The Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Masters 2022 kicked off on 10th April and the hype is too real this time around. For this international competition, Riot Games decided to go back to Reykjavik, Iceland to host all the teams that are participating. This international tournament will conclude on 24th April, with one of the twelve teams taking home the glory.
One of the regions that have been stirring conversations during the Masters qualifying tournament was Valorant Champions Tour Asia-Pacific (APAC) Challengers One. This year the APAC circuit was given an additional slot at Masters 2022 and naturally, the stakes were high. A total of twenty teams from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia & Singapore, Hongkong & Taiwan, Vietnam, South Asia, and Oceania competed in a heated competition.
While some teams had to fight through the Play-ins, some were directly seeded into the Group Stage. One such team that made a name for itself in the Group Stage was XERXIA, which entered the APAC tournament as the number one team from Thailand.
XERXIA Esports, an organization, which was founded in October 2021 by Tanakrit “Gammy” Panitchakun, stepped foot into the world of Valorant Esports in January 2022 by signing a star-studded roster.
XERXIA was one of the strongest teams that the other teams were watching out for in the tournament and was regarded as one of the top dogs of the circuit. Staying true to this, XERXIA brought its A-game to the tournament, finishing second after Paper Rex. Now, the team will test its mettle against the top teams in the world at Masters 2022.
Right after XERXIA qualified for the Masters tournament, AFK Gaming had the opportunity to chat with the team’s coach Yuttanagorn “Zeus” Kaewkongyai about their goals for VCT Masters 1, and which opponents they are keen on taking on.
The Thai powerhouse’s Valorant roster features Itthirit “foxz” Ngamsa-ard, Panyawat “sushiboys” Subsiriroj, Natchaphon “sScary” Matarat, Thanamethk “Crws” Mahatthananuyut, and Thanachart “Surf” Rungapajaratkul.