Valorant has made waves in the FPS eSports industry. Riot Games‘ first try at the FPS genre after being a leading producer of MOBA games has given them success. Valorant has created sizeable eSports standing by various A & S tier tournaments. The biggest Valorant eSports tournament is the Valorant Champions Tour or VCT. VCT International Leagues was first held in June 2021. There are three divisions of the VCT: Challengers, Masters, and Champions. Moreover, the tournament organizers hold the first stage, Challengers, regionally. Lastly, they host the other two stages at bigger venues. VCT has a total prize pool of $4 Million, making it a really big eSports Tournament. The final stage of the Pacific Challengers playoffs for VCT is underway, and the top two seeds have already been confirmed. It’s DRX and PaperRex!
In the last VCT Champions, LOUD took the stage with DRX being the third runner-up and PaperRex being the ninth. In a huge tournament like VCT, where the match pool is massive, claiming the runners-up position in the main tournament is a big thing! The VCT Pacific League is going on right now and DRX & PaperRex has made it to the Upper Final brackets. Furthermore, considering that the top three seeds of the playoffs qualify for the VCT Masters, both team has made the cut for the Masters Tokyo and Champions Los Angeles events.
DRX and PaperRex have claimed the first two seeds, but the third seed has not been confirmed yet. Moreover, both teams have a match against each other on 22nd May at 1 am PDT. Both of them have qualified for the Masters’ Leagues, and this match will determine their standing in the seeds.
DRX & PaperRex Champions Tour 2023: Pacific League
After falling behind 9-13 after the first map of Haven, the Korean powerhouse DRX was able to gather its composure. They made a comeback in the series, taking Split 13-5 and Bind 13-4 from the Filipino team. Team Secret then made a substitution on the final map by bringing in Lionel “Lenne” Lim to play Gekko in place of Adrian “Invy” Reyes. DRX defeated Team Secret after a 2-1 series.
PaperRex won both maps in their qualifying match versus T1 by the same score of 13-10. Wang “Jinggg” Jing Jie remarked in a post-match interview.
“I believe that today’s games were really tight. As a team, I believe T1 has made significant progress. When we previously played them, the results were something like 13-3 and 13-6. Therefore, I believe that T1 has really improved, and I believe that there is a good probability that they will also be able to qualify for Tokyo,” The team played exponentially well against T1 and secured their entry to the Masters Tokyo and the Champions Los Angeles.
The third spot hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we’ll know soon enough. As of right now, both the Pacific region’s powerhouse has made it to VCT Masters Tokyo and VCT Champions 2023. Both teams have put in a lot of effort this season. There’s still time for the main event to commence, so fans will see a lot of changes in the team pool as time goes on!
Sneh is an eSports journalist at Firstsportz. He has been playing competitive titles like CS:GO, Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, and more for 4 years. He's currently pursuing IPM at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. Sneh is also keenly interested in RPG titles like Elden Ring, Sekiro, Assassin's Creed series, and similar games. He is a former streamer and was the leading streamer for an Org that held 8th place in the Rocket League Championship South Asia Apac. He is a massive fan of the AniManga culture and loves talking about the recent trends in the community. In his free time, Sneh likes to read Light Novels and Mangas and watch thrillers or philosophical movies.
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