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 leaves Vitality behind after six months on the bench

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 .

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1824
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
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France Rémy 'XTQZZZ' Quoniam
Rémy 'XTQZZZ' Quoniam
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.61
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.48
DPR:
0.80
APR:
0.20
France Mathieu 'MaT' Leber
Mathieu 'MaT' Leber
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.72
Maps played:
9
KPR:
0.48
DPR:
0.76
APR:
0.13
gl in C9
2020-09-09 20:55
No no, Faze Clan member confirmed!
2020-09-09 20:57
C9 ALEX has been confirmed lol.
2020-09-10 16:46
UKCS in C9 KEKW
2020-09-09 21:01
Top 5 IGL again?
2020-09-09 21:19
carried by Zywoo
2020-09-10 00:41
He was never a top 5 IGL, he had the worlds best player and other stars and still couldn't do much with them aside from winning inconsequential tournaments like Epicenter.
2020-09-10 00:46
That's way to harsh, they became the very best with him in the lead and had pretty good performance. Completely disagree.
2020-09-10 01:28
coming from a canuck this is laughable... what has any canadian ever done in any iteration of counter-strike.... ill wait
2020-09-10 01:51
#138
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Denmark x4nder_cs
Uhh, carried the only north american team to ever reach #1?
2020-09-10 02:15
#143
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United States tilhouse
i don't think carried is a fair term to stewie2k, elige, and nitro but yeah fuck this toxic asshole who thinks canadians and cs don't go together like danes and cs.
2020-09-10 03:42
if you think anyone other than elige carried liquid to #1 then ur braindead
2020-09-10 05:17
He is saying about stanislaw
2020-09-10 10:31
What? 0/8 bait
2020-09-10 18:29
you realize that before alex left, vitality apex and shox were playing dog shit and rpk was average at best alex was easily the 2nd best player on that team and the IGL aswell
2020-09-10 02:09
wait before or after?
2020-09-10 03:59
He is good enough of an IGL to actually utilize Zywoo and the others.
2020-09-10 04:00
What about there #2 ranking in the world?
2020-09-10 08:58
"By the way, how many UK players is too many for one team?" ALEX + smooya
2020-09-09 22:03
1
2020-09-09 22:25
Alex igl + smooya on the awp+ Thomas on the rifle
2020-09-09 23:40
#129
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Germany Reptayn
+1 would be very cool. And could be a very decent british team.
2020-09-10 00:56
As long as Alex can keep the cool of toxic players like smooyw
2020-09-10 10:16
+1
2020-09-10 09:01
+1
2020-09-09 23:53
thomas too?
2020-09-09 23:57
#130
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Germany Reptayn
He didnt played today against Sprout and tweeted something teasing 12 hours ago.
2020-09-10 01:02
He will join Envyy
2020-09-10 10:12
#149
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Australia opzy
Even maybe OG -mantuu +woxic, then they can grab mantuu
2020-09-10 04:43
Dephh
2020-09-10 08:45
#195
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Romania burtiqutz
dephh was playing competitive valorant, i dont think he is going to return to cs
2020-09-10 12:38
Yeah, he's playing with the former fornite "pros" xD
2020-09-10 13:24
#2
NEO | 
Poland Amirek
MOM IM #2
2020-09-09 20:56
I'm so proud of you my baby-girl!
2020-09-09 21:39
#77
NEO | 
Poland Amirek
THANKS MOM!
2020-09-09 21:42
Hey my wife. Did u miss me ha?
2020-09-09 22:21
You wish Turkish kebab
2020-09-10 07:33
I would but i've already eaten it yesterday brother. Actually Turkish kebab is for everyday.
2020-09-10 13:25
Im proud of you my savage girl. Hey do u remember me im your father.
2020-09-09 22:20
#94
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Egypt Zykleee
Didn't you go to shop for milk?
2020-09-09 22:25
Why do you Think he came back, he Saw the daughter was doing well
2020-09-09 22:53
U might be right or not :).
2020-09-09 23:43
I've gone for some cookies and milk but the truth is "i've gone to striptiz club"
2020-09-09 23:44
to c9
2020-09-09 20:56
#4
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Russia Evil_DaviD1
C9.ALEX inc!
2020-09-09 20:56
#5
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Netherlands Sem0733
Hello UK Cloud9.
