Team Vitality’s in-game leader Dan “apEX” Madesclaire has taken a hiatus from the French team for at least the rest of the BLAST Premier Spring Groups.
Due to issues stemming from both personal problems and the ongoing covid pandemic, Apex will be taking some time off from competitive play
“Despite this temporary complication, we guarantee that the entire team will continue to fight tirelessly”, Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam, Vitality’s coach.
As the team’s in-game leader, apEX was instrumental in the French team’s climb to the very top of the CS:GO scene.
Official statement from our CS:GO coach @XTQZZZ.
— Team Vitality 🐝 (@TeamVitality) February 9, 2021
It’s a well-known fact how emotional Apex can get, and how versatile he is as a player (excelling in nearly every position, from entry fragger to support Vitality must readjust its focus for the new in-game leader, which we believe will follow the same game style as before.
“His role within the team is essential and we hope to see him back with us at his back as soon as possible.” XTQZZZ further added.
Belgian up-and-comer Nebil “Nivera” Benrlitom will be stepping up to the active roster from his reserve role. He has already featured in a number of maps for Vitality, and was the obvious choice to fill in for Apex. This will be a huge opportunity for Nivera to prove his worth, seeing as his numbers have been relatively complacent after a dream start to his tenure with Vitality.
Vitality hasn’t had the best start to 2021, considering their 2-0 loss over Complexity. Although it comes as a shock, the change might help rejuvenate the roster, and keep them in the very top of the CS:GO rankings.
Let’s break down some of apEX statistics to verify his impact on the Frenches for the last 6 months (HLTV stats provides all the data).
|Kills / Round||0.62|
|Deaths / Round||0.68|
|Assists / Round||0.16|
|Damage / Round||74.3|
|Grenade Damage / Round||5.6|
|1 or More Kill Rounds||1237|
|0 Kills Rounds||1648|
|Team Win % After Entry Kill||77.4%|
Analyzing the data we can understand how versatile apEX can be. He’s not the type of in-game leader that only do the calls, but he can also frag. The headshot percentage is on point, proving again that he can hit some clutch shots. As an entry killer, apEX has just 43 fewer entries than Astrals’ in-game leader gla1ve, who has over 400 more rounds played.
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apEX is obviously not a fragger, but can also help his team in that role. For the position he plays in Vitality’s roster, his statistics are overall pretty good.
It is expected that his break from the scene will be a fairly short one, however, both his teammates and the organization are ready for a possibly prolonged period of his absence.