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VCL 2023 South Asia: Invited and Qualified Teams



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Recently, Riot Games announced a two-year strategic partnership with NODWIN Gaming to launch the highly-anticipated Valorant Challengers League (VCL) 2023 South Asia, with a prize pool of over INR 1.15 Crore ($139,098 USD). However, the lack of information regarding the event has created confusion across the Indian esports community.

In this article, we will explore the invited and qualified teams, the schedule, and other important details regarding the VCL 2023 South Asia.

Invited and Qualified Teams For VCL 2023 South Asia

Initially, there was speculation regarding the number of teams that would compete in the VCL 2023 South Asia. However, NODWIN Gaming has confirmed that only ten Valorant teams will be participating in the event, comprising seven direct invites and three teams qualifying through the open qualifier.


Here are the complete lineups of all invited and qualified teams that will be part of the first-ever VCL 2023 South Asia:

TeamStatusPlayersCountry (P)StaffCountry (S)
OrangutanDirect InviteSabyasachi “Antidote” BoseIndiaMathanraj “theDoctorr” Munisparan (Coach)Malaysia
Akram “Rawfiul” ViraniIndiaFelipe “skyeSG” Lim (Analyst)Singapore
Rishi “RvK” VijayakumarIndia
Azis “azys” NandangPhilippines
Jm “tesseract” IgnacioPhilippines
Rajiv “LeVi” Satpute (Sub)India
Reckoning EsportsDirect InviteHarsh “Harshhh” AroraIndiaEvgeny “esavgabiN” Savgabin (Coach)Russia
Saksham “Deadly10” AurangabadkarIndia
Varun “Mast3r” MenonIndia
Daniil “flabben” MerzlyakovRussia
Aleksandr “hvoya” EreminRussia
Velocity GamingDirect InviteSagnik “Hellff” RoyIndiaDavid “Dav” Miljanić (Coach)Serbia
Debanjan “DEATHMAKER” DasIndia
Karan “Excali” MhaswadkarIndia
Domagoj “Doma” FancevCroatia
Adam “ec1s” EcclesUK
Anuj “Amaterasu” Sharma (Sub)India
Gods ReignDirect InviteVibhor “Vibhor” VaidIndiaN/AN/A
Garvit “Ember” NehraIndia
Aman “Hoax” YadavIndia
Nick “tixx” QuinnAustralia
Kale “autumn” DunneAustralia
Simar “psy” Sethi (Sub)India
GodLike EsportsDirect InviteTejas “Rexy” KotianIndiaN/AN/A
Norbu “Karam1L” TseringIndia
Shakir “hikkA” RazakSri Lanka
Franz “Astro” del RosarioPhilippines
Jude Patrick “Zey” GunhuranPhilippines
Lethal EsportsDirect InviteAgneya “Marzil” KoushikIndiaThanawat “olifant” Prathumta (Coach)Thailand
Shivam “sh1vy” AjmaniIndia
Anil “LuciA” KumarIndia
Shahul “Khelthuzad” HameedIndia
Kiran “Rossi” RossiIndia
“Cybell” (Sub)India
True RippersDirect InviteTBDTBD
Aster ArmyOpen Qualifier (1)Hrishikesh “DominiK” KhedkarIndiaLakshay “Vandelek” Singh (Coach)India
Soumyadeep “DOXZ3R” DeyIndia
Ngô “Kishi” HuyVietnam
Pranav “Kohliii” KohliIndia
Lee “Wink” Zhen YongSingapore
Sami “SSSami” Ar Rahman (Sub)Bangladesh
Medal EsportsOpen Qualifier (2)Rishabh “Ezzy” GuptaIndiaVikrant “hacker” Pujari (Coach)India
Tanmay “FOX” VermaIndia
Prish “tricky” ValvaniIndia
Emmanuel “jEEE” BuenavidezPhilippines
Oscar “Kakarot” Jr.Philippines
Sameer “godvexy” Sharma (Sub)India
Daivik “DcRulz” Chauhan (Sub)India
MLT EsportsOpen Qualifier (3)Saharyar “BadmaN” ShaikhIndiaMalav “Rexdreams” Popat (Coach)India
Abhay “KnightRider” MulchandaniIndia
Atharv “Rio” AhireIndia
Jay “BADlove” PatilIndia
Venkatesh “Venka” SharmaIndia

Group A

  • Velocity Gaming
  • Gods Reign
  • GodLike Esports
  • True Rippers Esports
  • MLT Esports

Group B

  • Orangutan
  • Aster Army
  • Lethal Esports
  • Reckoning Esports
  • Medal Esports

The ten teams will compete against each other in the initial group stage of the league, with the top three teams from each group qualifying for the playoffs.

VCL 2023 SA Schedule

The VCL 2023 South Asia will start on 18th March from 19:00 IST onwards, and the event will be broadcasted live on Facebook and YouTube in Hindi and English. The group stage will last for two weeks, after which the playoffs will commence. The top three teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs, which will be played in a double-elimination format.


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The VCL 2023 South Asia is an event that the esports community has been eagerly waiting for. With a prize pool of over INR 1.15 Crore ($139,098 USD), this league is set to be one of the biggest esports events in South Asia.

The announcement of the ten teams that will compete in the league has created a lot of buzz, and it will be interesting to see which team comes out on top and progresses to the VCT 2023: Pacific/APAC Ascension. As the league progresses, we can expect more updates regarding the competitive format of the tournament, so stay tuned for more information.

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