Top 5 Best Valorant Players to Look Out For at VCT Masters Tokyo

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Top 5 Best Valorant Players to Look Out For at VCT Masters Tokyo

With the VCT Masters Tokyo just around the corner, we present you the top 5 best Valorant players poised to dominate the event

The road to VCT Masters Tokyo has been a grueling journey for the twelve teams that managed to secure their spot from four regions across the globe. With a rigorous qualification process, only the crème de la crème have clinched their coveted tickets to Tokyo, surpassing some of the best teams in their respective regions.

There is no shortage of talented players in this highly anticipated event. Amongst the sea of talented players, a select few stand out, capable of single-handedly swaying the course of a match or even an entire series. As we approach Valorant’s inaugural international event of 2023, let's explore the top 5 best players to look out for at VCT Masters Tokyo.

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Leo “Leo” Jannesson

  • Role: Initiator
  • VLR Rating: 1.24
  • Average Combat Score (ACS): 207.7
  • Kill-Death Ratio: 1.35
  • Kill/Assist/Survided/Traded: 83%
  • Average Damage Per Round: 132.4
  • Headshot Percentage: 20%

While debates may arise regarding who currently holds the crown of the best Valorant player in the world, Leo’s supremacy in the initiator role stands near uncontested. Particularly on Sova, his proficiency is unrivaled. During the LOCK//IN and VCT EMEA League events, the Swede made a name for himself for his ridiculous number of shock dart kills.

During FNATIC’s dominant run this season, the spotlight has been on either the star-duelist Derke, the Prodigy Alfajer, or even the charismatic IGL Boaster. However, it was Leo who, with his impeccable initiation, paved the way for FNATIC’s success. Besides the shock darts kills, his most notable stats include an astounding 83% KAST and an impressive 1.35 K/D ratio, both of which stand as the highest among all participants in the VCT Leagues.

Ilya “something” Petrov

  • Role: Duelist
  • VLR Rating: 1.22
  • Average Combat Score (ACS): 230.6
  • Kill-Death Ratio: 1.37
  • Kill/Assist/Survided/Traded: 78%
  • Average Damage Per Round: 145.3
  • Headshot Percentage: 24%

If you replace f0rsaken as the primary duelist of your team, you are something special. The addition of something to the PRX roster for the VCT League generated massive interest in the scene. The community eagerly awaited how the Russian duelist main, notorious for his aggressive gameplay, would fare in the big leagues. 

Paper Rex, renowned for their unconventional team compositions, took their experimentations to new heights with the inclusion of something. Placing him on Reyna in multiple maps over different series might have seemed unorthodox, but it proved to be a stroke of brilliance. Even in the climactic grand finals clash against DRX, something exhibited his mastery of Reyna by delivering exceptional performances with an ACS of nearly 300 on two maps.

Saif “Sayf” Jibraeel

  • Role: Duelist
  • VLR Rating: 1.2
  • Average Combat Score (ACS): 244.7
  • Kill-Death Ratio: 1.31
  • Kill/Assist/Survided/Traded: 74%
  • Average Damage Per Round: 155.0
  • Headshot Percentage: 24%

Another duelist in the list who was relatively unknown coming into the franchise league but has transcended expectations to firmly establish himself among the ranks of the world's elite. Following the departure of the Belgian brothers ScreaM and Nivera, Liquid sought to bolster their firepower, and they found a gem in Sayf.

Team Liquid only got better as the season went on. Despite a tumultuous start at the LOCK//IN event, they continually improved and eventually emerged as champions of the highly competitive EMEA region. Sayf was instrumental in his team’s rise to prominence. While he was consistent throughout the event, his most notable performances came in the latter stage of the playoffs. The 22-year-old Swede’s efficiency with both sniper and rifle was critical in Liquid dethroning FNATIC as Europe’s finest.

Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwan

  • Role: Controller
  • VLR Rating: 1.2
  • Average Combat Score (ACS): 220.4
  • Kill-Death Ratio: 1.19
  • Kill/Assist/Survided/Traded: 78%
  • Average Damage Per Round: 142.4
  • Headshot Percentage: 24%

When you find yourself in awe of DRX's immaculate strategic gameplay, it is MaKo who orchestrates it with his flawless utilization of utility. The controller player of DRX might not have the flashy playstyles of the duelists on this list, but his composed demeanor on the server makes him one of the most feared opponents to go up against.

Whether it's Brimstone’s lineup, Omen’s one-ways, or Astra’s pulls, you can rely on MaKo to execute every single utility of a controller agent to perfection.  MaKo’s impact extends beyond being the ideal team player, though. The numbers he puts on the scoreboard are nothing short of astonishing and showcase his multifaceted skill set. One of MaKo's most notable attributes is his clutch potential. When faced with a man-disadvantage mid-round, the 21-year-old Korean is a reliable source of hope, capable of single-handedly turning the tides in favor of his team.

Erick “aspas” SantosY

  • Role: Duelist
  • VLR Rating: 1.19
  • Average Combat Score (ACS): 238.8
  • Kill-Death Ratio: 1.36
  • Kill/Assist/Survided/Traded: 76%
  • Average Damage Per Round: 152.7
  • Headshot Percentage: 25%

Get ready to witness a Jett decimating everyone on the server as LOUD aspas arrives in Korea for the 2023 VCT Masters Tokyo. There are Jett mains like FNATIC’s Derke or PRX’s something who are incredible at their role. However, no one instills fear into the hearts of opponents quite like aspas when he hits his stride.

The Brazilian star-fragger is a heavily momentum-based player. If you cannot shut him off early and let him off the hook, prepare to get blown off the server by this man alone. As a team, LOUD has amassed an impressive collection of accolades over the past two years, establishing themselves as the most successful team in Valorant's history. While their success is undoubtedly a team effort, aspas's menacing presence on Jett has played a significant role in their achievements. The team's IGL, sadhaak, possesses a profound understanding of how to optimize aspas's skills as their primary duelist, maximizing his impact on the game.

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Top 5 Best Valorant Players to Look Out For at VCT Masters Tokyo
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