The two new signings have accumulated extensive experience in their respective regions, thereby strengthening Aster Army’s position in the domestic SA competition.
INDIA – Aster Army bolstered their ranks ahead of VCL South Asia Split 2 with the signings of Arsyad “aduka” Sazali and Agneya “Marzil” Koushik. Making way for the duo will be youngster Pranav “Kohliii” Kohli, who is moving to the bench. The changes come amidst the region’s shuffle period, which saw numerous small roster moves go down before the second split.
With these changes, Aster Army will be hoping to capitalize on aduka’s exceptional firepower and Marzil’s tier-one experience to further their prospects in the domestic competition. In their debut campaign, Aster Army secured an impressive fourth place in VCL South Asia Split 1 and were the only team from the open qualifier to reach the playoff stage.
He has been one of Malaysia’s standout players, becoming one of the highest-rated players from the country, and was all set to join a team competing in China’s FGC VALORANT Invitational Act II this month before conflicting roster lock regulations arose. This signing also marks aduka’s second stint in the South Asian region, with his first stint being with Orangutan during the OFF//SEASON period last year.
As for Marzil, the 25-year-old was last seen participating in VCL South Asia Split 1 while representing the now-defunct Lethal Esports. He had been with the team since mid-2022, with whom he attended several notable domestic tournaments, including the TEC Challenger Series 7 and 8, BLEED Summer Open, Skyesports Pro Invitational Season 1 and 2, and Esportz Premier Series 2022.
A veteran of the Indian scene, Marzil’s extensive resumé includes entries such as Velocity Gaming in VALORANT, as well as Entity Gaming, OpTic Gaming, Signify, and BL4ZE Esports in Valve’s first-person shooter, with more than 20 significant offline appearances in the record.
Aster Army’s newly acquired players are set to debut for the team in New Delhi, with the team having recently confirmed for VCL South Asia Split 2. The Soumyadeep “DOXZ3R” Dey-led side’s performance will be put to the test on Friday, May 5th, as they face Gods Reign at 9:30 PM SGT (UTC+8).
Aster Army now have the following lineup:
- 🇮🇳 Soumyadeep “DOXZ3R” Dey
- 🇮🇳 Rushikesh “DominiK” Khedkar
- 🇮🇳 Agneya “Marzil” Koushik
- 🇻🇳 Ngô “Kishi” Huy
- 🇸🇬 Lee “Wink” Zhen Yong
- 🇲🇾 Arsyad “aduka” Sazalit
- 🇮🇳 Pranav “Kohliii” Kohli (Inactive)
- 🇮🇳 Lakshya “Vandelak” Singh (Coach)
Cover photo courtesy of Aster Army