Valorant has become one of the most popular first-person shooters today, to a degree where even the most hardened CSGO veterans are considering swapping games. Valorant has achieved such success in record time, and despite still being relatively young, the game’s esports scene has developed into something massive with the release of the Valorant Champions Tour. With the Valorant scene thriving, we’re seeing more and more Valorant teams come into the spotlight. Here, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best Valorant teams from all around the world.
Which are the top Valorant teams in 2022?
As Valorant Champions 2022 gathers all the hype from its viewer and player base, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best Valorant teams, from last year’s Champions to today’s favorites. We’ll base our top 15 list of best Valorant teams in the world according to the overall power rankings of each team as well as their current success in the Valorant Champions Tour. The teams will be listed in order, starting from the bottom and working our way to the best Valorant team.
15. G2 Esports
G2 Esports was once hailed as the best Valorant team in the world, but since then they have fallen off greatly. Valorant Champions Tour predictions were not kind to them, and for the first two stages, they haven’t really accomplished much. Everything changed when G2 replaced pretty much the entirety of its roster, leaving only mixwell as the last member of the original lineup. Since then, G2 has achieved great results in Valorant Champions Tour.
G2 landing 2nd place in the EMEA Stage 1 Challengers and scoring 5-6th place in the Stage 1 Masters – Reykjavík gave hope to their fans. Unfortunately, after being eliminated in the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier, they weren’t able to secure a spot in the Valorant Champions 2022.
14. 100 Thieves
The First Strike North America champions are one of the best Valorant teams in North America, and have come a long way since then.
Even with the unfortunate departure of Hiko after his decision to retire and focus on streaming, the 100 Thieves team has managed to hold on fairly well. After fighting through the North America Last Chance Qualifier, they ended up qualifying for Champions 2022.
They still occupy a high spot in the Valorant team rankings 2022 despite relatively poor early performance in VCT 2022. However, they have the potential to be the best squad in the world and should not be underestimated.
13. M3 Champions | Gambit Esports
After the military conflict in Ukraine, Riot Games restrictions on Russian organisations to field teams within official competitions forced Gambit Esports to release their roster from their contracts and allow them to participate as an organisation-less Russian team known as M3 Champions.
While Gambit Esports secured 2nd place in the Valorant Champions 2021 as one of the best Valorant teams, M3 Champions failed to qualify this year. They performed quite well during the VCT 2022 EMEA Challengers, but were eliminated by Team Liquid in the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier. Hopefully, we’ll see them rise toward the top again.
Acend came seemingly out of nowhere in late March of 2021 and immediately won the European Stage 1 Masters. The former Raise Your Edge Gaming lineup became the new Acend, and together they quickly started dominating the European region.
What’s quite fascinating is the fact that this squad managed to do so much in such a short period of time. Later on, they began their ascent in the EMEA region and ended their season by becoming the first World Champions after winning Valorant Champions in December of 2021.
Even after their astonishing performance from last year, the Champions have not shown the same capability nowadays. After their poor performance during the VCT 2022 EMEA Challengers, and a missed shot in the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier, they failed to qualify for the Valorant Champions. Despite that, they still remain one of the best Valorant teams.
11. KRÜ Esports
KRÜ Esports have made a name for themselves after beating Sentinels and Fnatic last year and securing the 3-4th place at the Valorant Champions 2021.
This time around, they haven’t shown the same enthusiasm during the Masters. They placed 11-12th in the Stage 1 Masters – Reykjavík and 9-10th in Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen.
In spite of that, their performance in the LATAM Challengers Playoffs and LAS Challengers was consistently powerful.
During the South America Last Chance Qualifier, KRÜ Esports managed to eliminate TBK Esports, Vivo Keyd and FURIA to qualify for this year’s Champions. With this in mind, they sure have the potential to become one of the top Valorant teams.
Leviatán, the South American team, has shown great potential to become one of the best Valorant teams, entering the qualified teams for 2022 Valorant Champions.
They made their debut during the Masters Copenhagen after defeating XSET (2:1) during an intense overtime on the map Haven, officially tying for 5th place with DRX. Moreover, they’ve managed to push one of the top dogs, Fnatic, to their limit.
So far, in the Valorant Champions, they have conquered team Liquid in a great upper bracket game. If they keep up the pace, they could place much higher than expected.
9. ZETA DIVISION
ZETA DIVISION is, perhaps, the most underrated squad in its region and one of the top Valorant teams. Earlier this year, they fought their way to the top at VCT 2022: Japan Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs, placing 1st.
