March 5, 2020 Alex has confirmed he has left Team Vitality and is “moving away from playing at this time.”
Team Vitality’s captain and in-game leader, Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin has confirmed he has left the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, confirming a previous report from 1pv.fr.
The British leader has grown tired of the constant travelling to and from tournaments according to this Twitlonger, and with a busy tournament period coming up, ALEX has handed in his notice.
“You may have seen the rumours fly around, I can now confirm that it’s true – I am moving away from playing at this time,” he says on Twitter. “Last year we travelled 36 weeks of the year and by July I was struggling to keep up with the intense travelling schedule. Coming into this year we wanted to cut that down to 22 weeks, however the accelerated professionalisation of the CS:GO scene changed the ecosystem, and we could no longer get down to anywhere near the amount of weeks discussed earlier.”
The Brit, who recently claimed we’re currently witnessing the most competitive era of Counter-Strike, joined the French side in December 2018. He helped the team become the second best in the world last year, with wins at ECS and Epicenter. Although recently Vitality has struggled with their form, finishing third in the Blast Premier London Showdown, and placing 9-12th at IEM Katowice.
Now, without a leader and currently sitting at their lowest place on the HLTV world rankings since May 2019, the French team are having to consider their options. LDLC player Ali ‘hAdji’ Haïnouss is apparently the favourite to replace the player, but nothing is set in stone just yet.