When Excel Esports entered Valorant they went for David "Davidp" Prins to spearhead their new endeavour, but just three short months later Davidp is departing the organisation alongside Morgan "B1GGY" Madour.
The carpet was rolled out for Davidp in March, when it was announced that he would help build the organisation's first Valorant roster, arriving as he did shortly after he was dropped from a G2 side which was still widely considered the best in Europe.
However, Excel as a team never really got going and issues around Davidp's personality continue to dog the player. The signing of B1GGY was also met with derision in some quarters after stories of match-fixing and cheating from his time in CSGO surfaced.
That period is over though with both players' contracted ended by "mutual agreement", and arriving in their place are two of Europe's top players, with Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel Brødreskift and Muhammad "Moe40" Hariff joining the team.
Announcement regarding our VALORANT roster. Join us in welcoming two new faces to the EXCEL brand:— EXCEL 🏴 (@EXCEL) June 16, 2021
Additionally, we'd like to announce that @Happy1 will be taking on the IGL role.
Let's get to work. #XLWIN pic.twitter.com/h6bo9HjrlQ
RUBINO is arriving from Team Heretics, who announced his departure earlier today, while Moe40 was dropped from Fnatic back in April as that team looked to bolster their roster in a what proved successful attempt at qualifying for Masters - Reykjavík.
"Rubino brings a wealth of experience to the roster, having previously competed at the highest level in Counter-Strike and is a great personality to have in the team," said Excel's co-founder Kieran Holmes-Darby on announcing the signing.
Adding, "Moe is an incredibly talented player who has already accomplished a lot in Valorant and we believe he still has room to grow with the experience around him in this roster."
With Davidp's departure, Vincent "Happy" Cervoni Schopenhauer will step into the in-game leader role.
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Excel will hope that these changes will allow them to hit the ground running when Stage 3 of the Valorant Champions Tour kicks off, open qualifiers begin on 28th June.
Feature image courtesy of Excel.