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ESPL Valorant PowerUp India Main Phase: Group A Team Preview

ESPL Valorant PowerUp India Main Phase: Group A Team Preview
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After a month-long qualifying phase, we finally have our 16 teams for the ESPL Valorant PowerUp India group phase, with four teams emerging from each qualification. The group stage will feature a GSL format, which adds flavor to things and leaves a window open for some surprises. With the group stage set to begin on February 13, let's take a look at how Group A is shaping up, with Global Esports, White Shadows Esports, RAD Syndicate, and, formerly known as NaCly, reunited in the group mentioned above.

GLOBAL ESPORTS (QUALIFIER 1) (TEAM: HELLRANGER, KAPPA, LIGHTNINGFAST, SKILLZ, SKROSSI)

Arguably choosing the lot in Group A, Global Esports has found stability with this list. While replacing DeathMaker and hellff is a gruesome job, the addition of SkillZ and SkRossi seems to have given the team some new dynamism. Their recent win in the Loco Battle Zone Valorant series saw them outperform a Reckoning Esports team with many 3-0 best-of-5 runs.

With the 3-duelist meta becoming popular as well, we've seen HellrangeR don the Phoenix, albeit mostly as the second duelist, with SkillZ as the controller. However, it could come as a surprise to his fans and upcoming opponents; a pocket pick, so to speak.

As far as expectations go, no one expects Global Esports to pull out of Group A. Global Esports is one of the big favorites to win the whole event, overall. However, they will face a well-rested Team Mahi, an enemy they still have to improve comprehensively to secure victories at the Valorant events.

ENGLISH (EX-NACLY) (CLASSIFIER 2) (TEAM: ORANGELEAF, PIXELZZ, SHAR1N, THANOS, THE GAME)

In a Group format that wants you to be among the surviving halves, a team with Thanos in it is sure to be favored. Joking aside, NaCly is the latest team backed by an organization and their recent performances make them a worthy competitor in Group A.

They are still a somewhat unknown number, but their opponents in Group A need to be careful, considering the pace at which they seem to be improving in terms of performance and results. Ironically, it is Thanos who will be the featured player for Team INGLU, with his ability to "deletus" opponents with his aggressive Raze.

WHITE SHADOWS ESPORTS (QUALIFIER 3) (TEAM: DINO, GORBITZ, VAIBY, JOJO, PUSHIII)

A team that is slowly showing signs of breaking its previous roof; White Shadows Esports had to temporarily search for new players, with DinO and Pushiii taking a break. However, the players have returned, which means that the organization will present the same lineup with which they have proven their recent successes.

Under VaiBy's leadership, the team must be taken as seriously as any other, especially with its super aggressive Jett on GorbitZ. White Shadows put up a tough fight against Team Mahi in Split in the ESPL Valorant PowerUp India Qualifier 3 semi-finals, proving that, over time, we can expect them to go head-to-head with the best of the best in India.

RAD SYNDICATE (QUALIFIER 4) (TEAM: ANAIS, DEOXYS, MAST3R, PARADOXKS, ZBDF)

A team that has been there since the beginning, the beta phase of Valorant; RAD Syndicate is your perennial dark horse. While the lineup undergoes changes from time to time, the core has held together for a while and the same is reflected in their game.

Steadily moving towards the top echelon of the Indian Valorant scene, despite having bouts of irregularity in terms of performances, individual and otherwise, RAD Syndicate has one of the scene's best duellists in the form of PaRaDoXks. Known for his firepower play, the entire lineup packs a punch on the role and the players, in their day, are as good as any other player at their role.

The key to RAD Syndicate will be its versatility in terms of roles and agent selection, with each member able to switch to another based on what is needed for a given opposition or map.

GROUP A PREDICTION

Teams to qualify: Global Esports, RAD Syndicate

Global Esports should make quick work of NaCly and even if they encounter some form of resistance, the Best-of-3 format greatly reduces the chances of a surprise, and the latter can absorb this experience as a learning curve. The duel between RAD Syndicate and White Shadows is likely to be a sight to see, with both sides showing off their individual brilliance.

Global Esports should be one of the two teams to qualify at least, if not the first. In the end, we hope that RAD Syndicate will persevere in White Shadows Esports and be the second team to leave Group A, simply because of the experience factor. RAD Syndicate also has a tendency to surprise teams and has previously recorded victories over the Global Esports lineup, including the period in which they played under the GodSquad tag.

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