For the final week of the 2023 LEC Spring Split regular season, EXCEL Esports will start Felix ‘Abbedagge’ Braun instead of starting mid-laner Vincent ‘Vetheo’ Berrié. Before the final week of the Spring Split’s regular season, EXCEL is attempting to strengthen its LEC roster in order to increase its chances of advancing to the group stage. With three matches remaining before the next round, the team is locked in a four-way tie.
The British team is replacing Vetheo, its starting mid-laner, and adding Abbedagge as a fill-in. The German mid-laner spent a year in North America with 100 Thieves before joining EXCEL in the midst of the Winter Split.
Vetheo spent two years with Misfits before joining EXCEL in December 2022. Last year, he was named to the LEC All-Pro teams in both splits (first team in the Spring and third team in the Summer). After finishing 1-8 in the regular season, the squad didn’t advance to the group stage in his first split with EXCEL. Vetheo acknowledged being “depressed since the Winter break” on Twitter but asserted that he would have preferred to play out the remainder of the split.
He wrote, “I don’t know how to get better if not winning. “It is time for me to look after myself. “But, I must admit that I would have liked to play out at least the remainder of the split. I’m in good health, so don’t worry. I continue to wish the squad luck this week.
For a crucial LEC Spring week, EXCEL switches mid-laners.
Following a poor performance in the Winter Split, which resulted in the CEO of the company apologizing for his team’s performance, EXCEL still has a chance to advance to the group stage. After two weeks of competition, EXCEL, Fnatic, MAD Lions, and Team Heretics are in the bottom four spots with a 2-4 record.
The final week of the regular season will feature matches between EXCEL and KOI, Astralis, and BDS.
After the League of Legends World Championships in 2022, Abbedagge has been inactive. He attended Worlds twice while playing with 100 Thieves, won the LCS Summer trophy in 2021, and finished second in the LCS Spring and Summer splits in 2022. The team will only have one more opportunity to qualify for the LEC Finals when the region’s three slots at Worlds will be up for grabs if the move fails to secure EXCEL a place in the following round of the LEC.
EXCEL’s LEC roster
- Andrei ‘Odoamne’ Pascu
- Andrei ‘Xerge’ Dragomir
- Felix ‘Abbedagge’ Braun
- Patrik ‘Patrik’ Jírů
- Dino ‘LIMIT’ Tot