Top 5 Players to Watch At The Valorant First Strike Finals


Top 5 Players to Watch At The Valorant First Strike Finals

Abhimannu Das
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  • We take a look at the top five players headed to the Valorant First Strike regional finals this December.
  • Korea will be the only region hosting in-person tournaments at the LoL Centre.
  • First Strike's conclusion will mark the start of the Valorant Championship Tour in 2021.

Riot Games’ first global Valorant tournament is coming to a close, and we are just days away from the finals of the First Strike series. We have the top eight teams headed to the global finals from each region, and some of the biggest names have faltered along the way. The regional titles will see plenty of fierce completion and here are the top five players you should keep an eye out for next month.

Players to Watch in Valorant First Strike North America

Sinatraa (Sentinels)

Top 5 Players to Watch At The Valorant First Strike Finals
ex-Overwatch MVP Sinatraa is already being hailed as the best Valorant player in NA.
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Sinatraa made a name for himself in Overwatch and bagged the Overwatch League MVP title two years ago. He moved on to Valorant earlier this year and is considered to be the best player in NA by many. His versatile agent pool makes him extremely valuable in the Sentinels lineup. Sinatraa’s ability to be at the top of the score charts while playing supporting characters like Sova proves how skilled he is.

Kaboose (Team Envy)

Kaboose is a duelist specialist who led his team to victory at the First Strike NA NSG qualifier. He is number one on the combat rating score leaderboard and has put on dominant performances against the likes of 100 Thieves and T1. With five years of experience in CS:GO, Kaboose knows what’s at stake at the highest level of play.

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Players to Watch in Valorant First Strike Europe

ScreaM (Team Liquid)

Top 5 Players to Watch At The Valorant First Strike Finals
ScreaM is one of the biggest names to move to Valorant from CS:GO.
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When Team Liquid announced that former CS: GO pro ScreaM was joining the Valorant roster, it became obvious that the “headshot machine” was going to leave an impact. He has been one of the most consistent players in the First Strike qualifiers and has numerous game-winning plays on records. His skills on his signature hero Jett are impressive, and he managed to score an ace against Prodigy Esports along the way.

Ardiis(G2 Esports)

Ardiis is one of the best snipers in the professional Valorant scene. With a KD of 1.24 and the ability to play multiple agents with equal skill, he is one of the most valuable players on G2’s roster. His impact plays against Ninjas in Pyjamas helped G2 qualify for the regional finals. His best performances are on Sova, an agent capable of devastating the opponents with shock darts.

Zyppan (FunPlus Phoenix)

Zyppan has been one of the biggest names in Fortnite, and when he moved to Valorant with FunPlus Phoenix, no one expected him to perform as well as he did. He is one of the most aggressive players in the tournament with a KD of 1.32. His Raze gameplay is among the best in Europe, and it will be exciting to see how he fares against FunPlus’ biggest competitor G2 Esports.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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