Valorant is one of the most hyped games of today, boasting a growing esports scene with some of the best Valorant teams. In just two years, Valorant took over the first-person shooter genre completely and overshadowed similar titles such as CS:GO, Call of Duty, Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege. Riot Games struck gold with Valorant and they’re actively investing into the game in an effort to grow the game’s esports ecosystem.
As such, Valorant Champions Tour attracts the best of the best when it comes to Valorant players. Many have switched games to compete here and in order to make a name for themselves.
With the Valorant Champions Tour entering its second season, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the best Valorant players competing in the tournament. We’ll briefly cover their professional background and then focus on their role in the team, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
|2||Asuna||Peter Mazuryk||100 Thieves|
|4||Babybay||Andrej Francisty||FaZe Clan|
|5||Zyppan||Pontus Eek||FunPlus Phoenix|
|6||Hiko||Spencer Martin||100 Thieves|
|8||Steel||Joshua Nissan||100 Thieves|
|9||Wardell||Matthew Bowman Yu||TSM|
|10||FNS||Pujan Mehta||Team Envy|
|11||BuZz||Yu Byung-chul||Vision Strikers|
|12||cNed||Mehmet Yağız İpek||Acend|
|14||Mako||Kim Myeong-kwan||Vision Strikers|
|15||Mixwell||Óscar Cañellas Colocho||G2 Esports|
|16||nAts||Ayaz Akhmetshin||Gambit Esports|
|18||ScreaM||Adil Benrlitom||Team Liquid|
|20||Redgar||Igor Vlasov||Gambit Esports|
Top 20 Best Valorant Players in 2022
These are the top 20 best Valorant players, ranking from top to bottom. Without further ado, let’s get right into it, starting with the number 1 on the list.
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo is a professional Valorant player coming from Canada. He started off his Valorant career in Cloud9 Blue, but has recently found a new home with Sentinels. He’s our number one pick for the best Valorant player of 2022, and here’s why.
Simply put, TenZ is a monster at fragging. He’s fast and unpredictable, and loves to duel people. His unpredictability, and his quick reactions, make him one of the most feared Duelists in NA. He’s not a selfish carry, and will read the game and adapt to the team. Whether he’s on Jett, Reyna, or Raze, he’s always a powerhouse capable of taking down anyone he crosses paths with.
Here comes another Duelist, and this time it’s Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk. This 18-year-old is a member of 100 Thieves, and already he’s one of the best Valorant players in the world.
His Agents of choice are Raze and Phoenix, and no matter which one he’s playing – he’s dominating. Asuna is the main fragger for 100 Thieves, and he likes to use Raze’s entire toolkit to crush the enemy teams, utilizing this Agent’s sheer destructive output. He likes to stay in the thick of battle, and plays extremely aggressively, which means he’s usually the player who carries the round for 100 Thieves.
Hunter “SicK” Mims is an ex-CSGO legend who used to play for Misfits, TSM, and Complexity. Ever since joining Valorant, he’s been playing for Sentinels and is one of the best Valorant players today.
SicK is one of the most versatile players in Valorant. He covers multiple roles, and can adjust his playstyle according to the team’s needs. When playing his Phoenix, he’s a deadly force, especially when coupled with TenZ’s Jett. While he’s most effective as a Duelist, he can easily swap to an Initiator with his Sova, or support his team with Sage. You could say that he’s like the Swiss army knife of Sentinels.
Against many Valorant Champions Tour predictions, FaZe emerged as one of the top teams of the event, in large part due to Andrej “babybay” Francisty’s carry potential.
This American Jett player is a force to be reckoned with, and his aggressive Duelist playstyle makes him stand out as one of the best Valorant players in North America.
Not only does he have the confidence to play offensively, but he has excellent aim to back it up. This makes him a scary opponent to fight against. While other Jett players tend to use this Agent’s toolkit defensively, babybay uses it to immediately close the gap and catch his opponents off guard. His decisive battle approach makes even the strongest players feel under pressure, forcing them to make mistakes and causing them to lose the fight.
Pontus “Zyppan” Eek is one the new rising stars in EU Valorant. This Swedish 19-year-old monster carry is the main Duelist of FunPlus Phoenix, and his Raze plays are just a sight to behold.
Although he’s mostly playing as a Duelist, he tends to swap to Sage from time to time, and even then he’s as deadly as ever. He finished the VCT 2021 Stage 2 EU Challengers 1 as the number one performing player, scoring a massive 523 ACS in the Grand Finals against Guild Esports.
With Ange1 as the IGL and the rest of the team supporting him, Zyppan is a terror on the battlefield, and right now he looks unstoppable.
Despite retiring from competitive Valorant, Spencer “Hiko” Martin still holds a special place in every Valorant fan’s heart. As a former professional CSGO player, Hiko brings a plethora of game knowledge to the table. While not actively competing, he’s still a streamer for 100 Thieves and plays the game each day on his Twitch stream.
Hiko mostly plays Sova, and uses his vast experience and the information he gathers through his Agent’s abilities, to relay important messages to his team and guide their next move. Since he’s usually the last man to fall in battle, he has a history of taking down multiple enemies solo, earning himself a reputation of a clutch master.
Here’s yet another former professional CSGO player, and this time it’s the IGL of Sentinels – Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan.
ShahZaM is a tactical genius. He’s in charge of making important calls during battle, and leading his team to victory. On top of that, he’s extremely versatile. When Sentinels need more map coverage, he can play Sova, but when they need an additional fragger he can always swap to Jett and fill that role. ShahZaM is the glue that keeps Sentinels together, and is one of the reasons this team has been so successful.
