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Paper Rex vs G2 Esports Tips & Odds – VCT 2024 Masters Shanghai

29 May 2024
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  • Paper Rex vs G2 Esports Valorant betting predictions for Friday, May 31, 2024, in the VCT 2024: Masters Shanghai Playoffs (16:00 CST)
  • Paper Rex are heavy favourites
  • G2 Esports are in good form
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Paper Rex vs G2 Esports Predictions


Paper Rex and G2 Esports will clash on Friday, May 31, in the first round of the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) 2024: Masters Shanghai playoffs. The two teams have yet to meet this season and according to the esports betting odds, Paper Rex should win.
  • Paper Rex vs G2 Esports Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Paper Rex Form
  • Paper Rex Squad & Team News
  • G2 Esports Form
  • G2 Esports Squad & Team News

The best Valorant bookmakers have Paper Rex priced as 1.32 favourites to defeat G2 Esports, who enter the match as 3.10 underdogs. Even though G2 Esports went undefeated in the group stage and performed well domestically, it's easy to see why Paper Rex are expected to come out ahead.

  • Paper Rex are the current VCT Pacific champions
  • G2 Esports defeated T1 and Team Heretics in the group stage
  • Paper Rex are expected to win

Head to Head


Paper Rex and G2 Esports have yet to meet this season.

Paper Rex Form


Paper Rex are one of the strongest Valorant esports teams in the world and one of the leading candidates to win VCT 2024: Masters Shanghai. They started the season with a runner-up finish at VCT 2024: Pacific Kickoff, then placed third at VCT 2024: Masters Madrid, and claimed their first trophy in VCT 2024: Pacific Stage 1.

Even in Madrid, Paper Rex showed a lot, yet they were ultimately unable to make it past the eventual champions, Sentinels, which isn't too concerning – especially since Paper Rex have looked much better in Stage 1.

Now, on a six-game winning streak, which includes a 3-2 victory over Gen.G in the VCT 2024: Pacific Stage 1 playoffs, Paper Rex look set to make a splash, but first, they have to defeat the in-form G2 Esports, who continue to exceed expectations. 

Paper Rex Squad & Team News


No changes for Paper Rex.

  • Khalish "d4v41" Rusyaidee
  • Jason "f0rsakeN" Susanto
  • Aaron "mindfreak" Leonhart
  • Ilya "something" Petrov
  • Wang "Jinggg" Jie

G2 Esports Form


G2 Esports didn't look particularly strong early into the season. They finished VCT 2024: Americas kickoff in fifth place, with just one victory – suggesting that G2 Esports are hardly more than a mid-table team from their region.

However, in Stage 1, G2 Esports saw more success. Following a shaky display in the group stage, in which G2 Esports finished in third place with a 3-3 record, they went on a tear and defeated Cloud9 (2-0), KRU Esports (2-0), and Leviatan (3-2) in the playoffs to reach the big finals.

There, they lost to 100 Thieves (0-3), who had already beaten them (2-1) in the upper bracket finals. Still, despite the 0-3 loss, G2 Esports fought well in the finals, proving that they're the real deal.

However, doing well in VCT Americas and on the international stage are two entirely different things. And yet, G2 Esports proved their worth in the VCT 2024: Masters Shanghai group stage with two wins against T1 and Team Heretics – both ending in 2-1.

G2 Esports Squad & Team News


No roster changes for G2 Esports.

  • Jacob "icy" Lange
  • Jonah "JonahP" Pulice
  • Trent "trent" Cairns
  • Jacob "valyn" Batio
  • Nathan "leaf" Orf

Verdict

G2 Esports have looked like an entirely different beast since VCT 2024: Americas Stage 1 playoffs started and they didn't perform too poorly in the VCT 2024: Masters Shanghai group stage either. Still, G2 Esports were a bit lucky to defeat T1 and they needed overtime to make it past Team Heretics.

Considering Paper Rex are easily stronger than Heretics and T1, this would suggest that G2 Esports should have no business winning on Friday. Nevertheless, we have seen G2 Esports put up a fight even against superior opponents. While weaker, this is a resilient team that just might take a map off the VCT Pacific champions.

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