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Vitality set to recruit young CSGO talent to replace ALEX

by Kamil Malinowski
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Team Vitality are reportedly set to sign French rising star Kévin ‘Misutaaa’ Rabier as a replacement for Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin, who announced his departure from the team on March 4. 

2020 seems to be off to a shaky start for Team Vitality as In-Game leader ALEX announced a shock departure from the team.

The move was first reported by neLendirekt and later confirmed by both the team and player, who cited issues with a packed travel schedule as the core reason behind his departure and likely a step back from Counter-Strike overall.

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

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At first, French star player Ali ‘hAdji’ Haïnouss was favorite to replace the Englishman, however, neL has returned with another report, claiming that 17-year-old Mistuaaa will be joining the French squad.

Update, March 5, 1:45PM EST: Vitality has now confirmed the signing of Misutaaa.

The player may be somewhat unknown to many, but he is considered a hot prospect in the French scene and has already shown off impressive skills, both in the ESL French Championship and in FaceIT Pro League matches. 

Team Vitality celebrating victory at ECS Season 7 Finals.
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Team Vitality had a promising 2019 and were looking primed to succeed in 2020.

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Although, being a young talent, he isn’t likely to take on a leadership role, meaning that it will fall on another member of the team. Many fans place Richard ‘shox’ Papillon as the favorite for that position as he has previously lead teams like G2 and Team Envyus.