After a brief hiatus from Paper Rex’s starting lineup during the VALORANT Champions 2023, the esports community welcomes back Benedict “Benkai” Tan as he embarks on a new journey with Global Esports for the Valorant 2024 season. This move marks the first step in Global Esports’ comprehensive roster overhaul, aiming to turn around their performance following a challenging year.
A lot has been said, a lot has been unsaid, all we have to say is – it’s time to prove again.
Welcome to GE; On behalf of SA we all look forward to all your experience and all your antics!❤️#VCT #GEFighting pic.twitter.com/ZxY8MinFh8
— Global Esports (@GlobalEsportsIn) September 16, 2023
A Year of Struggles for Global Esports
Global Esports faced a series of subpar performances throughout the past season, culminating in an early exit at the 2023 LOCK//IN event and a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Pacific regular season. Their struggles continued as they failed to secure a spot in the Last Chance Qualifier. In response to these challenges, the organization decided to part ways with its entire starting roster in September, setting the stage for a complete roster reconstruction.
Benkai’s Return to Competitive Play
For Benkai, this opportunity with Global Esports represents a chance to step back onto the competitive stage after being benched just before Masters Tokyo. His last official match took place on April 15, following which he was replaced in the Paper Rex lineup. The final iteration of the roster featured players such as something, f0rsakeN, mindfreak, Jinggg, and d4v4i.
Benkai brings a wealth of experience and in-game leadership to the Global Esports roster. His charismatic and lighthearted attitude has endeared him to fans worldwide, and many have missed his on-stage antics. From donning a dinosaur costume while entering the stage to providing insightful commentary as an analyst on broadcasts, Benkai’s presence has always left a mark.
The Road Ahead for Global Esports
While Benkai’s return is undoubtedly a positive development for Global Esports, the organization faces the challenge of building a competitive roster around him in the coming months. To make a significant impact on the international stage and contend with formidable opponents like Paper Rex, DRX, and T1, Global Esports will need to carefully select and develop a roster capable of achieving their goals in the rapidly evolving world of Valorant esports.
As fans eagerly await Benkai’s return to competitive play and anticipate Global Esports’ roster announcements, the Valorant community is abuzz with excitement for the upcoming 2024 season. It remains to be seen how this new chapter in Benkai’s career and Global Esports’ revitalized lineup will unfold, but one thing is for sure: the competitive Valorant scene is in for some thrilling action in the year ahead.