Interview with Team Vitality’s Argon: Bringing Indian COD Mobile into the Spotlight
Team Vitality announced its entry into India in 2020 and signed its first esports roster in March 2021. The new Call of Duty (COD) Mobile roster comprises Armaan “Moonscope” Dharni, Akshan “Argon” Madhani, Priyank “DEATH” Birajdar”, Samartha “JOKOs” Ghadge, Samruddha “SAMs” Ghadge and substitute player Arav “MonK” Narang. In a matter of months, the team managed to position itself as one of the best COD Mobile teams in South Asia after securing a 30-0 win streak during Stage 2 of the Call of Duty Mobile Championship.
Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) and Free Fire may always be in the spotlight of Indian esports, but Call of Duty: Mobile’s competitive scene is growing. Team Vitality is just one of many teams that is pushing the Indian COD Mobile scene forward. AFK Gaming had a chance to speak to Argon, who shared his thoughts on how Team Vitality sees the future of COD Mobile esports in India.
Team Vitality’s commitment to Call of Duty Mobile
The Call of Duty Mobile esports scene in India has a few key teams that are committed to the game and they include GodLike Esports, Reckoning Esports, and Team Vitality. All three teams made it to the recently concluded Call of Duty Mobile World Championship 2021 - East Finals. None of the three Indian teams made it to the playoffs and we saw Tier One Entertainments’ Filipino COD Mobile team Blacklist International lift the Eastern Finals Championship trophy.
The two finalists Blacklist International and ALMIGHTY dampened Vitality’s chances of qualifying for the finals at the event. Argon had also correctly predicted SCARZ as a team to watch out for. The Japanese esports organization was in the same group as Vitality and ended up winning against the Indian roster 3-0.
Argon told AFK Gaming ahead of the world championship, “The Japanese regional champions SCARZ has impressed us a lot. Their gunfights are really strong and their playstyle is different from other teams who are competing in this championship. That's why we are really excited to face them in the tournament.”
Despite the setback, Team Vitality is ready to go at it again. It has established itself as a prominent competitor in South Asia. The challenge of beating the best in the world is something the team does not shy away from. The team has been around for almost a year and it wants to stick together and compete in future events in 2022.
Argon said, “We trust each other in-game as well as outside the game. We discuss our mistakes together and try to solve them together rather than pointing fingers at someone, which boosts the morale of the team as a whole.”