Jan 14, 2022
Jan 14, 2022

VALORANT Power Rankings

What is the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT)?

How do the VALORANT Power Rankings work?

Who are the best teams in VALORANT esports?

Notable teams on the rise

VALORANT Power Rankings

The VALORANT Power Rankings covers the top teams in VALORANT esports, discussing key aspects of their gameplay, notable players, and results. Find out more about the best teams in VALORANT in our Power Rankings.

What is the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT)?

The VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) is the official tournament circuit for VALORANT esports in 2022. The VCT is the successor to the 2020 Ignition series and expands the competitive ecosystem to provide more structure and events for teams to compete in. The VCT is split into four stages (1-4) and three levels: Challengers; Masters; and Champions.

Find out more about the VALORANT Champions Tour in our guide.

How does the VALORANT Power Rankings work?

The methodology for our Power Rankings considers three factors: a team’s overall win rate; recent match results; and percentage of total rounds won. This methodology is far from ideal, with other factors such as Attacker and Defender side rounds won, overall economy management, and Average Combat Score for a team all possible variables to be added in the future once match data becomes more accessible.

Credit: Champions - Berlin via VALORANT Champions Tour

Who are the best teams in VALORANT esports?

1. Acend

Acend (ACE) claim the top spot in this latest edition of the VALORANT Power Rankings after winning the prestigious end-of-year Champions tournament in spectacular fashion. The EMEA-based team claimed the title by beating regional rivals and tournament favourites Gambit in a close five-game series. While it is unclear whether the team will remain together, with reports stating that their star player Mehmet Yagız “cNed” Ipek is looking to move on, the team is deserving of the top spot in our Power Rankings.

2. Gambit

Winners of the VCT Stage 3 Masters - Berlin, Gambit (GMB) maintain their position in the VALORANT Power Rankings after narrowly losing out to Acend in the final of the Champions tournament. While the result was disappointing for the team, the Russian squad are still a force to be reckoned with in international competition, maintaining a strong match record of 91-19.

3. Sentinels

Sentinels (SEN) are pushed down to third place in the VALORANT Power Rankings after a disappointing campaign at the Champions tournament resulted in a surprise group-stage exit to KRU Esports. The North American team look likely to maintain their player line-up for 2022 and based on their performance throughout 2021, they should quickly be in contention for the best team in the world once again.

4. Team Liquid

Team Liquid’s (TL) position in the VALORANT Power Rankings rises in this edition after an impressive performance at the Champions tournament, where they finished in 3rd-4th place after falling to eventual winners Acend. On their current trajectory, Team Liquid will be looking to challenge Acend and Gambit for the top spot in the EMEA region.

5. KRU Esports

The LATAM-based team KRU Esports (KRU) left an impression on the world of competitive VALORANT at the Champions tournament after managing, against all odds, a miracle run to the semi-finals − beating one of the tournament favourites Sentinels and the strong European challengers Fnatic in the process. KRU’s success at the Champions tournament was very much a culmination of the progress the entire LATAM region has made in the esports space and their fifth-place ranking is a reflection of this rise.

6. Fnatic

Despite a 5th-8th place finish at the Champions tournament, Fnatic (FNC) move up two places in the VALORANT Power Rankings after putting in a better performance at the tournament than at previous events. The Europe-based team beat the likes of Cloud9 and DRX Vision Strikers, and pushed KRU Esports to three maps in the quarter-finals before being knocked out. During early January, the team saw the departure of Domagoj “Doma” Fancev for TENSTAR, with his replacement yet to be announced at the time of writing.

7. Cloud9

Cloud9’s (C9) stock rose at the Champions tournament, resulting in a move from 10th in the Power Rankings to seventh. This move is a reflection of their quarter-final finish at their first international tournament. This success is all the more impressive, given that Anthony “Vanity” Malaspina (from Version1) had only joined the team as In-Game Leader four months prior to the tournament.

8. Team Envy

The North American line-up of Team Envy (NV) had high expectations put on them prior to the Champions tournament and they were fifth favourites to take the crown. This was off the back of a string of wins in their home region and high expectations from analysts after they finished second at the VCT Stage 3 Masters - Berlin. While on reflection, the team’s campaign at Champions was disappointing, losing out to the now-inactive X10 CRIT in a group-stage decider match, the calibre of their players should still put them in contention as a top team this year.

9. DRX Vision Strikers

DRX Vision Strikers (DRX), formerly just Vision Strikers (VS), experience the biggest drop in the VALORANT Power Rankings after a below-average performance at the Champions tournament, where they got knocked out in the group stage after losing to Cloud9 and then Fnatic in the decider. The player line-up remains intact with the exception of their sixth player, Kim “Lakia” Jong-min, who was moved to the bench and will be inactive. If the team fails to qualify for the next international event, their position on this VALORANT Power Rankings list will be in danger.

10. Team Secret

The team from the Philippines, Team Secret (TS), rounds out the VALORANT Power Rankings at number 10. Along with KRU Esports, Team Secret surprised the world by how well they performed at the Champions tournament, pushing Gambit Esports to three maps in the group stage and taking wins against Team Vikings and Crazy Raccoons, who had both competed at an international event before. Like the LATAM region, teams from the APAC region - where Team Secret competes - have shown glimpses of brilliance and the potential to grow further in VALORANT esports.

Find out more about VALORANT in our dedicated resource section for the game.

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