Zheng "ZmjjKK" Yongkang of EDward Gaming gestures onstage after victory at VALORANT Masters Tokyo Group Stage at Tipstar Dome Chiba on June 14, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan.

EDG Kangkang is fearless at VCT Champions, calls his opponents “trash”

By George Geddes


Aug 10, 2023

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The superstar Valorant player for EDward Gaming (EDG) blasted his opponents at VCT Champions during an interview after his first match. 

EDG player Zheng “ZmjjKK” Yongkang (Kangkang) expressed his confidence in his team following the victory over European team Giants Gaming in the opening match of Group A at Valorant Champions

“I would say the main goal for us at this tournament is to play our own game,” he said. “To be honest, we don’t really care what strategies they will pull off. In our eyes, they’re basically just trash,” he said in a translated interview. 

EDG start off slow but bounce back fast

EDG began its tournament run with a match-up against Giants, the top European team from the last chance qualifier. 

Giants were considered to be an underdog in the match, considering EDG’s impressive run during the previous Masters events in Tokyo, Japan. EDG was able to secure a top-six spot beating out the likes of LOUD and DRX. 

The first map between Giants and EDG was close, with rounds being traded back and forth on Split. The elusive 9-3 curse almost took another victim, but Giants was able to eventually secure the first map 15-13 following an overtime bout. 

But EDG didn’t let up easily. The Chinese team was able to bring down Giants in the next two maps on Bind and Ascent to take the series 2-1. 

EDG is set to face off against Paper Rex to qualify for the playoff stage. The match will begin tonight with the loser being sent to the lower half of the bracket to play against the winner of KRÜ Esports and Giants. 

The matchup between EDG and Paper Rex will be hotly contested since Paper Rex took down the Chinese team at Masters Tokyo 2-1 to knock them out of the tournament.