It’s very hard to reach the spotlight in a Duelist-dominated meta, but that’s where Joshua “steel” Nissan comes in. Despite transitioning to Valorant at a relatively late stage of his career, he has proven all the critics wrong by mastering the Sentinel role and leading 100 Thieves to victory.
His great game sense allows him to make incredible plays with Killjoy. He utilizes this Agent’s toolkit both offensively and defensively, predicting the enemy’s next move and placing his bots in the right place, and the right time. This is what makes him one of the best IGL’s in competitive Valorant.
He has recently changed teams, leaving 100 Thieves and moving to T1, where he has already made a big impact as the new in-game leader.
Matthew “Wardell” Yu is a Canadian player who used to be a member of TSM, and to put it simply, his job in TSM was to destroy the opposing team by any means necessary. After leaving TSM, he joined Version1 for a brief period as a stand-in.
He mains Jett, which is the most popular Duelist pick in the current meta, so for that reason he’s ranked on number 9. However, Wardell is an absolute beast in combat and will often single-handedly carry his team. His energy and flair make him one of the most beloved players in the scene, and highly entertaining to watch.
We will wrap up this list with a Sentinel main, and that’s OpTiC Gaming’s Pujan “FNS” Mehta. Whether he’s on Sentinel duty with Cypher and Killjoy, or in charge of controlling the enemy team with Omen, FNS will fulfill his role flawlessly.
He’s OpTiC Gaming’s IGL and he’s managed to lead his team to incredible success in the ongoing Valorant Champions Tour, currently placing them as the number 1 team in North America. His playstyle is slow and methodical, and for attacking teams, he will prove to be a nightmare to deal with. He’s been around since the early days of CSGO, so he’s well respected by a lot of other professional Valorant players and fans alike.
Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul is one of the top Valorant players in Korea. He is the main Duelist of DRX, the Korean organisation that absorbed the former Vision Strikers squad, and his Agent of choice is Jett. BuZz is an insane carry when he gets going, and hardly anyone is able to shut down his rampage. Still, he can sometimes struggle with consistency, but overall, he’s always a fearsome opponent.
Acend has been dominating the EU region for a while, and a good share of the credit goes to their top Jett carry – Mehmet Yağız “cNed” İpek. Many swear that he’s the best Jett player of today, although that’s a really bold claim seeing there’s so many great Jett players around. He is fast, has great smoke placements, and is an absolute beast when wielding an Operator.
He received a lot of criticism after the VCT Masters in Berlin, where Acend dropped out pretty early. However, he completely redeemed himself during the Valorant Champions where he was the key player that enabled Acend to climb to the top and become the first world champions in Valorant.
Michael “dapr” Gulino is a key player in the Sentinels’ lineup. His skills in battle are unquestionable, as he’s proven himself to be highly capable with Viper, Cypher, and Killjoy. Perhaps some will say that he’s not the best Valorant player in the world, but nobody can deny his incredible sense of humor. You’ll often see him knifing people in LAN events, much to the delight of both fans and other professional players.
Here comes another player from Korea – Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwan. He’s another member of DRX who joined the team at the same time BuZz did. In short, he’s a DRX’s swiss army knife in terms of roles. Incredibly skilled and smart, Mako does it all – control, area denial, and sheer aggression. It’s very common to see Mako carry matches, finishing with top kills as either Viper or Astra.
G2’s Captain, Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas Colocho is one of the top Valorant players in the world today. His skills in combat are equally matched by his real life confidence and charisma, which established him as the face of G2 Esports. He supports and leads his team in battle, rotating between Viper, Skye, and Killjoy.
Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin is Gambit’s secret weapon. An absolute monster with either Cypher or Viper, nAts swaps between the two depending on the needs of his team. He can pull off incredible setups and control the flow of combat, but when the need arises he can step up and carry his squad. This level of versatility will put fear into enemy teams, where they won’t know what to expect until it actually hits them.
Aleksander “zeek” Zygmunt is a retired Fortnite player who’s currently one of the main fraggers of Acend. This young Polish carry dishes out punishment all across the map, and he’s very comfortable in the Duelist role with his Raze, Reyna, and sometimes even KAY/O.
He could be considered as the best Valorant player in Acend right now, or that he at least shares that top spot with cNed. He’s also a former member of G2 Esports, and while he didn’t achieve the same success there, it certainly helped shape his aggressive playstyle.
Team Liquid’s top carry, Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom, boasts some of the best aiming skills in the entire game. Before moving over to Valorant, he used to be feared for his headshots in CS:GO, and nothing has changed in that regard in Valorant. He’s still as deadly as ever, and his speed and precision are just out of this world.
Rory “dephh” Jackson is XSET’s in-game leader and he’s in charge of piecing together the puzzle that is XSET. He joined the team mid-June of 2021, and in a short period of time, has managed to accomplish much. He’s locked into playing a single Agent – Astra, but he plays so well that it’s completely justified. You could say that he’s the glue holding this squad together.
Igor “Redgar” Vlasov is the in-game leader of Gambit Esports, and although many will recognize him by his unique posture while playing, it’s his skill and leadership qualities that set him apart from the rest of the competition.
If we were to ask who the best Valorant player in Gambit Esports is, it would have to be a coin toss between him and nAts. Both players have some incredible skills, but they serve different roles. While nAts is out there wreaking havoc, Redgar stays behind and plans Gambit’s next move.
He’s the mastermind of Gambit and his agent pool reflects that perfectly. He enjoys playing Astra, Sage, or Sova and all three of these give Redgar different tools with which he can manipulate the match in his own team’s favour.
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