VCT Stage 2 Masters Reykjavik Teams & Power Rankings
VCT Masters Reykjavik hosts ten teams hailing from seven regions to determine the best Valorant team this spring. The Stage 2 Masters is the first international Valorant event to date, and creating the perfect power rankings proves to be a real challenge.
Before all the matches kick off this weekend, we overview the teams with the best odds of succeeding and your ideal choices for Valorant betting ahead of the matches kicking off.
VCT Masters Reykjavik Power Rankings
We will organize our power rankings in a descending fashion from worst to best based on observations on how teams approach the meta, the Agents they play and how individual players or the entire team performed in various competitive settings. With no international events for comparisons, we only look at performance based on regional matches and domestic Challenger leagues.
Lets start off with the “worst” team in the lineup.
10. Crazy Raccoon
Crazy Racoon are the dark horse of the entire competition and in my view the expected weakest performer in Iceland. Granted they have dominated their domestic scene, but have only had a limited amount of opponents in FAV and Absolute JUPITER. Former Seoul Dynasty DPS player Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byeon is the most notable name on this roster. The rest of the roster is mostly former Battle Royale players like Rion from PUBG, Zepher from H1Z1 and Medusa from Fortnite.
If you are a BR fan and want to see the Royale players stick it to FPS purists, cheer for Crazy Racoon to cause the upset of the year.
9. Sharks Esports
Coming from Brazil as the second seed, Sharks Esports are the team with the lowest chances of succeeding out of all the South American teams. Formed in March after the organization acquired the roster of Squad5, they have been performing relatively well domestically. If you fancy seeing plenty of Raze and Omen play, then Sharks will surprise you with these two agents as their mainstay picks in almost every match they play. Omen is Winicius “light” Alves César default pick with a 100% pick rate regardless of composition.
Overall, I think Sharks doesn’t have the flexibility nor stopping power to compete with some of the teams on this list and will easily get outmaneuvered in many matches.
8. Team Vikings
The Vikings are the best team from Brazil, but are hardly the best team at this event. Notable performances from Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi’s on his signature Sova have skyrocketed Vikings past their domestic competition. However, their slow and methodical play and control heavy compositions seem to lack the stopping power some of the other teams have at this event. While they might perform better then their regional opponents or the Japanese representative, I doubt they are making it far into this competition.
7. KRÜ Esports
The best steam in LATAM has a nice and varied approach to the meta and their team compositions. They are average across all metrics and might actually be a true Dark Horse in this competition. The biggest variable on this team is Joaquín “delz1k” Soto and his plays on Omen. While good at general play with the agent, he fails to excel at niche Omen strategies that would grant him some easier lurker frags. If you are rooting for KRU to explode in this competition, then it will all come down to how well delz1k performs at this event.
6. X10 Esports
The Thai representatives stormed their regional scene with their versatile picks and the superior dominance of Patiphan Chaiwong on his signature Jett. The former Overwatch pro has given X10 a new breath of air in how they approach the game, and they seek to put SEA on the map in competitive Valorant. I believe they are just shy out making it into the top five, unless Patiphan channels his inner Genji and swift flis his team through the opponents.
Version1 had a meteoric rise through the North American scene surpassing crowd favorites like NRG, ENVY and Cloud9. The team is heavily built around former CS:GO talent, as are most of the good performing Valorant teams. Their recent acquisition of another former CSGO player in Maxim “wippie” Shepelev might go both ways for the team. They work through synergy and aligning with his Sentinel/Control playstyle if they want to succeed against the best European and Korean team.
4. NUTURN Gaming
Likely the “oldest” squad by age in this competition, NUTURN gaming hosts two Counter-Strike 1.6 and CSGO legends from MVP PK on their team. Bum-gi “peri” Jung and Kang “solo” Keun-chul are both well in their 30s and are still stomping the competition domestically. Their years of experience in the FPS scene has given NUTURN a unique ability to outplay and outmacro opponents domestically. This tactical superiority should also come in handy when facing fresh new opponents on the international stage.
As we enter the top three section of our power rankings, I have to state that either of these three teams may likely be the best Valorant team at the Masters Reykjavik event. Each team has their unique strengths and we simply don’t have enough data to accurately predict which would come out on top. With that said, Fnatic is one of the key teams to look forward to in Iceland.
After signing the SUMN FC roster and replacing Moe40 and tsack with Derke and Magnum, the team sports a 70% win rate which would be higher if they didn’t flop in the EU Finals against Liquid. Their slower and heavily methodical approach to the game is reminiscent of what NaVi does in CSGO, with slow paced and interestingly crafted executes on sites. They are one of the more snoozy teams to watch, but also a very solid contender at this event.
Sentinels are the pride and jot of North America at this competition. They are one of the most renowned and oldest teams in Valorant considering the short life span of the title. They acquired Tyson “TenZ” Ngo from C9 on loan, to take over OWL superstar Jay “sinatraa” Won’s place, and have performed insanely ever since. Between ShahZaM, SicK and dapr they have two decades of combined CSGO experience on top of the extra year in Valorant. When it comes to the Masters Reykjavik Power Rankings, they can easily be first or second and in this case the selection laregely goes on my gut feeling.
1. Team Liquid
Finally at the top of our rankings is the most dominant team in Europe in the past 10 months. Team Liquid is what G2 wished to be for EU Valorant. The former fish123 roster has gone from strength to strength ever since they added former un-banned CSGO pro Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen to their roster. With the expertise of Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom as their most veteran player and plenty of completion in Europe to sharpen their tactical prowess, Liquid are the heaviest favorites at the event.
Coming into the this season of the Valorant Champions Tour, they are also one of the main contenders to potentially make their way to Berlin and the VCT Champions at the end of the season.