Global Esports is gearing up for the 2024 Valorant season with an impressive roster overhaul. The Pacific-based organization, which aims to bounce back from a lacklustre 2023, has announced its latest acquisition, Indonesian initiator Gary “blaZek1ng” Dastin, formerly of BOOM Esports. This move adds to Global Esports Valorant growing list of signings and solidifies their presence in the competitive scene.
Our next player has had a long journey with some insanely clever gameplay!
2023 saw him fight his way through to be in the big league, and he almost made it. We know the pain of being “almost” there.
— Global Esports (@GlobalEsportsIn) September 25, 2023
Proven Talent from Ascension Pacific
blaZek1ng is no stranger to Valorant enthusiasts. His brief stint at Champions 2022 and a semi-final finish at Ascension Pacific showcased his potential. Despite narrowly losing to eventual champions BLEED, blaZek1ng’s performance left a lasting impression, earning him recognition as a top regional initiator. With this move to Global Esports, he aims to establish himself in the tier-one VALORANT scene.
A Mixed Roster Strategy by Global Esports Valorant
Global Esports Valorant is revamping its approach for the 2024 season. In 2023, the organization sought to blend emerging Korean talent with Indian prospects, yielding mixed results. However, this season, their strategy differs. While still emphasizing the integration of Indian players with other regions, the team is pursuing a diverse roster. They have already secured talent from regions like Singapore and Indonesia, known for producing top-notch VALORANT players, as seen with Paper Rex.
Impressive Offseason Acquisitions
Global Esports Valorant kicked off their offseason with the signing of Benedict “Benkai” Tan, formerly of Paper Rex, followed by the return of Indian player Abhirup “Lightningfast” Choudhury. The acquisition of former Guild Esports player Russel “Russ” Mendes further bolstered their lineup. The addition of blaZek1ng completes their roster, bringing in a regionally dominant initiator with the versatility to flex into other roles as needed.
Adaptability and Experience
blaZek1ng is renowned for his proficiency on Sova, yet he showcased his adaptability in 2023 by frequently playing controller and sentinel roles for BOOM Esports. Although Sova accounted for 59 per cent of his career matches, he embraced versatility in the Ascension Pacific competition, demonstrating competence in different roles.
Now joining a team with skilled sentinel players like Benkai and Russ, blaZek1ng’s role may evolve based on Global Esports’ final signing. His ability to adapt and excel in various roles makes this acquisition pivotal for Global Esports as they aim to secure more victories in the 2024 season.
Flexibility proved to be a crucial element in the 2023 Valorant season, exemplified by teams like Evil Geniuses and Paper Rex. blaZek1ng’s experience and adaptability could play a pivotal role in Global Esports’ pursuit of success in the upcoming season.
With a diversified roster and a talented lineup, Global Esports Valorant is poised to make a strong statement in the competitive VALORANT scene in 2024.