ALEX confirms fnatic exit, announces break from competition

The British in-game decided to not return to competitive play due to health issues.

fnatic and Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin have mutually agreed to part ways, the player announced on Twitter. The 27-year-old has been a free agent since the agreement was made "a while back", but revealed that he will remain on the sidelines as he continues to recover from underlying health issues.

The Brit's departure puts an end to his stint on the inactive roster where he was put in May alongside Valentin "⁠poizon⁠" Vasilev to make space for new signings Nico "⁠nicoodoz⁠" Tamjidi and Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen.

ALEX will continue on a competitive break to focus on recovery

ALEX joined fnatic in August 2021 alongside ex-Cloud9 teammate William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman, kickstarting the team's new era as an international roster. During 27-year-old's time with fnatic, the squad saw constant roster changes with Jack "⁠Jackinho⁠" Ström Mattsson, Iulian "⁠regali⁠" Harjău, Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield, and poizon all wielding the AWP over the course of his tenure as IGL.

The roster instability only worsened after the announcement that Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin was joining Ninjas in Pyjamas ahead of the RMR tournament for PGL Antwerp 2022. fnatic left the event in 12-14th place once again failing to qualify for the Major and the Brit was benched a month later.

"I decided not to join a team after fnatic due to the deterioration of stomach issues," ALEX stated on Twitter. "I’ve now decided to take a break to concentrate on getting better, instead of living with the issues."

"Since I was unable to perform my duties as a professional player and fnatic couldn’t sell me because of them we mutually agreed to part ways, they were very supportive when I told them what was happening and I thank them for that. For now, I have and will continue to take a break."

fnatic currently have the following lineup:

Denmark Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen
Denmark Nico "⁠nicoodoz⁠" Tamjidi
Sweden Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson
Netherlands Dion "⁠FASHR⁠" Derksen
United Kingdom William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman

United Kingdom Jamie "⁠keita⁠" Hall (coach)

Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1037
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
772
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
214
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
916
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1836
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Netherlands Dion 'FASHR' Derksen
Dion 'FASHR' Derksen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
776
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
941
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1162
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
United Kingdom Jamie 'keita' Hall
Jamie 'keita' Hall
Age:
30
Team:
Romania Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
219
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
564
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1101
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
ok
2022-11-01 13:49
5 replies
#24
 | 
Finland iamjoe
THE COLOSSUS WILL RETURN
2022-11-01 14:00
4 replies
the only colossus that alex ever created was when he was sitting in the toilet during his stomach issues
2022-11-01 14:03
2 replies
The birth of b00m
2022-11-01 14:23
1 reply
execuses only omegalul, back in the days when he got kicked from vitality he said something like he needs to study haha
2022-11-01 15:17
inshallah ameen
2022-11-01 15:07
Wtf
2022-11-01 13:49
#3
 | 
Portugal hpn-
gl
2022-11-01 13:49
-hooxi +ALEX?
2022-11-01 13:49
5 replies
You clearly only read the headline.
2022-11-01 13:55
2 replies
#43
 | 
Singapore 2200DPI
Lol this guy didn't even read the title 🤣
2022-11-01 14:21
1 reply
Yeah, just the first 4 words.
2022-11-01 15:29
#26
 | 
Indonesia nouser
of course sick ALEX > Hooxi
2022-11-01 14:02
Oh heeeell no
2022-11-02 07:18
Oh no
2022-11-01 13:49
Skill issue /closer
2022-11-01 13:50
team slayer
2022-11-01 13:50
Get well soon
2022-11-01 13:50
1 reply
+1
2022-11-01 14:11
#9
 | 
Indonesia nouser
good luck
2022-11-01 13:50
hope for him that he gets better
2022-11-01 13:50
So many health issues these days with young people.
2022-11-01 13:51
9 replies
Agree ‘sort of’. However look at how many pros they are, and only a few have health issue such as this.
2022-11-01 13:53
2 replies
It's hard to say, problems could be there undiagnosed. Outside of the pro scene a few friends have developed stomach issues as of late, in their twenties, shit situation to be in stomach is extremely important.
2022-11-01 13:55
1 reply
I'd say the types of illnesses have changed and some have increased in younger people over the years such as illnesses to do with the heart etc. and yeah I see what you mean. Stomach issues maybe another one.
2022-11-01 14:09
not the covid "vaccine" at all
2022-11-01 14:41
3 replies
#53
s1mple | 
World doh
+111111
2022-11-01 14:45
conapiracy theorists will jump at anything to blame it on vaccines. Did takeoff get killed by the vaccine as well?
2022-11-01 14:51
Device must be timetraveler, he developed stomach issues 3 years before covid was even a thing
2022-11-01 15:18
microplastics are the new lead
2022-11-01 15:44
#65
 | 
Japan Dracielia
Just gotta start going outside at a young age, do physical activities, eat dirt and sand. Your immunity will be more stronger than g2's position in the major.
2022-11-01 15:49
#12
 | 
Egypt Ozymandius
unlucky
2022-11-01 13:52
#13
 | 
United Kingdom _xC4ctus
RIP GOAT UK CS
2022-11-01 13:52
2 replies
#21
 | 
Indonesia nouser
uk or french??
2022-11-01 13:58
1 reply
#45
 | 
Singapore 2200DPI
Id live to see French last dance squad with him! but I hope he will be fine now...
2022-11-01 14:23
#15
 | 
Greece wazerr
expected
2022-11-01 13:55
Better luck with recovery hopefully.
2022-11-01 13:56
But he has had a break until now tho
2022-11-01 13:58
#20
 | 
Brazil 4vengerr
GL !
2022-11-01 13:58
ANNOUNCES BREAK FROM COMPETITION XD
2022-11-01 13:58
the stomach issues he's referring to is called "english food" he needs to come back here
2022-11-01 13:59
#25
FASHR | 
France Ansi
ngl, health issues are always sad to hear. but what happened at FNC at the beginning of this year was just inexcusable and poor display of IGLing.
2022-11-01 14:00
6 replies
#28
 | 
Indonesia nouser
I'm gonna defend him a bit by saying the pieces also fell apart like the awper and the fifth leaving. he's at least partially blamed for it.
2022-11-01 14:09
5 replies
#35
FASHR | 
France Ansi
ofc the player swaps didnt help. i watched all their games during RMR Antwerp, and it literally looked worse than random fpl games. There was no structure whatsoever. Maybe i set the bar too high, but from an IGL with his reputation, this was just extremely disappointing to witness, especially if you consider their core with mezii, ALEX and KRIMZ.
2022-11-01 14:12
4 replies
#38
 | 
Indonesia nouser
even i was dissapointed because i was looking forward to the uk core in FNATIC but unfortunately smooya and ALEX didnt gel together.
2022-11-01 14:14
3 replies
#39
FASHR | 
France Ansi
yeah, that lineup couldve and shouldve worked, it couldve been really nice with Brollan. but did you see the sm00ya clip in which he talked about the mandatory monday discord calls they made him do with ALEX? that was really weird to hear tbh
2022-11-01 14:16
2 replies
#42
 | 
Indonesia nouser
yeah that part was weird and i think both ALEX and smooya was at fault there. ALEX was too low key and smooya too stubborn. I dont think fnatic management is bad as in evil like how mouz and astralis deal with their players but they have some incompetence going on.
2022-11-01 14:19
1 reply
#48
FASHR | 
France Ansi
true, i didnt expect them to announce mezii as IGL, especially when the whole CPH lineup was available, but in the end, i really love FNC's choice for nicoo, roej and FASHR. and ofc all the best to ALEX ofc, sometimes it just doesnt work out, and you just have to move on.
2022-11-01 14:26
deserved
2022-11-01 14:04
#30
 | 
Russia mshkoda
lul
2022-11-01 14:06
while fnatic is about to get 3-0 soon this guy comes out and it's news wow
2022-11-01 14:09
So this whole time he was getting money from fnatic ?
2022-11-01 14:10
2 replies
#49
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Singapore 2200DPI
Kinda weird but its because of the contract Fnatic made for him. you will get payed no matter how you are playing, like NiKo, like xypex, dont even play like ALEX
2022-11-01 14:37
that sucks. hope he gets better
2022-11-01 14:12
#37
 | 
Afghanistan Pewpo
You won't be missed.
2022-11-01 14:13
UK = most toxic players on earth confirmed once again
2022-11-01 14:18
team destroyer, however get well soon
2022-11-01 14:18
#47
Snax | 
Europe Jezynt
Why did they add fnatic lineup at the end if nothing really changed tho
2022-11-01 14:25
how many health issue did he have
2022-11-01 14:42
#52
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
He was still at fnatic??
2022-11-01 14:44
Absolute lad, I remember randomly chatting to him on some Ancient retake server, back then when he was in some t10 French team
2022-11-01 14:51
mezii > alex (igl wise)
2022-11-01 15:05
funny how brits make fun of americans for being fat
2022-11-01 15:26
Best of luck bruv.
2022-11-01 15:28
2 replies
#70
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United States ILOVEFEET
yeah i have irritable bowel syndrome and it is not very fun hope he can find some proper treatment
2022-11-01 17:07
1 reply
I can tell.
2022-11-01 19:22
rofl who is this paycheck stealing trashbag
2022-11-01 15:48
Who ?
2022-11-01 16:02
would be an upgrade for vitality -apex
2022-11-01 16:21
alex in G2!
2022-11-01 16:32
#69
 | 
United Kingdom JupiterACE
LEGEND tried his best
2022-11-01 16:42
#71
 | 
Finland AliSabid
Rip
2022-11-01 17:15
#73
 | 
Chile 1cristiaan
sad
2022-11-01 20:29
Hope he gets well.
2022-11-01 20:32
#76
 | 
Australia sasukeee
taking a break for the 999999999th time 😂 , plz retire
2022-11-02 07:21
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