ALEX: "I don't think there is anyone we can't beat, but if we want to become No.1 we have to do it on a regular basis"

We sat down with Alex "ALEX" McMeekin following Vitality's opening match in the ESEA Global Challenge and quizzed him on the team's hot streak and finally reaching the ESL Pro League.

Vitality have so far lived up to their billing as favourites to become ESEA Global Challenge champions after breezing through their group following one-sided matches against Party Astronauts and Spirit.

The French giants, who are currently ranked second in the world, also managed to qualify for the next season of the ESL Pro League after taking down Sprout in the ESEA MDL EU Finals in just two maps, the first of which was surprisingly a bit too close for comfort for ALEX's side.

ALEX laments that this event will greatly impact preparation for Chicago

In this interview, conducted by Dust2.us' Collin "CarbonDogma" Davis, the Vitality captain discusses the relief that the team felt at finally breaking out of ESEA MDL, the current position in the ranking and what it means, the ongoing ZywOo-s1mple rivalry, and more.

I'll start off with the game against Party Astronauts, it seemed pretty easy for you. So, did you end up preparing for Party Astronauts at all?

We're not preparing for any games and we're not going to take any game too seriously, we came for the fail game and that's it. We're just going to relax and have some fun because we've been on the road for so many weeks now and just try to have some fun and reset for Chicago.

Going to the final for MDL versus Sprout, on Map 1 they actually had a pretty good lead. So was there something unexpected that they did?

Same old Vitality: slow start, takes time for players to wake up, and when we get going, then we're good. But yeah, it's just slow starts.

And now how does it - I guess not for you per se - but for the rest of the guys, how does it feel to be back in Pro League? You were there with LDLC-

Yeah, I was there for three years. I mean, we've been playing MDL for six months now so it's good to finally get rid of it, I guess. So yeah, we're happy just to have qualified and happier that MDL is over than being in Pro League, if you get what I mean.

After ECS and Pro League you've been ranked top 2, so do you see yourselves as the second-best team right now?

It doesn't really matter to us if we're top 2, top 3, but as long as we are in and around top 3, fourth is fine as well - we just want to be in contention for titles. What rank we get doesn't really matter, we just want to be able to compete.

Looking forward, next up is Chicago, so what are your preparation and expectations like going into that?

Preparation-wise we're kind of screwed by being here as we can't really practise or anything, so yeah, as I said earlier, we're just going to have like a week's break or a few days' break and try to reset.

After that, there is a break before the Major, so do you have a bootcamp set for that?

After Chicago, we are going on holiday for two weeks, and then we go straight from our holidays to bootcamp, and then we will go to the Major.

Then I guess some final things, do you think you have the ability to take down Liquid?

Umm...

Obviously, you beat them at Summit but-

Yeah, I think we can definitely beat them, obviously in Cologne they were just way better than us and they destroyed us in the end. But I think we can beat them. I don't think there is anyone we can't beat, it's just if we want to become No.1 then we have to be doing it on a regular basis, which is the hardest thing.

So I guess this has been the big question on Twitter: is ZywOo the best player right now?

Umm... [pauses] It's hard to tell. He's definitely got the potential and if he's not No.1 then he is No.2. I think the rest of the year will determine who the best player in the world is. Result-wise, he's the best player because we have been winning tournaments and Na`Vi hasn't been playing them, but I guess the next season, the next six months will determine who the No.1 is.

