The VALORANT Challengers Indonesia Split 1 team list is complete with the inclusion of four teams from the closed qualifier.
INDONESIA – The final four teams who will attend VALORANT Challengers Indonesia Split 1 have been determined following the conclusion of the tournament’s closed qualifier, with THE HERO, ARF Team, 5 CLOWN, and MABUHAY all securing wins to book their tickets and join the two invited sides in BOOM Esports and Alter Ego.
The Regular Season of VALORANT Challengers Indonesia Split 1 is set to play out from February 3 to March 10, where six teams will go head-to-head and battle it out in a best-of-three round-robin stage across four weekends totaling nine days.
At the end of the Regular Season, no teams will face elimination as it only sets the seeding for the double-elimination bracket. Matches will continue to unfold in best-of-three settings, except for the final two encounters: the Lower Final and Grand Final, both adopting a best-of-five format.
MABUHAY (ex-ARF Team) were the most noteworthy name among the open qualifier competitors and had been the biggest favorites to make it through, especially after they represented Indonesia at the 2024 APAC Predator League, but Ryan “Lilo” Betrand and co. unexpectedly conceded an upper semi-final series to the new ARF Team roster and found themselves relegated to the lower bracket for another chance. There, they were able to get past DEVILZ.GG without any trouble to take place in the main event.
THE HERO and 5 CLOWN were the next two teams to qualify after the former made short work of the latter in the upper bracket before Frizky “FrizzNatsz” Satyawarman and co. moved to the lower bracket and edged out a win over Dominatus in the only decider series to go all three maps to secure the final spot.
Meanwhile, BOOM Esports earned their invitation following their victory in the grand final of last season’s VALORANT Challengers Indonesia Split 2, where they emerged as champions by defeating Dominatus and at the same time secured their qualification into VCT Ascension Pacific. The team reached the semi-finals of the Bangkok event, facing eventual victors Bleed Esports and narrowly falling short in the competition.
As they enter the 2024 season, BOOM Esports have bolstered their roster in response to the departure of two veteran players: Gary “blaZek1ng” Dastin, who joined Global Esports, and the retirement of Michael “SEVERiNE” Winata from competitive play before now returning to India’s Revenant Esports.
Sheldon “NcSlasher” Andersen is making a return to the team, revisiting the banner he represented in the first year of his VALORANT career, and brings with him his former Bigetron Arctic teammate, Oliver “m0rea” Wangge, to round out the roster. The team recently participated in the 2024 APAC Predator League last weekend and reached the semi-finals. However, they faced defeat at the hands of FAV Gaming in a best-of-one encounter.
Joining the invite list alongside BOOM Esports is the new Alter Ego roster, whose most recent victory was at the Red Bull Campus Clutch 2023 event in Istanbul, Turkey. The collegiate roster is led by Rayvaldo “ray4c” Chandra, previously part of the Dominatus roster along with Davin “gotten” and in-game leader Rivaldy “ValdyN” Nafian. Retained for the season are Bryan “Kush” Setiawan and Alehandro “Nakya” Simanjorang, also with the addition of former BOOM Esports member Thomas “Cud” Alfiantino to complete the roster.
The complete team list for the Regular Season of VALORANT Challengers Indonesia Split 1 looks as follows:
Cover photo courtesy of VALORANT Esports Indonesia