apEX: "I used to be the second caller, now there are too many voices in the team sometimes"

Dan "apEX" Madesclaire talked about the leadership situation in Vitality and how it impacted his role in the team in an interview at the StarLadder Major.

The talk took place after Vitality secured a strong victory over North, looking improved after struggling in the New Legends Stage where they finished with a 3-2 record after losses to Syman and DreamEaters.

apEX's voice has been limited in Vitality

apEX explained how his role changed and his impact was limited after Alex "ALEX" McMeekin joined Vitality, and compared his current team to the Titan lineup of 2015.

Let's jump right into it, what are the first impressions after going to the New Legends Stage and getting a win over North?

It feels good because we finally played well, which is a result of everything we did yesterday and everything behind the game. Yesterday, we had a big talk, mainly between ALEX and me because I felt like I was struggling with the team right now, mainly on the T side. I didn't feel good at all, I didn't feel like I was in my role, kind of. We talked about it, I asked ALEX for a bit of help on these things and it went pretty good.

Also, the organization, to help us, did a video with a lot of fans, known people — like a French gold Olympic medalist athlete who is really close to Vitality —, and also our girlfriends, family, etc., to just empower us, to let us know they are behind us and they just want us to perform. I think that helped the mood of the team a lot, that was a good idea by the staff of the team and I'm really happy because we finally showed ourselves in a game and I hope it is going to continue.

I want to touch on the situation you have now with ALEX calling on one side and NBK- calling on the other side, and there maybe being a clash of who is leading the team at certain points. So from your perspective, also as someone that used to be the secondary caller in a team, how does that feel for you?

Once again, that is not easy to me. I used to be the second caller, now there are too many voices in the team sometimes. We can not be three calling something. So I'm a bit behind everything and that is why, lately, I'm not performing well since I like to do things from my POV, I'm not a typical soldier. RpK is the best soldier you can have, for sure, but I'm not like that. It is the style of players, you know?

Mainly, that is how it feels for me, but it worked for a long time so I didn't want to say anything. The team worked really well during the last four months so I didn't speak about it because I didn't want to bother anyone in the team. Now, I spoke about it because I didn't feel good and I thought that if I felt a bit better we could've been better [as a team]. That is what I did yesterday.

Are you now getting a bigger say in the team?

On the CT side I was getting too much direction on myself, the team was giving me too much direction, and I didn't get to feel what I wanted to do. When you are a rotator, I think you need to feel the game and when it is not the case, it is really hard. That is what I felt, the same as T side, I didn't do as I used to do but now it is better so I hope it is going to continue that way.

Maybe some parallels can be drawn between ZywOo right now and kennyS in Titan, looking at the frag distribution, most of it is on them. With you being in both of those teams, are there similarities between playing in them?

Our team now is very different, we have a way more tactical team than we had in Titan, that is for sure. Even if ZywOo is really good, he is mechanically one of the best players in the world and in the team, he is fragging a lot, I think he is put in the best position to do that, even if he is really talented. But I think that most of the time, there is always someone that is following him in terms of fragging. It is not always the same, unfortunately, but we can all step up at some moment, like NBK- did against Grayhound, he had a sick BO3, RpK played well against HellRaisers, etc. We don't have specific roles in the team and we are trying to put each other in great positions, except ZywOo who is in the best positions he could have.

But yeah, talking about both players, the big difference, for me, is that kennyS was better with the AWP, he was more flashy, more aggressive, ZywOo is more passive and I would say he is missing less shots than kennyS, but kennyS was way more flashy, the peeks he did, the quick-scopes, etc., that is the big difference. And also, kennyS was really good with rifles, but ZywOo is the best rifler in the team as well. He is like s1mple, for me ZywOo and s1mple are the same, they are sick with the AWP, with the AK, they can entry. I think ZywOo can entry more than s1mple, but ZywOo can do everything for the team, that feels so good. Sometimes we put him in first, sometimes last, something third. He knows how to do everything. The only thing he lacks is a bit of how to use his nades for the team, but the rest he is excelling.