United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
859
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
#1
Twistzz | 
Germany Lirox 
Expected
2019-07-14 14:25
Not top 1
2019-07-14 14:25
#5
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Austria shaakeh 
Top 2
2019-07-14 14:25
#134
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl 
Top 10
2019-07-14 19:05
#14
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Canada herocoolzzz 
they cant beat liquid
2019-07-14 14:28
#35
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United States Libtard 
All from fluke event cs_summit rofl
2019-07-14 14:36
If you top 1, you must win every time. You can't say "fluke event" that's why we lose. WTF
2019-07-14 14:51
I love cs_summit but the matches are kinda irrelevant
2019-07-14 14:52
#57
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Other zj2 
if you top2, you cant lose to: movistar riders izako boars sprout cr4zy gamer legion with ex6tenz VP inb4 "they didnt care" excuse
2019-07-14 14:54
Don't compare matches on tier 5 tournaments for fun and grand finals. Also: Brazil cs LUL
2019-07-14 14:58
Weak excuse
2019-07-14 15:00
low brain
2019-07-14 17:16
Cry Furia with coach > Vitality
2019-07-14 19:00
The ecs finals prove that..... X)
2019-07-14 22:28
#71
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Portugal ZeDasNINAS 
You said that every match counts if u want to be n°1, what a hipocrite...
2019-07-14 15:02
Tnx for reading all my posts, love you too <3
2019-07-15 15:38
You are actually slapping on your own face by saying this. Expected from French brain
2019-07-15 03:50
#69
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France skeudy 
MDL, BO1 and 3/4 of the lose is useless they are already qualified for playoff
2019-07-14 15:01
what about liquid losing games against shitty tier 5 teams? as if that has never happened.
2019-07-14 15:08
#80
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Other zj2 
pls show me the games i listed were a week before cologne, show me where liquid lost to tier5 teams in 2019 at least
2019-07-14 15:11
hltv.org/matches/2333334/mibr-vs-liquid-.. losing against an online shit MIBR Losing against vitality 3-16 (yes summit but no #1 should lose 3-16) hltv.org/matches/2334334/north-vs-liquid.. hltv.org/matches/2334312/liquid-vs-spiri..
2019-07-14 15:13
#84
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Other zj2 
mibr isnt tier5, yes they are very bad rn but certainly better than gamer legion and izako boars, north are not tier 5 either, btw vitality lost to them countless times last month but i didnt count it cuz north isnt a bad team lol ill take the spirit game and imo they are good tier3/solid tier2 team.. but still, vitality is just too random, and thats a single game for liquid
2019-07-14 15:15
lets make some other arguments, its an online match. its a best of 1 which can always go either way. and the vitality from then is not the vitality now. vitality then would not be consistent enough to beat the vitality now.
2019-07-14 15:19
#90
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Other zj2 
but that was after they won ECS...
2019-07-14 15:20
yeah and they wrote that they were tired and had some IGL issues but still somehow won ECS, and ECS did not have liquid there or anything. vitality beat NRG which was the hardest team to beat there and Furia who had a 1 time good run. they were also already qualified for the playoffs so did not bother losing since it would not affect anything.
2019-07-14 15:21
+1, NA fans LUL
2019-07-14 15:16
#88
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United States Libtard 
They won every event after this lmao
2019-07-14 15:18
#124
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Germany Gabbah 
Vitality has ONE consistent good player, which is zywoo. They have a shit map pool and can only really play d2. They cant beat Liquid consistently. Why? Because Twistzz, Elige and NAF, Stewie also to some degree, can do, what Zywoo does: They all carry consistently games. You cant have one insane player in a team and expect consistency. This has never worked. NaVi is the best example.
2019-07-14 18:06
#18
Twistzz | 
