League of Legends – Patrik Re-Signs for Excel Esports

Patrik “Patrik” Jiru has re-signed for Excel Esports’s League of Legends roster, with the deal having been made official... | 17. November 2021

Patrik “Patrik” Jiru has re-signed for Excel Esports’s League of Legends roster, with the deal having been made official on November 14. Patrik has signed on the dotted line for another two years, with the Czech AD carry having been with the British organization since December 2019.

Patrik will act as Excel’s starting ADC in the LoL European Championship (LEC) 2022 season, with the team having failed to live up to expectations this year, having missed out on both playoffs. Patrik began his LoL career in 2015 with eXtatus, having played for the likes of Dark Tigers, Fraternitas, eSuba, Origen ESP, Burger Flippers, Reign and Besiktas Esports since then.

How Patrik Made His Name in the LEC

It was not until 2018 that Patrik would make his LEC debut. Despite struggling for H2k-Gaming, Patrik secured a move to Origen, where he made a name for himself. The team finished second in the LEC 2019 Spring, before reaching the Spring Playoffs Finals in the same year. While Origen only managed an 8th place finish in the LEC 2019 Summer, finishing 4th in the playoffs, Patrik had more than announced himself in the scene.

Excel picked up Patrik after Origen disbanded, with the 21-year-old having proven himself to be a valuable member of their lineup. While Excel finished 7th in the regular season, Patrik was their standout player time and again. As a result, it comes as no surprise that the org has handed him a new two-year deal.

Patrik’s numbers do not do his performances justice, with the ADC having the fourth-lowest KDA in the whole LEC. He will be looking to improve upon this in 2022, as will Excel as a team. The org has invested heavily as they look to climb the standings, with their roster looking as good as it has in a long time.

How the Remainder of the Excel LoL Looks

Former academy duo Mark “Markoon” van Woensel and Henk “Advienne” Reijenga are likely to stay with the team next season, with the jungler and support having made the step up in 2021. Meanwhile, mid laner Erlend “nukeduck” Vatevik Holm also appears likely to be kept on board, with the only real question surrounding who will act as starting top laner.

Felix “Kryze” Hellstrom currently holds the position, with there having been no rumors over his future. However, it could well be that Excel looks to add more experience in this area. The offseason could yet be a busy one for Excel, with the rest of their roster expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks. At present, it is only Patrik and head coach, Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool, who have been kept on board.