ALEX confirms Vitality departure
The 24-year-old in-game leader is expected to reveal his next challenge soon.
Alex "ALEX" McMeekin joined Vitality at the end of 2018, following a successful period with LDLC, with his addition helping invigorate the French squad. During his tenure with the team, they managed to first climb into the top 10 of the world rankings, and then peak at #2 in the middle of the year.
His stay in the team was marked by issues around splitting the in-game leadership roles with Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt all the way until the 26-year-old's departure, when ALEX took on the role fully. Despite Vitality's continued success, ALEX decided to step down from the roster at the start of 2020, citing a stressful travel schedule as the reason. Now, after six months on the bench, he officially departs the French organization.
ALEX won four tournaments with Vitality, including EPICENTER 2019 and ECS Season 7 Finals, two events where he had some of his best individual performances, boasting a 1.23 and 1.15 rating respectively. On his list of achievements are two strong runner-up finishes as well, from DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019 and ESL One Cologne 2019.
"It has been an incredible ride, from finding out I'll be playing for Vitality while boarding a plane to the Caribbean for Christmas to taking over the IGL role, making 11 straight playoffs, 6 finals & 4 trophies," ALEX wrote in his TwitLonger. "I would like to thank Vitality for always making sure we had what we needed in order to succeed, for always supporting us no matter what time of day".
The British player thanked all of his teammates and the staff in Vitality, but gave special praise to assistant coach Mathieu "MaT" Leber and head coach Rémy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam: "The person who taught me the most is Rémy, he is an incredible coach, an incredible person and a good friend".
ALEX finished his statement with a teaser for his new challenge, saying, "By the way, how many UK players is too many for one team?". He is expected to share more details on Thursday, as he is scheduled to take part in the 1PV.fr show at 16:00 .