ALEX: "We'll be able to have things that I like to do instead of copying [Happy's roles]"

After Vitality clinched second place at the Europe Minor with a 2-1 victory against North, we spoke to the team's newest addition, Alex "ALEX" McMeekin.

The Francophone side are through to the IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage from second place at the Europe Minor, as they beat North, who had defeated Vitality earlier at the tournament, in the rematch.

ALEX has had a hard time slotting strictly into Happy's roles given the time constraints

Their newest player, ALEX, talked to us after advancing to the first stage of the Major about his adaption to Vitality and what they have in store for the upcoming month before the Major begins.

You had already met North once before in the tournament and, there, you couldn't close out a couple of tight maps, what was different about this time?

I think the first time we played them we showed where our strengths were and where our weaknesses are. In practice, we were destroying people on Nuke CT, we had one good side and the second side was kind of shaky and they managed to come back in the first games. Today, I think we won crucial rounds at the right time to stop their comeback and we managed to take it.

Were you getting flashbacks to the earlier series after the first map today, after losing Mirage despite an 8-1 lead early? What was the morale like after the opening loss, did you manage to reset easily?

I think it was a little bit different to the first series because we only played like half of the first half, we dropped off in the second part of the first half. We just kind of fell asleep, to be honest, the communication was bad, people were saying like 'there's one here' and no one was doing anything about it, not moving around and stuff. We played really poorly. Between the two games, we just reset and came out with a strong CT half on Nuke, and that was it from there.

Do you have any plans set for what you're going to do in the next month before the Major comes?

Practice, bootcamp... I mean, we only played for like nine days before coming here and basically what I've done is taken Happy's roles and literally doing what he used to do. In the month, I think we're going to bootcamp and then we'll be able to work on new ideas and have things that I like to do instead of just copying what Happy used to do.

Let's touch on that as well. How happy have you been with your adaptation so far and what's specifically going to change?

I've been very happy with playing with the team. I've known apEX and the coach for years now, so it's very easy to come into the team and just get along with people, but in the game, it's been kind of tough. I used to be in-game leading in LDLC and just basically doing what I wanted to do and now it's very strict in what I have to do because we didn't have time to talk about anything, really. Coming into this month of preparation we've got, we'll be changing things and working on new things that I like doing instead of, as I said before, just doing what Happy used to do.

NBK told me about your role on the CT side and how you're in charge of a couple of more players on the sites. How has it been getting used to that part of your role?

That's been fine because that's what I used to do in LDLC. On Inferno, it's been kind of tough, I think that's where we crumbled against Valiance in the first game because I hadn't played Inferno with LDLC and it was tough knowing what works in the current meta and what we can't do because I played Inferno like six months ago. So it's more about adapting to what we can or can't do, how high we need to play and how far we need to drop back, stuff like that. But we had a talk about it after the Valiance game, I watched our game and I watched another game on Inferno just to see what was happening and it worked out. I think we got a bit lucky in the Inferno game yesterday against Valiance because there were a couple of times where I put us out of position, but ZywOo, amazing, managed to win us the round. Today was much better.

This is a milestone in your career in that you've made it through to the Major for the first time, tell me about what this means from a personal point of view.

It's what we all work towards, really, isn't it? We all dream of going to the Major, which is the biggest tournament, it may not be the biggest cash prize anymore, but it's still the most prestigious event and everyone wants to be there. So yeah, it's an amazing feeling to finally get there, I've been to two Minors before and didn't ever make it anywhere near a Major. Hopefully, I'll be able to go to many more.

You've made the first step happen, what is the next goal for Vitality within the Major?

I think we have a good chance of qualifying for the New Legends stage, but we have to prepare well because there won't be any easy teams there, but I think we can make it. And then we'll see from there. I think that's the main objective, to get to the New Legends stage.

