Written By blubs - 2021-11-26
As VALORANT Champions fast approaches, we spent some time with DRX VS to get their insight into their bootcamp and preparation.
Vision Strikers come into VALORANT Champions as the favourite out of the APAC region teams as well as a contender for the title, their dominance in South Korea has solidified their name around the world. Having only attended VCT 2021 - Stage 3 - Masters Berlin - Playoffs outside of their native country, they breezed through the GSL group stage and made it into the playoffs but falling short to eventual winners, Gambit Esports. Vision Strikers took it upon themselves to endure an extensive bootcamp in Berlin, Germany where they look to take the title come December 12th.
Here is our interview with the long serving coach of Vision Strikers; Kwon ‘ARGENCY’ Soon-woo.
We found that EU teams have a very different approach to the game than the Asian teams. I think this is overall a great experience for us and I believe that the bootcamp really helped us understand how strengths better leading up to the tournament.
I personally think that the fact that some of our players lacked the fundamental international LAN experience played a big role in our loss during Masters 3 Berlin. I truly believe some of our players did not show their full potential that we see in them during Masters. Also, we made too many careless mistakes not just against Gambit, but on other matches as well. This time around, we will have a much more comfortable tournament and show our full potential during Champions.
I think both Fnatic and Cloud 9 are very strong teams, but I also want to say Full Sense is up there in terms of competition as well. I believe a competition between good teams comes down to who makes the least amount of mistakes. In terms of placements, I believe we will be the winners of Group D and Cloud 9 to come in second.
Unfortunately, I will not be commenting on this due to a risk of leaking our team strategy.
If we had 5 players whose agent pool depth is very solid, then a 6-man roster may not be needed. But, the advantage of having this additional player comes from that expansion of our agent pool and having specialists on certain maps. The ever-changing meta in the game limits what a 5-man roster can do. Of course, this opinion can be perceived in both ways, where it may be seen as stressful for some players, or necessary to have a stronger team.
I think their confidence drives their play and they may surprise some people. But I also think they have certain weaknesses to their game. As long as we don’t make any avoidable mistakes, I think we can take the victory against them with a 2 to 0 score.
My goal at this tournament is obviously to win VALORANT Champions. It doesn’t matter who we face; my team and I will be preparing with all our might. If we face Gambit again, we will be looking to get our revenge.
In 2021, we have had many tournaments hosted by Riot, so top-tier teams that qualified for these competitions are definitely having a good time. But, in 2022, I hope to see more third-party tournaments available for the other teams that dropped out early in the season.
The different approaches that each region has is fascinating for me, so any opportunity that allows some international scrim blocks are always welcome.
As mentioned in the interview, Vision Strikers will face off against FULL SENSE in the opening match of VALORANT Champions 2021 and you can find out all the tournament information on the event page.
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