Sep 3, 2020
Sep 3, 2020

VALORANT Power Rankings

What is the VALORANT Ignition series?

How the Power Rankings work

Who are the best teams in VALORANT esports?

Notable teams on the rise

VALORANT Power Rankings

In this article we cover the Top 5 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 Ignition series?

The VALORANT Ignition series is the official circuit of tournaments supported by Riot Games in partnership with various third party organisers. The goal for the Ignition series is two-fold, fostering a community led esports scene for the game, as well as provide opportunity for experimentation and development of the competitive format.

How does the VALORANT Power Rankings work?

The methodology for this power ranking will consider 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, possible variables to be added in the future once match data becomes more accessible.

Who are the best teams in VALORANT esports?

1. G2 Esports (=)

G2 Esports (G2) maintain their position at the top of the VALORANT Power Rankings after a successful campaign that saw the team pick up wins at the Allied Esports Odyssey and LVL VALORANT Clash 2 tournaments, only dropping one match at the former against FunPlus Phoenix following a personal incident that meant G2 were unable to field DavidP toward the end of the match. As it stands, the team sits on a 28 - 1 match record with a total round win percentage of 60.1%. One player that has stood out for G2 during this period is Ardis “ardiis” Svarenieks who has topped the Average Combat Score (ACS) for his team in many of their recent matches.

2. Sentinels (+1)

The Sentinels (SEN) gain a position in the rankings as they claim their biggest tournament win to date by taking the crown at PopFlash. Their performance at the tournament was nothing short of dominant, winning all five Best-of-Three matches played and only dropping one map throughout. While it may disappoint fans that SEN were unable to face TSM at any stage of the PopFlash tournament to definitively determine who the best team in North America are, SEN’s performance spoke for itself and the team deservedly claim the number two spot on the Power Rankings. After PopFlash, SEN holds a 33 - 8 match record with a total round win percentage of 59.5%. Jay “sinnatra” Won has continued to be the star player on the team with the Phoenix main claiming the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their PopFlash Grand Finals match against Envy.

3. Team SoloMid (-1)

Team SoloMid (TSM) took a dip in the rankings following mixed results at PopFlash that saw the team lose two Bo3 matches to the newly assembled Dignitas (DIG) and only take a series win against Gen.G. The matches against DIG exposed the lack of strategic depth available to the team and emphasised their reliance on individual players like Drone, Subroza and Wardell bridging the gap with their performance. Following PopFlash, TSM have a 58 - 12 match record with a total round win percentage of 57.4%.

4. FunPlus Phoenix (New)

Whilst not boasting as extensive of a competitive history as some other teams, FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) makes its debut in the VALORANT Power Rankings by asserting itself as a competitor that can challenge G2’s dominance in European competition. The team have played two notable tournaments in the Allied Esports Odyssey and LVL VALORANT Clash 2 where they finished 2nd and 3rd-4th respectively, only being knocked out of contention within both tournaments when facing G2, whilst recording match wins versus teams like Team Liquid and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Their current match record stands at 11 - 2 with a total round win percentage of 64.5%.

5. Team Liquid (-1)

Team Liquid (TL) drop a position in the rankings following a poor performance at the LVL VALORANT Clash 2 tournament that saw the team only take one match win in the group stage against Skade before being eliminated by the aforementioned team in a decider match later on. Coupled with the lower and upper final losses to FunPlus Phoenix and G2 Esports in the Allied Esports Odyssey tournament, it can be assumed that the team are yet to find an edge to challenge higher ranked teams in Europe. Their current match record stands at 33 - 10 with a total round win percentage of 54.5%.

Notable teams on the rise

In this edition of the power rankings there are three teams on the rise: Cloud9 (C9), Dignitas (DIG) and Envy (NV).

Whilst not quite making it into the top five, C9 continues to see gradual improvement in their play with their performance at PopFlash showcasing the potential the team has when the contributing factors for their success goes beyond the reliance on star player Tyson “TenZ” Ngo.

Picking up the Homeless lineup that features Rory “dephh” Jackson and Harrison “psalm” Chang, Dignitas made its VALORANT debut at PopFlash in style by upsetting the best team in North America, Team SoloMid (TSM) in the opening Bo3 match of the tournament. Ryan “Shanks” Ngo also made his appearance with the team on a trial basis and looked to be a future star in VALORANT.

Of the three rising teams mentioned in this section, Envy are the closest to earning a spot in the top five after their 2nd place finish at PopFlash represented their best result in a major tournament since their inception. The team led by Pujan “FNS” Mehta looked to be one of the more disciplined teams in the tournament with their wins relying on a collective team effort rather than individual performances.

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

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