How BONKERS Could Be the Spark That Ignites Australian Valorant

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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The Valorant esports scene in Oceania (OCE) unfortunately suffered in 2021 as a result of the pandemic. The teams in the regions were finally given a chance to compete in an international tournament with the Valorant Champions Tour Asia Pacific (VCT APAC) Stage 1 Challengers via the Valorant Oceania Tour 2022. The previous year, the top teams from the Oceania Tour Championship that qualified for the North American VCT Last Chance Qualifier event, were unfortunately barred from competing due to COVID-19 restrictions and travel curbs.

Everybody expected the Valorant Oceania Tour 2022 to be a one-sided event with the region’s heavyweights ORDER and Mindfreak sweeping away their competitors. But, the region saw the emergence of an underdog, quite literally, a team that sports “Cheems” as its logo: BONKERS.

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Competing through the region’s open qualifiers, BONKERS had to build up its street cred at each stage, making it all the way to Thailand to represent OCE in the APAC tournament, even slaying the Australian Goliath ORDER on its road to the tournament. Sadly, defeat at the hands of Persija Esports (PSJ) knocked BONKERS out of the tournament ruining its chances of making it to Reykjavik, Iceland.

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