Excel’s Patrik has his sights set on his ‘big goal’: an LEC title

“Hello, this is Patrik!” League of Legends European Championships Caster Medic yelled, astounded at the spectacle before him.

Then Origen bot laner Patrik “Patrik” Jírů hopped over the wall near Gromp into three members of G2 Esports as Ezreal, casually unloaded his combo onto then MSI champion mid laner Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther. Then Patrik calmly flashed back over, surviving the ballsy maneuver with a kill to boot.

That moment, a match that happened more than two years ago, was representative of his burgeoning talent within the European circuit.

He’s experienced it all in the LEC’s often turbulent ride; from his beginnings on H2k-Gaming, to reaching the summit on Origen in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to eventually finding himself a new home with British upstarts Excel Esports — where he’s been a mainstay for close to four seasons.

Patrik has seen many teammates come and go in those four seasons. Now, he’s the only player that remains from the LEC 2020 spring roster. No matter what setbacks Excel have faced, Patrik’s many noteworthy performances blazes a renewed chapter in his career and a path forward for his team. Currently, he said he is more determined than ever to take Excel to the playoffs.

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Patrik (second from the right) on team Excel. | Provided by Excel

Dissecting the new Excel

Throughout his time on Excel, 2021 is arguably the year that put Patrik and his team squarely in the gaze of the public, and not for all the right reasons. From replacing promising mid laner Paweł “Czekolad” Szczepanik with Erlend “nukeduck” Våtevik Holm, to not properly communicating their off-season plans of promoting Mark “Markoon” van Woensel and Henk “Advienne” Reijenga, to ending up 2-5 after the first three weeks of summer, it looked like Excel were just trying to make waves instead of the playoffs.

But, in Week 4, Excel made a bold decision to promote the promising duo of Markoon and Advienne from academy roster BT Excel, their academy roster. Coach Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool clearly communicated the team’s intent after learning from their fumblings in the offseason. Since then, win or lose, Excel have looked reborn for summer. Even in their losses, their games have been much closer than they were at the start. But what made this possible?

According to Patrik, the previous iteration of Excel was not always on the same page. Specifically, they had difficulties in agreeing on proper directions during matches. But, with the introduction of Markoon and Advienne, their proactive playstyle and confidence outside Summoner’s Rift gave the team a new lease of…

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