A number of former European LCS players have signed with a new organization called Ex Nihilo. Consisting of Matthew “Impaler” Taylor, Lewis “Noxiak” Felix, Marcin “Xaxus” Maczka, Dan “Godbro” Van Vo and Ruben “ChewedUp” Rodriguez, the team blends a mix of former LCS players and re-emerging talent.
The team has also started investing in a strong support staff, signing former Fusion Coach Magic “Magic” Swedin as their Head Coach and Dan “Dan” Lünswilken as their head analyst. CLG Black Manager Samantha "Samy" Elias has also been hired to assist with staff supervision and day to day management.
The team was put together by Ali “Alicus” Saba, a former writer for ThePlayable. Saba, who will be operating as the team’s General Manager, told theScore eSports that he was excited about the opportunity in a statement.
“I'm really thrilled about this opportunity. It's great to be fully backed by an investor that has faith in my vision. I spent a lot of time scouting the EU Challenger Scene, before ultimately deciding to sign Teach Me How 2 Dugi's roster. This was almost a month ago. They were very organized, talented players with a dedicated coach; which provided a solid foundation to build on.
After acquiring Impaler and Noxiak for our starting line up, Magic Swedin as Head Coach and exquisite analytical staff; our future looks really promising. I'm definitely committed to providing the best infrastructure possible for us to compete at the highest level. We're still setting up our social media, which is why we haven't made an official announcement yet.
Furthermore, we chose the name "Ex Nihilo" for the team, which is Latin for "out of nothing", as we feel it accurately represents this opportunity for all parties involved.”
Van Vo originally played for Ninjas in Pyjamas in 2013 as a toplaner before getting replaced by Vytautas "extinkt" Mėlinauskas. Two years later, Van Vo now plays mid and will be putting his skill against the best in Europe.
Felix performed well when he played for MeetYourMakers in the final weeks of the Spring LCS, and many were intrigued when he was listed as a substitute on the LoLesports page for Giants. Felix’s inclusion into the team could beef up the team’s bottom side of the map significantly.
Taylor told theScore eSports that he was looking forward to their chances against the top teams in Europe.
“Ex Nihilo is a team I'm very proud to play for. I've always loved teams being made from the ground up as you get a lot of say in how things are done. We have a great set of support staff and that matters just as much as the players themselves. We still have a lot to learn but I hope with the help of our coaches we'll be looking good for CS. I'm optimistic about our future and I hope we can compete with the likes of Wickd's team and Dig EU/G2.”
Sources inform theScore eSports that Ex Nihilo bought out Taylor’s contract from the North American team Coast. Taylor was in negotiations with many other teams, including an LCS one; however, the buyout was deemed to be too expensive by the other teams.
The team hasn’t qualified for the Challenger Series at the time of writing, but Saba says the organization will keep supporting the players even if they fail.
“It's a long term project,” he added. “We've signed the players on long term deals and will be participating in international tournaments. We’ll also be setting up a gaming house in London if the team qualifies for the Challenger Series.”
Nilu Kulasingham is a staff writer for theScore eSports. He likes Umbreons. You can follow him on Twitter.