As Nabbsky’s competitive VALORANT journey comes to a close, it remains to be seen who will step up to fill her shoes in RRQ Kaguya.
INDONESIA – Nabila “Nabbsky” Sulthana has announced her decision to retire from competing in a statement on Twitter.
In a surprising turn of events, the announcement follows closely on the heels of RRQ Kaguya’s run in VCT Game Changers APAC Elite where they secured a runners-up finish. She in total attended seven Opens and finished runners-up twice in the 2022 and 2023 VCT Game Changers APAC Elite throughout her VALORANT career while representing AE Celeste and RRQ Kaguya.
Nabbsky took to Twitter to express her feelings, saying, “I would like to say that this [VCT Game Changers APAC Elite] will be my last tournament and I will retire after this. Thank you to my teammates for all the amazing times that we had. I can say from the bottom of my heart that RRQ Kaguya is the best team I’ve ever been on.” Discussing her next steps, Nabbsky plans to return to content creation and streaming.
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Initially working in a managerial capacity for Alter Ego Celestè, the departure of Ryona “Tarathiel” Tan just before the 2022 VCT Game Changers APAC Open 1 tournament saw Nabbsky’s transition from behind the scenes to the center stage, assuming the role of an active player.
The decision to bring her on board as a player would inject AE Celeste with much-needed experience, given her standout track record that only a handful of female players in Indonesia can parallel. Before in VALORANT, she had primarily competed in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive largely under Female Fighters ID and later on with Singapore-based Rising 5 to win the 2019 WESG APAC Female competition.
With Nabbsky, AE Celeste managed to uphold their standards as the Queens of APAC and clinch victories in all four Opens. However, a runners-up finish in the 2022 VCT Game Changers APAC Elite event saw them narrowly miss out on a spot in the Global Championship in Berlin.
Nabbsky maintained her association with the team when they moved to Rex Regum Qeon, going by the name RRQ Kaguya.
In the recently concluded VCT Game Changers APAC Elite, she delivered a memorable performance as she steered her team against reigning APAC champions FULL SENSE Sapphire. Playing as Killjoy on Ascent, she achieved an impressive 2.30 VLR rating, registering 34 kills and just 7 deaths to provide RRQ Kaguya with a map edge in the Lower Finals. The team ultimately secured the second position to Team SMG in the US$35,000 tournament.
As Nabbsky’s competitive VALORANT journey comes to a close, it remains to be seen who will step up to fill her shoes.
RRQ Kaguya are now one player short:
- 🇮🇩 July “Eisberg” Kusuma
- 🇲🇾 Nurul “Ayumiii” Aini
- 🇵🇭 Tiara “Alluka” Pleno
- 🇵🇭 Karla “bes” Reyes
- 🇺🇸 Daniel “Ducky” Duong (Coach)
Cover photo courtesy of Rex Regum Qeon