Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle joins Excel Esports after being teamless in offseason
Excel Esports has acquired the former G2 Esports support Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle. He will join their team once Riot Games approves his transfer.
Mikyx is a successful player and support in European history, having won multiple LEC titles and making the finals of the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. Despite his past glorious performance, with a disappointing 2021 season by G2, he was among the names that were released by the team.
Mikyx’s departure from G2 became a controversial topic during the LEC offseason. His reasons for leaving were his social media statements directed at G2 CEO Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez.
During the offseason, Mikyx was left out of G2’s roster. Despite the interest from other LEC teams and being a Worlds finalist and an MSI winner, he was not considered a starter for 2022.
On January 25, it was announced that he would transfer to Excel Esports. They are the middle-of-the-pack in LEC. Moreover, Excel is the only team in the league that has never made the playoffs since entering the LEC in 2019.
Mikyx to take Advienne’s position
Mikyx will start in place of Henk “Advienne” Reijenga in their upcoming matches against Astralis and Mad Lions. However, it is still unclear if Advienne will continue with Excel as a substitute or join their academy roster. Tim Reichert, Director of Excel Esports, said, “We are in talks here and we will be very supportive about that, and figuring out something together.”
Advienne informed that he was not being re-hired by the team, and this decision was made without any input from his teammates. He stated that it was made due to business reasons and not based on any issues with his personality or performance.
During the offseason, Excel made it clear that they would be rebuilding their roster for 2022, which gave Advienne a lot of confidence, as it felt like he finally earned his spot in the LEC.
Advienne stated, “During the offseason, Excel made clear that the roster for 2022 was going to be rebuilt around (Mark “Markoon” van Woensel) and I. This gave me a lot of confidence and trust from the org because it felt like I finally ‘earned’ my spot in the LEC.”
However, he regrets not being able to show what he can do during the entire season in the upcoming league, “(It) deeply saddens me that I won’t have that opportunity this year to prove and develop myself during a full split in the LEC.”
After signing with Excel, Mikyx will be expected to help the team make the LEC playoffs in his first season with the organization.
Mikyx joins a struggling organization
Since Excel joined the LEC in 2019, they failed to qualify for the playoffs, which almost left a curse over the organization.
During the first couple of weeks of the LEC season, Excel has managed to win two games and lost three. They are currently in a shared sixth place with SK Gaming, and with Mikyx’s arrival, they hope to improve upon this.
Since Excel joined the LEC, they have struggled to find support for the long term. They have signed names such as Tore “Tore” Eilertsen, Raymond “kaSing” Tsang, and Petr “Denyk” Haramach.
Mikyx will be playing alongside a well-known player in the LEC, Patrik “Patrik” Jírú. They should be able to gather some wins and a threat on the bottom lane.