We are almost halfway through VCT LOCK//IN, where all the Valorant partnered teams are competing for the first time in one place. In addition to this, Riot also invited two Chinese teams, EDward Gaming and FPX, after Valorant got approved in China.
During the pre-event press conference for the Omega group that took place yesterday on, February 21, I asked EDward Gaming's Assistance Coach, Shijun "Muggle" Tang, about how the team is practicing to close the gap that is there in terms of skills, scrims, etc. since Valorant arrived in China later than the rest of the world.
"I think for the quality of all the teams, definitely we had a huge gap in comparison to other regions, but I would like to give my thanks to teams like DRX because definitely they one of the top teams in Asia," Muggle explained. "And because we can have some scrims with top teams like DRX, this really helped us a lot in improving our skills and our abilities to bridge the gap."
At #VCTLOCKIN press conference I asked @EDG_Edward Muggle about how they will close skill gap as #VALORANT came to China later than other regions— Rabia Sayal (@rabiasayal86) February 22, 2023
Muggle: Definitely we have a huge gap but I would like to thank teams like @DRXGlobal as having scrims with them has helped us a lot pic.twitter.com/bMNxUC5Z6Z
"Also, in terms of our playstyle, it really depends on players' playstyle because we need to decide whether they play super aggressively or around the map as a whole team," Muggle said while explaining how the roles in EDward Gaming would work. "Because if the players have very aggressive playstyle, maybe we can choose two duelists comp, or if the players will like to play more as a team, maybe we can have two controllers inside the map."
EDward Gaming will be facing 100 Thieves in their first match on February 23, which is a big challenge for them stepping onto the global stage, but we have seen some shocking upsets in the VCT LOCK//IN Alpha group, and it would be interesting to see what Omega group has in store for us.