ALEX: "[AmaNEk and devoduvek] are bringing a lot of firepower, which we lacked before"

November 7th, 2018 08:21

After the last match ended, LDLC were triumphant as they beat Renegades in a three map affair. We caught up with Alex "ALEX" McMeekin to hear about his and his team's first day in Chicago.

LDLC are playing their most important tournament to date with their current lineup in Chicago, where they have already taken FaZe to 30 rounds in their opener and defeated Renegades in the first round of the Group A lower bracket. Tomorrow, they will have to face the Danes of North for survival in the second round of the lower bracket.

ALEX & co. were able to beat Renegades in the lower bracket to survive past day one

We talked to ALEX about several topics concerning his team, including what it feels like for some of the players on the team to be at a tournament like IEM Chicago, the matches against FaZe and Renegades, the changing of the guard in LDLC, and what the team hopes to achieve moving forward.

IEM Chicago is a big event for you, did you prepare any particular way for it?

No, we didn't have time to prepare because for the past three weeks we've had like 60 or 70 matches, so we really didn't have time to practice anything. We're just relying on what we had before and we're hoping it works out.

Tell me a bit about the evolution of the team. You've been in LDLC forever, and have seen it transform completely. The big change was when AmaNEk and devoduvek came on, tell me about the energy they brought with them, and tell me a bit about the youngster, LOGAN, as well.

We had Ex6TenZ and Maniac, the old guard, who had tonnes of experience, but it came to a point in which we didn't agree on certain things anymore, so the organization decided to remove Ex6TenZ and Maniac stepped down. We picked up AmaNEk and devoduvek, but surprisingly they didn't bring that much with them, and they're learning new things with us. What they are bringing is a lot of firepower, which we lacked before, and they're generally better players. Not better players, I don't mean it in a bad way, they're just more suited to what we needed.

LOGAN played for MAXISAUCISSE before, and he had a match against BIG which was really his breakout match, on LAN, where he got something like 36 kills in a 16-9. We watched him there, and from then, he came into the team with Maniac and DEVIL. He's been slowly learning since then. He has insane aim, ScreaM sort of aim, but he lacks a lot of team play. He only played in like two squads before us, so we're teaching him how to play on a team. He's also quite young, so trying to keep him mentally stable is a big challenge for all of us.

As you were telling me before we started the interview, this is really big for you, this event, so what would you say the expectations for the team are? Did you have big expectations or is it more of a learning opportunity?

We're used to the smaller LAN events, like the ESL European Championship, but this is way different. Even just arriving, you have this nice hotel with the practice rooms and everything, it's almost overwhelming. At least for the three of us, LOGAN, to1nou, and me. I think we're lucky to be here, to be honest. We beat OpTic to be here, but I don't think we were better than them in that match. We're happy to be here, though. We felt like we could beat teams here, like we could have beaten FaZe, but at the same time we're not thinking we'll make top 8 or something, because it's a new experience for us.

The best-of-one against FaZe must have lasted 40 or 50 minutes, but it felt like it lasted 10. You have four buy rounds in a half but then NiKo can just come up with a deagle, get three kills, and that's it. Game over. In the smaller events, the skill isn't as high, and for me, it feels like you have more time. You're more in control, whereas against FaZe, even though we were in control on the CT side, we always felt like if they got one round that would be it, and that's exactly what happened. They got a round at 13-13 and went on to close it out. So yeah, it's definitely harder, a lot harder.

You said it's a bit overwhelming, so do you think the team is ready, mentally?

Well, to1nou and I played three seasons of EPL, AmaNEk and devoduvek were at the Major, and we're in ECS, so we're sort of used to the online part at least. I don't think we arrived here by luck and I do think we can compete, but the little problems we may have at smaller events just look so much bigger here because the margin of error is so small. I'd say that's the biggest difference.

Tell me a bit about the FaZe match. How did you feel when you saw the draw?

We played FaZe in ECS. We won a map and came really close in the second. That was before the draw, so when we saw it, we were thinking that we could win it. Obviously, on LAN it's harder, but we were happy. Our coach does a lot of work for us, so we knew everything that was going to happen. That was actually how we got back into the game, we knew what to expect.

