No Phoenix and Team Liquid Valorant as First Blood Kings: VCT Masters Reykjavík Stats

Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 Masters Reykjavík has come to an end, leaving fans and analysts with a wealth of information to sift through. However, the most interesting stats from VCT Masters deal with agent and card pick rates, as well as first blood success rate.

VCT Masters Reykjavík was filled with compelling stories, record-breaking performances and ended with OpTic Gaming bringing a trophy back to North America. Given the volume of games and inter-regional competition, there are bound to be stats that fans and analysts will sift through to draw conclusions.

Some of the more interesting data from VCT Masters deals with player performance statistics, provided by VLR.ggand who stands out from the crowd along with card and agent pick rates.

For the latter, Phoenix, the hot-blooded British duelist, didn’t see a single second of the match throughout the competition. The agent pick rate is on a downward spiral as more characters have been introduced into the game, but even the likes of Yoru and Reyna have found niche success and made at least one appearance on VCT Masters.

Phoenix splash art from Valorant by Riot Game
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The last time Phoenix was played at a major Valorant tournament was the VCT Masters Berlin.

Yoru and Reyna only saw a few games, two and one respectively, with a combined record of 1-2. Ninjas in Pajamas piloted Reyna on Icebox in a 13-4 loss to DRX, while Paper Rex Yoru ran on Bind in their two matches on the map, winning 1-1 against G2 Esports and losing to DRX.

Map selection for VCT Masters

Valorant only has seven maps at the moment and all of them can be selected and locked in official competitions. Each map was played at VCT Masters, and stats from the event show crossover in map pools across regions and teams.

The two highest picked cards were Rise and Icebox in 12 games played with Split and Haven finishing second and third with 10 and 9 respectively.

Valorant's fifth map Icebox
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Almost every team at VCT Masters played Icebox.

Overall, the defending team won more rounds in the tournament, but only just 51 percent across all maps. Acsent, Split and Fracture were the top defensive sides at 54 percent, and Breeze led at 59 percent in wins on the attacking side across the card’s three appearances at VCT Masters.

Individual player statistics

The biggest statistical outliers in VCT Masters include Team Liquid and its core players Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom, Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen and Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom. Despite losing in the first round of the playoffs, all three are in the top 15 players in terms of kills-to-death ratio after battling through the group stage.

ScreaM also led the event with the highest average fight score of 260.5 and also placed fifth in kill/assist/survive and trade percentage with 75 percent.

The three players also appeared in the Top 10 players with the highest first-blood success rate, often win the opening duel for their team. In a post compiled using statistics rib.ggwillminder showed how Nivera and ScreaM topped the list in a crowd of players finishing in the top four at the event.

NIP’s Alexandre ‘xand’ Zizi is also an outlier considering his team was one of the first to exit the tournament. No Phoenix and Team Liquid Valorant as First Blood Kings: VCT Masters Reykjavík Stats

Emma Bowman

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