2020-09-09 20:56
Pog
2020-09-09 22:59
#6
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Germany Flachzange
c9 confirmed
2020-09-09 20:56
#7
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Poland Hanse
Throwback Thursday this time on Tuesday?
2020-09-09 20:56
Today's Wednesday?
2020-09-09 21:01
#45
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Poland Hanse
Sure as hell I should sleep more then
2020-09-09 21:07
#8
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Europe t.o.p
GL
2020-09-09 20:56
C9 incuming
2020-09-09 20:56
Its happening lads!!
2020-09-09 20:56
TY FOR EVERYTHING GOD ALEX
2020-09-09 20:56
gl in C9
2020-09-09 20:56
GL ALEX!
2020-09-09 20:57
How tf he leaves vitality if he wasn't in vlitality since 1 year ago or idk how much time...
2020-09-09 20:58
#26
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Sweden frizzahh
Still in contract maybe?
2020-09-09 20:59
They liked to pay 1 guy afk =))))))))))) ez $
2020-09-09 20:59
I think they pay him less, like %25 of his salary
2020-09-09 21:12
7.500k$ for afk is ok =)))))
2020-09-09 21:15
ok AS F
2020-09-09 21:21
Do they earn 30k per month ?
2020-09-09 22:05
a little less a little more. 30k is around the pay for a top 5 team
2020-09-09 23:44
OMG!! didn't know that progaming pay that much good for them
2020-09-10 00:54
It’s probably more
2020-09-09 23:41
Since he benched himself his salary was really low...
2020-09-09 22:34
They had him benched during his contract waiting for offers for his buyout, idk how the salary works but probably reduced
2020-09-10 00:41
he was on the bench with INSANE buyout for him
2020-09-09 21:46
nice brains kid
2020-09-10 10:54
#15
Dima | 
Russia Veyles
C9
2020-09-09 20:57
thanks for everything <3
2020-09-09 20:57
Hello FaZe,free IGL here!!!
2020-09-09 20:57
#83
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Romania Brazy
-shakebye +Alex
2020-09-09 22:03
#109
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United States teppu
if they were gonna sign him they would’ve just waited and not signed kyaerbye and i didn’t read all of the announcement but if his contract didn’t end then someone bought him out of his contract C9 incoming
2020-09-09 23:18
#203
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Romania Brazy
Yea nice one, already in C9 lol
2020-09-10 17:02
#18
NiKo | 
Finland Eestu
POG
2020-09-09 20:57
GL i Valorant, Very kool
2020-09-09 20:57
#20
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France Uexo
Gl for the future, thank you for everything captain !
2020-09-09 20:57
#22
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Sweden forceS1ck
By the way, how many UK players is too many for one team? bois is he hinting something?
2020-09-09 20:58
Unexpected
2020-09-09 20:58
Good luck in Cloud9!
2020-09-09 20:58
C9 with Thomas and smooya? Gl
2020-09-09 21:00
C9
2020-09-09 20:59
#29
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Indonesia Journeast
C9 ALEX C9 GuardiaN Who else?
2020-09-09 20:59
budget mouse alex guardian olof woxic smooya nice retirement home
2020-09-09 21:26
#91
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France kirua123
You should add jugi for one more sniper.
2020-09-09 22:21
Awp op weapon so 4 awpers must be ez win right :()?
2020-09-10 09:02
#207
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France kirua123
English had talent to create money with economy... So 4 snipers could work! :D
2020-09-11 17:57
new squad will come ALEX -IGL OLOFMEİSTER- support WOXİC -AWP NEX- secondary support and one free agent
2020-09-09 20:59
-nex +someone good
2020-09-09 21:05
is nex bad? i tihnk he is good player
2020-09-09 21:06
weak piece, big tried to save him but decided to not keeping him
2020-09-09 21:07
I thought there was a time where he was supposed to be the next big German star. Around troubley times.
2020-09-10 00:21
Nex is so damn inconsistent its bizarre. He can be the worst guy on map1 only to win 2nd map singlehandedly with clean entries on t side... Its hard to win deep playoff runs with a player like that if he goes missing in a big game :()
2020-09-10 09:04
Olof in 2020?
2020-09-10 05:09
#31
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Other Jmishenko
c9
2020-09-09 21:00
What else would happen xD?
2020-09-09 21:00
c9 confirmed!
