Global Esports are truly living up to their name with the announcement of what may be the most diverse roster in VCT 2023.
The Indian esports organization is fielding a 7-man roster in the Pacific league, comprising players from five different countries.
Hailing from Canada, Korea, Australia, India, and Indonesia, the international roster has its eyes set on the prize in the 2023 season.
Global Esports is building around international talent
The roster is headlined by former XSET player Jordan “AYRIN” He, who is relocating all the way from North America. AYRIN will take the reins as in-game leader, working alongside coach Hong “Eraser” Chang-pyo, who used to coach DAMWON Gaming.
New additions Park “Bazzi” Jun-ki and Kim “t3xture” Na-ra join from DAMWON Gaming and On Sla2ers respectively. Both teams took part in the East Asia Last Chance Qualifier, where On Sla2ers made it all the way to the grand final to face Edward Gaming.
Michael “WRONSKI” Wronski was plucked from ORDER, the beleaguered Melbourne-based organization that ran out of funding in August. Before its collapse, ORDER had been the top team in Oceania for the better part of the year, even if the team never quite cracked the top tier in the wider Asia-Pacific region.
Finally, Cahya “Monyet” Nugraha comes from ONIC G, the APAC LCQ grand finalist alongside BOOM Esports.
Global Esports Valorant roster
- Jordan “AYRIN” He
- Michael “WRONSKI” Wronski
- Park “Bazzi” Jun-ki
- Kim “t3xture” Na-ra
- Cahya “Monyet” Nugraha
- Ganesh “SkRossi” Gangadhar
- Abhirup “Lightningfast” Choudhury
- Bhavin “HellrangeR” Kotwani (Substitute)
- Akshay “KappA” Sinkar (Substitute)
- Jayanth “skillZ” Ramesh (Substitute)
A common thread unites most of these players. With the exception of Lightningfast, they all have the most games played on duelist agents throughout their careers, most notably Jett.
Founder and CEO Rushindra Sinha appeared to poke fun at that fact on Twitter. “Jett/duelist esports incoming,” he joked. While some players have pivoted to Chamber in recent months, no one other than AYRIN and Lightningfast has played an agent that is not a duelist or Chamber in the past 90 days.
In a meta where teams usually run a single duelist — or no duelists at all, depending on the map — several players may need to step out of their comfort zone and into another role.
However, Global Esports may still be making changes to its starting roster. “The final six will be selected from our extended squad based on their form,” it said on Twitter.
The squad will make its international debut in February at the 30-team kickoff tournament in São Paulo, Brazil. In the meantime, the team is already headed to Seoul to begin training.