Ilia “something” Petrov initially made headlines when he racked up 120 kills on Sengoku Gaming on February 19, 2023, for the duration of their 3-1 get about IGZIST in spherical one particular of the Valorant Challengers Japan Split 1 reduced bracket.
He broke his have document in the same event by racking up 136 kills the subsequent day in the 2nd round of the lower bracket from FENNEL, placing a new document in pro Valorant. Inspite of his incredible efficiency, Sengoku Gaming lost 3-2, and bowed out of the opposition.
For lovers, this was much more than adequate for them to rally VCT Pacific groups to signal him.
So when he joined Singapore-primarily based esports group Paper Rex in March 2023 for the inaugural VCT Pacific league, barely two months right after his monster performances — it truly was a thing.
Other than generating waves in this aspect of the environment, this dedicated participant even braved by way of higher ping to tear up the North American servers, he tells One particular Esports in an distinctive interview.
PRX a little something realized something that other execs would locate tough to do
When anything hit rank one particular on the Japan server, several pros in the region started out using take note of him. Now in VCT Pacific, his track record surged when he nailed a 3K on Pearl with Jett in his debut match that Tarık “tarik” Çelik reacted to. What is additional, followers started out evaluating him to Tyson “TenZ” Ngo.
But prior to all this, he experienced yet another achievement unlocked: he hit top rated six on the North American server, and even played video games that noticed tarik, TenZ, and Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan in the very same match.
He was so great that some professionals even considered he was dishonest.
But here’s the capture — not only did he climb to Immortal, he did so on 160 ping enjoying from Japan where by he was primarily based. And while he doesn’t think there is any secret to climbing rank on NA, he did make changes because of to the ping variance.
“If it’s 160 ping, you cannot maintain angles. You require to only peek,” he shared with One Esports. “Only peek and then one-faucet utilizing the Vandal.”
He did all this only working with Jett and the similar gun in excess of and above. He hardly ever touches the Phantom — which often needs a player to spray down — due to the fact he doesn’t use crouch, at any time.
“For case in point, you eliminate just one, you crouch, and then following this one particular a lot more enemy peeks mainly because wants to trade his teammate, and you die. No way you kill one particular extra,” one thing discussed.
Of course, some pros do crouch, which include a certain teammate on Paper Rex.
“I simply cannot spray or engage in like him. It is pretty challenging. He generally crouches and kills, and I say, ‘How?! How you do this? Just about every time?’”
Even though he achieved so much on the NA server, even ruffling some NA pro players’ feathers, he doesn’t count on to do this once again — nor have a repeat 120 or 136-kill overall performance, which he suggests came with “a bit of luck.”
“I really do not know… 3rd time? No, it’s incredibly really hard. I really do not know how. How? How I can do this all over again?” he laughed. “It’s incredibly tough.”
His escalating record of private achievements did however, boost the pressure he felt now that he’s with Paper Rex in VCT Pacific. He was well informed that viewers know him as the professional who experienced established two earth data in Challengers Japan, and felt “a tiny bit nervous.”
It’s also something’s first time competing on LAN. The transform in natural environment, staying on phase in entrance of an viewers, joining the crew that concluded next at Masters Cophenhagen 2022, it all added up to what he phone calls a “combo.”
“It’s just a sport. Why am I anxious? Just continue to participate in,” he tells himself on phase.
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