It's almost time for the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) 2022 Stage 2 Masters tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark, but we still have one final region to preview.
With 12 teams from different regions qualifying for the summer VALORANT event, the competition is sure to be full of surprises and bombshell performances.
For the last installment of this series, let’s look at South Korea’s DRX and Japan’s Northeption.
South Korea’s DRX has been one of the best-performing teams in the international VALORANT esports scene.
And if you need any proof of that, just look at the team’s dominance over the VCT Korea Stage 2 Challengers, where the team won all of their matches without dropping a single map to secure their slot at Masters Copenhagen.
What’s more, the South Korean squad managed to pull that off without using Jett, instead using alternatives like Fade and Neon as they swept team after team.
At the helm of this squad is Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul, who averaged an impressive 1.64 K/D throughout the previous VCT Korea Stage 2 Chellengers, combined with a 174.3 ADR.
DRX also showed out in their international debut back in Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik, where they finished in the Top 6.
The South Korean squad are surely itching for a higher placement, if not the championship, in Copenhagen. All the other teams should definitely be wary of them.
Kim “stax” Gu-taek
Goo “Rb” Sang-Min
Kim “Zest” Gi-seok
Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul
Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwan
Over in Japan, newcomers Northeption overtook ZETA DIVISION and Crazy Raccoon to represent the country at Masters Copenhagen.
In Japan’s Stage 2 Challengers playoffs, Northeption had a rough start. They got swept by ZETA DIVISION (which now house some of their former players) in the upper bracket finals before doing the same to Crazy Raccoon in the lower bracket finals to earn a rematch with the former.
In the grand finals, Northeption hit back with full force, finishing 3-1 against ZETA to secure their spot in Copenhagen.
A big part of this win was Northeption’s "xnfri", who brought all four of his agents (Chamber, Raze, Skye and KAY/0) in the grand final match.
Playing as part of a dynamic duo alongside teammate Kim “Meteor” Tae-O, xnfri has the highest Kill/Assist/Trade/Survive percentages on the team, going up at 73%.
As Masters Copenhagen kicks off, we’re hoping to see the same performance from this team, if not better. Northeption may be newbies to the international stage, but teams would do well to not underestimate them.
Kim “Meteor” Tae-0
Cho “JoXJo” Byung-yeon
Daichi “Derialy” Doi
Masters Copenhagen will see 12 of the top VALORANT teams from all over the world clashing with each other from 10 to 24 July, all for the chance to reign victorious as the Copenhagen champions and claim a spot in VALORANT Champions 2022 in Istanbul come September.
For everything you need to know about Masters Copenhagen, check here.
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