Even though we haven’t seen them in action during the Masters Copenhagen since they didn’t qualify, finishing as 3rd place at the Masters Reykjavík gave them enough points to qualify for the Valorant Champions. After witnessing them defeat strong opponents like DRX, Paper Rex and Team Liquid during the Masters Reykjavík, we have our hopes up for ZETA DIVISION.
8. Team Liquid
Team Liquid is one of the strongest Valorant teams in Europe. ScreaM and the squad are quite capable, which was evident by their past results. By the end of the previous year, Liquid established itself as one of the best Valorant teams and finished 3rd-4th in the Valorant Champions 2021.
This year; Liquid placed 4th in the EMEA Stage 1 Challengers, while finishing 5-6th place in the EMEA Stage 2 Challengers, which is quite respectable. Though, during the Masters Reykjavík Stage 1, they placed 7-8th place, showing that there’s still room for improvements for the team.
Still, Team Liquid is an excellent team who have managed to win even when all the Valorant betting odds were against them, so we’re confident they’ll continue to stay high on the rankings.
Here comes another team from North America, and it’s XSET. Everything about this team screams unique, from the playstyle to the Agent picks, and it’s this uniqueness that earned them a spot on our list.
After seeing the extraordinary performance from XSET during the VCT 2022 NA Stage 1 Challengers where they placed 4th, they stomped their way to the very top in the VCT 2022 NA Stage 2 Challengers. However, they quickly fell off in the VCT 2022 Masters Copenhagen after placing 7-8th. Will they still power through and show us that they’re capable of being one of the best Valorant teams 2022?
As one of the best Korean teams, DRX stepped up and won both the VCT 2022 Korea Challengers stages, gaining the respect of their peers and fans.
Despite that, they’ve shown no such strength during the Masters. They landed 5-6th place during both the VCT 2022 Stage 1 Masters Reykjavík, as well as Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen. Quite the disappointment after the outstanding performance during the Challengers.
Hopefully, their methodical playstyle and diverse agent picks will be enough for them to step up their game and earn their title as one of the top Valorant teams.
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Earlier this year, LOUD entered the Valorant competitive scene and blew us away with their powerful roster. They won both stages of the VCT 2022 Brazil Challengers stages, ranking first in their region.
Their phenomenal performance landed them the 2nd place in the VCT 2022 Stage 1 Masters Reykjavík, where their duelist Erik “Aspas” Santos ranked 5th best player.
While we all thought that they might push their way to the top, becoming one of the best Valorant teams, they quickly fell off after placing 11-12th in the Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen. Question is, will they be able to get back on track and show better results in the highly anticipated Valorant Champions 2022?
As one of the most popular and best Valorant teams, Fnatic earned their spot near the top of our list. Fnatic, with some of the best Valorant players, performs well overall and is considered one of the most consistent teams out there.
This year, Fnatic got 3rd place in the VCT 2022 EMEA Stage 1 Challenger. After welcoming Enzo to their roster, they won 1st place in Stage 2 Challenger.
While their performance was quite the disappointment during the Stage 1 Masters – Reykjavík where they settled for 11-12th place, they fought their way back near the top in the Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen after placing 4th.
Although Fnatic have always been one of the favourites, they have yet to land an International title.
3. OpTic Gaming
After Team Envy merged with and transferred their roster to OpTic Gaming, they began to pop off. During the VCT 2022 North America Challengers, they managed to secure 2nd place in both stages.
After outperforming teams like LOUD, Paper Rex and ZETA DIVISION, OpTic Gaming landed 1st place in the Stage 1 Masters – Reykjavík.
They haven’t shown the same energy during the Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen where they placed 3rd.
Overall, they are definitely one of the best Valorant teams out there currently.
2. Paper Rex
After consistently dominating the VCT 2022 Malaysia & Singapore Challengers as well as APAC Challengers where they scored 1st place in all four Stages combined, Paper Rex earned its spot near the top.
After placing 4th in the Stage 1 Masters – Reykjavík and 2nd in the Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen, they are entering the Valorant Champions as one of the favorites. Will their aggressive playstyle be enough to dominate once again and show that they’re worthy to take the title?
1. FunPlus Phoenix (FPX)
FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) are coming in hot this year, as the favorite to win it all in the Valorant Champions 2022. Not only have they led the scene during the EMEA Challengers where they landed 1st and 2nd place, but they have broken a record for the most rounds played at an international Valorant tournament ever.
Even though they didn’t qualify for the Stage 1 Masters – Reykjavík as a result of the military conflict in Ukraine, they qualified for the VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen. During the Masters – Copenhagen, going on a lower bracket run, they swept the floor with their competitors and earned 1st place.
Will they take home the title and become the best Valorant team or will a worthy opponent rise up to challenge them?