UK esports organisation Excel Esports have this evening announced their full League of Legends esports roster which will be competing in the 2022 Spring LEC.
Excel have kept most of their existing roster from the Summer 2021 season intact, and have brought in Swedish top-laner Finn from CLG. He replaces Kryze, who has been looking for opportunities with other teams and has not yet announced his next move.
Finn returns back home to Europe from his one-year stint in the North American LCS. Before that, he dominated the LEC with Rogue throughout 2020 coming close to a title after the team won the regular season of the Summer Split.
The full Excel 2022 LEC player roster is as follows (pictured left to right):
- Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestål – Top Lane
- Mark ‘Markoon’ van Woensel – Jungle
- Erlend ‘NukeDuck’ Holm – Mid Lane
- Patrik ‘Patrik’ Jírů – ADC
- Henk ‘Advienne’ Reijenga – Support
- Joey ‘YoungBuck’ Steltenpool – Head Coach
Tim Reichert, who joined Excel as their new esports director last month, said: “While doing tryouts, Finn showcased his ability to fit into our roster lineup really well. He is a player that communicates his needs and wants very strongly and that’s what we were looking for in a top laner.
“We were very keen to try and keep most of the roster intact because I saw that the players synergized very well especially after their promising short stint in the LEC Summer Split. The general consensus after tryouts was that the players enjoyed working together, and they were far from reaching their ceiling as a team.”
Excel have also signed Patrik to a two-year contract extension, and head coach YoungBuck has officially signed to Excel on a three-year contract extension as he looks to continue his mission of adding another star to his belt.
YoungBuck commented: “It’s been a major learning experience during my time at Excel and we have been hit with many highs and lows. While I know we have a lot of work to do, I’m committed in making sure that I get this team to playoffs and show everyone the potential they have.”
Earlier in the summer, Excel promoted two academy players – Markoon and Advienne – to their LEC first team.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.