Pacific League Champions Paper Rex have announced the signing of Global Esports’ Monyet for the 2024 season.
We have our first big piece of roster news in the Pacific League as Cahya "Monyet" Nugraha has joined Paper Rex for the 2024 VCT Pacific season. The organization made the official announcement on their Twitter/X page at 17:30 p.m. Singapore Time/5:30 a.m. EST.
Monyet brings more firepower to Paper Rex
The Indonesian sensation joins the current Pacific League champions after a fairly impressive display with Global Esports last season. Though he spent the majority of last season playing the Controller role, Monyet is primarily a duelist player. His high-fragging displays often proved to be the difference maker for Global Esports. Finishing the regular season with an overall average rating of 1.13; the fourth highest score in the Pacific League.
Though Global Esports themselves struggled to make much of an impact last season, the 18 year old has proven himself to be a highly promising player. One that is willing to adapt to fit whatever his team needs. A quality which Paper Rex's Chief Gaming Officer Harley "dsn" Orvall took particular note of in their press release:
"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Cahya to the Paper Rex family," he stated. "He's a young, hungry player who has demonstrated his versatility, playing a wide-variety of agents in the past. We believe that his outstanding debut season in VCT Pacific was just the beginning, and that the best is yet to come."
Can Monyet fill Jinggg's Shoes?
To say that Paper Rex had a successful 2023 season would be an understatement. They pipped DRX to claim the inaugural VCT Pacific title, and were one of the few teams to consistently beat the Korean side. They managed to finish third at Masters Tokyo despite playing the entirety of the tournament with a substitute player. Followed by Paper Rex's increidble run to the Champions LA Grand Final. Where they unfortunately lost to Evil Geniuses 3 - 1.
However, the Pacific League champions will now be without a key member of their core roster. With their star duelist Jinggg stepping away from VALORANT Esports in order to complete his mandatory military service. Add to that CGRS's departure and their former IGL Benkai heading to Global Esports as a part of this deal, and Paper Rex are left with a big hole to fill.
Monyet's arrival is certainly something to get excited about for Paper Rex fans. Though we are not sure how Paper Rex plans to utilize his talents, he will most certainly be able to thrive in their famous "W Gaming" style of play. But the question that is likely to follow him next season, is whether or not he will be able to fill the void left by Jinggg.