2020-09-09 21:00
#35
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North America vibrancy
cloud 9
2020-09-09 21:01
ALEX Smooya I dont think there's more actually good UK players. Cloud9 hasn't released their roster yet.
2020-09-09 21:01
Thomas is a great player
2020-09-09 21:04
he is tier3 and he will join envy anyway. meziii will join c9 with alex
2020-09-09 21:11
Id say thomas is actually pretty good. Hes pretty consistent which makes him good for a 5th in almost any lineup :()
2020-09-10 09:07
You forgot he was in c0ntact, didnt do shit...
2020-09-10 15:38
Maybe Thomas, since he haven't been playing for Endpoint lately.
2020-09-09 21:10
#112
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Europe DoktorEgg
Mantuu. I can't see why OG would sell him though unless C9 offer absolutely stupid amounts of money and they can get Woxic as a replacement.
2020-09-09 23:41
#161
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Finland R3ALMM
OG roster is bringing solid tournaments right now I dln't think they want to fuck it up all of a sudden
2020-09-10 07:04
c9
2020-09-09 21:02
#39
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Europe Krychaaaa
gl in c9
2020-09-09 21:03
#40
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France Coucouoeuf
Vitality's Mat is Mathieu "MaT" Leber, former aAa.cs player from my era who went later on to win WCG in 2007 with emuLate. A wonderful being who I'm sure brings indeed a lot to the Vitality roster with his experience.
2020-09-09 21:03
Yeah aAa had a lot of playoff finishes back in the day but never quite got there as a finalist. Much like the koreans with that one lineup :()
2020-09-10 09:10
#46
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United Kingdom ghil
finally c9 is back
2020-09-09 21:07
It would be interesting if get an UK line up at top tier cs or at least the core of it: Alex+Smooya+Thomas+mezii
2020-09-09 21:09
#162
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Finland R3ALMM
Thomas highly overrated please no. That guy can only play in t3 and will flop instantly
2020-09-10 07:05
FaZe PLS!
2020-09-09 21:07
#49
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Hungary subzera
shocker
2020-09-09 21:08
#50
ALEX | 
France MrWowo
<3
2020-09-09 21:09
#51
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Netherlands Lurox
He is not the problem. Apex is 🤦‍♂️
2020-09-09 21:09
smooyaaaa, smooooooyyyaaaaaa
2020-09-09 21:10
#55
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Serbia laki2409
alex and smooya c9 confirmed
2020-09-09 21:11
C9 confirmed
2020-09-09 21:12
Alex - smooya - thomas.
2020-09-09 21:12
Without zywoo he would still be tier 2 trying to qualify for big tournament
2020-09-09 21:19
not a good assistant coach in your report hltv ;)
2020-09-09 21:21
By the way, how many UK players is too many for one team? Who will we see with him? Thomas? Smooya? Trial in c0ntact? Surreal?
2020-09-09 21:21
1
2020-09-09 21:22
#72
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Brunei cyLoL
I like name men))
2020-09-09 21:38
Thanks :D
2020-09-09 21:46
#186
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Brunei cyLoL
Yes mens)) you are smart names wish I had got it
2020-09-10 10:12
C9 Alex
2020-09-09 21:21
#67
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Serbia LtN))
GL Alex!
2020-09-09 21:22
ok
2020-09-09 21:23
#69
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United States Masshole
Ok
2020-09-09 21:25
#70
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Switzerland x676
Mr. Fluke
2020-09-09 21:25
l0l
2020-09-09 21:39
#75
AM | 
Asia Yarrak
explorer?
2020-09-09 21:40
C9?
2020-09-09 21:41
Cloud 9 ALEX and Cloud9 GuardiaN confirmed, who else?
2020-09-09 21:49
NEW C9 INCOMING
2020-09-09 21:51
#84
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United States Gonginator
I miss the early days of CSGO when Anexis picked up a UK team spearheaded by RattleSnK. He raged a good bit, but at the time he was a great player. If he came back to CSGO and joined a team with ALEX and smooya, I think that would be pretty cool.
2020-09-09 22:05
Oof...no buyout
2020-09-09 22:13
Cloud9 ALEX Cloud9 w0xic
2020-09-09 22:16
+1
2020-09-09 22:17
C9 100%
2020-09-09 22:17
#90
perk  | 
Finland eIe
He hadnt left already?
2020-09-09 22:19
#96
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Sweden Tunggren
RIP Alex, what a legend
2020-09-09 22:30
UK c9???????????? alex smooya thomas guardian and w0xic?
