Jun 25, 2021
Jun 25, 2021

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 2021. 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 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 all possible variables to be added in the future once match data becomes more accessible.

Who are the best teams in VALORANT esports?

1. Sentinels

Sentinels (SEN) tops this edition of the VALORANT Power Rankings as reigning VCT 2021: Stage 2 Masters - Reykjavik champions, showcasing their dominance in international competition by winning the event without dropping a single game. Former substitute, now star player, Tyson “TenZ” Ngo solidified his status as the best player in the world by securing the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their Grand Final match against Fnatic. With the Stage 2 Masters trophy in the bag, the team are the first to secure a spot at the VALORANT Champions tournament at the end of the year.

2. Fnatic

Fnatic (FNC) make their first appearance in the VALORANT Power Rankings after scoring a number of impressive wins in mid-April at the VCT 2021: Europe Stage 2 Challengers 2 against the likes of regional opponents G2 Esports and Team Liquid, and carried that form into Masters - Reykjavik by reaching the Grand Finals. Enigmatic In-game leader (IGL) Jake “Boaster” Howlett made an impression on fans the world over with his charismatic personality while Finish-Russian prodigy Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev impressed with his raw aiming talent throughout the tournament.

3. NUTURN Gaming

NUTURN Gaming (NU) round out the top three in the Power Rankings after fighting their way to a third-place finish in Iceland, showcasing the potential powerhouse region South Korea could be in the competitive VALORANT landscape. Despite an unconventional, and some would say ‘dated’ playstyle, the team - led by 33 year-old esports veteran Kang “solo” Keun-chul - were unexpected challengers at Masters - Reykjavik, winning matches against Team Liquid and Version1.

4. Vision Stirkers

While not in attendance at the first international LAN competition in VALORANT (Masters - Reykjavik), Vision Strikers (VS) maintain a spot in the top five with an overall match record of 61–2–2 (Win-Loss-Draw) which is a 94% win record. Following their loss to NURTURN Gaming in the qualifying match for the Stage 2 Masters - Reykjavik tournament, the team changed its player line-up by moving Kim “glow” Min-soo to a coaching position, bringing in Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul and Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwan as new additions.

5. Team Liquid

Team Liquid (TL) has had a renaissance in form in the past couple of months, after replacing former IGL Adam “ec1s” Eccles with Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen in February. Alongside Fnatic, the team have reached new heights, with Masters - Reykjavik representing the first time the team has participated in a Masters-level event. Star aimer Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom had a fantastic performance in Iceland, achieving a 265.0 Average Combat Score (ACS), which is just behind North American counter-part ‘TenZ’.

6. G2 Esports

While recent performances by G2 Esports (G2) have yielded disappointing results that ultimately led to the team not qualifying for Masters - Reykjavik, the team retain their place in the Power Rankings given their dominant overall match record over the past year (60-10-2). Change is on the cards, however, with the departure of three members Patryk “paTiTk” Fabrowski, Ardis “ardiis” Svarenieks and Aleksander “zeek” Zygmunt, who are replaced with Žygimantas “nukkye” Chmieliauskas, Auni “AvovA” Chahade and Jose Luis “koldamenta” Aranguren Herrero.

7. FunPlus Phoenix

FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) fall three spots since our previous Power Rankings after failing to qualify for the Stage 2 Masters - Reykjavik. The team have maintained a fairly high win rate at 77% (44-10-3) with consistent win records against the likes of Team Liquid and Fnatic. Like similar teams that failed to qualify for the Masters - Reykjavik, the team saw the departure of Ivan “Johnta” Shevtsov in May, with substitute Dmitriy “dimasick” Matvienko filling in.

8. 100 Thieves

Reigning VALORANT First Strike Champions, 100 Thieves (100T), earn a spot in this edition of the Power Rankings but are in danger of dropping out if they are unable to qualify for the next Masters event. The team, which is comprised of a number of CS:GO veterans, most notably Spencer “Hiko” Martin, have yet to qualify for a VCT Masters-level event this year despite having some of the most talented players in North America. Fan expectation remains high for this team; however, the continuation of this form will inevitably prompt the question as to whether the team needs to undergo a change.

9. Version1

Version1 (V1) made a splash at Masters – Reykjavik, beating analyst expectations by winning their opening match against Japan’s Crazy Raccoon and beating Team Liquid in the following round. The team are relative newcomers to the competitive VALORANT scene, having only been formed in February.

10. Envy

North American team, Envy (NV) take the last spot on the VALORANT Power Rankings after narrowly failing to qualify for Masters - Reykjavik after being beaten by Version1 in the VCT 2021: North America Stage 2 Challengers Finals. The team currently have a 73-37-0 match record (a 66% win rate) and is one of the few teams that have beaten Sentinels on occasion.

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