Looking at more senior esports scenes such as CS GO and League of Legends, VALORANT is still in its infancy especially after their new format going into 2023, including only 2 full years of being present in the ecosystem and just starting its first year of what Riot Games expects to be a long-term title for their franchise.
Taking that into account, around 7 organizations have won an international tournament during the VALORANT Champions Tour between its start in 2021 and the present. Fnatic has recently claimed the latest VCT trophy, and arguably became the best team in the world after managing to suppress a possible comeback from their opponents LOUD in the finals.
The true community debate comes from a simple question, is the organization or its players the ones deserving of the trophy? On paper, NAVI has never won a title, however all 5 current members have individually won a trophy before, with a similar situation for NRG.
Nevertheless, there are a plethora of incredible squads within VALORANT, and today we are going to take a look at 2 teams we believe are the next to take the mantle of “World Champions” native from the Americas region.
After restructuring at the beginning of 2022, and going through another one just a couple weeks later, 100 Thieves was able to rapidly push themselves back into international stardom by the end of the same year. They managed to enter Champions 2022 through the NA LCQ event, looking dominant in their first tournament with Matthew “Cryocells” Panganiban while also reaching the quarterfinals at LOCK//IN.
The highest level of Prestige – a special gift for the World Champions. @LAThieves pic.twitter.com/sOJDR0xp3f
— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) March 7, 2023
In the same vein with the other team in our list, they have an incredible mechanical player at the controller role in Sean “bang” Bezerra. On top of that, even while still being a youngster, Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk has quite a lot of international experience and continues to be a great flex option. Once Cryocells adjusts to the current meta, 100 Thieves will become a favorite to win it all.
Leviatan is the latest exciting product coming from Latin America, one that continues to showcase what the region is all about: resilience and proactiveness. The LATAM roster has managed to nurture incredibly clutch players in almost every roles, however one stands out as the best in the region, Francisco “kiNgg” Aravena. KiNgg has become a superstar since his latest showing in LOCK//IN, and continues to thrive especially on Haven while also being able to play every role in seamless transition. If kiNgg and his dynamic duelist duo Vicente “Tacolilla” Compagnon continue to improve, Leviatan should become title contenders in no time.
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