apEX: "We have revenge to take against FURIA"

After Vitality secured a 2-0 victory against NRG, we spoke with Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire, who broke down the series, spoke on Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin's recent form and gave his thoughts on the grand final match against FURIA.

Vitality secured the second grand final spot at the ECS Season 7 Finals after besting NRG in 2-0 fashion, taking Overpass and Mirage 19-15 and 16-7, respectively. The team will now face FURIA in the title decider for the grand prize of $225,000.

apEX and co. will look to exact revenge in Sunday's final against FURIA

In this interview, apEX discusses the series against NRG, ALEX's recent form and his in-game leading system, and the team's mindset heading into their second final in the last three weeks.

Let's talk about the map veto against NRG - did you feel comfortable with it?

We knew the veto would be that way, we knew it would be Mirage and Overpass for sure. On Overpass it started really bad because we lost all the clutches as CT, so it was pretty hard to come back from that, but we knew that we have a really good T side on that map. Once again, we lost some ecos - that's what has happened at the tournament here. I think from the beginning we have lost something around twenty ecos - that's insane, I don't know what's happening right now.

For me, we prepared for the game really well, we had our plan. We had to take our revenge from StarLadder, because they just beat us pretty hard on Mirage there and we didn't have a good run on the map. We changed a lot, and I'm really proud of the guys because we knew how to approach the game and how to play. The plan that our coach created worked out amazingly well.

Nuke was left over - in the event the series went into a third map, would you have been comfortable playing them on the map. considering their showing against FURIA?

We played Nuke against them at cs_summit, and it was a pretty shaky map from us, even though we won it in the end. They beat FURIA, and they're impressive on it, but we didn't care because our Nuke is pretty strong. That's all that mattered to us.

Looking at Overpass specifically, it was a great comeback effort for you after a 5-10 CT side. You went on to show a strong T performance, which resulted in overtime, and a flawless display there led to a 19-15 victory. How did you manage to pull it back in the end?

Our CT side was a bit shaky because we lost all the clutches - we didn't win any. It's pretty tough on that map; CeRq won a 1v3, 1v4 and other clutches in rounds that we should have won. That was difficult on the defence, because when you lose so many clutches, you know that the half could've been 10-5 or 11-4, had we won at least two or three clutches of the six or seven that we had.

The best side we have on Overpass is the T side, and we showed it once again, even if we lost one eco, which is difficult for us, because we had a good momentum on the map, with a 7-1 lead as T. They just eco'd us, and from there it became more difficult.

The overtime went so well - ZywOo clutched a 1v2, we played really well as a team - those were the main things today.

ALEX has put up an incredible performance in the past two series, but specifically on Overpass he really stood out, accounting for 32 frags. Talk to me about his form, he's been shining recently.

At the beginning of the team it was really hard for ALEX, because he wasn't calling, and he came from a team where he was the in-game leader. Now that he has been calling for over three months, he is getting way better individually, and his calls have also improved. Our T side has been really, really good since cs_summit, because he worked a lot on that, and we have good planning thanks to him and our coach, XTQZZZ. I think he's getting better mentally, and overall in the game. Now he feels way more comfortable in what he likes to do.

To explain, ALEX and I have the same role overall - we are rotators as CT, we're entry-fraggers and lurkers when we take zones on the T side. We are trying to mix it up together, sometimes it's him, sometimes it's me. I think it has worked really well because even I feel really comfortable in the team now. Yeah, everything is going well.

You've been competing at an international level for a long while now, and as such I wanted to get your opinion on the current in-game leading system that ALEX and NBK- have devised, where Nathan takes over the CT-side calls, while Alex leads on the offense. As somebody who is subject to this system of calling, are you happy with how it's working out in comparison to the traditional systems you formerly worked with?

I have no problem with it if they work well together and if it works. If both of them are happy doing that, it's fine for me - I'm like a soldier in the team. Sometimes I like to add my voice in there, mainly on the T side and I help ALEX a lot [together] with the coach.

ALEX wasn't really known before LDLC, but the guy has a very good mind, he's just working so well. He understands the game so well, and I've known the guy for years now. I'm very happy he's on the team and everything is working well right now.

Lastly, tomorrow is the grand final against FURIA, who gave you immense trouble in the Dallas quarter-finals. Give me your thoughts going into tomorrow's match.

