The excitement is palpable among Valorant enthusiasts as the AfreecaTV Valorant League 2023 is about to kick off with an electrifying opening match featuring Sentinels and Paper Rex. This much-anticipated showdown marks the first-ever meeting between these two powerhouse teams, promising an unforgettable clash for fans worldwide. With both teams unveiling their revamped rosters for the VCT 2024 season, the stage is set for an intense battle.
Sentinels vs. Paper Rex: Clash of titans
Sentinels, often referred to as North America’s “hopium” team, is set to face off against Paper Rex, the reigning gaming kings of the Pacific region. This matchup has been a long time coming, and fans are eager to witness these giants of Valorant collide.
The Sentinels roster for this season includes:
Zachary “zekken” Patrone
Bryan “pANcada” Luna
Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
Mouhamed “johnqt” Ouarid (IGL)
Jordan “Zellsis” Montemurro (substitute)
On the other side of the ring, Paper Rex has fielded a formidable lineup, featuring:
Khalish “d4v41” Rusyaidee
Jason “f0rsakeN” Susanto (IGL)
Aaron “mindfreak” Leonhart
Ilya “something” Petrov
Cahya “Monyet” Nugraha
Wang “Jinggg” Jing Jie (substitute)
This matchup not only marks the debut of their revamped rosters but also their first appearance in an international competition.
New faces on Paper Rex
Paper Rex has some fresh talent to showcase in this tournament, with newcomer Cahya “Monyet” Nugraha set to display his skills against the formidable North American squad. Additionally, star duelist player Wang “Jinggg” Jing Jie will be joining PRX for their South Korean campaign.
However, PRX has yet to announce their starting lineup, and there’s speculation about Jinggg’s return to the stage before his mandatory military service in Singapore begins.
The battle of superstars: TenZ vs. something
While both teams have made significant changes to their rosters, all eyes are on the clash between the two fan-favorite superstars, Tyson “TenZ” Ngo and Ilya “something” Petrov. These two players have seen a meteoric rise in Valorant’s competitive scene, and their individual performances have been nothing short of extraordinary.
TenZ played a pivotal role in Sentinels’ championship win at Masters Reykjavik 2021, securing North America’s first international Valorant LAN trophy. Meanwhile, something’s addition to Paper Rex turned the Southeast Asian team into a powerhouse, leading them to victory in the inaugural VCT Pacific League.