It was a close match, what is it made you let it slip away in the end?

Obviously, the T-side was horrendous. We were winning 3-2 and ended up losing 4-11. As I was saying, the small problems we had were just magnified here, and not even just in-game. We have a weird system in which AmaNEk and I share the in-game leadership, so if we don't agree that impacts the team. Our T-side was shameful, at half-time we literally said we can't play like this at a big event, and we managed to motivate everyone. We got into it as CT, and we knew what was going to happen. Every round we lost, I called what was going to happen during it, and that's why this loss is so disheartening for us. We needed to be more on point as a team, and in the rounds in which we knew what was going to happen, we weren't playing enough as a team to counter it.

Then you had to face Renegades. They took the first map, and it looked good for them, but you managed to bring it back in a close Cache, 16-14, and then you breezed past them on Mirage. Run me a bit through that rollercoaster.

I said our first T-side on Mirage against FaZe was horrendous. Well the T-side on Overpass against Renegades was disgraceful. That T-side has no place at an IEM event. It was shocking. I have no words to describe how bad it was. I knew they weren't that good in Overpass, because I watched them play the only time they played it, at the Major, and they got destroyed. So I said that if we started to get rounds we could come back. It was the same situation as the first match, and when they got that one round that was it.

Overpass was a low, to start, and we were mad during the break. I think the coaches lost their hair during that one. Then came Cache. We haven't won it in like six months. Don't quote me on that, but we're terrible on Cache. Especially on the CT side, which is the one we came back on. During the first T-side on Overpass, which AmaNEk lead, were terrible, so they told me to lead. We shared the leading on Cache and got eight rounds, which isn't bad, but it wasn't good compared to our practice. Then we got well ahead, we got the triple AWPs out, and prayed that we could win every round.

We were very happy after that, and we went into Mirage, where I took over the leading completely. I knew we had a good T-side and we were in control the whole time. I was very happy with our Mirage game and with the game against FaZe, except for the T-side.

Did you expect the Mirage to be a bit more competitive than it ended up being?

Yeah, I think Renegades are a good Mirage team. If I would have been them I would have started on T, though. We had just said that if we could get some T-rounds and take control of the economy we could just steamroll it, which is what happened. I think on a different day, even if just tomorrow, it wouldn't have gone the same way.

You had a good game against FaZe, survived against Renegades. How are you feeling about tomorrow? How's the atmosphere in the team?

We play North tomorrow. We lost against them in ECS, but we're feeling OK. We're happy to have won a game, and perhaps that will settle our nerves going into the game tomorrow. Hopefully, we can show a good face, even if we don't win, that's what we're really here to do, play well. If we lose, we lose, but at least do it playing well.

