DRX, T1, and Cloud9 have been extended invitations to participate in the TEN VALORANT Global Invitational, scheduled for October 7-8
SOUTH KOREA – The Busan Esports Arena (BRENA) has announced three of the four teams invited to their upcoming TEN VALORANT Global Invitational event. DRX, T1, and Cloud9 have been unveiled as the participants, with one more yet-to-be-announced squad to receive an invitation to join the competition in Busan, South Korea, on October 7-8.
DRX are set to be the highest-ranked team at the OFF//SEASON event, having secured a respectable 5-6th place at the recent VALORANT Champions event in Los Angeles and a runners-up position in the VCT Pacific League. It is anticipated that the Korean powerhouse will preserve their 2023 season roster for the upcoming competition. However, the decision regarding which five players will make up the starting five remains to be seen.
The other confirmed Pacific team, T1, have undergone considerable roster changes recently with the exits of in-game leader Byeon “Munchkin” Sang-beom, sixth man Kang “iNTRO” Seung-gyun, and Joseph “ban” Seungmin Oh. Filling their positions are former Gen.G player Lee “k1Ng” Seung-won, ex-Jadeite player Ham “iZu” Woo-joo, and Kevin “xccurate” Susanto, PRX f0rsakeN’s older brother.
The newly revamped T1 roster debuted this month in France at the KCX3 – Karmine Corp vs. The World showmatch event. Competing with the absence of xccurate, T1 secured a best-of-one victory against Karmine Corp on Bind, featuring Carpe as Duelist. The participation of xccurate in the Seoul event remains unknown after he was unable to secure a Schengen visa for the aforementioned KCX3 event, all while being a recent addition to T1.
Cloud9, meanwhile, are still in the process of finalizing their final lineup for the OFF//SEASON, with Erick “Xeppaa” Bach and Jake “jakee” Anderson being the remaining members from the inaugural VCT Americas League. These decisions follow the team’s inability to secure a spot in any international events over the year, including VALORANT Masters Tokyo and Champions Los Angeles.
However, a recent report from Alejandro Gomis indicate that C9 might be considering the return of Anthony “vanity” Malaspina and the addition of former G2 Esports player Francis “OXY” Hoang to play alongside the two existing members from the 2023 lineup.
Cloud9 along with DRX are scheduled to make another appearance in Asia at the Red Bull Home Ground Tokyo event, taking place from November 3-5 in Tokyo, one month after their Seoul campaign.
Further details such as event ticket sales, format, and the final invited team for the TEN VALORANT Global Invitational are still to be disclosed but are anticipated to be revealed in the upcoming days as the event approaches.
The team list for the TEN VALORANT Global Invitational currently looks as follows:
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