take a proper break or travel, he details how this pushed him back into the scene as usual.

As well as sharing whether he’s team ZywOo or s1mple, we hit on Cloud9’s future. McMeekin doesn’t believe future boot camps are worth it with the current online era of play in regards to LAN matches. While this is less of a problem for France-based Vitality, Cloud9 is based across many different countries, with international flights making this less viable.


GODSENT leak their own CS:GO roster with TACO on job listing

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:44 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:56

by Connor Bennett


Swedish esports organization GODSENT have confirmed their new Counter-Strike roster, featuring Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo – with a job listing for someone to edit their reveal video. 

Roster and player announcements have become big business in esports, especially at the highest level.  A lot of time and effort goes into getting everything right – sometimes even weeks before the actual announcements are made.

Organizations will, at times, drop hints about what moves they’re making, especially if an insider – or even a player – manages to accidentally reveal things ahead of time.

However, this time, it wasn’t an insider or new player who dropped the ball on an announcement, but rather the organization themselves.

Taco playing for Team Liquid
TACO had been rumored to be leading the new GODDSENT team.

The Swedish organization, which has typically had European Counter-Strike rosters, uploaded the files for their roster announcement to a job listing. They were asking for someone to edit the videos, removing the green screen behind their new players.

Front and center of the video is former SK Gaming and MiBR star TACO, who had been rumored to be leading the new GODSENT project. He’s flanked by former teammate João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos, Bruno ‘latto’ Rebelatto, Eduardo ‘dumau’ Wolkmer, and Bruno ‘b4rtiN’ Câmara.

Twitter user NoOne_CSGO spotted the video totally revealing the whole roster on January 16, which went under the radar before RushBMedia’s Ryan Friend boosted it.

After the hilarious ‘leak’ made the rounds on Twitter, the listing was removed from the Upwork website, and the videos were taken down.

However, GODSENT and Taco decided to have a little fun with things. “FAKE NEWS,” they tweeted, while Taco claimed “it’s not me,” in the videos.

Before it was removed, the listing asked for the work to be completed by 6PM on Monday, January 18, pointing at an announcement coming soon.

Seeing as they’ve now taken it down, and quite a decent number of CS:GO fans have seen the videos, GODSENT might move that forward and announce their new line-up sooner.

It’s either a spectacular blunder that will be talked about while the lineup is together, or a superb piece of hype-building.