VALORANT Power Rankings for November: North America
VALORANT Power Rankings for October: North America
We’re continuing to passionately follow the VALORANT pro scene; here comes another power ranking. Today we will be looking at North America, where furious battles are held.
We’ve asked Nick “Dracon” Andreev, FIRST STRIKE CIS Qualifier official commentator and a huge fan of the NA scene, to help us. Our previous edition: VALORANT Power Rankings for October: North America
1. Team SoloMid
TSM has clinched its FIRST STRIKE spot with confidence after winning UMG Tournament. During that, the players have lost only three maps and that speaks more than any words.
Despite their mediocre performance during NSG Tournament where they lost 0:2 against 100 Thieves, TSM in my opinion is the best team in North America. Wardell and his teammates show great results: they won UMG Tournament as well as FaZe Clan Invitational.
Last month the Sentinels were #1, but in NSG Tournament they only managed to reach the semifinals. Nonetheless, the main mission of qualifying for FIRST STRIKE was accomplished, and now ShahZam together with his teammates can prepare for the greatest tournament of the year with no stress.
These guys are gaining momentum. Notable recent accomplishments include the Pax Arena Invitational finals victory against C9 Blue and PoP Flash fight against Team Envy. Their play with confidence against other top teams of the region, yet their most important fight of the year is still ahead.
3. Cloud9 Blue
One of the three VALORANT squads of Cloud9 showed some strong performance in October and that could not be forgotten. Unfortunately, the team failed when it was needed the most: in the FIRST STRIKE qualifiers, C9 Blue lost the match for the slot two times. It’s a pity, but we won’t see them in the main tournament of the year.
There was zero chance that one of the most well-known VALORANT teams would miss our power rankings. I personally would like to see them somewhere higher, but their heavy fragger TenZ, who is #2 in NA players rating according to the official Twitter account, can’t carry his team to the top by himself.
The Immortals got second in NSG x Renegades Invitational. They have also qualified for the FIRST STRIKE through the UMG Tournament.
Very unstable team, but they are capable to fight all the top teams in the region even despite current problems. After placing 2nd at NSG x Renegades Invitational, they successfully got into the top-4 of the UMG Tournament, losing in a close game to TSM.
5. Team Envy
FNS together with his teammates qualified for FIRST STRIKE with the victory in NSG Tournament. However, that is their only success in recent times.
This team does not have a huge list of achievements, but they won NSG Tournament and came 2nd in Pop Flash losing the finals to Sentinels. I hope they keep gaining momentum, but right now I give them only fifth place.
6. Gen.G Esports
Like C9 Blue, we won’t see this squad in FIRST STRIKE. Gen.G were two rounds from qualifying for the main tournament, but they fell short, losing to FaZe Clan.
Gen.G had a great start in the first act of VALORANT, but now it is more like waiting for something big to come. They claimed a few tournaments, but I will mention the 2nd place in the Pittsburgh Knights Invitational Gauntlet Series.
Andbox won NSG x Renegades Invitational where they claimed victories over Immortals and Gen.G, but it was crossed out by underwhelming performance in the FIRST STRIKE qualifiers.
An interesting squad from New York. They successfully move forward, although they are yet to achieve huge success.
T1 managed to qualify for FIRST STRIKE. However, they have no big accomplishments besides that. Their second to last success was in June (2nd place in T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Showdown).
It is pretty interesting to see how the return of Skadoodle to the active roster will change T1's results. This roster looks promising, but due to their lack of results I only give them 8th place.
9. 100 Thieves
Hiko and his team are yet to show any decent results besides qualifying for FIRST STRIKE. This will be their true time to go big or go home.
100 Thieves did not have any super successful results in VALORANT, but their second place at NSG Tournament, where they lost in the finals to Team Envy, can be a start to something great
10. Luminosity Gaming
This squad has got into the play-offs of the UMG Tournament, but they got bad luck when they lost the match for the FIRST STRIKE slot against Immortals.
This organization had success in CS:GO, and now decided to enter VALORANT. Their recent results are bad, but who knows, maybe we will see their comeback to the top.
There is little time left before the start of FIRST STRIKE: most regions will see the tournament from December 3 to December 6. NA teams will compete for $100,000. The champion will be determined in the single-elimination bracket.