EXCEL's entry into Valorant was kept not-so-secret, originally revealing David "Davidp" Prins as their captain and founding member of the roster. The team registered ahead of time in the VCT stage 2: Challengers 1 qualifier, making the new hopeful European powerhouse public prior to today's announcement.
Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer joins the roster as one of the biggest names from the old Giants roster. He was benched in favor of the Spaniard in Adolfo "Fit1nho" Gallego and was absent from competition as he searched for a new home.
The third player to form this roster is Morgan "B1GGY" Madour, a lesser known player. He has spent some time alongside Davidp when they played the Logitech G Invitational together, coming fourth in the tournament. Beside that he represented Almost International for the VCT Stage 1: Challengers 1, playing with m1xD for the Nicecactus February Trophy qualifier, a mix with three of the new EXCEL members.
Coming from HSDIRR, Alend "Ale" Khalaf was a key member in the team's rise among the European ranks. The duelist starred in conflicts in a slew of European tournaments. The team seemed cursed by top 16 placements in qualifiers, where they missed out of both First Strike and VCT Stage 1: Challengers 2 and 3. Most recently, he won the VERSUS LEGENDS II tournament.
Part of the original Purple Cobras roster, Marc "Maru" Samuel Begley participated in the main event of First Strike but hasn't had the same luck in 2021. On unsigned unsigned Inactive , his team lost to G2 in the top 16 of the VCT Stage 1: Challengers 1 qualifier, later dropping to chakalaka in the second Challengers. Sam "Fields" Greenfield also joins alongside Honeybee as a fellow Purple Cobras alumnus and coach.
EXCEL have made it clear they want to be a new European powerhouse in Valorant, hoping for a successful Stage 2 in the Champions Tour and perhaps even qualifying for the Stage 2 Masters in Reykjavik, where two European teams will be present.