Set to take place from December 5-10, the AfreecaTV VALORANT League boasts a grand US$80,000 prize pool and will be hosted at the AfreecaTV Colosseum in Seoul.
SOUTH KOREA – Teams invited to the AfreecaTV VALORANT League have been revealed by Vietnamese livestreaming platform On Live. Set to take place from December 5-10, the competition boasts a grand US$80,000 prize pool and will be hosted at the AfreecaTV Colosseum in Seoul.
The public was made aware of the team list by On Live – a product of VTVCab in cooperation with AfreecaTV as stated in its Google Play description. Moreover, On Live was the host for the Vietnam Qualifier for the event, where Fancy United Esports came out on top. The announcement post, which had been circulating since October 9, has now been removed. VALO2ASIA has reached out to On Live for a comment.
Hailing from the Pacific region are Paper Rex, DRX, and T1 — all of whom are ranked in the top three of the initial VCT Pacific League and participated in both Masters Tokyo and Champions Los Angeles.
Paper Rex lead the pack for the tournament, having secured second place in the season finale in Los Angeles and a third-place finish in Tokyo. Former Global Esports player Cahya “Monyet” Nugraha is set to debut with his new jersey, now representing Paper Rex.
Meanwhile, hometown favorites DRX last took part at the TEN VALORANT Global Invitational with academy player Cho “Flashback” Min-hyuk in place of Goo “Rb” Sang-min. The youngster managed to lead DRX as their top-performing player in a BO3 win against Chinese powerhouse EDward Gaming in what was his first outing against tier-one opposition.
The newly revamped T1 roster with Lee “k1Ng” Seung-won, Ham “iZu” Woo-joo, and Kevin “xccurate” Susanto was already in action for two OFF//SEASON events, although without the presence of the Indonesian player as he was unable to secure Schengen visa for the KCX3 showmatch and Korean visa for the TEN VALORANT Global Invitational.
Sentinels and Team Liquid will be representing Americas and EMEA, respectively, with Chinese powerhouse EDward Gaming rounding out the invited list. This marks the first time the North American side will participate in an Asian tournament, having previously missed Masters Tokyo this season. VCT EMEA champions Team Liquid have yet to confirm their final starting five at the time of publication following the departure of Dom “soulcas” Sulcas and Saif “Sayf” Jibraeel.
EDward Gaming are the sole Chinese team to receive an invite to the Korean event, and now join the likes of DRX and T1 once again after their recent encounter at the TEN VALORANT Global Invitational. The Guo “Haodong” Haodong-led side concluded their 2023 VCT season with two 5-6th place finishes in Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Completing the roster of teams are FULL SENSE and Fancy United Esports, who recently emerged from the Thailand and Vietnam Qualifiers.
More to come…
The team list for the AfreecaTV VALORANT League looks as follows:
|EDward Gaming||Team Liquid|
|FULL SENSE||Fancy United|
Cover photo courtesy of Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games