Excel Esports have decided to make a move into Valorant by signing David “Davidp” Prins as the first member and captain of the new roster. The former G2 star has been released from his contract and will be continuing his Valorant career with Excel.
EXCEL x VALORANT.
— EXCEL (@EXCEL) March 8, 2021
This is the organisation’s first expansion since the November 2020 rebranding. They’ve chosen to prioritize the captain and coaching positions first, and will determine the remaining roster through a series of player trials in an effort to find players who share their values and align with their vision. Excel aims to build a roster capable of competing at the highest level, and they’ll use their strategic and data-driven approach to accomplish that goal.
Kieran Holmes-Darby, Co-Founder & Chief Gaming Officer of Excel Esports, had the following statement:
“Ever since Valorant was first announced we knew it was going to be a title with huge potential and one that we could thrive in. However when it came to expansion we really wanted to take our time and find players and coaches that aligned with our vision so when we started talking to Davidp it felt like such a natural fit. We have big ambitions and are looking for the best and most promising talent to build out the roster and create a lasting legacy.”
David “Davidp” Prins had been a member of G2 for a better part of a year, but was benched back in December and would stay inactive until this point. With no contractual obligations holding him down, he’s now able to continue his Valorant career with Excel and put his valuable knowledge and experience to good use.
Davidp shared his excitement and said the following:
“I am really excited to have found a home with Excel Esports. Since starting my journey in Valorant I have showcased my ability to not only win trophies but grow and adapt my playstyle. I can’t wait to show everyone what we can achieve.”
David won seven consecutive Ignition Series events with G2, most notably We Play! Invitational and BLAST Twitch Invitational, and will use that past success to take the new roster to new heights. As of this moment, he’s the only member of the team but we can expect more names to start popping up once the Excel player trials conclude.
Excel Esports now have professional teams across three esports titles – Fortnite, League of Legends, and Valorant. Seeing the recent surge in Valorant popularity, the organisation will most likely focus a lot of resources and energy into completing this roster first. David’s six-year-long CS:GO career, as well as his time spent with G2, will be the crucial component and one of the deciding factors in the team’s future success in Valorant.