Gambit Esports’ Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin sits in a class of his own because of what he was able to accomplish during the 2021 VCT season.
Valorant’s international LAN events have always been dominated by top-performing duelists from different regions. After his performance at Masters Berlin, nAts has proven that even controller or sentinel mains can carry their team to victory as well.
The 19-year-old star player had the second-highest KDA at 1.40 and the fifth-highest ACS at 265.9. nAts found ways to overcome unwinnable rounds for his team at Masters Berlin, which helped Gambit Esports capture their first international LAN victory, sweeping Team Envy in the finals 3-0.
KRU Esports and Angelo “Keznit” Mori were the two breakout stars at Valorant Champions 2021. Though the top team in the Latin American division and having qualified for all three international Valorant events, KRU Esports were nonetheless seen as heavy underdogs at Valorant Champions.
Against the odds, KRU Esports battled their way into the top four and eliminated Sentinels and Fnatic along the way. They also pushed Valorant Champions finalist Gambit Esports to the limit in an epic quintuple overtime game on Bind.
In all of their matches, Keznit proved he could compete against the best Valorant players in the world with his exceptional duelist skillset. Keznit finished in the top six in ACS, with a 246.3 rating, which helped KRU Esports finish in 3rd-4th place at Valorant Champions.
Keznit and KRU Esports improved throughout the VCT 2021 season and have shown that other regions in Valorant are more than capable of knocking out North America’s and EMEA’s top teams.
Top valorant players on Duelists
Here is a list of the best valorant players in the world’s ranking made by our experts:
Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk is an 18-year-old player of the 100 Thieves team and already one of the most famous Valorant players in the world.
His Agent’s perforations are Raze and Phoenix, and no matter which one he’s playing – he’s majestic. He likes to stay on the point of attack and plays extremely aggressively to find some entry-frags for his team.
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. 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.
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.
Best valorant player in the world
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo reached new heights when he signed with Sentinels right before Masters Reykjavik. Despite having little to no practice with the North American squad, TenZ dominated Valorant’s first international LAN event and led Sentinels to win the championship.
TenZ finished with the highest stats of any player at Masters Reykjavik. He had a 279.4 ACS, 1.48 kill-death average (KDA), and 1.05 kills per round (KPR).
Best player in valorant among retired CS:GO players
Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom
Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom is a retired Belgian CS: GO player, and the younger brother of CS: GO and Valorant superstar ScreaM. He is famous for his time on Team Vitality’s CS: GO squad, where he achieved success on their rotating roster.
However, with Valve forcing teams to cut down to 5-man squads, Nivera sought to join his brother in Team Liquid.
Nivera debuted for Team Liquid at the EMEA LCQs where he managed to collect an ace in his first round of professional Valorant. Since his debut, Nivera has gone on to earn titles at EMEA LCQs and Red Bull Home Ground #2, in addition to a top 4 finish at Valorant Champions 2021. The 20-year-old has been pivotal in Team Liquid’s performance since his entry.
With only 14 professional matches to his name, Nivera is a promising young talent that we are yet to see the best of. Viper is noticeably his favorite agent to play. Depending on the map, he plays Sova, Killjoy, and Cypher as well.