5 Teams to Watch Out for the Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen

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Now that the group stage has concluded, the main stage is set for the Stage 2 Masters –  Copenhagen. Eight of the best teams in the world will battle it out for the $200,000 winner’s prize and the Stage 2 Masters Champion title.

In this article, we will look at the 5 Teams to Watch for the Copenhagen Masters. Note: This article is purely subjective and only reflects the author’s opinion. So without further ado. Here it is.

Paper Rex

Southeast Asia hasn’t always been known for their Valorant teams. However, if one team from the SEA can bring an S-tier championship to the region, it’s none other than Paper Rex. After an impressive run (finishing 4th) in the Stage 1 Masters, Paper Rex once again proved that it wasn’t just a fluke. They’ve easily dominated the APAC  region almost flawlessly. Their VCT Stage 2 run was so easy that it was an automatic playoffs spot for them. As the sole representative of the APAC region, Paper Rex will once again prove that they are one of the best Valorant teams in the world.

Paper Rex Roster

Benedict “Benkai” Tan

Aaron “mindfreak” Leonhart

Jason “f0rsaken” Susanto

Khalish “d4v41” Rusyaidee

Wang “Jinggg” Jing Jie

SOURCE: Paper Pex

DRX

Vision Strikers’ former roster acquire by this new org on January 7 of this year. Now they are one of the most well-known esports teams all over Korea. They have shown their supremacy in the Korean VCT and even got the top 5th-6th placer in the Stage 1 Masters this year.

DRX had a flawless run in the Korea Challengers without losing a single map in the series. They are among the most exciting teams to watch, with an over 88% win rate across all tournaments this year. Many fans believe that they can finish strong for this Masters.

DRX Roster

Kim “Zest” Gi-seok  

Kim “stax” Gu-taek

Goo “RB” Sang-Min

Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul

Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwan

Source: Daily Valorant

Fnatic

There’s no denying that Fnatic kind of had an off year this season. They finished the Stage 1 Masters in a disappointing fashion placing only 11th-12th placer. However, the team decided to make some changes and acquire new players. An ex CSGO pro Enzo “Enzo” Mestari and the young prodigy Emir Ali “Alfajer” Beder.

Led by their very experienced captain Jake “Boaster” Howlet, this might be Fnatic’s moment to get back on top.

Fnatic Roster

Jake “Boaster” Howlett  

James “Mistic”  Orfila

Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev

Enzo “Enzo” Mestari

Emir Ali “Alfajer” Beder

Tom “otom” Hart (Substitute)

SOURCE: Daily Valorant

XSET

The NA Challengers winner, XSET will be making its first appearance on an S-tier tournament. They shocked the world when they dominated the Stage 1 Masters Champion Optic Gaming on the NA Stage 2 Challengers. XSET was able to secure a playoff spot, while Optic Gaming was forced to play in the group stage.

Many fans believe that XSET has what it takes to be the tournament’s dark horse and that they can finish very strong. They are young and hungry, and they don’t have anything to lose. When interviewed, one of their team members, Brendan “Bcj” Jensen, claims they are simply “built differently” and ready to take on any team.

XSET Roster

Rory “dephh” Jackson  

Jordan “AYRIN” H

Brendan “BcJ” Jensen

Zachary “zekken” Patrone

Matthew “Cryocells” Panganiban

SOURCE: Daily Valorant

Optic Gaming

The reigning VCT Masters Winner, this American Team is not to be underestimated. Yes, they only finished 2 in the NA Stage 2 Challengers, but they fought their way back into the playoffs by eliminating KRU Esports and their Stage 1 Masters rival, LOUD. They are a team of veteran players with all the ingredients needed to become the best.

Even though they finished 2nd on the Stage 2 Challengers, they have proven their consistency. The team is still oozing with positivity even though many fans keep doubting them; according to the team, doubts only fuel them.

Optic Gaming Roster

Pujan “FNS” Mehta  

Victor “Victor” Wong

Austin “crashies” Roberts

Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker

Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen

SOURCE: Optic Gaming

This wraps up our article for the 5 Teams to Watch Out for the Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen. The playoffs will kick off in a few hours. Which teams do you think will be sent to the lower bracket? Can Optic Gaming defend their title as the Masters Champions?

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