Sweden Unluko 
Nice team!
2019-07-14 14:29
NOT TOP2
2019-07-14 14:25
Team of full washed up players, if we exclude Zywoo. Also, rip #1 comment 🤣
2019-07-14 14:28
Like Netherlands cs
2019-07-14 14:28
Nt, smooya
2019-07-14 14:28
#29
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China Gnikiv 
nt keep dreaming bout
2019-07-14 14:34
#41
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Spain Playcalixto 
not m1xwell
2019-07-14 14:44
Shut up pervert Mickey Mouse
2019-07-14 14:30
-apex +player with +10iq
2019-07-14 14:26
+1, apex has no brain
2019-07-14 14:28
#48
ALEX | 
France MrWowo 
Apex is a god.
2019-07-14 14:50
#8
COCAINE | 
Mongolia bozgor 
they will never be top1
2019-07-14 14:27
"I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANYONE WE CAN'T BEAT" - so you are delusional
2019-07-14 14:28
? name someone they cant beat
2019-07-14 14:29
Virtus.pro new roster
2019-07-14 14:36
#43
chrisJ | 
Netherlands toMyy 
Liquid in their current form.
2019-07-14 14:45
They cant beat shit they are trash only winning because of zywoo
2019-07-14 15:00
#73
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France FrighTyyy 
+1
2019-07-14 15:02
#78
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France LanaRhoades 
They are n°2 lmfao , we can't stop delusional haters
2019-07-14 15:09
Mb I thought they beat Ence Astralis NRG at Cologne, I must be dreaming
2019-07-14 15:32
Not liquid
2019-07-14 18:45
Not yet*
2019-07-14 18:46
Your team just lost to furia lmao. Enough
2019-07-14 19:59
So ? You lost to Vitality too and I'm not bringing it on this post
2019-07-14 20:00
They have beaten everyone already you clown
2019-07-14 14:30
Clown9
2019-07-14 14:35
they lost to NIP :)
2019-07-14 14:42
#42
apEX | 
France Axpie 
2019-07-14 14:45
yeah Nip played with coach, and last time they won with new lineup so stfu ;) but nt
2019-07-14 14:47
#47
apEX | 
France Axpie 
yeah they won a BO1 and who was in the final at the end and who wasn't? so stfu ;) but nt
2019-07-14 14:49
hahaha but they lost against nip so there is a team they didnt win against... that was the question in this thread you idiot but nt
2019-07-14 14:50
#52
apEX | 
France Axpie 
#42 even if nip played with their coach, Vitality won against them you idiot but nt
2019-07-14 14:52
so you dont have more arguments? sad. but nt
2019-07-14 14:53
#58
apEX | 
France Axpie 
and where are yours? don't see more than I had, sad but nt
2019-07-14 14:54
let me refresh it to you... Vitality 10- nip 5 half time Vitality 10-nip 16 full time....OMG so bad but nt
2019-07-14 14:55
#64
apEX | 
France Axpie 
2019-07-14 14:57
hahaha you have only this game to come with when nip played with coach and you are proud?....soooo sad man.... nt
2019-07-14 15:04
#70
apEX | 
France Axpie 
hahaha you have only this game to come with when nip won a BO1 in the opener match and you are proud?....soooo sad man.... nt
2019-07-14 15:01
hltv.org/matches/2331073/nip-vs-vitality.. with full lineup enjoy :) The only time vitality won is when nip played with coach...very strong the 2 games vitality lost was becouse nip had full lineup
2019-07-14 15:05
#74
apEX | 
France Axpie 
hltv.org/ranking/teams/2019/july/8 And where are they now? enjoy :)
2019-07-14 15:06
hahaha sooo sad little baguette....give up...vitality cant win against nip full lineup. I dont care if they are 14th rank or 100 rank. Can you imagine vitality loosing to nip ranked 14th? OMG so bad
2019-07-14 15:09
#83
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France Leskines 
why are you talking ? you know nip is a top 10 and thats it , dont compare it to a top 3 team pls , vitality win nip everywhere and when they want on a bo3. Taking a first match bo1 on argument is very poor. So you must shut up and accept that Nip <<<<<<<<<< Vitality anyday.
2019-07-14 15:14
hahahaha botality will loose all days of the week so please...go back to your cave
2019-07-14 15:16
#102
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France Leskines 
first time nip has reach play off on months and you dare talking. kid spotted , useless to talk to a little kid whitout argument
2019-07-14 15:44
#79
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France LanaRhoades 
