To update: Excel Esports Director Tim Reichert has spoken to Esports News UK to clarify who made the decision to bring Mikyx onto the team and replace Advienne – and what’s behind not consulting other players beforehand.
When Advienne said “management” made that decision, Tim said: “It was the sporting director and the coaching staff. I flew to Berlin on Sunday morning just to be there in person to meet Henk (Advienne) and tell him the reasons. Obviously I was very aware that he was devastated and super sad and wanted to give the team full context about the decision and everything they needed to know and a chance to talk about it and ask questions.
“You can’t always do these things perfectly and a player is devastated by the decision making. It’s okay to be emotional and kidding, I’m not complaining about that at all. Some details are not fully taken into account.”
Addressing some of the criticisms Excel received about the news today, he added: “It’s not that it comes as a surprise, there are people out there who aren’t going to like this decision. And it wasn’t an easy decision at all – not just because of the story, not because we were scared of the decision, but in the end we have a very good player that we replaced because we had the unique opportunity to get someone who makes us – from our point of view – a better team.
“Unfortunately, people don’t like it, but at the end of the day it’s sport and we want to play at the top. I have to do what is best for our business. We have Mikyx on a two-year deal, having a player with his success on the team is a huge asset. There are many reasons why we had to do exactly that, at least from our point of view.
“Obviously Advienne is super disappointed and some people think that was the wrong call from us and in the end it was my call to handle the situation the way we did. It wasn’t just my call to sign this player though, because that’s our entire coaching staff, but when we realized it could happen and we could do it… and it’s not an easy deal, we had to find solutions with G2 and the player .
“And the timing here, we had a weekend to play and we need results too. When are you going to share this with the players? There’s the argument, ‘Why didn’t you consult the players? Why didn’t you ask the players?”
“I can give you a very simple answer to that. These players are close, even closer than most other teams I’ve had before. I think – and my coaching staff thinks – it’s actually a very creative vision that Mikyx is the better player and can bring more to the team from now on. Also, we have a very good idea of his personality and we are very confident that this player will not cause drama in this group of people.
“What information were you hoping for? That they would have to stab their good friend in the back to say yes to us and then we would have to pounce on Mikyx?
“We assume they will be happy to have a player like him next to them, even if they could never say it. On the other hand, it would put us in a really bad situation. It has to be the decision of the organization which way we go and what kind of team we want to have. Such was this decision [made] more to protect the other players from being involved in a decision that we feel is necessary. We wouldn’t have spent extra money on it if we didn’t have the confidence [to make this decision].”
UK-based eSports organization Excel Esports has added Slovenian League of Legends support player Mihael ‘Mikyx’ Mehle to their LEC squad.
Mikyx is an experienced player who has enjoyed solid success with G2 over the past few years, having won MSI in 2019, reached the 2019 Worlds Finals and won multiple LEC/EU LCS seasons. Before that he played with the likes of Misfits, Splyce and Fnatic.
Mikyx replaces Dutch support player Henk ‘Advienne’ Reijenga, who was promoted to the LEC first-team from the Excel academy team last summer, along with jungler Mark ‘Markoon’ van Woensel.
Advienne has spoken of his “deep sadness” at being replaced so early in the LEC 2022 spring season, which we’ll discuss later in this article.
Tim Reichert, who joined Excel in October 2021 as Esports Director, taking over the role from Excel co-founder Kieran Holmes-Darby (who recently left Excel), said in the video below: “Mikyx is a multi-trophy champion, and if you if If you as an organization have the chance to add him to your list, you have to try.
“Our vision this year is not to hope for playoffs, no, we don’t hope for playoffs – we’re going to playoffs and we’re going to go even further.
“Advienne is a great LEC player but Mikyx is arguably one of the best supports out there. He brings something we didn’t have before – a winning mentality. But let’s not forget Advienne, he was a very strong team player, he had a good synergy with him [ADC player] Patrik and he were great personalities, so we had a team that was a good fit.
“So it was a really difficult decision. It’s sad and it hurts, but we’re in talks with Advienne and we’ll come up with something together. We are in a very competitive industry, sport is all about the very best and Mikyx is more experienced and versatile. He brings what we need for the team.
“I hope you join us and cheer for Mikyx and the team smashing Mad Lions this weekend.”