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Top 20 highest earning Valorant pros of all time

Published: 6/Sep/2020 17:05 Updated: 6/Sep/2020 17:07

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant is the freshest esport on the market. Only a few months old, its esports scene is only just starting. Players have already walked away with thousands in prize money across the Valorant Ignition Series. Let’s see who are the highest earning pros and teams in the game.

Valorant is Riot’s answer to CS:GO. They are hoping the tactical FPS title can one day be as big as their hallmark franchise, League of Legends. Trends are certainly making it look that way.

Players from a bunch of FPS franchises have made the switch. CS:GO, Overwatch, Fortnite ⁠— even PUBG and Siege players have jumped ship to the new Riot title. It’s not just for the gameplay either. Riot has a history of supporting a strong competitive scene, giving players who might have been disillusioned with other developers another chance.

Valorant pro Wardell playing for Ghost Gaming in CS:GO
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Wardell has made a name for himself at the top of NA Valorant.

Obviously, a couple of months into Valorant’s existence, there hasn’t been a major international tournament where we can determine who is definitively the best. But looking at who’s won the most prize money in their respective regions can establish a bit of a power ranking.

There’s been millions of dollars on the line across multiple Valorant Ignition Series events since the game’s launch. This has been most prominent in Europe and North America, where individual prize pools have topped out at $50,000.

The teams who have established themselves at the top of the scene early are the ones who dominate the earnings. In North America, that’s TSM, and in Europe, that’s the G2 roster.

TSM, led by Matt ‘Wardell’ Yu, have swept up the majority of tournaments in North America. They won the first Ignition Series event ⁠— the T1 Showdown. They also took home the FaZe Clan Invitational, and finished in 3-4th in the PAX Arena Invitational. They’ve won more than they’ve lost, and that’s got their players sitting pretty at the top.

However, there’s one team that trumps them, and that’s G2. The European squad has held a firm grip on the European scene since day one. They haven’t lost a single tournament that they’ve entered ⁠— winning the Vitality European Open, WePlay! Invitational, Mandatory.gg Cup, and Allied Esports Odyssey.

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Former CS:GO player Ardiis is now the top earning Valorant pro.

Ardis ‘ardiis’ Svarenieks sits atop of the earnings board, edging out Oscar ‘mixwell’ Canellas due to his time on fish123. The Latvian star was a force to be reckoned with on the now-Team Liquid roster, before jumping over to their European rivals. Supplemented by G2’s impressive run, he’s has taken the crown as the highest earning Valorant player… for now.

If you’re curious about the top 20 respective teams and players, though, we’ve got them right here for you. Esportsearnings.com has been keeping track, and we will be too ⁠— we will update this list periodically after every major event.

Top 20 highest earning Valorant pros

Last updated: September, 2020

Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st ardiis Latvia $21,689.60
2nd mixwell Spain $18,865.41
3rd davidp Belgium $18,349.45
4th pyth Sweden $17,925.32
5th Drone USA $17,010.00
6th reltuC USA $17,010.00
7th WARDELL Canada $17,010.00
8th Subroza Canada $16,710.00
9th hazed USA $15,910.00
10th paTiTek Poland $15,403.81
11th ec1s UK $13,268.27
12th ScreaM Belgium $12,008.81
13th ShahZaM USA $11,450.00
14th zombs USA $11,450.00
15th SicK USA $11,150.00
16th sinatraa USA $11,150.00
17th dapr USA $11,050.00
18th Kryptix UK $9,954.68
19th L1NK UK $9,954.68
20th soulcas UK $9,954.68