When did nip won a tier 1 tournament ? When did they make into finals ?
2019-07-14 15:10
when did vitality won against nip in a turnament with full lineup? oh wait... And i guess you mean lately becouse they have won alot of turnament..and to do that, they must be in the finals....
2019-07-14 15:13
#87
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France Jaipasdmate 
we don't really care to see vitality beat nip, every1 knows they are way better than them, they threw that bo1 but then went in grand finals so that doesn't really matters.
2019-07-14 15:17
We? Lol And every1, hahaha ok my froogleg eater... dream on
2019-07-14 15:26
#103
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France Jaipasdmate 
when i say we I talk about 99% of the cs go esport community
2019-07-14 15:44
when you say "we" you talk about you , LanaRhoades and Leskines...3 guys on hltv forum, hahaha naaaaabs
2019-07-14 17:08
#111
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France LanaRhoades 
lmfaoo , who cares about a bo1 won by nip if they didn't even pass group stage LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2019-07-14 17:09
i see you didnt see the tournament...they got to the PO
2019-07-14 17:10
#113
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France LanaRhoades 
i don't care lmao , i care about winner and finalist
2019-07-14 17:11
The isue here is that Alex sayd that they can beat any1...but they didnt so please...stfu and go back to your frogglegs
2019-07-14 17:12
#116
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France LanaRhoades 
in bo3 nip is dead against godality
2019-07-14 17:12
froggality sucks, even more without froggwoo so best for the team he doesnt leave
2019-07-14 17:14
#114
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France LanaRhoades 
you see ? who cares about nip ?? fangays of oldfag f0rest and shit_right
2019-07-14 17:11
Too bad they will never achieve 1/10 of what shit_right andOldfag f0rest havein their entire career
2019-07-14 17:18
#60
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Other zj2 
Gamer Legion
2019-07-14 14:55
#27
apEX | 
Malaysia kiosaken 
so, who?
2019-07-14 14:31
5 russian randoms mix.
2019-07-14 14:35
#32
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China Gnikiv 
shox no skill 2019 wake up
2019-07-14 14:36
Still better than 80% of vitality
2019-07-14 14:36
#40
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China Gnikiv 
of course no. he got a step-son ,better than 100% other pros
2019-07-14 14:42
Cool
2019-07-14 14:27
#11
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North America potatomato 
ok this is epic
2019-07-14 14:27
>saying default things >epic Pick one
2019-07-14 14:29
#25
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North America potatomato 
ALEX is epic player , everything he say is epic
2019-07-14 14:30
+1
2019-07-14 14:39
#13
Malaysia 322_ 
Says the btm frag
2019-07-14 14:28
smooya in a nutshell
2019-07-14 14:28
lol +1
2019-07-14 14:31
Good interview
2019-07-14 14:29
#28
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France Uexo 
#VforVictory
2019-07-14 14:34
The topic of this article is the most obvious thing ever and that’s also the case with EVERY team in top15 atleast. Everyone can beat everyone ....
2019-07-14 14:36
QQ more
2019-07-14 14:41
QQ stands for?
2019-07-14 15:30
my dick
2019-07-14 21:32
That’s not nice.
2019-07-15 06:21
#44
apEX | 
France Axpie 
mibr_never_won_against_BIG
2019-07-14 14:47
Mibr outside of top15, otherwise correct
2019-07-14 15:30
#123
apEX | 
France Axpie 
Well they are still in the top 15 even if they don't play like that
2019-07-14 18:02
Wont be after the next update
2019-07-14 18:35
#46
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Europe KittyChamp 
Holy shit. This guy is arrogant as hell.
2019-07-14 14:47
Typical french mentality
2019-07-14 14:54
Alex isn’t french
2019-07-14 16:38
Typical danish bullshit then
2019-07-14 16:47
#104
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Singapore MrHelloThere 
How ? Anyone in the top 5 at least can beat anyone in the top 5. I don't see any arrogance in that, that's just fact. He also said that Liquid destroy them at Cologne, if he was arrogant he would never admit that.
