Indian Female Valorant Esports Team Asteria Qualifies for VCT Game Changers SEA Elite
After winning the lower-bracket finals at the FSL Open Wildcard, Indian Valorant esports team Asteria has qualified for the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Game Changers SEA (South East Asia) Elite event. The Valorant Game Changers program supplements the flagship VCT event and creates new opportunities for women and other marginalized genders in the game’s esports scene. Asteria defeated Lightality Estelle in the lower bracket finals of the FSL Open and will be competing in the SEA Elite event which kicks off later this month.
VCT Game Changers SEA Elite Overview
Riot Games announced the VCT Game Changers SEA series in June 2021 with a monthly prize pool of $5,000 USD and a main event prize pool of $25,000 USD. The VCT Game Changers event is being hosted in partnership with the Female Esports League (FSL).
The SEA Elite event will feature some of the best female Valorant teams in Southeast Asia, who will be competing from 23rd Oct 2021. The participating teams include:
Alter Ego Celestè
Nigma Galaxy Female
Asteria was dominant in the FSL Open Wildcard playoffs with the team securing back-to-back wins against G9 and Komorebi Hearts. However, the team fell short against MAD Army and was demoted to the lower bracket. The team secured a win against Lightality Estelle in the lower bracket finals to secure the final spot at the upcoming VCT Game Changers SEA Elite event.
The Asteria roster features:
Shreya "shreyuwu" Prasad
Saloni "Meow16k" Pawar
Akanksha AKA "Muffinloop"
Neha "CaspeR" Sottany
Asteria is not the only team that is representing India at the global stage. Earlier this year, Global Esports (GE) secured a win at the Valorant Conquerors Championship and earned itself a spot at the VCT Asia-Pacific (APAC) Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ) . The team is currently setting up a bootcamp in Chennai in preparation for the upcoming event. The team had originally planned to go to Thailand, but, due to increasing COVID-19 cases and travel restrictions, the team was forced to cancel its bootcamp.
If GE wins the APAC LCQ, it will earn a spot at the world championships (Valorant Champions) featuring the best teams in the world which include the likes of Sentinels, Gambit Esports and Team Envy. Indian teams are representing the country on the global stage and the fate of Indian Valorant esports lies on the shoulders of its representatives.