United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
883
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1486
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
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2019-08-28 20:07
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Sweden Unluko 
BANGER
2019-08-28 20:06
rapexx
2019-08-28 20:06
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Germany Trax_ 
unexpected
2019-08-28 20:06
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Turkey montpaylit 
meme guy
2019-08-28 20:06
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Portugal HLTV_Portugal 
Zywoo best IGL
2019-08-28 20:07
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Armenia gr1nch 
peanut brain doing mid calls omg
2019-08-28 20:07
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United Kingdom VOSSKI 
Autism awareness
2019-08-28 20:08
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
Apex is a very lucky guy... ...just because being absolutely ridiculous, wouldn't kill you. I hope you endure for many years as, not many give so good memes like yourself...
2019-08-28 20:10
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France pilou52700 
Do you even English ?
2019-08-28 21:36
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
English literature... Try some! What you learn in game it's not from a book, any book... Should this fall short from your lonesome brain cell, you can always va te faire enculer par une marmote...PD
2019-08-28 23:37
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France pilou52700 
no need for the "va" before "te faire enculer" Sale pute - cdt pilou
2019-08-29 09:24
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
ROFL So damn easy ... You made my day kid. Keep it up. Your weekly bath is coming fast ;)
2019-08-29 10:12
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France pilou52700 
k
2019-08-29 10:30
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France Uexo 
#VforVictory
2019-08-28 20:10
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Poland MRWmrw 
+1
2019-08-29 06:42
clown.
2019-08-28 20:11
good guy apex
2019-08-28 20:11
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Argentina Chief02 
good
2019-08-28 20:11
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Dominican Republic casxd 
aPEX Orton " I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD THEY TALK TO ME "
2019-08-28 20:13
"they tell me to rotate but i dont want to"
2019-08-28 20:15
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United States solluminati 
wtf😫🤮
2019-08-28 21:14
apEX's voice has been limited in Vitality
2019-08-28 20:14
Good apex!!
2019-08-28 20:16
Apex mad because he doesn't get to control vitality anymore, typical French ego.
2019-08-28 20:21
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Literally the opposite, he was in roles that hes never played before for a bit and felt uncomfortable and when they started to slack a bit he spoke up like any respectable player would do.
2019-08-28 20:31
I hear voices in my head they.....????
2019-08-28 20:55
Understandable!
2019-08-28 20:59
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United States Special3d 
My teammates have brains REEEEEE
2019-08-28 21:28
And thank god you're not calling anymore. You should watch your stupid moves, that cost too many rounds to your team. There is a reason why people call you "peanut brain". I don't like to be harsh but seriously, you would think the guy could realize how many shits he does for so many years. That's why you can't be consistent.
2019-08-28 21:46
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France papybouc 
apEX my love 🥰
2019-08-28 23:11
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France papybouc 
apEX my love 🥰
2019-08-28 23:11
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India Ryuota 
literally wanna see g2 fuck vitality pretty bad tbh... for saying all that shit against Kenny even though g2 never trash talks vitality and they continuously do all the time...
2019-08-29 04:45
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Denmark hEnzeee 
What trash about kennyS? lol...
2019-08-29 05:39
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Israel TimeDani 
Zywoo misses less shots, zywoo can do everything , Even though it’s rights players don’t say it publicly that a player is better then a player you don’t see twistz coming out and saying I’m better then scream
2019-08-29 10:29
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Italy TonyGzzz 
? "kennyS was better with the AWP, he was more flashy, more aggressive" He literally says he thinks Kenny's the best awper
2019-08-29 15:14
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Israel TimeDani 
and zywoo is better in everything else is pretty much what he said
2019-08-31 20:43
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Denmark hEnzeee 
Twist and scream have never played on a team together, so why would they commend on each other? And there is nothing wrong with, complimenting a young talented star. And this "kennyS was better with the AWP, he was more flashy, more aggressive" I don't see any problem in he's statements. But to be remembered the AWP was WAY easier to play aggressive with back in the Titan days :) But I would like to agree that I think Apex Legend is low key toxic all over the interview :)
2019-08-29 20:06
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Israel TimeDani 
so has zywoo and kenny its just both have high hs % but twiztss is in a number 1 team and scream is not close so yeah
2019-08-31 20:43
It seems like niko is apEX 2.0 lmao
2019-08-29 09:31
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