A Force To Be Reckoned With
Last week, Kat “Katarina” Perez joined our VersionX Valorant roster as a duelist and co-IGL– perhaps best known for her explosive Jett performances, Katarina’s ability to consistently secure crucial opening picks, clutch key rounds, and capitalize on playmaking opportunities make her an intimidating opponent.
5 second ACE 💜 pic.twitter.com/pIg6yaYLxm
— V1 Katriggered (@katriggered) January 21, 2022
Katarina On Going Pro
After solo-queuing to Radiant, Katarina knew she was ready to pursue a career as a professional gamer. “I thought to myself, I can maybe make this something. I was practicing every day, and my stats were really good,” she says.
“I watch a lot of pro matches, VCT, and a lot of streamers — I think the best way I learned was from watching my favorite streamers, who are all pro players, and literally trying to mimic what they were doing in my own games.”
The hard work clearly paid off — during VCT GC NA 2021, Katarina had the highest ACS of any player.
Katarina Joins VersionX
After receiving an invitation to try out VersionX last month, Katarina was eager to demonstrate her skill and take the next step of her esports journey with our organization. “I was excited to finally get my chance to prove myself,” she says. “I was telling myself, my family, everyone that I was good enough to make this a reality. I really loved the vibe of all the girls there, and the energy that we had.”
Chamber was made for me 🥰 pic.twitter.com/5yLaa6z05M
— V1 Katriggered (@katriggered) January 30, 2022
With our other new VersionX player, Starlight, stepping into the role of IGL, Katarina will be taking on co-IGL responsibilities for the team alongside her duties as a duelist.
“Valorant is a team game,” says Katarina, and a large part of success in both ranked games and tournament play requires strong communication skills. “You have to tell each other what you’re doing, where you are, what you’re seeing, and what information you have.”
Katarina’s ability to analyze complex mid-round scenarios on-the-fly, coupled with her undeniable mechanical prowess, make her a natural fit for the co-IGL role.
The new VersionX Valorant roster will make their professional debut on March 31st, 2022, in a match against Immaculate for NA Valorant Game Changers Series 1.