Alex and Mezii join Fnatic CS:GO
We’re excited to announce the arrival of William "Mezii" Merriman and Alex "ALEX" McMeekin to the Fnatic CS:GO team. Representing a new recommitment and era for CS:GO, our Head Coach Andreas Samuelsson talks us through the new roster changes and updates to the team.
It has been an intense summer period, culminating and assessing all possible routes for the future of the Fnatic Counter-Strike roster. We analysed over a hundred players over the period to create a fully holistic view of what options were available for us during this rebuild.
After the first careful consideration, we decided that our best way forward would be to adopt an international lineup to ensure our purpose and vision would best be met. We have a huge amount of respect and admiration for the Swedish CS:GO scene, however, we felt an international lineup would provide us with many more options and greater flexibility for the future. Our first challenge following that decision was to find an experienced and dedicated IGL who shared our vision on how best to succeed in a modern CS era.
Following that search, I’m very pleased to announce that we have signed Alex, who we feel fits perfectly into that role within the new international structure. Alex is highly skilled, has a vast amount of experience, and is renowned for his professional IGL approach.
To build on that, we also wanted to fulfill the role of the hungry up-and-coming player who shared our drive and ambition.At this point we’d been following William for a long period of and we felt that he has everything it takes to become one of the best rifle players in the game. Not only do we feel that William is extremely very versatile, but paired with great communication skills and being regarded as a proficient teammate, we feel he has huge potential.
This is a structure that we have been developing across the past 2 years. It is built upon a foundation that is designed to ensure that the players are feeling strong both mentally, physically, and in-game; leading to great performances. We believe we can achieve this through the right players, the right support team, and the right mental and physical individual programs which are all backed by extensive data. Overall leading to the perfect balance between tournaments, practice, hard work, and recovery.
William "mezii" Merriman joins Fnatic following an impressive career with Cloud9 and Endpoint,
I'm excited to finally announce that I've joined the @FNATIC family!
I've achieved a lot with the @TeamEndpoint boys & wish them the best going forward!
I'm ready to grind with this great international roster & represent new colours under a historic org
And after nearly eight years of professional play, Alex "ALEX" McMeekin joins us from Cloud9
It is with immense pride that I join Fnatic.
I am honored to be given the opportunity to represent such a legendary team. I have nothing but respect for the legacy the past teams have created here and I know that there are big shoes to fill. I am looking forward to working alongside the Fnatic to develop the team’s performance both on and off the server.
To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. Being given the chance to help rebuild Fnatic into a title-winning team again is a big challenge but a fun one that I will take on with enthusiasm.
I want to get back to winning ways here at Fnatic and I will give my all to do so. To the people that have supported me so far, I would like to thank you for your continuous kind words and energy. In particular, I would like to thank the team at NIVO Management for making this move possible. To anyone new, welcome on board, let’s make it a wild one!
Welcome, Alex and Mezii to the Fnatic Family.