The fourth roster competing in the 2023 season of the LEC has been announced. British organization Excel Esports has shared its starting lineup for next year’s competition, changing players in four positions.
Bot laner Patrik “Patrik” Jírů, who has been part of the organization since the start of the 2020 season, is the only Excel player who remains on the roster. He’ll be joined by LEC players from four different teams. Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu, who won the 2022 LEC Summer Split with Rogue, is Excel’s new top laner. The jungle role goes to Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir, formerly on Astralis. In the mid lane, Excel will be represented by 2022 Spring Split MVP Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié. Lastly, in the support role, Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé backs up Patrik.
Earlier, Excel announced that the coaching staff would remain the same. Head coach Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool stays in charge of the team, with Sng “Nelson” Wei acting as assistant coach.
Another fresh start
Excel’s overhaul comes after a disappointing year in the LEC. The team initially only made one change to its lineup heading into the 2022 season and added Finn “Finn” Wiestål in the top lane. A few weeks into the Spring Split, however, they replaced support player Henk “Advienne” Reijenga with Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle. It took a few weeks for the team to find its footing, but eventually the lineup got Excel to its first-ever LEC playoffs. In a close series against Team Vitality, Excel lost 2-3 and ended the Spring Split in sixth place.
The team surprised everyone at the start of the Sumer Split. Fresh of a bootcamp in South Korea, they raked in victory after victory and shot to the top of the standings. But after three weeks, the honeymoon phase ended. Excel dropped from a 5-2 score at the end of the third week to a 7-8 score ahead of the final week. They managed to pull it together just in time, though, and once again made it to the playoffs. But the tale of the Spring Split repeated itself there. This time with Fnatic as its opponent, Excel lost 2-3 and finished the year in sixth place.
Earlier, three other teams announced their lineups for the 2023 season. MAD Lions finished its list of changes two weeks ago. Astralis followed one week later, followed by Team Heretics last weekend.