In July, Paper Rex (PRX) rewrote the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) historical past by changing into the first-ever Asia Pacific (APAC) group to make it to the finals of a world Valorant Masters occasion. VCT Masters has all the time seen the likes of North American (NA) or Europe, Center East, and Africa (EMEA) groups make it to the grand last and Paper Rex from APAC broke the streak by difficult FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) at Valorant Masters Copenhagen. The group and its in-game chief (IGL), Benedict “Benkai” Tan, have managed to accrue a loyal fanbase for themselves in Paper boys and Paper ladies. Paper Rex is now all set to face powerful competitors from the remainder of the world at Valorant Champions 2022, which kicks off immediately, thirty first August.
Forward of the Valorant Champions 2022, AFK Gaming requested Benkai about his ideas on the expectations for Paper Rex on the event and if the group felt any stress in any respect coming from APAC on the pre-event press meet in Istanbul, Turkey.
Benkai says Paper Rex has no expectations for Champions
Benkai said that he’s heard folks level out how Paper Rex positioned first and second back-to-back at VCT 2022: APAC Stage 2 Challengers and VCT 2022: Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen, respectively, and the way there’s a story of how the group will clinch the Valorant Champions trophy subsequent. He added, “I don’t assume that’s the case. We’re nonetheless not anticipating to win your complete event. If we do, that’s nice and if we don’t, then we’re okay with that.”
Setting the usual for APAC in Valorant esports
Following this, Benkai additionally spoke concerning the APAC area in Valorant esports. “We’re simply hoping to set a greater instance for the APAC groups transferring ahead and I simply hope that APAC as a area can carry out in addition to we did in the previous couple of occasions.”
Benkai additionally said that Paper Rex is approaching Valorant Champions with the identical mentality – not anticipating to win all of it. “We’re simply going to see how far that mentality goes to take us as a result of the final time we had that mentality, it took us to the grand finals.”
Answering one other query about representing South East Asia and giving recognition to Indonesian and Singaporean gamers, Benkai touched upon the stigma round esports as a career within the area. He added that the outcomes Paper Rex has proven have carried out the speaking. “It’s undoubtedly an honor to convey the APAC area to the entrance stage for the primary time and simply to indicate everybody else that it’s potential and achievable in our area. Having this as a career is a bit seemed down upon, particularly the place I come from – Singapore, so getting these outcomes meant that I used to be exhibiting folks again residence that what I’m doing is feasible.”
Paper Rex’s present of dominance at Masters Copenhagen
At VCT Stage 2: Masters Copenhagen, Paper Rex had a relaxed and picked up Higher Bracket run and solely faltered within the grand finals towards FPX in an especially shut collection. Notably, Paper Rex participant Wang “Jinggg” Jing Jie had the best Common Fight Rating (ACS) within the event with an .
The group additionally had :
Haven – 2 wins
Ascent – 2 wins
Icebox – 1 win
Paper Rex additionally had reasonable success on Fracture with 67% (2W-1L).
At present, Paper Rex is rated 2172 with a win-loss report of 95-23 and ranked primary in APAC, based on .
The opposite two APAC groups at Valorant Champions are XERXIA and Growth Esports and collectively, the three groups will look to color APAC as a powerful contender alongside NA and EMEA.
With the Valorant Champions 2022 beginning on thirty first August, Paper Rex might be taking up EDward Gaming (EDG) from China, at 4 pm CET. Click on right here to learn extra about Valorant Champions 2022 and to comply with the scores and updates from the event.
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