Paper Rex Bench Wang “Jinggg” Jing

On Friday, October 6, Valorant esports team Paper Rex benched Wang “Jinggg” Jing ahead of the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2024 season. Jinggg will remain with the team but, due to having to fulfill his mandatory military duty, was moved to the substitute position, where he’ll remain for at least two years.

Jinggg Gets Benched

As a part of the offseason move, Paper Rex announced the benching of Wang “Jing” Jing, who will no longer be a part of the active Valorant roster. The team announced the news on Twitter, thanking Jinggg for his contributions to the team as he leaves the esports scene to fulfill his mandatory military service.

“There is no question that Jing Jie is a valuable member of Paper Rex. He is still part of the Paper Rex VALORANT team and plays an active role in this off-season,” said Paper Rex Chief Gaming Officer (CGO) Harley ‘dsn’ Örwall,

“Jing is filled with positive energy, fearless aggression, and continues to personify our identity of WGAMING.”

Despite getting removed from the active lineup, Jinggg remains under contract with Paper Rex as a substitute player, which brings up the question of when he’ll rejoin Paper Rex in the Valorant Champions Tour.

A Valuable Member of Paper Rex

Jinggg started his Valorant esports career in November 2020 with Reality Rift before spending three months with Team SMG and joining Paper Rex in September 2021. Since then, Jinggg has proven himself as a key member of the Singaporean Valorant esports team, with whom he has accomplished a lot over the two years.

The 20-year-old won the KJC eSports VALORANT Invitational in his debut for Paper Rex and ended the 2021 season with a title from The Esports Club Showdown. Jinggg and Paper Rex managed to keep the momentum going in 2022 when they won VCT 2022: APAC Stage 1 Challengers and qualified for Masters Reykjavik, where Paper Rex placed fourth.

With Jinggg leading the charge, Paper Rex continued with their dominance domestically and added two more titles from VCT 2022: Malaysia & Singapore Stage 2 Challengers and VCT 2022: APAC Stage 2 Challengers before claiming a silver medal from VCT 2022: Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen.

Unfortunately, Paper Rex ran out of steam at VALORANT Champions 2022, where they crashed out in ninth-12th place.

Following a rough ending to the season, Paper Rex made a couple of roster changes but kept a hold of Jinggg, who led his squad to another domestic title at VCT 2023: Pacific League with the help of the newest signing Ilya “something” Petrov.

At this point, Paper Rex were more than a one-man army and proved their might at VCT 2023: Masters Tokyo, where Paper Rex placed third. The Singaporean squad ended the year with a silver medal from VALORANT Champions 2023.

Jinggg was far from the best-performing player of Paper Rex at VALORANT Champions 2023, but he left a mark with a 0.99 performance rating, seventh-highest Average Combat Score (234.1), 1.02 KD, and 157% KAST.

When Will Jinggg Return?

Jinggg appears to be staying with Paper Rex, even though he will likely miss the next two seasons, but there is hope that the 20-year-old will make a comeback – at least, that’s something the Valorant community would like to see.

The announcement of Jinggg’s benching was met with mostly sad responses, as the Valorant community doesn’t want to see one of the most exciting Valorant players stop competing. And even though Jinggg’s exodus from esports isn’t permanent, the Singaporean military service is fairly long, meaning that Jinggg won’t be able to return until at least 2026.

On a more positive note, Jinggg will be only 22 in 2026, which leaves him with more than enough time to re-enter the Valorant esports scene and establish himself as one of the top players in the region.

During Jinggg’s absence, Paper Rex will continue playing with Cahya “Monyet” Nugraha, who the team signed from Global Esports as the newest member for the 2024 VCT season.