United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
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LDLC looking pretty dangerous so far let's see how far they can go
2018-11-07 08:24
NiKo | 
Europe NeO_RiGhT 
2018-11-07 08:23
way2sexy | 
Sweden Unluko 
Better player than NiKo
2018-11-07 08:24
NiKo | 
Europe NeO_RiGhT 
2018-11-07 08:25
+1 NiKo sucks
2018-11-07 08:25
NiKo | 
Europe NeO_RiGhT 
Ya, when he destroys all Swedish pro players Xaxaxaxaxa
2018-11-07 08:27
+1 Swedish cs omegalul
2018-11-07 08:28
NiKo | 
Europe NeO_RiGhT 
Flag checks out
2018-11-07 08:33
2018-11-07 08:54
France Minaax_ 
LDLC 1 major Niko 0 major Then who is Niko :)
2018-11-07 09:20
Switzerland Slothquid 
2018-11-07 17:37
smooya | 
United Kingdom Johal 
Ldlc better player than Niko, alright
2018-11-07 08:54
2018-11-07 08:54
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
ldlc is good player yes
2018-11-07 10:48
smooya | 
United Kingdom Johal 
Are you thinking that i think ldlc is a player?
2018-11-07 11:28
Are you ok? The interview was with the player ALEX and someone said 'Who?' and I answered with 'A better player than NiKo' Maybe you should test your eyes or something...
2018-11-07 12:20
smooya | 
United Kingdom Johal 
He said who to the guy talking about ldlc
2018-11-07 14:33
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
2018-11-07 19:38
smooya | 
United Kingdom Johal 
So he was asking who ldlc are not who alex is
2018-11-07 19:41
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
both are good players yes
2018-11-07 19:41
smooya | 
United Kingdom Johal 
2018-11-07 19:52
way2sexy | 
Sweden Unluko 
2018-11-07 08:24
2018-11-07 08:22
Germany Jardeet 
Amanek is the firepower he is sick and wasted in LDLC
2018-11-07 08:22
Germany Jardeet 
Nice interview LUCASAM except their igling seems super disorientated from what he is saying! We need more Lucas in HLTV confirmed!!!!
2018-11-07 08:43
Honestly they’re doing great all together, let’s just wait and see how it works out. I’m convinced another french shuffle is definitely not the way to go. They’re all young and it’s a pleasure to see a young team break out. It’s promising.
2018-11-07 21:06
2018-11-07 08:23
NiKo | 
Europe NeO_RiGhT 
Hi son
2018-11-07 10:33
What are you doing here?
2018-11-07 10:37
Australia JulienD 
2018-11-07 08:23
LDLC Top 1
2018-11-07 08:23
Does Alex speak French then or just English?
2018-11-07 08:25
Good luck
2018-11-07 08:28
Spain Dabit 
Losing againts Movistar LUL ntnt
2018-11-07 08:29
On a qualifier of a qualifier which they already won. The match had no particular interest at all, except for money. LDLC prioritized the playoffs of the qualifier. Rightly so, because they’re now in the main tournament. And I don’t see Movistar in the top 30 or in any big tournament.
2018-11-07 21:08
Spain Dabit 
They have been in MSI MGA Finals losing 23-25 against CoL and they won against Epsilon (top 40) yesterday. All that wothout a coach (they hired one yesterday). So in 3 weeks they will be atleast top 30. Give it time.
2018-11-08 10:49
United States Jammin800k 
They're 29th
2018-11-08 13:57
I can admit I was a bit harsh in my comment. I agree that Movistar, as well as LDLC had in the last month, quite a lot of potential. Hope they end up converting it.
2018-11-08 17:24
Spain Dabit 
Thank you bro <3! I hope so!
2018-11-08 18:56
Spain Dabit 
Have you seen the victory against 3DMAX?? Amazing
2018-11-08 22:01
Turkey godkagan 
was the amanek who stream snipes?
2018-11-07 08:46
Jame | 
Europe ScineLy1 
LDLC is much better without bot6tenz. And people calling him as a TOP IGL XD
2018-11-07 09:21
That LDLC lineup was terrible firepower wise like come on Maniac and DEVIL lul
2018-11-07 09:58
Finland lasarus 
Next French superteam
2018-11-07 09:57
alex is the weakest player in this current LDLC roster
2018-11-07 10:20
Faroe Islands memento_1 
amanek ghosting on lan
2018-11-07 11:03
LDLC has had a great progression as a team in the last months, but at the same some disappointing results in the last weeks. This is not that strange considering the amount of tournaments they play online. Good thing is that they seem to be very aware of their real position, at least ALEX is judging by this interview.
2018-11-07 13:13
2018-11-07 14:15
Germany Constikdw 
Amanek is much better than devo, dunno why they’re always mentioned in the same sentence
2018-11-07 16:31
France StickyRice 
Because they started on a small french team together before devo was picked by NV (and instantly released after ScreaM joined), and then he and AmaNEk played together again on Misfits
2018-11-07 19:05
They’re together since 2015. Yes, in the same teams since they were playing in France’s subtop teams. I suspect AmaNEk will not frag as much as he is now without devoduvek as an entry fragger. They do make a great duo interestingly enough.
2018-11-07 21:11
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