Excel Esports aims for ‘top 3 ranking’ in LEC 2023 with new roster

1Play LOL News
Dec 15

Excel Esports has officially revealed its player roster for the upcoming League of Legends European Championship (LEC) season.

The LEC team has signed four new players — Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu, Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir, Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié, and Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé — to join its longtime bot laner, Patrik “Patrik” Jírů.

While Excel qualified for the LEC Spring and Summer 2022 playoffs, they never quite managed to break into the top tier of competition, finishing in sixth place in both splits.

For the upcoming season, the team wants to shoot higher, setting its sights on a top-three finish with its brand new roster.

“Whilst we are proud of how we performed this year, we believe that this new roster has what it takes to help fulfill our vision of being a top three ranking team in the 2023 season,” Excel Esports Chief Operating Officer Tim Reichert said in an official statement.

“Players such as Vetheo and Odoamne represent such a diverse mix of talent, and we can’t wait to see how the team will perform when unified together under the Excel brand starting with the Winter Season early next year.”

Excel’s new roster has championship experience. Top laner Odoamne previously played with Rogue (later renamed KOI) and helped the team claim its first LEC championship title in LEC Summer 2022 with a huge 3-0 upset against G2 Esports.

With about a decade of competition under his belt, he is also the most experienced player on the roster, having played in a total of 478 games across his career.

Odoamnne reunites with his former teammate from Splyce (later renamed MAD Lions), Xerxe, who played with Astralis in the previous season.

And with Misfits Gaming out of the LEC, French mid laner and LEC Spring 2022 season MVP Vetheo has also found a new home with Excel.

Finally, Excel scooped up G2 Esports’ former support, Targamas. During his first year in the LEC, the Belgian player helped G2 become champions of LEC Spring 2022 and achieve a third to fourth-place finish during the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2022.

Watch Excel’s full roster announcement here.

Fans can catch Excel’s LEC debut in January as the Winter 2023 split starts.

Check out Team Heretics’ LEC 2023 player roster, Vetheo’s insane LEC debut, and the LEC’s new tournament format.

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