United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
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Maps played:
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-Alex +Davidp
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Sweden Unluko 
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Norway SnopisHere 
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Denmark JustYes 
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oBo | 
United States Plactus 
Alex still better than everyone besides zywoo
2019-01-20 21:49
Canada nikeewT 
id say Zywoo >> apex > alex = nbk > rpk rn
2019-01-20 21:51
oBo | 
United States Plactus 
Rn maybe, but I think when it comes to the Major Alex will perform 2nd best
2019-01-20 21:51
Canada nikeewT 
he has good upside I think that people are judging him too early excited to see him play once hes settled into the team
2019-01-20 21:53
France LanaRhoades 
Zywoo > NBK > Apex > ALEX > RPK.
2019-01-20 22:30
World Kobs 
zywoo >> nbk = apex = rpk >> alex till last map rpk had the best rating of the 3 on this minor alex very poor aim and desciion making , played like a silver the whole tournament , sixer would have been a better choice clearly
2019-01-20 22:47
s1mple | 
Ukraine hallo_n0 
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Belarus danteY 
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France ponche 
We can only hope because you played awful.
2019-01-20 21:50
Good luck ALEX, really nice guy coming by twitch chat of french stream after his match (EPL, etc..)
2019-01-20 21:56
France Azowel 
He needs time to find his role, don't be mad guys :) ALEX is a very good player. You will see
2019-01-20 22:10
AmaNEk | 
France ZywHere 
2019-01-21 00:29
France CriiZiX 
But not a legend as Happy. Lets see if he will build his own
2019-01-21 01:35
i hope he will play better in the future, it was tough to watch him play in this minor, i dont understand why vitality picked him, he wasnt the best LDLC
2019-01-20 22:19
France SpooceCooke 
He’ll be absolutely fine. As he said, he was playing a Happy kind of cs which just isn’t him. Imagine having to play like someone else in a new team in a high pressure tournament... That’s what Alex has just been through and he didn’t do well, sure, but what you expect? Anyway, they chose to make him play like Happy because otherwise it would leave too many holes in CT defense. In T he was the bitch oh the team pretty much
2019-01-20 22:25
Can’t wait to see what they do on CT side with Alex playing like himself.
2019-01-20 23:19
France SpooceCooke 
They’ll be monsters for sure... even without him they did a 12-3 half against North on Nuke and did some ok sides on the other maps. Sure Nuke is CT sided but less and less nowadays amirite, it might become their safest map if they figure out T side
2019-01-21 07:36
Do you think they could one day become a team to contend with Astralis’ nuke?
2019-01-21 20:07
France SpooceCooke 
Honestly with Alex performing so badly, NBK being pretty much non existent and still achieving such a ct side? I think so, but it’ll be down to Apex and Rpk’s consistency in putting up numbers or key rounds. Rpk with a bit of training and his usual calmness could be a nice bedrock for the team next to Zywoo. Apex is more of a hit or miss wildride so ups and downs
2019-01-21 21:41
World Kobs 
he played happy's roles very well, even his aiming was as bad as happy but i think with time he will be good, he made also some nice frags
2019-01-20 22:52
hes shit, shoulda picked up amanek
2019-01-20 23:06
AmaNEk | 
France ZywHere 
Clearly, maybe in place of rpk after the major, and taking lurking role as alex could return to entry frag
2019-01-21 00:33
yeah sounds like their best bet at this point. unless ALEX goes ham at the major
2019-01-21 01:05
France Sylr 
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France LDP 
I just remind you that Alex practice with vitality only for 9 days and they still arrived to take the second place of the minor against north... you can say anything but north is a good team and they played with the same rooster longuer than vitality ! when vitality will practice more with Alex i’m Sure they can at least go to the playoff of the major.. winning it will be an other story
2019-01-21 00:46
Ukraine zCainee 
Alex you're obviously getting carried m8. 3Head
2019-01-21 07:35
France OzzieOzz 
Amanek would have been a better pick in my opinion but still glhf alex and make french cs great again !
2019-01-22 11:23
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