Orangutan X Revamps Roster Ahead of VCT 2023 Game Changers APAC Open 2
Rebuilding to conquer.
One of the finest female Valorant teams in the Asia Pacific region, Orangutan X has undergone a roster shuffle ahead of the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023: Game Changers Asia Pacific (APAC) Open 2, scheduled to take place from 30th May to 10th June.
Orangutan X has signed three international athletes, Emily "Emi" Lauw from Australia, Elmarian "Erumaa" Haessel from Indonesia, and Anrionel "Twirly" Cajanding from the Philippines, expanding to a six-player Valorant lineup.
The team goes into the second open qualifiers of the tournament as one of the favorites having placed second in the VCT 2023: Game Changers APAC Open 1.
Orangutan X expands to a six-player roster with the signing of Emi, Erumaa, and Twirly
Orangutan finished the as runner-up of the VCT 2023: Game Changers APAC Open 1 where it went up against some of the best female Valorant teams from across the region. The organization has made some necessary changes to improve itself and possibly win the second open qualifier.
During the many weeks leading up to this tournament, Orangutan X bid farewell to the Filipino duo of Mary "capriciouS" Grace Sabado and Nikaela "zini" Cruz, while recently adding Emi, Erumaa, and Twirly.
Emi ,the 25-year-old from Australia, is a former CS:GO player who switched titles and has since played Valorant for various organizations like The Who?, A$AP, and McTeam, to then finally getting her breakthrough with Orangutan X.
Erumaa, from Indonesia, has quite a bit of experience having played for Ortus and most notably BIGG SCYTHE, with whom she went on to place fourth at the VCT 2023: Game Changers APAC Open 1. Having left the Indonesian team, she is now part of an international lineup and will have to adjust accordingly.
Twirly was a part of Bren Esports Victress for a period of about seven months, during which she won a couple of regional female Valorant tournaments while also competing in the VCT 2022: Game Changers APAC Elite.
She also took part in the VCT 2023: Game Changers APAC Open 1 along with a team called GO Cyrene and placed 7th-8th following a loss against Global Esports Phoenix.
It will be interesting to see how Orangutan X manage to compete along with this extended six-player lineup. Will they rotate players around or simply compete with a fixed playing five, bringing in a sixth player when required.
The complete Orangutan X team is as follows,
Neha “CaspeR” Sottany
Jefferlynne “Japips” Hernandez
Anrionel “Twirly” Cajanding
Emily “Emi” Lauw
Elmarian “Erumaa” Haessel
Chloe “Chloettw” Wong Ting Ting
Asad “GuNNeR” Azam - Coach
Jaden “Saber” Bryant - Assistant Coach