It took Excel Esports almost a month to finalize their Valorant roster, but the player hunt is finally over and the British esports organisation can now start planning their next move. Earlier this month, Excel signed David “Davidp” Prins as their first player and captain. Now with a complete lineup, Excel is ready to tackle the challenges ahead, right on time before the VCT Stage 2 begins.
We're delighted to announce the remaining players for our VALORANT roster:
— EXCEL (@EXCEL) March 29, 2021
Let’s analyse the new crew
The first one to join the team was Davidp. The team’s captain is a Belgian former professional CSGO player, who was recently released from his contract with G2 Esports. He had spent almost a year with G2, accumulating valuable Valorant experience and honing his skills. Sadly, he was benched back in December last year, and was ultimately released earlier this month. To Excel’s advantage, he’s now a part of their roster and will bring a lot of value to the team.
Vincent “Happy” Cervoni Schopenhauer is one of the four newcomers. Happy is a veteran who started his Valorant career with StartedFromCS. He was active in Valorant up to this point, and the last organisation he played with was Giants Gaming. The Spanish esports organisation benched Happy back in February, but he has now found a new home with Excell.
Alend “Ale” Khalaf is another experienced professional Valorant player. This Swedish eighteen-year-old has stepped into the competitive Valorant scene early, and already carved his path as a skilled Duelist. He was a part of HSDIRR, which was a European team without an organisation. They kept changing, and at one point the team even reformed, but ultimately Ale would leave on March 25th this year. Ale shows incredible potential at such a young age, and if luck serves him well, he might become the next big Valorant star.
Marc “Honeybee” Begley and Morgan “BIGGY” Madour are the final pieces of this puzzle. They might not be as well-known as the rest of the squad, but Valorant is still young and they have ample time to show what they’re made of. Honeybee has a good chunk of experience in Valorant, having played with Purple Cobras and even qualifying for First Strike: Europe. They will both fit nicely in Excel. Although Excel are not one of our highest picks when it comes to Valorant betting, the team has more than enough time to build their credentials in the Valorant Champions Tour.
Can Excel Shake up the EU Scene?
Excel is a fresh Valorant organisation, and as such, the world is their oyster. With an experienced captain with a background in professional CSGO, they can form a winning strategy and take the scene by storm. The Valorant meta is still changing and evolving, so an opportunity presents itself for Excel to be one of the pioneers to first shape it.
They are very ambitious and anxious to start their journey, and they shared their excitement in the official Excel blog post.
Kieran Holmes-Darby, the Co-Founder & Chief Gaming Officer of Excel Esports, said the following:
“We are really excited to present our full VALORANT roster and start competing against the best teams the scene has to offer. When selecting the final line-up we really took our time to find players and coaches who really understood our vision. We are in this for the long term and I truly believe we have created something special. Our ambitions for this year are limitless and I can’t wait to start this journey and experience it alongside our players, partners and community.”
We can’t wait to see how Excell performs in the upcoming Valorant Champions Tour Stage 2, and if they can exceed everyone’s expectations.
The full Excel Lineup
- David “Davidp” Prins
- Vincent “Happy” Cervoni Schopenhauer
- Alend “Ale” Khalaf
- Morgan “BIGGY” Madour
- Marc “honeybee” Begley