British esports organisation Excel Esports signed Jaden “Wolfiez” Ashman as their first Fortnite player, Excel announced today.
Wolfiez will become the first-ever Fortnite player who has signed with Excel, meanwhile being one of the best Fortnite players in the world. The 16-year old Fortnite pro is widely regarded as the biggest talent in the scene and a Guinness World Record holder, as the youngest person in esports history to ever win US $1 million at a single event.
The young Brit began his Fortnite career in February 2019, when he made his first appearance in a competitive environment at Cooler Cup 2019-02-20. Although success was hard to come by for Wolfiez in the early days of his esports career, the youngster made a breakthrough in July 2019, when he won WC 2019 EU Qualifiers - Week 10, which earned him a contract with Lazarus Esports, who acted quickly and picked up the young talent.
In the months that followed, Wolfiez picked up two eighth-place finishes at Trio Cash Cup 1 - Europe alongside Derman "MOTOR" Özdemir and Dave "Rojo" Jong, to which he added his career-best achievement when he finished runner-up at a World Cup 2019 - Duo Finals alongside Rojo and with that split a $2,250,000 prize with his teammate.
Throughout the years, Wolfiez became known for using a controller in competitions against PC players, while also being the highest earner our of all UK esports player with $1,140,026 in tournament winnings to date, which is over two times as much as the second-highest earner Kyle "Mongraal" Jackson and third-highest paid UK esports player, FIFA superstar Donovan "TekKz" Hunt.
Due to his success at the Fortnite World Cup, Wolfiez was also recognised as the 12th-highest esports earner of 2019, according to numbers provided by esportsearnings.com.
Wolfiez spent most of his career with Lazarus Esports, an organisation he joined in July. Unfortunately, Lazarus dropped their entire roster in February, leaving Wolfiez without an organisation. Since then, Wolfiez has been competing as a free agent and picked up a few solid results, including third place at FNCS Chapter 2 Season 2 Warmup - Europe, fourth at Contender Duo Cash Cup (Shadow) Week 1 - Europe, second at Contender Duo Cash Cup (Ghost) Week 2 - Europe and most recently 10th at Fortnite Champion Series: Chapter 2: Season 2 Heat 1 - Europe, as well as 27th at Fortnite Champion Series: Chapter 2: Season 2 Grand Finals - Europe and 24th at Contender Cash Cup Week 1 - Europe.
As of May 1, 2020, Wolfiez is ranked 23rd in the 2020 Fortnite European PC Power Rankings with 14550 PR points, which he earned with one gold, two silver and bronze medals, as well as two fourth-place finishes at Fortnite competitions. With 14550 PR points, Wolfiez is just 2120 short of reaching top-10 and 12750 behind the current frontrunner Alexandre "Andilex" Christophe.
With the acquisition, Excel will enter the Fortnite competitive scene for the first time in the organisation's history. Established in December 2014, Excel Esports is mostly known for its League of Legends team, which competes in the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), where they have recently finished their Spring Split at seventh place, two wins short of making their first-ever playoffs appearance. Excel's LoL team has also recently acquired Felix “Kryze” Hellström and promoted BT Excel mid laner Jordan “Special” Scheffe to their main roster in a bid to see more success in the LEC Summer Split.
Although Excel's entry into the Fortnite competitive scene is a bit late compared to other major esports organisations like FaZe Clan, Team Liquid and 100 Thieves, who created their Fortnite divisions in 2018, it's fair to say Excel's future in the scene with the reigning World Cup runner-up is bright.