2019-07-14 15:50
No one has been able to beat liquid for like 5 months nice try
2019-07-14 18:46
#51
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Russia RoughGuy 
LUL
2019-07-14 14:51
vitality is 2nd, but I can see an argument where astralis are 2nd. ENCE defo 4th. ZywOo 2nd in world rn, but could drop to top 5 depending on his form for rest of year. No matter what S1mple is better then him RIGHT NOW though
2019-07-14 14:53
#56
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Russia RoughGuy 
Played against t3 team and in finale lose against t1 I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANYONE WE CAN'T BEAT
2019-07-14 14:53
#97
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France Zangtar 
astralis, ence, fnatic are all t3 teams alright...
2019-07-14 15:29
You forgot NRG
2019-07-15 00:14
lol relax youre gonna get destroyed by liquid in chicago
2019-07-14 14:55
Correction: ALEX: "I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANYONE zywoo CAN'T BEAT, BUT IF WE WANT TO BECOME NO.1 he has TO DO IT ON A REGULAR BASIS"
2019-07-14 14:56
+1
2019-07-14 17:24
hahaha ALEX: "I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANYONE zywoo CAN'T CARRY US AGAINST, BUT IF WE WANT TO BECOME NO.1 he has TO DO IT ON A REGULAR BASIS"
2019-07-14 17:26
#136
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Brazil yalamix 
+1
2019-07-14 19:31
There is no "we", just Zywoo.
2019-07-14 15:07
HAHHAHA, WE = you mean zywoo trying to carry you? freaking bot
2019-07-14 15:23
+1
2019-07-14 15:28
if we learned something, a team with only 1star can't be top1
2019-07-14 15:25
who it is alex
2019-07-14 15:27
#101
Xyp9x | 
Europe NiQa 
What kind of a person can be triggered by the title? lol
2019-07-14 15:38
#105
KRIMZ | 
Romania moetxxx 
did liquid disband?
2019-07-14 16:08
#109
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
Alex lul against liquid we saw how limited he is as a player. Happy even better when he isn't playing. Need overtime vs Sprout LUL
2019-07-14 17:00
#122
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Canada Porgal 
Bad timing to say this after winning against MDL teams. Should of chose to say this after winning a S tier event. They work as a good team but they will be the TL of last year for the rest of 2019.
2019-07-14 17:41
#125
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United States mohzart 
well they're losing to MDL teams now LMAOO
2019-07-14 18:23
#126
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Austria Tw1RLY 
LOSING TO FURIA LUL
2019-07-14 18:30
#131
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Australia dastric0209 
gets 2-0 by furia LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2019-07-14 18:46
#133
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl 
FURIA AHHAHAHAHA
2019-07-14 19:04
How much Alex - Calling All fans of cs to dispand vitality
2019-07-14 19:26
This aged well
2019-07-14 19:48
#138
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Brazil parrud0www 
Not against Furia lol
2019-07-14 19:49
#141
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United Kingdom VOsskJi 
didn't age well
2019-07-14 20:00
#143
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Morocco royflord 
read the article
2019-07-14 20:05
#142
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Brazil Xcoozee 
Hahahaah not today or even this sec. "Sorry" by kscetaro
2019-07-14 20:04
throwing to FURIA nice try ALEXEI
2019-07-14 20:46
#146
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China Yao_Ming 
ahahahahhaha ALEX is the biggest bot Will never be #1 with him
2019-07-14 22:16
#148
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Hungary subzera 
Lmfao throw
2019-07-14 23:09
Want to beat teams on a regular basis, but throw matches, imagine if this bites them in the back in the future... I don't think anything will happen, but it would be a stupid way to end your constant streak of success
2019-07-14 23:21
Nice try, keep throwing. (:
2019-07-14 23:32
Instantly slapped on the face. Botality OMEGALUL
2019-07-15 03:59
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