Once again, we have revenge to take against them, as we lost against them in Dallas in a pretty bad fashion. I think they have huge potential - the team is insane and the way they play is unique, they are the only team that plays that way. It's really nice for them, and whether you know their playstyle or face them for the first time, it feels so weird, I swear - I've never had this feeling, ever. That's why they have surprised a lot of teams.

I think we're going to be prepared tomorrow, we're going to have a better game plan than we had in Dallas. We're going to give our best, and I'm pretty sure we can beat them and take our revenge to take the title.

United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
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France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
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2019-06-08 23:32
easy FURIA
2019-06-08 23:32
wow....... #DiaDeFuria kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2019-06-08 23:32
Brazil Karl_Tanner
2019-06-08 23:32
ez for apex legends
2019-06-08 23:32
India brobat6
2019-06-08 23:32
Oh boi
2019-06-08 23:33
furi win this
2019-06-08 23:33
Asia Go0re
Alex hometown advantage ez
2019-06-08 23:34
2019-06-08 23:35
Turkey TR_top_1
2-0 Furia LUL
2019-06-08 23:35
Let's take that revenge then ! :)
2019-06-08 23:35
2019-06-08 23:36
Vem tranquilo
2019-06-08 23:37
1. Liquid 2. Ence 3. Vitality 4. Furia 107. Astralis
2019-06-08 23:37
confirmed not bait
2019-06-08 23:42
North America onionmesh
200. m16r 5. NRG 17. coL m16br wasted spot for liquid
2019-06-09 00:01
2019-06-09 00:20
Brazil erfur
the certain thing is that Liquid is incompetent for not gaining from this terrible MIBR
2019-06-09 02:49
Lol they havee beat them twice tonget this spot and it is wasted omegalul man
2019-06-09 02:52
Liquid is bad online that’s why
2019-06-09 03:52
Bad online and at Grand Finals you mean
2019-06-09 04:51
Whats MIBR good at then? Being utter shit probably
2019-06-09 10:28
they just won IEM Syndey AND DH Dallas
2019-06-09 11:29
2 out of like 20 thats 10% good very good lul
2019-06-09 16:53
give credit where credit is due, progress is progress no matter how you see it
2019-06-09 16:54
Australia saodo
Sorry 7/2019 liquild 0-2 mibr
2019-06-09 22:44
Europe Theivze
2019-06-08 23:38
EZ4FURIA cuz Furia>Zywho
2019-06-09 08:51
Europe Theivze
So much for the FURIA hype
2019-06-09 20:40
Furia is better than zywho. Am I wrong ?
2019-06-09 20:41
Vitality is definally better than furia atm
2019-06-09 20:42
Europe Theivze
FURIA is also an excellent team, well played to them.
2019-06-09 21:16
2019-06-09 12:30
I like both teams and don't know which one to cheer for.
2019-06-08 23:38
virtus pro
2019-06-09 00:07
2019-06-09 00:13
Cheer for Furia because vitality beat liquid at cs_summit
2019-06-09 00:17
I will.
2019-06-09 00:18
Europe Theivze
2019-06-09 02:15
ZywOo | 
France Gomie
2019-06-08 23:40
Brazil RevvivaL
FURIA >> Team Zywoo + UK
2019-06-08 23:41
2019-06-08 23:41
Denmark shaekbye
they will beat them, they wont be that surprised anymore
2019-06-08 23:42
Yep, for sure, like Astralis in Nuke in the 2nd time. OMEGALUL
2019-06-09 13:14
2019-06-09 15:26
Denmark shaekbye
yea they were surprised xD
2019-06-10 15:12
2019-06-08 23:42
kscerato from almost being poached by M16R to staying in the best Brazilian team, good for him, money isn't everything, but he will get them both now.
2019-06-08 23:43
South Africa @FyreCS
EZ for RAPEX!!!!
2019-06-08 23:46
Montenegro LakaZakon
ez for Le tank
2019-06-08 23:49
if anyone gets revenge it's zywoo lol apEX bot
2019-06-08 23:51
bot > you then
2019-06-09 10:16
Who cares lol I play for fun
2019-06-09 17:17
but how can you know that he's a bot when you don't know what he does most of the time? scoreboard vs other pro players or what? hahahaha
2019-06-09 17:19
Let Furia win this until teams will start study and take them serious. No offense! Go Furia!
2019-06-08 23:51
Chile Romanosky
More Apex memes in images.
