Here at Hi-Rez Studios, we’re ramping up for our biggest event of the year — HRX 2018. In just under a month, our most elite Paladins teams will be gathering in Atlanta, GA to battle it out at the Paladins World Championship tournament. These teams will be representing eight different regions all across the world, and each one will be vying to prove their region is the best of the best in what’s sure to be an action-packed event.
Today, we’re excited to introduce you to the two teams who will be representing China at the Paladins World Championship — JC Gaming and QG Craze.
These two teams are about to make Paladins pro history. When they take the stage at HRX starting January 4th, it will mark the first time that two Chinese teams have made it to the Paladins World Championships, rather than just one. Let’s take a look at both teams and how they made it to the pinnacle event of the PPL season.
Going into the Paladins World Championship, JC Gaming is the top-seeded team in the Chinese region, and the third-seeded team out of all regions.
These boys tested their mettle at the TGA Winter Finals in China during early November, where they battled it out with QG Craze in a grueling best of seven matchup. Though QG put up a good fight, JC Gaming proved to be the dominant team and took home the regional championship title, along with a free ride to HRX 2018 as the #1 Chinese team.
The JC Gaming roster is full of talented players, including:
- Han “HR24” Rui
- Chen “POPI” Xiao
- Qian “UFO” ChengKuan
- Hu “Luohan” Ziyang
- Jiang “Mumo” Kuan
If this squad can bring the kind of performance that we saw from them during their HRX qualifier matchups at the Winter Finals, we’re betting that they’ll give the NA and EU teams a run for their money on the worlds stage.
The boys of QG Craze are coming into the Paladins World Championship as the second-seeded team in China, and the ninth-seeded team overall. They may not have been the victors at the Winter Finals in their region, but they pulled out all the stops and wowed Paladins fans with their performance at Dreamhack Valencia earlier this year.
Though they were the first-ever Chinese representatives at a Palaladins Dreamhack event, they proved themselves as a force to be reckoned with as they knocked out top-ranked (and fan-favorite) teams like District69 and Kanga Esports. Though they weren’t able to take it all, they did come out with a solid second-place win that earned them some sweet prize money and a ticket to HRX.
Here’s the power-packed roster for QG Craze:
- Zhang “Guagua” Shuai
- Xiao “Shasha” Honyang
- Liu “Mikasa” Xin
- Wang “Kami” Xiao
- Xu “Shiliu” Hai
If this team is as full of surprises as they were at Dreamhack Valencia, they’re sure to keep fans on the edges of their sets when they face off against some old rivals and new faces.
Repping China with Pride
As JC Gaming and QG Craze head into HRX 2018, they’ll undoubtedly be looking to shake up the pro scene, which has been dominated by NA and EU teams in the past. With several dominant performances and some crazy meta-shaking picks under their belts, we’re looking forward to seeing what these two Chinese teams have in store for us at this year’s Paladins World Championship.
To make sure you don’t miss the action from these teams and many others, tune in to the Paladins Twitch channel to catch these matches as they unfold and get some sweet loot drops while you watch. You can also follow @PaladinsPro on Twitter for quick updates on brackets, match results, and more. See you at HRX!