ALEX: "We were doing so many stupid mistakes, losing anti-ecos; we need to sort that out"

We caught up with Alex "ALEX" McMeekin after Vitality secured a spot in the playoffs of ESL One Cologne and discussed the long road they took, anti-eco issues, and more.

Following an opening loss to NiP on Dust2, Vitality went through the lower-bracket, defeating ENCE, fnatic and Heroic to advance to the next stage of the tournament.

Vitality had a tough game against Heroic

Ahead of Vitality's meeting with NRG, we interviewed ALEX to hear his thoughts on the format of ESL One Cologne, the matches they played, and the upcoming quarter-final.

You just made it through the lower bracket, the hard way I guess. What are your initial feelings after this match against Heroic that got you into the playoffs?

Tired. It was a tough game, playing two BO3s today and having two overtimes, and then 16-14, 16-13, it was very tiring but we are happy obviously. It is my first time in the playoffs in the Cathedral so it is going to be fun.

During this match there were a couple of anti-eco issues...

[laughs and shakes his head]

...tell me a bit about that, what was going in?

I'm not sure actually, it seemed like whatever we tried we would just lose them anyway. I don't know what to do anymore. Luckily it wasn't on my side that we were losing them this time so I'm kinda happy with that, I'll speak with NBK- later. [laughs]. But yeah, I'm not sure, maybe because we keep losing them we are a bit scared of losing them now, and we don't face as we should and play them as we should. So we will have to have a discussion about them and hopefully sort it out.

Something that did happen on your side, the T-side, was that NiP opening game. What was going on there, what was the struggle to break through their CT side about?

Even after watching that game, I'm still not sure, I think Astralis struggled against them earlier as well, I'm just not sure why because watching the game back they didn't do anything special. We tried everything, a B hit, a mid hit, mid-to-B hit, everything, and it just didn't work. Maybe it was just on the day and maybe they have a really good CT side because Astralis didn't get any T rounds either.

As we touched on earlier, you went down to the lower bracket to start and you had to play ENCE in the first elimination game. Some people have been vocal about the format and especially the thing which happened to you being an issue. What are your thoughts on it?

Obviously, it wouldn't be an issue if we won our BO1, same for ENCE, but because the level in CS is so close so now, when you can ban three maps and you are an up and coming team, if you can get on to one of your very good maps then you have a good chance of beating anyone, really. So yeah, I'm not a fan of the format, I understand it is necessary for scheduling and stuff, but if they could find a way to not have it like this, I think everyone would be happier. But yeah, it is just how it is, I guess.

You are moving on to the playoffs, NRG is the first opponent in the quarter-finals, what are your expectations from that game?

I think it is going to be really tough because they always make it to the semis and they are playing really well here. I'm not sure how the Liquid game went because we were playing here, but I think there was an overtime, they are obviously playing really well. We are not 100% sure what they are going to be doing because they probably haven't played that many different maps yet. So yeah, it is going to be a tough one because we kind of struggle against teams we can't prepare for right now. But I think if we don't play like the first three days we should win.

If you DON'T play like the first days?

Yeah, because we were playing terribly. [laughs] No disrespect to the other teams, but we were doing so many mistakes, stupid mistakes, losing anti-ecos, people not listening to what I'm saying. We are going out Monster, I'm saying just triple nade this guy on Barrels, we do it, we kill him, and then for some reason RpK goes running out and there is no reason for it. And that is just one example, everyone has been doing something stupid, including myself, so we just need to sort that out.

