Paper Rex F0rsaken: “We played a double duelist and we’re really confident, especially with Jinggg and my aim”
Paper Rex F0rsaken spoke with me after the loss to DRX to discuss the double duelist composition, facing their scrim partners, and staying confident heading deeper into bracket
Even after the loss to DRX, Jason "f0rsakeN" Susanto and his teammates were in good spirits. The loss to their APAC scrim partners, DRX, was disappointing in the moment but the team recognized they could play much better VALORANT.
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - APRIL 16: Team Paper Rex poses at the VALORANT Masters Bracket Stage on April 16, 2022 in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
“Personally, for my individual, this is not my best. This is not me today, but on teamwork, we need to fix a little bit because it seems our tactics are really like, I don't know why maybe because this is not like our day and DRX played really good”
Paper Rex popularizing the double Duelist
Of course, Paper Rex went on to eliminate The Guard a mere 24 hours later. Extending their tournament life and sending the younger, more inexperienced Guard team home after two games. Entering the matchup, The Guard hadn’t faced any compositions remotely similar to the Paper Rex double-Duelist and the lack of familiarity played a major hand in the result.
“As you can see, we played a double Duelist and we’re really confident, especially with Jinggg and my aim. We’re just confident in our individual skill as well”
Running against the meta compositions of more emphasis on Initiators and flashing is a risky decision. Paper Rex being the one team that decidedly goes against most meta picks. Opting for agents like Reyna and Yoru, who both have a pick rate at VCT Masters Reykjavik of under five percent.
Now, facing their scrim partners in their first tournament match was an unfortunate draw. One of the main strengths of unorthodox compositions is the element of surprise. Against DRX, Paper Rex weren’t able to exploit the Yoru pick on Bind, while the Reyna worked out great on Haven.
“Korean teams really like to counter-strat a lot,” said F0rsaken. ”One of the tactics is I like to TP, CT from showers and they didn’t really go for it and I think we lose some fight aim, so yeah, I think that's the mistakes on map Bind”
In many instances, F0rsaken would run a diversion play, trying to fake players holding specific positions. Although Yoru has many viable options to fake opponents, his gatecrash has the drawback of teleporting back to the original tether. So while F0rsaken could clear large areas of the map quickly and run fakes using Yoru’s abilities, once that ended, he was often caught out of position.
The Reyna comps, especially with the flash, it really affects us because of the way we take A long control (on Haven), as you guys can see, when we are defending, those plays kinda annoy the enemy”
Paper Rex D4V41: “Every time they [DRX] see a play coming, they just stay at the base and identify what they’re going to do”
Paper Rex’s D4V41 spoke with Esports.gg’s Rohan Samal about the team’s match against DRX, the infamous Reyna pick and more.
F0rsaken on Paper Rex Staying loose on stage
It’s clear Paper Rex don’t feel the immense pressure of the VCT Reykjavik stage. In both the loss to DRX and the win over The Guard, the team appeared loose on player cams. There were plenty of laughs and joking around on their side. In a tight game, the team was simply enjoying the moment.
“I didn't get pressured too much because we really enjoyed the game even though we lost. We’re just trying to enjoy the game, not really think about the result”
Furthermore, I asked Paper Rex F0rsaken about the Benedict “Benkai” Tan costume walkouts and he confirmed it was his idea alone. “It was his idea. His own decision. He bought it from here, the costume”
OpTic Victor on FNS: “He makes my job so easy for me. I literally ask him Pujan where do I go and I kill”
In a rematch of the VCT North American Challengers finals, OpTic Gaming got their revenge over The Guard and will move on to face the DRX in the Upper Semifinals.
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Paper Rex will face G2 Esports in an elimination match for a spot in the Lower Bracket Semifinals.
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Blake Van Poucke is a Valorant writer at esports.gg. He found esports through the early days of MLG and the Super Smash Bros Melee scene. He's been competing and writing about esports dating back to 2008. He has written for several publications and wishes to return to in-person esports events in 2022