Top 20 highest earning Valorant teams

Last updated: September, 2020

Position Team Tournaments Earnings
1st Team SoloMid 8 $71,500.00
2nd G2 Esports 5 $64,702.16
3rd Sentinels 5 $54,000.00
4th Absolute JUPITER 2 $37,714.83
5th Gen.G Esports 7 $36,000.00
6th Cloud9 7 $20,800.00
7th T1 3 $16,500.00
8th Immortals 4 $14,500.00
9th ahq Esports Club 2 $14,000.00
10th Team Envy 2 $13,500.00
11th Ninjas in Pyjamas 8 $11,454.36
12th SCARZ 2 $9,910.22
13th Attack All Around 2 $8,000.00
14th FunPlus Phoenix 2 $6,522.63
15th FaZe Clan 1 $5,000.00
16th Team Dignitas 1 $5,000.00
17th Team Liquid 1 $4,736.80
18th Big Frames 5 $2,600.00
19th EXO Clan 1 $2,131.14
20th forZe 1 $1,792.50

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10 players to watch during Valorant’s First Strike Global Finals

Published: 26/Nov/2020 16:58 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 21:54

by Lauren Bergin

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With the Valorant First Strike qualifiers coming to a close all across the globe, some players have risen to the top of the pack — but who are they? 

It’s safe to say that Riot Games’ first global tournament, First Strike, has left its mark in FPS history. There’s been upsets, shocking results and, of course, some absolutely wild plays. Some of the top tier teams fell at the final hurdle, and others powered up by friendship have emerged triumphant.

One of the positives about having the tournament be played online is that it lets smaller teams shine, highlighting players who maybe never would have made it onto the big stage.

Every region is going to see some fierce competition for their regional title, and it’s going to be exciting to watch who prevails and who falters. Below is our list of players who can shift the First Strike tides, so let’s dive right in.

European players to watch

Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom (Team Liquid)

When Team Liquid picked up former CS:GO pro ScreaM, Valorant fans were beyond excited, and for good reason. Renowned for being the “headshot machine” of CS:GO, it was pretty obvious that ScreaM joining the Valorant scene heralded even more head-popping chaos.

From start to finish ScreaM has dominated the First Strike qualifiers on his signature Jett, scoring an ace against Prodigy Esports that will go down in Valorant history as one of the cleanest. Are you ready to scream for Liquid? Well, get ready to watch the man himself obliterate the competition in the First Strike Regional Finals.

Ardis ‘ardiis’ Svarenieks (G2 Esports)

One of the most formidable players on this list is Ardiis, G2 Esports’ sniper extraordinaire. With a KD of 1.24 and a whole host of Agents available in his pool, Ardiis has quite rightly been dubbed by many casters, analysts, and other professionals as one of the game’s best players.

He’s proven that his skill matches up to the hype. One of the key carries in G2’s series against Ninjas in Pyjamas, Ardiis’ Sova was a force to be reckoned with. Sneaking behind enemy lines, shooting out devastating shock darts left, right and center, G2 couldn’t have done it without him. It’ll be interesting to see how he steps up in the regional final, especially when the title of First Strike Europe champion is on the line.

Pontus ‘Zyppan’ Eek (FPX)

When FunPlus Phoenix entered the Valorant scene we knew the sparks would fly, but we never knew that Zyppan would be the reason. The ex-Fortnite player’s Raze has become a true force on Future Earth, demolishing every team he’s been put up against.

With a KD of 1.32, his aggressive style is one we’d love to see more of in Valorant. His performance against The Opportunists is the perfect example of why he’s on such a highly respected roster, and it’ll be exciting to see how he shapes up against Ardiis and FunPlus’ arch nemesis, G2.

Domagoj ‘doma’ Fancev (SUMN FC)

SUMN FC aren’t a team that many people expected to be playing with the big guns, but doma is one of the reasons that the team are up there. The young Croatian has led SUMN to countless victories in past tournaments, with his Raze plays being explosive as the agent herself.

Doma has become one of the team’s most dominant forces, scoring headshot after headshot against eXiLe eSports in their qualifying match. Will he be able to outwit foes such as ScreaM and Zyppan? Maybe so, but what’s for sure is that he’s going to give them a fight to remember.

