EU Masters officially opens it’s virtual doors today. The play-ins have been completed and teams are ready to show what they are capable of in the group stages.
One team that has already impressed without even playing a main stage match-up is Excel UK. The LEC sister team battled through the play-ins last week and secured themselves a spot at EU Masters by going undefeated.
Excel’s jungler, Taxer, could not have been any happier with the performances of his side.
He says: “It feels great, we are finally able to show our level of play and we are playing as a team. I knew if we played to our level in practice we would have a good performance, but it was hard to know because the play-ins were so stacked this split.”
The Dane also adds that individually he cannot complain about his displays so far in the competition.
“Personally, I think my performance has been good overall. There have been some questionable mistakes, but I’m pretty happy with my performance.”
Last splits winners, Misfits Premier, also came from the play-in stages. In fact, three of the four semi-finalists had to fight their way from the bottom last EU Masters. So, many are arguing that by not advancing straight to the group stage, it increases the chance of a teams success.
It seems that Taxer also believes that the extra games his side had to play benefits the organisation in the long run.
“I think going 6-0 helps our confidence a lot and if we keep the momentum going it will for sure help us in groups. We have got more competitive practice than the other teams in the groups, which I also think is a small advantage.”
Excel UK will not be in action today. However, they will be sure to keep an eye on their British rivals and semi-finalists Fnatic Rising. An organisation from the United Kingdom has yet to secure an EU Masters trophy. Nevertheless, if anything is to go by in play-ins and the UKLC then Excel and Fnatic are certainly contenders for the crown.
By Tom Daniels