Let’s kick off protection of the 2023 LEC season with an Excel staff that has made some reasonably attention-grabbing adjustments to their roster!
The 2023 LEC Winter Break up goes to kick off and so I figured… why not take a very good take a look at the brand new groups which are going to be competing on this thrilling new format!
Out of all the brand new groups and roster configurations that we’re seeing this time round, I used to be notably intrigued by the brand new Excel staff.
This staff has managed to stability out its highly effective carry gamers in Vetheo and Patrik with some legendary weakside gamers in Odoamne.
I believe Excel to be a really basic tackle staff id, utilizing their staff’s sturdy carry laners to win out in important mid and late sport teamfights while Odoamne will be the low useful resource tank participant that may assist funnel sources into his carries.
Whereas the blueprint for this staff is simple and simply higher echelon, I’m quizzical of how Xerxe and Targamas match into this equation.
How Will Targamas Match
Let’s take Targamas for instance. He had a very good debut break up on G2 the place he confirmed off his prowess on a large number of various kinds and picks. His aggressive roaming model, mixed along with his playmaking means on Pyke and Bard, made him a fabulously entertaining participant at instances, who was additionally able to tuning it again for a extra supportive playstyle.
His pairing with Patrik, though sturdy, won’t be one of the best factor for the each of them. Patrik is a succesful laner who has remained among the finest gamers in his place for fairly a while now. I don’t consider Targamas’s roaming means enhances his laning prowess and it’d shun their potential as a carry menace from the underside lane.
Nonetheless, Targamas’s roaming model does assist Vetheo in his endeavors to snowball on the enemy mid laner’s head. The 2022 Spring Break up MVP’s shares are by way of the roof after his breakout season final 12 months and he’ll stay the point of interest of this new Excel roster as they vie for a high 4 end.
The Largest Weakpoint: Xerxe
Now, I don’t suppose Xerxe is a foul participant in any respect!
If something, JeongHoon and him had been the shining gentle of the dumpster hearth that was Astralis in 2022.
Nonetheless competent he could also be, along with his strong jungling fundamentals to distinctive jungle picks that make him a drafting terror, Xerxe’s strengths usually are not congruent with what Excel must win video games.
He has historically been a farming, slower-paced jungler, who doesn’t all the time sacrifice his economic system as a way to assist his laners get forward. Whereas this could make him look good on dangerous groups like Astralis and Immortals, it’s a totally different story when he has two carries that may simply contend for high 3 at their place.
I’ve adopted him for the whole lot of his profession and I’ve not but seen him undertake a extra selfless model in his play. Which is doubly worrying since he has by no means been one of the best carry jungler at any cut-off date both, even along with his reasonably egocentric model of play.
Ought to Xerxe purchase into his celebrity carries and play for them, Excel can positively grow to be a darkish horse to take all of it this 12 months. However you’ll be able to’t train an outdated canine new tips, and I believe Xerxe will grow to be a lowkey weakpoint for Excel going ahead.
Total, I believe this Excel lineup is well a middle-of-the-pack staff, with greater than a puncher’s probability to interrupt into high 4. Their highly effective carry gamers, in addition to Odoamne’s legendary weakside playstyle, is already able to profitable the break up, however it’ll come right down to their extra supportive gamers to see how probabilistic that ceiling is.