Paper Rex, who were initially not pleased with the fact that they were matched up against EDward gaming to start VALORANT Champions 2022, faced their fears and conquered them today with a 2-1 victory in the opening match of the tournament.
Before the tournament even started, Paper Rex’s Benedict “Benkai” Tan said on the Plat chat podcast that the team had a lot of trauma from playing Chinese CS:GO teams. So when Paper Rex and EDG were placed in the same group for VALORANT Champions, they weren’t looking forward to it. But PRX have gotten over what might be the biggest mental roadblock of the entire tournament in the very first match.
EDG made their first international appearance in VCT history today, and it was also the first time that a Chinese team made it to an international tournament. The fans came out in droves, and the match viewership soared to a peak of at least 760,000 views, which is the highest viewership for an opening match in any international VCT tournament to date. EDG had the fans, the intimidation, and the momentum that caused viewers and players alike to take notice ahead of the match.
During the pre-tournament press conferences, multiple players from other regions commented on the team’s perfect run through the East Asia LCQ lower bracket and how dangerous the team was looking heading into the competition.
Now that they’ve been defeated in the first match of VALORANT Champions, teams might be breathing a little easier, even if they still looked incredibly good in their match against PRX.