2019-06-08 23:54
2019-06-09 00:07
If ZywOo goes god mode again tomorrow, Furia have no chance. Same can be said for Kscerato and Yuuroh as well too. Hopefully everyone goes god mode and the match will be an absolute banger.
2019-06-09 00:07
Europe PowwneD
Vitality will be prepared to face the Furia playstyle, their analyst should have work on it
2019-06-09 00:19
Skillwise furia are on par with any elite players but vitality has more experience.. Lets see
2019-06-09 00:30
Brazil MrLucas
2019-06-09 00:40
ZywOo was in god mode in Dallas amainar Furia and still lost...
2019-06-09 13:16
I don't think he was going as god mode as he is right now.
2019-06-09 15:09
He was. Dude, a guy with 1.28 rating with 2 hard losses (8-16 8-16) is a guy in god mode. Remember the rest of the team was below 0.90 rating.
2019-06-09 16:19
FURIA outclass Vita in that match. Vitality don´t need ZywOo in god mode only. They need of the others doing good, like apex and nbk.
2019-06-09 16:21
Hmm fair point. of Alex continues his good form then that would be cool as well.
2019-06-09 16:37
Yep! Vertigo on decider, omfg.
2019-06-09 16:59
2019-06-09 17:07
APEX Legend
2019-06-09 00:08
Japan chanse
If zywoo does his thing.
2019-06-09 00:34
France Sheld
what's so special about furia's style? I didnt watch them play
2019-06-09 00:40
They are so aggressive, but in a way that surprisingly works really well.
2019-06-09 01:38
They're over aggressive, but somehow still manage to have solid strats. It's an aesthetic aggression, I'd say.
2019-06-09 02:54
France Alpha7a2
nothing, they'll be on top for some weeks and then when ppl will know how to play against them they won't do anything, just like the old gambit or vega squadron in major
2019-06-09 11:05
Apex legend
2019-06-09 00:42
Finland Smoonah
why does apex do that shit with his mouth all the time.
2019-06-09 00:56
France Alpha7a2
he's eating enemies
2019-06-09 11:06
Lithuania chingo
2019-06-09 17:03
France Azowel
la france est une nation de gagnant :) go les violer vita
2019-06-09 00:57
Nice Interview. Apex seems like a very nice guy. Hope we get a good game tomorrow
2019-06-09 01:08
Love Apex, but tomorrow is #DIADEFURIA
2019-06-09 01:21
Sweden compeed
gooo vitality
2019-06-09 01:36
Brazil Elakk
Dia de Fúria!
2019-06-09 02:27
Brazil P4uloVisk
2019-06-09 03:01
Go Furia
2019-06-09 03:46
Furia 2x0 speed.
2019-06-09 03:48
France cedd
I just hope we have a better series than last time (: i hope vitality are more prepared for their style this time. But it will be really tough
2019-06-09 04:35
2019-06-09 11:11
Europe PowwneD
2019-06-09 11:49
I think Vitality will win this. It really depends on how Zywoo is feeling.
2019-06-09 05:01
Actually I'd say it falls much more on players like rpk and NBK to step up and show they can be a good base for zywoo
2019-06-09 07:08
Go Furia! #DiaDeFuria!
2019-06-09 05:06
Brazil hugoooo
"I think they have huge potential - the team is insane and the way they play is unique, they are the only team that plays that way. It's really nice for them, and whether you know their playstyle or face them for the first time, it feels so weird, I swear - I've never had this feeling, ever." Imagine hearing that from a guy that won a major and played officially over 1400 maps on his career? Cool as fuck
2019-06-09 05:22
2019-06-09 11:55
l | 
Indonesia JoSuaLB
2019-06-09 06:37
Yes you do, but you willnt.
2019-06-09 06:41
lol no
2019-06-09 07:13
2019-06-09 07:59
Sunday is #DiaDeFuria
2019-06-09 08:08
Europe PowwneD
2019-06-09 11:48
Europe tokyo999
this dude apex still plays cs? xddd
2019-06-09 09:49
France StickyRice
#JourDeRevanche (#DayOfRevenge) or #DiaDeFuria ?
2019-06-09 10:01
I am for Vitality but the playstyle of Furia is really strange and I don't think they will win this!
2019-06-09 10:02
gl apex
2019-06-09 11:52
Pakistan LoOuU2
2019-06-09 11:57
APEX xD Go do win)
2019-06-09 12:09
2-0 furia ez
2019-06-09 15:54
2019-06-09 20:41
Brazil _mith
Apex ugly
2019-06-11 14:03
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