Excel Esports acquire Tore as support for LEC

British esports organization Excel Esports has announced the signing of former Splyce support Tore “Tore” Hoel Eilertsen to its League of Legends roster. Previously known as Norskeren, he will compete alongside AD carry Patrik “Patrik” Jírů in the bot lane.

Tore leaves Splyce

“For next year, I am excited to see if I can bring all the good stuff I learned from playing at Worlds and use all that experience I’ve gained, to lead a new team to higher highs, together with a new team of coaching staff,” said Tore in a release.

The 19-year-old player started competing in 2015, when he was only 15 years old. With the development of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) and European LCS, Tore later competed for FC Schalke 04, Team ROCCAT, and Splyce.

Upon joining Splyce for the 2019 season, the team took 4th place during the LEC Spring Split and Spring Playoffs. It followed this up with 3rd place during the Summer Split, 5 – 6th in the Summer Playoffs, and 2nd in the Regional Finals after a loss to Fnatic. Tore led his team to a world championship appearance where the organization made it out of the Group Stage of Death. However, the team was pitted against SK Telecom T1 in the Quarterfinals and was eliminated 3 – 1.

Excel Esports can only go up

“It’s fantastic to be working with Tore again after our time together on a different team last season,” said Grant Rousseau, Head of Operations at Excel Esports. “We had a two year plan to make it to Worlds and making it to quarter finals was the icing on the cake. I really hope we can replicate those same results here at Excel!” 

With the experience from a veteran like former Fnatic head coach Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool on the coaching staff, things are looking up for the team. Tore will also reunite with former Splyce Director of Team Operations Grant Rousseau on Excel Esports. These additions are desperately needed for such a team, with Excel Esports’ disappointing performance in the recent season.

In the team’s first year in the LEC, it placed second to last during the Spring Split and dead last in the Summer Split, with 4 wins and 14 losses. Can Excel Esports make it to playoffs in 2020? Let us know about your opinion, and keep up with Daily Esports for all of your League of Legends coverage.

Ethan Chen
Staff Writer

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