As Excel Esports were on the brink of making the LEC playoffs for the first time in history, they were on the verge of breaking the curse that had afflicted them since 2019.
Marc “Caedrel” Lamont had one job: not to join Excel Esports. Not to join the team where he finished outside the playoffs—many times in seventh place—four splits in a row.
But he cancelled it.
What a nightmare. No ULT cancelling around here
Welcome back @Caedrel! #XL7 pic.twitter.com/xYGO4vTvay
— EXCEL (@EXCEL) February 28, 2022
After Excel Esports leaked footage live from Caedrel’s nightmares, Riot’s prediction programs reacted in kind: Excel were once heavily favored to make the playoffs—so heavily they could see the playoff stage dreams become reality.
.@FNATIC's win secures @G2esports the 4th playoff spot. Two spots to fight for in the final week of the Regular Season! pic.twitter.com/ux75dug7lW
— LoLEsports Stats (@LoLEsportsStats) February 26, 2022
But as former LEC commissioner and current Riot Games Head of Esports in EMEA Maximillian Peter “MAXtheX” Schmidt attests, things have taken a turn for the worst. Not the worse, the worst.
After yesterday's annoucement I took some time today to update the numbers on the % of possible outcomes in which teams make Playoffs. You can find them attached for your convenience. pic.twitter.com/Ht6mlRt8cp
— Maximilian Peter Schmidt (@RiotMAXtheX) March 1, 2022
Jokes aside, congratulations Caedrel! And no, Excel aren’t doomed.
Or are they…