Paper Rex come into Valorant Masters with a recent mindset after a lower than profitable worldwide exhibiting in 2021.
Singaporean aspect Paper Rex are in all probability extra know for the shenanigans of their in-game chief, Benedict ‘Benkai’ Tan, than their precise gameplay.
The workforce doesn’t have a win to their title at a Masters event but, however say they’ve a greater mindset than they did final 12 months at Valorant Champions Tour Stage 3 Masters: Berlin.
“We bought nothing to lose,” Paper Rex participant Aaron ‘mindfreak’ Leonhart mentioned.
Paper Rex desires to play for enjoyable
In response to coach Alexandre ‘alecks’ Salle, Paper Rex have had a troublesome time with strain prior to now. Whereas making an attempt their greatest is all the time on the forefront of their recreation plan, having enjoyable is what appears to deliver out their greatest.
“We got here in final 12 months with a whole lot of strain and needed to do effectively, and we realized alongside the way in which that for our workforce, it doesn’t actually work once we pile the strain on,” alecks mentioned. “Some groups I feel simply take care of it higher than others and for us, the way in which we take care of it’s to try to like let free, not count on an excessive amount of and similar to go in and try to do our greatest and benefit from the second.”
To benefit from the second, Paper Rex don’t waste time. They’ve one of many quickest instances to plant and their principal Duelist participant, Jason ‘f0rsakeN’ Susanto, was one of many highest rated gamers within the Asian Pacific qualifier based on VRL.gg.
Whereas Paper Rex haven’t misplaced a VCT match but in 2022, however that might all change after their first match towards DRX at VCT Masters: Reykjavík.
It could possibly be extra aggressive a match than some suppose although, because the Singaporean org commonly scrims the South Korean aspect, and DRX gamers have praised the workforce as one of many few that may problem them within the area.
“I’d actually put Paper Rex as the one workforce from APAC that might field within the ring with us,” DRX’s Kim ‘stax’ Gu-taek mentioned earlier than the event started.
Paper Rex have workers members to lean on at Valorant Masters
However even when the second will get an excessive amount of for the gamers on stage or on the occasion usually, they’ve a workers with historical past at occasions like these and esports usually. Paper Rex was co-founded by a former Counter-Strike legend in former Fnatic participant Harley “dsn” Örwall who additionally serves because the workforce’s Chief Gaming Officer and is on-site with the workforce. Paper Rex additionally solely fields one workforce in a single esport, so the workers’s focus is sort of fully on this event and workforce.
“Now we have all the time ask [dsn] like, ‘Yo how can we take care of this shit we’re cracking underneath strain,’ and he tells us what he used to do, what [Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg] used to do how he feels about how Forest carries all the recreation and the way he feels about successful the event that manner. Mainly like getting higher in follow and all his approaches. It’s a superb factor,” alecks mentioned.
With the group’s backing and management behind them, Paper Rex hope for a deep run at Valorant Masters and hope to make into the highest three. Past Iceland, the workforce desires to compete in each Masters this 12 months, and to not miss out on Valorant Champions like they did final 12 months.
“I simply hope the fellows do in addition to they will,” alecks mentioned.