The latest major entry of 17 Gaming to the Chinese VALORANT scene has been revealed.
CHINA – 17 Gaming has announced its entrance into VALORANT by signing a new roster that features former On Sla2ers duo Lee “Hate” Ye-hun and Kim “Jun” Beom-jun. Apart from the Korean duo, the lineup also brings in five more players hailing from China and Taiwan, with Xu “Yoyo” Youxiang, previously of LP33 and K7 Esports in the HK/TW league, being the most prominent.
Jun (formerly BeomJun) kickstarted his professional career just recently when he was picked up by T1 for the VCT Pacific League late last year. However, before he could make his debut in Seoul, the team decided to change course and chose a more experienced player instead of an up-and-coming talent to fill the sixth slot, thereby releasing Jun.
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Not long after, the young 20-year-old joined forces with Hate to represent On Sla2ers in the WCG VCL Korea Split 2. The team secured a respectable fourth-place standing, with Jun standing out as the squad’s second-best performer.
On the other hand, Hate has a lengthy history in competitive VALORANT, having alternated between the Korean and Japanese circuits multiple times, taking up roles with teams like TNL Esports, DWG KIA, Jadeite, DetonatioN Gaming, and Crest Gaming Zst, just to name a few. With his recent transition to 17 Gaming, Hate is now entering the third circuit of his career.
Although 17 Gaming is a newcomer to the VALORANT scene, the organization already enjoys a large fan base in the world of PUBG PC. They recently earned a notable second-place finish at the 2022 PUBG Global Championship, walking away with half a million dollars from the year-end tournament in Dubai.
The roster will debut under the 17 Gaming tag shortly as they take on NewHappy in the Open Qualifier of VALORANT China Evolution Series Act I tomorrow.
17 Gaming VALORANT are:
- Lee “Hate” Ye-hun
- Kim “Jun” Beom-jun
- Xu “Yoyo” Youxiang
Cover photo courtesy of 17 Gaming