VCT Masters 2 Reykjavik: Best Players, Top Agents, Most Played Maps
VCT Masters 2 Reykjavik produced an absolute treasure trove of highlights across a week’s worth of play. We saw the rise of new stars, the emergence of new metas and strategies, all while Sentinels methodically dissected the competition in nine straight maps.
While Sentinels took home the trophy, they didn’t take every single accolade. With Reykjavik still visible in the rearview mirror, we take a look at some of the significant statistics from Riot’s first international LAN.
Best Average Combat Score
For those somehow unfamiliar with Average Combat Score, or ACS, it’s the in-game measure of a player’s value and performance during a map. Players earn score by getting kills, with more points earned the earlier the kills come in the round (opening frags get the most). Points are also earned from multikills and assists, and the ACS at the end of the game is an average of each round’s ACS.
Across the entire event, Sentinels’ Tyson “TenZ” Ngo averaged the highest ACS, with 289.4 over nine maps. With a high ratio of first kills per round compared to other players, and with the highest KD ratio of all players, TenZ easily claimed the highest ACS. His score was a whole 24.4 points higher than the second-highest, while no. 2 through 5 each had a difference of only 5-6 points between them. He was also the only player to average at least one kill per round. Here are the top five for Average Combat Score at VCT Masters Reykjavik.
- Sentinels’ Tyson “TenZ” Ngo – 289.4
- Team Liquid’s Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom – 265
- Fnatic’s Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev – 260.4
- X10 Esports’ Patiphan “Patiphan” Chaiwong – 246.6
- Sentinels’ Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan – 240
Most Popular Agent
The most popular agent at VCT Masters 2 Reykjavik was also the most impactful, Jett. Four of the top five players mentioned above (except for ScreaM) used Jett in multiple maps, with several combining her mobile ability kit with the powerful Operator. The knives are a great option any round, especially during a force buy or save round.
Compared to the previous VCT stages, Sova remains an overwhelmingly popular pick on every map instead of Split. But while Cypher and Killjoy split sentinel duties in previous events, Killjoy has emerged as the overwhelming favorite because of the post-plant usage of her Nanoswarm. Omen has taken a dramatic dip as Astra has risen up to the top, with her extensive utility being a key difference-maker. Viper has also made a dramatic comeback, becoming a go-to pick for Icebox, Bind, and Split. Here are the top five most popular agents from VCT Masters 2 Reykjavik, by overall pick rate.
- Jett – 80%
- Sova – 71%
- Killjoy – 58%
- Viper – 49%
- Astra – 44%
Most Clutch Player
With your tournament lives on the line, you turn to your clutchest teammate. A lot of teams will make a point to run with compositions and strategies that put certain agents or players in clutch situations. They’ll typically play back on defense and won’t rush in during attack rounds. Sova is overwhelmingly the most popular pick for agents in clutch situations, as his ability kit is tailor-made for post-plants.
Among players with at least 10 clutch attempts, Version1’s Loic “effys” Sauvageau had the highest successful clutch percentage, at 30%. He also had the most total successful clutches with 12, out of 40 attempts. Here are the top five players at VCT Masters 2 Reykjavik in terms of clutch percentage, with a minimum of ten attempts.
- Version1’s Loic “effys” Sauvageau – 30% (12/40)
- Sentinels’ Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan – 23% (6/26)
- Version1’s Erik “penny” Penny – 23% (3/13)
- Fnatic’s Martin “Magnum” Peňkov – 22% (5/23)
- Fnatic’s Jake “Boaster” Howlett – 22% (8/37)
Honorable mention: Team Liquid’s Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen with 33% on three out of nine attempts.
Most Played Map
An even 40 maps were played at VCT Masters Reykjavik by the ten teams. The teams that played the most maps overall was by far Fnatic, who played 16 maps across six series, followed by NUTURN with 11 maps played then Version1 with ten. Behind those three were Sentinels, who played nine maps with dropping a single one.
Haven was the most played map at VCT Masters 2 Reykjavik, with 12 out of the 40 maps played. It was also the only map that each and every team played at least once. Sentinels never played Ascent, while Liquid and NUTURN each never played Icebox. Several teams never touched Bind and Split, which were easily the least played. Here’s the ranked list of maps played at VCT Masters 2 Reykjavik, out of 40 maps played in total.
- Haven – 12
- Ascent – 10
- Icebox – 8
- Bind – 6
- Split – 4
Highest Headshot Percentage
If you’re even slightly familiar with the recent history of competitive CS:GO, this name should be no surprise to you. The player with the highest headshot percentage is Team Liquid’s Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom, with an impressive 33%. During his years in the French and international CS:GO, ScreaM was known to his opponents as the “one-tap machine”, and would dazzle onlookers and infuriate opponents with his headshots. He hasn’t lost a step since coming to VALORANT. Masters 2 was a terrific performance for him overall; he also led in Average Damage per Round with 190.6, and was second in ACS, KD, and kills per round behind only TenZ.
Interestingly enough, despite how well North America did overall at the event, the highest-rated NA player is 21st overall: ShahZaM with a 23% headshot rate. In fact, of the 13 players with a headshot rate below 20%, six of them are from Sentinels or Version1. Four of those players are V1 players, who proved that you don’t need to out-headshot ScreaM to beat him. Regardless, six players achieved an overall headshot percentage of at least 30% at VCT Masters 2 Reykjavik.
- Team Liquid’s Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom – 33%
- KRU Esports’ Juan Pablo “NagZ” Lopez Miranda – 31%
- NUTURN’s Kim “Lakia” Jong-min – 30%
- Team Vikings’ Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi – 30%
- Team Liquid’s Travis “L1NK” Mendoza – 30%
- NUTURN’s Seo “Suggest” Jae-young – 30%
- Most kills in a game: Fnatic’s Fnatic’s Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev, with 34 kills versus Version1 on Icebox with Jett.
- Wants to die the most: Team Liquid’s Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen had the highest amount of first deaths per round, with 0.22
- Mr. Irrelevant: Yoru was the least picked Agent, with only two maps played. He was picked by Team Vikings twice in both their losing maps against Team Liquid. He had 19 kills in total.