2020-09-09 22:37
#99
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Germany BIG2020
UK9
2020-09-09 22:36
wow check this out hltv has a FEATURE #1
2020-09-09 22:37
Vitallity does not deserve the RPK omegalul
2020-09-09 22:41
#102
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Denmark Jonasnhj
Well, hasnt been there for a while
2020-09-09 22:43
tldr: ALEX confirms Kreaz C9
2020-09-09 22:44
RIP fantasy of him magically replacing apEX again.
2020-09-09 22:52
Lol travel in 2020??
2020-09-09 22:54
Clown9 ALEX
2020-09-09 23:17
#118
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Europe DoktorEgg
Everyone saying Smooya but if C9 are willing to splash the cash and really want to make a top tier UK team then surely Mantuu should be top of their shopping list. Would OG sell? Well everyone has their price, right? And Woxic to OG, reuniting with Issaa, makes a certain amount of sense.
2020-09-09 23:59
Smooya, Thomas and Alex 😍😍😍
2020-09-10 00:09
time for Faze alex !!!!!!
2020-09-10 00:14
#163
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Finland R3ALMM
Faze = suicide to career
2020-09-10 07:07
Overrated as fuck, apEX did better in a matter of weeks while teaching a complete newbie. He'll never do shit again at the top without zywoo making up for his lack of vision and leadership
2020-09-10 00:40
LMAO
2020-09-10 09:35
#125
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Australia csRIOTgo
omg clown9 LOL
2020-09-10 00:43
You have to assume he did not want to play for FaZe for some reason or another
2020-09-10 00:48
#165
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Finland R3ALMM
With NiKo malding and fucking up as a player and washed up rain no one would want to join that roster. They kick olof and change bymas ti kjaerbye not realizing that Rain is the problem
2020-09-10 07:08
expected
2020-09-10 01:28
Forgot about him, gl in C9 then!
2020-09-10 01:30
I love you Alex Gl with c9 Thx 4 everything
2020-09-10 01:32
#135
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Finland pmon
O(M)G, nobody expected this!
2020-09-10 01:42
nows your chance Faze kick either Rain or Kjaerbye to kerb and finally get an IGL
2020-09-10 02:54
There's no way Niko will accept it
2020-09-10 04:49
yea well fuck Niko they need an IGL and Alex is the guy for that job
2020-09-10 04:59
cloud9 already stole alex
2020-09-10 06:09
well there fucking smart aren't they prob gonna get top 10 before too long
2020-09-10 07:59
Unexpected
2020-09-10 03:25
Vslorant?
2020-09-10 03:38
Lets go c9
2020-09-10 04:25
C9 97%
2020-09-10 04:46
Go C9
2020-09-10 07:07
Alex and Smooya sure. C9 is NA though. Infinite and Zelisis They'll be competitive and put jerseys on fans. If not cooper, I'd go go FPL talent. Chaos did it and so did Triumph.
2020-09-10 07:11
Thomas dude. Not Smooya.
2020-09-10 07:28
FaZeUp
2020-09-10 07:33
Alex Smooya Mantuu Thomas Dephh
2020-09-10 08:47
#193
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Sweden hilebard
would be fire lowkey. Although 2 awpers
2020-09-10 11:47
alex was the problem of Vitality LUL, NOW #1
2020-09-10 09:00
C9: GuardiaN, ALEX. Who is next?
2020-09-10 10:11
#188
ZywOo | 
India aR__
So far, according to this I can confrim C9 woxic and C9 ALEX look at who she's following. twitter.com/TifaPls/following
2020-09-10 10:27
no
2020-09-10 11:47
c9
2020-09-10 11:47
EZSkins v2.0 confirmed
2020-09-10 12:11
Great addition to C9
2020-09-10 12:58
Leavin g because the coach was a cheater and he is probably only one who spoke out. Hope rest of team is banned
2020-09-10 15:03
#201
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Poland SebL
He is pretty good, I think making him return to Vitality would be a great decision for both sides, but I understand his decision, he is pretty good as I said so I think he will find some not bad team wanting him.
2020-09-10 15:51
This alex its bot... tier3 player...
2020-09-11 13:46
Imagine leaving a team because of a stressful travel schedule, and then coronavirus steps in lul.
2020-09-11 16:02
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