North American players to watch

Jake ‘kaboose’ McDonald (Team Envy)

Kaboose might not get as much recognition on Envy as his teammates like FNS, Crashies, and food, but he’s proven to be the player this roster needs to fly right to the top. The duelist specialist was the star of the Envy lineup that ended up winning the First Strike NA NSG Qualifier, topping the Average Combat Score (ACS) charts and styling on the likes of T1 and 100 Thieves.

While he was a CS:GO veteran of five years, he never really got his chance in the spotlight while playing in MDL. Now, in Valorant First Strike, he really has the chance to get the breakout he’s been grinding for years.

Quan ‘dicey’ Tran (100 Thieves)

If there was any doubts about Dicey’s skill before he joined 100 Thieves, they’ve surely been silenced by now. The young star is on the rise in Valorant, spearheading an incredibly talented and experienced roster. He might not have the name value of his teammates like Hiko and nitr0, but give him six months and he will.

His Jett put Wardell to shame in the NSG Qualifier for First Strike, but he’s also shown he can pick up other roles like Sova as well while on Prospects. He also has the brain to match the aim: one can’t forget his insane 1v4 ace against Sentinels on Bind back in Pop Flash. Now in his biggest competition yet, Dicey really has the chance to cement himself as a household name in Valorant.

Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won (Sentinels)

Sinatraa has a real chance to become an undisputed GOAT in two titles. The Overwatch League MVP has made a splash in Valorant with Sentinels, and is widely considered to be the best player in NA. His ability to flex between Agents is testament to his versatility. Across just two series against 100 Thieves and T1 in the NSG Qualifier, he played four Agents in Raze, Sova, Jett, and Phoenix.

His uncanny ability to top the score charts, all while playing a more supportive role on Sova (most of the time) is incredible. There was a reason why he’s considered one of the best Overwatch players of all time, and now he’s living up to that GOAT title in Valorant.

Noah ‘jcStani’ Smith (Immortals)

Immortals have been through a lot of changes, but jcStani has been a rock for the squad. He’s filled in every possible role no matter who leaves, and although he more often than not finds himself on support, he still manages to frag out like a duelist.

jcStani’s leadership of the Immortals roster that has been in flux, even during First Strike with ShoT_Up’s illness, has steered them to where they are today. Now with things starting to stabilize, it’s only a matter of time until the best of Immortals and jcStani really gets to shine.

Notable mentions

Goo ‘Rb’ Sang-min (Vision Strikers)

Rb is probably the best Valorant player you’ve never heard of. The Vision Strikers star is the King of Korean Valorant. There’s a reason why his team are on an undefeated 43-0 streak, and a lot of it has to do with Rb. His incredible fragging ability allows his squad to execute the most well-coordinated strats seen across the globe.

Rb boasts a career ACS of 245. To put that in perspective, Sinatraa has a career ACS of 241, Ardiis has 245, and the only player who really beats him is ScreaM on 258. The level of competition in Korea is fierce as well between T1 Korea, C9 Korea, and more, but Rb manages to consistently come out on top on Jett, making him one of the most exciting prospects once international play gets going.

Chris ‘pl1xx’ Li (EXO Clan)

To round out our list, it’s time to take a trip down under to chat about EXO Clan’s pl1xx. Is there anything pl1xx can’t play? Probably not. He is an incredibly flexible player for Oceania’s number one team, and while he calls himself a Sova main, he can basically play anything his team needs, including Reyna and Raze.

A once-budding Counter-Strike prodigy, the Australian has found himself a new home in Valorant. Widely touted as Oceania’s best player – with maybe a bit of debate between his teammates – pl1xx’s flexibility and keen aim makes him one of the most versatile players not just in his home region, but across the globe.

So that’s it for our list of players to watch going into the global First Strike finals. There are a hundred different ways this list could have went, but these players are certainly standouts and we can wait to see how they perform.