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Jamie | 31. March 2021

Is ALEX the Next CS:GO Star to Switch to VALORANT?

If his recent Twitter post is anything to go by, we could well be seeing Alex “ALEX” McMeekin make the switch from CS:GO to VALORANT in the near future. The former Cloud9 captain was seen on the VALORANT Champions Tour sign-up page, which quickly led to fans making the assumption that he will compete in Phase 2.

ALEX is one of the most decorated CS:GO pros around, however with Cloud9 Colossus having disbanded, the Brit is clearly exploring alternatives. Following his Twitter post, the veteran has been relatively quiet, having only directed his followers to streams, where VALORANT has featured heavily.

Why a Move to VALORANT Seems Likely for ALEX

A team going by the name of “Bref” was registered for the VCT on the same day as Cloud9 made its exit from CS:GO. With the team being led by “CSGOALEX”, the name used by McMeekin on all platforms, it would appear that it is only a matter of time until the news becomes official.

The 24-year-old could well feature in the first Challengers open qualifiers, with an opening encounter against Lithuanian team, Bleiz, having been lined up. It remains to be seen as to whether a move to VALORANT would be a permanent one for ALEX, with a return to CS:GO having certainly not been ruled out.

Why ALEX is Unsigned in CS:GO

ALEX became the first signing for Cloud9’s new project, Colossus, in September last year, having signed a contract worth $1.6 million over three years. However, things did not work out, with the Brit having left alongside Coach Aleksandar “kassas” Trifunovic after a matter of months. With C9 having now paused its CS:GO pursuits, it remains to be seen what the future holds for the org.

The European VALORANT scene is growing rapidly, meaning that it comes as no surprise that it is ALEX’s first alternative to CS:GO. The veteran would certainly be an asset to any team, with his skill and experience being vast.