Gen.G vs Paper Rex – VCT Masters Madrid Semifinals: Gen.G pushes PRX to the Lower Bracket cover image

Gen.G vs Paper Rex – VCT Masters Madrid Semifinals: Gen.G pushes PRX to the Lower Bracket

Gen.G vs Paper Rex starts the VCT Masters Madrid Playoff Stage, in a rematch of the VCT Pacific Kickoff Grand Final.

The VCT Masters Madrid Playoff Stage is here. And the first semifinal contest a rematch of the Pacific Kickoff Grand Final, with Gen.G vs Paper Rex. The two teams are very familiar with each other, so who knows what to expect in this one.

Stay with us as we recap the game, deliver you the scores, and clip incredible highlights.

Gen.G vs Paper Rex
Split 13:8
Lotus 13:9

Gen.G vs Paper Rex - Will the outcome remain the same?

These two have had slightly different journeys to the Masters Madrid Playoff Stage. Gen.G has been flawless since the first Gen.G vs Paper Rex match up of the 2024 season, which saw them face defeat in the Group Stage.

They got their revenge, but Paper Rex still qualified for the event. They fell to EDG early on and bounced back against all of EMEA, taking out Team Heretics and Karmine Corp. Now, it is time for the rubber match so early in the year.

VALORANT players often talk about how hard it is to win a rematch against another team so soon. Paper Rex felt that in the Kickoff tournament, but now will things turn in their favor? Both teams will need to be on their A game to advance in the Upper Bracket.

Gen.G VALORANT roster

(Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
(Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
  • Kim "Meteor" Tae-o
  • Kim "t3xture" Na-ra
  • Kim "Lakia" Jong-min
  • Byeon "Munchkin" Sang-beom
  • Kim "Karon" Won-tae

Paper Rex VALORANT roster

(Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
(Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
  • Ahmad "d4v41" Nordin
  • Alessandro "mindfreak" Leonhart
  • Jason "f0rsakeN" Susanto
  • Ilya "something" Petrov
  • Cahya "Monyet" Nugraha

How to watch Gen.G vs Paper Rex at Masters Madrid

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Gen.G vs Paper Rex - VCT Masters Madrid Semifinals recap

Every map's action will be recapped here.

Map 1: Split

Paper Rex snagged an early lead, taking the pistol and a fast eco round. Gen.G responded with better weaponry to get their first on the board, then another to tie it. A nasty Operator shot from something did not start the clutch he would have liked, as Gen.G pushed ahead.

An easy 4K by Karon continued the onward march of Gen.G. It did not look good for Paper Rex on their defensive side. Gen.G mowed through them for eight rounds in a row. A hard push into the middle of the map with utility and Ultimates galore finally stopped the onslaught. Still, Gen.G stayed up at the half.

A big pistol round win for Paper Rex is exactly what they needed to get back into Split. The following round was theirs, as they looked to prevent Gen.G from stringing together victories like they did in the first half. PRX gave up their bonus, but fought right back in the next.

Gen.G retaliated once more, however, getting to double digits. Then it was 11, and looking more and more bleak for Paper Rex. A 3K by Meteor may have been the nail in the coffin. That brought Gen.G to map point. A great defensive hold by Munchkin in his Viper's Pit got them the win.

Map 2: Lotus

Gen.G started strong on Lotus, taking three of the first four rounds. A Flawless round made it four-out-five, with a nice 3K from Munchkin in there. The defense of Gen.G was unstoppable, as they ensured at least a halftime tie before PRX even got their second round on the board.

The lead continued, with a couple crisp Operator shots by t3xture. Finally, Paper Rex got their second round on their attack. Things looked a lot like Split at this point. A Clutch round came the way of PRX to give them a third. And that saw another 8:4 halftime with Gen.G in the lead.

Something popped off in the pistol round to start closing the deficit. Unlike the first map, PRX took the bonus and got much closer to Gen.G's score line in the second half opening. What should have been a tie game was Meteor standing his ground for a 3K Thrifty win to keep Gen.G in the lead.

Soon, Gen.G reached 10, and Paper Rex was unable to turn things around. Eventually, Gen.G reached map point and that's all it took. PRX could not come back into this one, and they lost a quick series to their Pacific rivals.

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