Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool joins Excel as their new League of Legends head coach after previously spending two years with Fnatic. UK-based organization announced the signing today on Twitter.
In the official announcement from Excel, YoungBuck expressed his excitement.
“I am very excited to join Excel. As a relatively new organisation to the LEC, with many young and talented players, I feel like this is the best place for me to use my experience and ability in regard to developing talent. I hope to help Excel grow and become a powerhouse team in the LEC.”
Fnatic and YoungBuck parted ways after getting knocked by FPX in the Worlds quarterfinals. He spent two years with the organization, winning both splits and reaching Worlds finals in 2018. However, 2019 was not nearly as successful, as Fnatic wasn’t able to threaten G2 as the best team in Europe. Also, Fnatic allegedly had a lot of internal issues throughout 2019 that contributed to YoungBuck leaving.
Before his time in Fnatic, YoungBuck was the head coach of G2 esports in 2016 and 2017. During that period, he led the team to four consecutive European titles.
The six-star general is widely recognized as one of the best coaches in League of Legends. He is well known for his leadership skills and great match preparation.
Excel making noise by signing YoungBuck
Excel esports didn’t have the best debut year as they finished 9th and 10th across two splits. Their lineup is definitely lackluster as constructed right now. However, YoungBuck joining Excel as their coach is a big power move. With free agency just around the corner, Excel might look to sign some big names and compete at the highest level of the LEC.
All in all, this signing came as a big surprise, as YoungBuck has been rumored to sign with a well-known organization like TSM or Origen.