The Top 5 Valorant Players of 2022

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2022 was a watershed moment for Valorant, as fans were allowed back into the most major tournaments on the schedule and the esports continued to flourish globally. Top Valorant players were minted on the biggest platform the esports has seen so yet, with spectators in attendance and an ever-changing meta.

The year had several amazing narratives, including OpTic Gaming’s supremacy, ZETA DIVISION’s underdog run, and FunPlus Phoenix’s ascension.

Some players emerged from those tales to provide performances that secured their place in Valorant history and catapulted them to elite player status.

Here are our picks for the top five Valorant players of 2022.

Jing Jie ‘Jinggg’ Wang

Paper Rex finished fourth in both the Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 Masters and Stage 2 Masters, thanks largely to Jinggg’s performance. The adolescent did get some assistance from his partner-in-crime, Jason ‘f0rsakeN’ Susanto, who always complimented his aggressive plays, and the team’s head coach, Alexandre ‘alecks’ Sallé, who designed set plays to allow both players to shine.

However, the young Singaporean had to execute such plays, which he almost always accomplished while finishing events in the top bracket statistically. He was in the top three statistically for average damage per round, average battle score, and kills per round at Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen, according to VRL.gg. Despite his side failing to advance past the group stage, he was in the top five for those same statistics at Stage 1 Masters and even broke into the top ten at Valorant Champions 2022.

Kim ‘MaKo’ Myeong-kwan

DRX is a consistent international danger, and they extended their regional dynasty in 2022 by cruising to every international event. MaKo, the team’s star player, was a steady competitor for DRX throughout the year, rising to the top of numerous statistical categories.

According to VLR, his greatest tournament of the year was Masters Copenhagen, where he recorded the most assists per round at 0.5 and the second-highest kill, assist, survive, or trade percentage. MaKo was the rock DRX needed to get out of tough games, even if he wasn’t always on the stat sheet or making dazzling plays.

He was rarely the team’s bottom fragger and was a significant part of DRX breaking into the top three at Valorant Champions, the team’s first top-three finish worldwide, by top-fragging in a 2-0 win over FPX.

Gustavo ‘Sacy’ Rossi

No year-end top-five list in Valorant would be complete without a representative from the Valorant Champions, LOUD. The Brazilian team was one of the greatest teams in esports this year, and they also dominated their home region, with no domestic opponent able to take a series from them in 2022. Sacy, one of the squad’s leaders, was an important member of the team because he assisted captain LOUD and caused problems for other teams with his utility usage.

Because of their mastery of the meta, utility usage, and sheer mechanics, LOUD was regarded as a top squad in Brazil and abroad. LOUD was fortunate to have someone like Sacy, who could read the game and mentor younger teammates, in addition to strong aimers.

While not one of the year’s best statistical players, Sacy was always a site anchor and was never a liability for his team, unlike other top-level team captains and IGLs.

Dmitry ‘SUYGETSU’ Ilyushin

Fans enjoyed the journey as FPX qualified for every international event in 2022, won Masters Copenhagen, and placed in the top four at Valorant Champions. All five members of the squad may be considered among the top Valorant players of the year, but the youngest made Dexerto’s list due to his persistent fragging power.

After lifting the championship, SUYGETSU was awarded MVP of the grand final series between FPX and PRX at Masters Copenhagen. The 20-year-old player secured the series’ last kills for his squad and also dominated the series’ third stage, Fracture, with 22 kills on Viper.

While not a flamboyant playmaker or the squad’s smart IGL, SUYGETSU has shown his talent in a more supportive role and had breakout games throughout the year to show supporters he is more than a Cypher main.

Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker

OpTic Gaming was by far the finest Valorant team of 2022, finishing first in all three international VCT events and winning Masters 1. Despite having some of the finest players in North America, it’s difficult to underestimate yay’s importance to OpTic’s success.

According to VLR, yeah finished in the top three in all three VCT major 2022 events in average combat score, average damage per round, and kills per round. Yay became nearly unbeatable with the rise of Chamber and his skills, which grant the Agent a sniper rifle and a one-shot headshot kill sidearm. He also averaged 0.18 first kills each round in international events last year.

On December 8, Yay was also voted the best esports athlete of the year by The Game Awards.


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