RRQ has made its new roster official, with a Filipino roster led by Mikko “Hemsyxx” Gumapac, ahead of the 2022 VALORANT Champions Tour PH season.
Following a one-month period without a roster, Rex Regum Qeon (RRQ) has signed a new six-man roster based in the Philippines, the Indonesian organization announced today.
RRQ, one of Indonesia’s established esports organizations, initially stepped away from VALORANT in December, releasing their Indonesian roster after a modest performance in both domestic and international landscapes. The lineup, led by Yulius “Nextjack“, most notably placed in the runner-up position of the 2021 VCT Indonesia Stage 3 Challengers 3, defeating the likes of NXLG Academy, Langit9, MORPH Impact, and BEAST to finish second behind BOOM Esports.
RRQ’s future had been hanging in the balance since early December when the Indonesian organization was interested in carrying either the Philippines or Thailand as their team flag in VALORANT, thus confirming an earlier report by VALO2ASIA.
This time around, RRQ will field a Filipino roster. The new lineup sees the return of a number of players who previously competed for notable domestic Filipino teams in the past.
Trixtan “Tr1X” Viray and Mikko “Hemsyxx” Gumapac were both well-known for their time competing under the SV Empire banner, while Kelly “kellyS” Sedillo and Francis “Rabbet” Buñag were formerly a part of the DR Esports lineup. Vince “Flash” Medado most notably played for Zeal Esports (6045pirates) since the start.
Rounding out the six-player announcement is Dustin “skadooskurt” Dollente. He will compete alongside his cousin Tr1X on his first professional team.
“Firstly, we would like to thank RRQ and our country manager sir Lan Rigates for giving us the opportunity to showcase our skills and talents in RRQ. Many would think that our lineup wont work due to our convoluted playstyles, but with the right time and practices we sure can deliver and make an impact in the Filipino VALORANT scene.”– Mikko “Hemsyxx” Gumapac told VALO2ASIA.
RRQ was first established in 2013 with Dota 2 as its main division. However, the team has since shifted its focus to mobile esports titles, including PUBG Mobile, Free Fire, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. The latter has been their flagship title and was best known internationally for its partnership with Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (PSG) to form PSG.RRQ from February – July 2019.
The Philippines has a long history with RRQ, having recruited current Team Secret members Jayvee “DubsteP” Paguirigan and Kevin “Dispenser” Te to assemble an Asian CS:GO superteam in 2018. The lineup, however, dissolved in April 2019, on a high note after placing first in the IESPL TBOF CS:GO League standings.
The expansion continued in early March 2021 when they signed a Filipino LoL: Wild Rift team ahead of the Wild Rift SEA Icon Series event.
“During our years in esports, the amount of support that we have received from the Philippines just kept growing as time went by. What better way to show our appreciation and better connect with RRQ Fans in the Philippines than to have a team in the region.”– RRQ co-owner Calvin Thenderan, who is also leading the PH operation of the organization, told ONE Esports on the RRQ Wild Rift announcement.
Here is how RRQ’s new Filipino roster looks:
- 🇵🇭 Trixtan “Tr1X” Viray
- 🇵🇭 Mikko “Hemsyxx” Gumapac
- 🇵🇭 Kelly “kellyS” Sedillo
- 🇵🇭 Dustin “skadooskurt” Dollente
- 🇵🇭 Francis “Rabbet” Buñag
- 🇵🇭 Vince “Flash” Medado
Cover photo courtesy of RRQ