Get To Know VersionX VALORANT: Role Models, Advice, and More

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VERSIONX VALORANT’S ESPORTS ROLE MODELS

For the players of VersionX VALORANT, role models come in many different forms. These are the people who have shaped them into the professional gamers they are today.

Rush: “I looked up to MissHarvey and Bonita a lot when I was younger and just getting started. Now I get to compete against them, and that’s been incredibly exciting for me.”

Naomi: “My earliest esports role models were probably the players on CLG.Red in Counter-Strike. Back when I was competing in Counter-Strike, I remember playing against MissHarvey in some tournaments. She was one of my FPS idols.”

Katarina: “When I first started playing VALORANT, the player I immediately started watching was WARDELL. I studied the way he plays the game for a long time, and that was part of the reason why I’m a duelist and love [using the Operator]. I take screenshots whenever I see him and other pros playing new spots, and I love trying those positions out in practices and scrims.”

Karra: “I look up to a lot of different aimers in the scene — WARDELL, subroza, Alexander, tenZ. I get a lot out of studying the way that they play, and watching people who are at that incredibly high skill level motivates me to always be improving and practicing.”

Starlight: “I don’t think I can name a specific person or group of people who have been role models or inspirations for me. I watch pretty much everybody in the VALORANT scene, and I’ve learned so much from all of them. As far as esports in general goes, I’ve been a big fan of Scump his entire career.”

KATARINA AND STARLIGHT ON DIVIDING IGL RESPONSIBILITIES

Starlight and Katarina both joined VersionX earlier this year, and the two players split the role of IGL — Starlight is the team’s main IGL, and Katarina is VersionX VALORANT’s co-IGL.

Starlight: “I do a lot of the pre-round calling on offense, unless [Katarina] has something specific she wants us to do — if she sees an opening, she’ll call a play if she’s confident, and we’ll follow her lead. I’m very confident about how I approach offense in VALORANT, but on defense, I’ll often lean on [Katarina’s] insight.”

Katarina: “I mostly do those ‘gut feeling’ calls on defense. Sometimes, when I’ve noticed something and it would take too much time to explain exactly what my reasoning is, I’ll make a call for the team.”

COACHING

Anderzz, head coach of VersionX VALORANT, has a unique coaching style that leans heavily on statistical analysis and data-driven insights. Read more about how Anderzz approaches the role of coach here.

Starlight: “[Anderzz] is a very thorough, analytical person. He outlines everything for our strats — how things could play out, and how we can adjust on the fly based off of what our opponents are doing.”

Katarina: “I always have questions, and the part I like the most about working with Anderzz is that he takes the time to work through those with me until we’re both on the same page. Everyone learns in different ways, and he’s great at working with me and the rest of the team to explain certain concepts or new strategies.”

Karra: “Anderzz is great because I have someone I can always rely on to help me improve.”

ADVICE TO YOUNG WOMEN IN ESPORTS 

Karra: “Don’t give up. Seriously. Don’t give up. That’s the biggest and most important piece of advice I can give to the women out there who might be reading this.”

Starlight: “Put in as much effort as possible into getting better. It can be a lot tougher to improve quickly when you’re playing low ELO matches, but it does get better as you grind your way up through the ranks. In high ELO matches, you’ll run into a lot less toxicity, and you’ll have better teammates — it can be demoralizing if you’re not at that level yet, but don’t give up. If you have dudes who are being toxic in your games, mute them and move on. It does get better as you climb, and you’ll run into less idiots the higher you get. Play every game like it’s winnable. Don’t burn bridges, and try to make connections in the scene.”

Rush: “Always try to have a positive mental attitude, even if you’re losing badly. Nobody wants to play with someone who brings negativity to a team environment. And if you do have that negative attitude, you’ll get a reputation for it that’s almost impossible to get rid of — trust me, that reputation is going to limit the opportunities you have in esports.”

Katarina: “Skill will take you very, very far. Always focus on improving and make that your priority. For most people, having meaningful connections in the scene is what helps them get signed, but you need to have a high level of skill for that to even be a possibility. Take the time to build your own personal brand as a skilled player and a competitor, because having that kind of a presence makes it easier for you to build connections in the esports world.”

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