Alex ‘Mapache’ Parejo rejoins Excel Esports as assistant coach, Mickey renews as mid-laner


Excel Esports have announced the signing of a new assistant coach: Alex ‘Mapache’ Parejo, and the renewal of mid-laner Son ‘Mickey’ Young-Min’s contract.


He has rejoined the boys from Twickenham after successful stints at LEC giants Fnatic and G2 Esports.

Excel have been busy bees before the start of the 2020 season. They acquired Fnatic’s Youngbuck as head coach and Origen’s assistant coach Fabian Broich as their new head of performance.


Excel Esports has announced that Son ‘Mickey’ Young-Min is renewing his contract with Excel for the 2020 season, pending Riot Games approval.

For the 2019 Summer Split, Mickey joined Excel as their mid-laner.

Excel now hopes the highlight plays delivered by Mickey week-on-week in Summer are ‘proof of his incredibly high skill ceiling, and the team are extremely excited for their preseason training together at Excel’s London-based HQ, ahead of the 2020 League of Legends European Championship (LEC) season’.

Mickey said:

“I can’t wait to come back to Europe and compete with Excel again. It was great working with Caedrel and Expect last split, and I believe we can reach our goal of play-offs this split.”

Mickey, Excel Esports

Kieran Holmes-Darby, CEO of Excel Esports, added: “At Excel, we’re only interested in talent which we know we can develop into the best of the best. Mickey showed he’s an exceptional player last split and we have been working with him, to turn him into one of the best Midlaners in Europe. I’m delighted that he’s chosen to stay with us as we develop him even further.”

In terms of which other players Excel sign to round up their roster for the LEC and their academy team, that still remains to be seen, but it currently looks like this:

  • TOP: Expect / Send0o
  • JUNGLE: Caedrel / Taxer
  • MID: Special
  • ADC: Patrik / Jeskla
  • SUPPORT: Tore (formerly Norskeren) / Kasing

Whether any of the current line-up leaves or anyone else joins remains the subject of much speculation of fans and analysts alike. However, Fabian ‘Exile’ Schubert left Excel Esports on November 23rd.

In a recent post, Exileh commented that he is not happy with his recent results. He will take a break from professional LoL and come back stronger when he has found the appetite for competition once again.

Excel have had a difficult start to the LEC, finishing in ninth and tenth place in their first two seasons (spring and summer) respectively, so their staff changes come at no surprise.

A few months back, British manager Grant ‘Grievance’ Rousseau joined Excel as head of operations, after a stint at Splyce.

The UK-based organisation recently celebrated their fifth anniversary. They have made their way from the grassroots level of UK esports right up to the top-tier of European League of Legends in a few years.

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