United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
#1
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Slovenia New_username 
N1
2019-07-04 22:19
#2
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Austria shaakeh 
Np
2019-07-04 22:19
Ok
2019-07-04 22:22
#86
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:17
#10
Twistzz | 
Sweden Unluko 
Nice player
2019-07-04 22:22
Stop saying “nice player,” “insane player” etc etc to literally everyone MR F5
2019-07-04 22:44
#34
Twistzz | 
Sweden Unluko 
What should I say then?
2019-07-04 22:57
#40
ZywOo | 
Europe PowwneD 
nothing but read the article without needed to be the first retard to comment
2019-07-05 00:06
#45
Twistzz | 
Sweden Unluko 
Thank you I will try this for the next article.
2019-07-05 00:38
#85
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:16
he is too scared to type "F5" anymore after getting banned lul
2019-07-05 04:31
#84
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:16
s1mple would beat alex and apex in a fist fight
2019-07-04 22:20
#15
nitr0 | 
Germany Not_New 
apex would bring s1mple to the hospital
2019-07-04 22:31
So they can both visit alex?
2019-07-04 22:31
#18
nitr0 | 
Germany Not_New 
N1 ;) But no, actually apex is driving while ALEX is trying to stop s1mples bleeding in the back of the car
2019-07-04 22:33
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
2019-07-04 22:33
#23
nitr0 | 
Germany Not_New 
Would fit actually pretty accurately
2019-07-04 22:35
“Oh god I shot Marvin in the face”
2019-07-04 22:36
#26
nitr0 | 
Germany Not_New 
"... Probably he went over a bomb or something"
2019-07-04 22:39
#83
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:16
#49
shox | 
France Aidentt2 
Lol
2019-07-05 04:37
#82
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:16
Nice
2019-07-05 12:43
#81
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:16
#4
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Germany GrammarNaziGuy 
Nice
2019-07-04 22:20
#80
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:16
N1
2019-07-04 22:20
#79
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:15
HARD4ENCE
2019-07-04 22:21
Wanna know what else is hard .. 1v5 clutch with 2 hp and a glock
2019-07-04 22:35
#78
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:15
Staying humble, I like that
2019-07-04 22:22
#77
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:15
stupid fucking mistakes man..
2019-07-04 22:22
#53
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Netherlands glennakiN 
The Doc approves +1
2019-07-05 10:55
#11
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Morocco royflord 
yes ez top 3 with no mistakes
2019-07-04 22:23
#76
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:15
"We are going out Monster, I'm saying just triple nade this guy on Barrels, we do it, we kill him, and then for some reason RpK goes running out and there is no reason for it". RIP RpK
2019-07-04 22:26
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Morocco royflord 
hahahaha coldzera and felps v2
2019-07-04 22:26
#75
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:15
this alex guy needs to have a competent place as an igl i mean nbk tried and quit why dont just give this guy %100 competent and see what his gonna bring to the table not this 50-50 igl bullshit who succeed (long term) with that??
2019-07-04 22:37
why change something that isn't broken
2019-07-04 22:51
because thats gonna happen eventually
2019-07-04 22:54
and what's the point in doing it now? In some matches they have a very solid CT side only to lose the game by shitting the bed on T side (vs NIP for example). Other times it's the complete opposite. Are you going to commit sudoku tomorrow because you'll eventually die?
2019-07-04 22:59
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France Erakis 
"Commit sudoku" hahahahaha thanks man, caught me by surprise, made my day! :D
2019-07-05 00:13
np mens, I didn't want 3 day ban again for stupid shit like that)))))
2019-07-05 00:35
#74
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:14
Not so LE TANK, more like LA TWINGO
2019-07-04 22:40
You re a genius
2019-07-04 22:46
#73
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:14
ez 4 nrg
2019-07-04 22:26
#72
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:14
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Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
LUL RPK
2019-07-04 22:32
#71
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:10
"We are going out Monster, I'm saying just triple nade this guy on Barrels, we do it, we kill him, and then for some reason RpK goes running out and there is no reason for it." What a way to absolutely roast and dismantle a fellow teammate. -RpK incoming
2019-07-04 22:34
The atmosphere seems so weird in Vitality, I hope they sort it out because they have a lot of potential - they're #3 in rankings rn but don't feel like an actual top 3 team yet. NBK said they had internal conflict and ALEX pretty much confirmed it was a leadership thing with this interview. NBK defended RPK in his interview, ALEX roasted him. Wat doink guys
2019-07-04 22:48
Ayyyyyy french caramba
2019-07-04 23:45
a never ending cicle. happy was their only hope, while mixwell was even learning french, too -nbk+happy -rpk+mixwell
2019-07-05 00:14
#70
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:10
Unlike other teams , they know that they are doing mistakes and talk about it openly that changes are needed. Unlike some "it didn’t happened as we expected but we are going to work hard, thanks for the support" Hahah fck that shit
2019-07-04 22:34
+ btw. They always speak about mistakes and I appreciate that!
2019-07-04 22:44
#69
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:10
#36
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Russia RoughGuy 
That's why they will lose to Astralis
2019-07-04 23:30
#68
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:09
#37
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North America Straf3R 
I like how he and Nathan can acknowledge their team's mistakes as well as their own and not lose their shit like they used to in the old French CS days. Lots of respect for this team.
2019-07-04 23:41
#43
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France Erakis 
+1, acknowledgement is the first step to excellence. I think that ALEX brings the right amount of British pragmatism in this otherwise very French team, together with XTQZZZ who isn't British but from Normandy which isn't that far away. :)
2019-07-05 00:19
#67
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:09
#39
NiKo | 
Sweden MaTuRi_CS 
A honest and humble guy :)
2019-07-04 23:51
#66
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:09
Stupid fucking mistakes man forsenCD
2019-07-05 00:51
#65
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:09
#47
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France samuu007 
" We are going out Monster, I'm saying just triple nade this guy on Barrels, we do it, we kill him, and then for some reason RpK goes running out and there is no reason for it" Duuuuuh , he is LETANK you dumbfuck UK no-brainer
2019-07-05 01:29
#64
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:08
#50
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Ukraine volanchick 
We are going out Monster, I'm saying just triple nade this guy on Barrels, we do it, we kill him, and then for some reason RpK goes running out and there is no reason for it. Le Tank.
2019-07-05 07:24
#63
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 11:08
so.many mistakes and winning so many amazing clutches and few vs more rounds
2019-07-05 09:08
#62
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 10:54
"We are going out Monster, I'm saying just triple nade this guy on Barrels, we do it, we kill him, and then for some reason RpK goes running out and there is no reason for it." Bcuz he is Le Tank men.
2019-07-05 09:57
#61
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 10:54
#54
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Reunion guentobu 
Luckily it wasn't on my side that we were losing them this time so I'm kinda happy with that, I'll speak with NBK- later. ALEX
2019-07-05 11:15
#60
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 10:54
ez4ENCE !! Haha
2019-07-05 12:04
#59
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 10:54
Indeed men stupid fucking mistakes men
2019-07-05 20:40
#58
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Netherlands wrecking 
+1
2019-07-12 10:54
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