Recently, Riot Games announced a two-year strategic partnership with NODWIN Gaming to launch the highly-anticipated Valorant Challengers League (VCL) 2023 South Asia, with a prize pool of over INR 1.15 Crore ($139,098 USD). However, the lack of information regarding the event has created confusion across the Indian esports community.
In this article, we will explore the invited and qualified teams, the schedule, and other important details regarding the VCL 2023 South Asia.
Invited and Qualified Teams For VCL 2023 South Asia
Initially, there was speculation regarding the number of teams that would compete in the VCL 2023 South Asia. However, NODWIN Gaming has confirmed that only ten Valorant teams will be participating in the event, comprising seven direct invites and three teams qualifying through the open qualifier.
Here are the complete lineups of all invited and qualified teams that will be part of the first-ever VCL 2023 South Asia:
Team Status Players Country (P) Staff Country (S) Orangutan Direct Invite Sabyasachi “Antidote” Bose India Mathanraj “theDoctorr” Munisparan (Coach) Malaysia Akram “Rawfiul” Virani India Felipe “skyeSG” Lim (Analyst) Singapore Rishi “RvK” Vijayakumar India Azis “azys” Nandang Philippines Jm “tesseract” Ignacio Philippines Rajiv “LeVi” Satpute (Sub) India Reckoning Esports Direct Invite Harsh “Harshhh” Arora India Evgeny “esavgabiN” Savgabin (Coach) Russia Saksham “Deadly10” Aurangabadkar India Varun “Mast3r” Menon India Daniil “flabben” Merzlyakov Russia Aleksandr “hvoya” Eremin Russia Velocity Gaming Direct Invite Sagnik “Hellff” Roy India David “Dav” Miljanić (Coach) Serbia Debanjan “DEATHMAKER” Das India Karan “Excali” Mhaswadkar India Domagoj “Doma” Fancev Croatia Adam “ec1s” Eccles UK Anuj “Amaterasu” Sharma (Sub) India Gods Reign Direct Invite Vibhor “Vibhor” Vaid India N/A N/A Garvit “Ember” Nehra India Aman “Hoax” Yadav India Nick “tixx” Quinn Australia Kale “autumn” Dunne Australia Simar “psy” Sethi (Sub) India GodLike Esports Direct Invite Tejas “Rexy” Kotian India N/A N/A Norbu “Karam1L” Tsering India Shakir “hikkA” Razak Sri Lanka Franz “Astro” del Rosario Philippines Jude Patrick “Zey” Gunhuran Philippines Lethal Esports Direct Invite Agneya “Marzil” Koushik India Thanawat “olifant” Prathumta (Coach) Thailand Shivam “sh1vy” Ajmani India Anil “LuciA” Kumar India Shahul “Khelthuzad” Hameed India Kiran “Rossi” Rossi India “Cybell” (Sub) India True Rippers Direct Invite TBD – TBD – Aster Army Open Qualifier (1) Hrishikesh “DominiK” Khedkar India Lakshay “Vandelek” Singh (Coach) India Soumyadeep “DOXZ3R” Dey India Ngô “Kishi” Huy Vietnam Pranav “Kohliii” Kohli India Lee “Wink” Zhen Yong Singapore Sami “SSSami” Ar Rahman (Sub) Bangladesh Medal Esports Open Qualifier (2) Rishabh “Ezzy” Gupta India Vikrant “hacker” Pujari (Coach) India Tanmay “FOX” Verma India Prish “tricky” Valvani India Emmanuel “jEEE” Buenavidez Philippines Oscar “Kakarot” Jr. Philippines Sameer “godvexy” Sharma (Sub) India Daivik “DcRulz” Chauhan (Sub) India MLT Esports Open Qualifier (3) Saharyar “BadmaN” Shaikh India Malav “Rexdreams” Popat (Coach) India Abhay “KnightRider” Mulchandani India Atharv “Rio” Ahire India Jay “BADlove” Patil India Venkatesh “Venka” Sharma India
- Velocity Gaming
- Gods Reign
- GodLike Esports
- True Rippers Esports
- MLT Esports
- Aster Army
- Lethal Esports
- Reckoning Esports
- Medal Esports
The ten teams will compete against each other in the initial group stage of the league, with the top three teams from each group qualifying for the playoffs.
VCL 2023 SA Schedule
The VCL 2023 South Asia will start on 18th March from 19:00 IST onwards, and the event will be broadcasted live on Facebook and YouTube in Hindi and English. The group stage will last for two weeks, after which the playoffs will commence. The top three teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs, which will be played in a double-elimination format.
The VCL 2023 South Asia is an event that the esports community has been eagerly waiting for. With a prize pool of over INR 1.15 Crore ($139,098 USD), this league is set to be one of the biggest esports events in South Asia.
The announcement of the ten teams that will compete in the league has created a lot of buzz, and it will be interesting to see which team comes out on top and progresses to the VCT 2023: Pacific/APAC Ascension. As the league progresses, we can expect more updates regarding the competitive format of the tournament, so stay tuned for more information.