Former XSET XSET Inactive player Jordan "AYRIN" He has officially joined Global Esports Global Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #7 as their in-game leader and sole import. The announcement follows a previous report from VLR.gg from Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Hailing from XSET, AYRIN led his team to notoriety after consecutive fourth-place finishes at NA Last Chance Qualifiers 2021 and VCT 2022 Stage 1: Challengers. They qualified for an international event after securing a slot for Masters: Copenhagen. There, they would finish in the top-eight after losses to OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming Inactive and Leviatán Leviatán Latin America South Rank #1 .
Despite these losses, XSET accrued enough circuit points for Champions, the event where they entered playoffs with victories over XERXIA Esports XERXIA Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #34 and FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix Inactive . After a win over FNATIC FNATIC Europe Rank #2 , XSET's year ended with a top-six placement when FPX exacted revenge. Following the conclusion of Champions, XSET did not make it to the Americas partnership league, and the roster eventually announced their free agency.
Global Esports, a powerhouse in the South Asia scene, made its international appearance in the APAC LCQ in 2021, finishing top eight. Coming into VCT 2022, the roster qualified for Stage 1: APAC Challengers play-ins but failed to qualify for the group stage. Global Esports added Pranav "Kohliii" Kohli and former DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #4 coach Hong "Eraser" Chang-pyo (홍창표). With them, the team qualified for Stage 2: APAC Challengers but found little success as they exited the group stage win-less.
Last month, Global Esports was announced as one of ten teams in the Pacific partnership league. The team plans to be a 10-man roster, with four players from other APAC regions and one import, the latter already filled by AYRIN. Come February, Global Esports will participate in the kick-off tournament, with all 30 partnership teams attending. The team will take six players to the event as they will be members of the active roster, and the other four being reserve players.