VCT pros explain which is the best map in Valorant
Over the past 17 months, Valorant players have seen seven different maps introduced and evolved over time.
One of the most popular competitive shooters to date, Valorant’s maps continue to be endless canvases for players to discover how they want to play the game, with endless utility lineups, skill compositions team and more to test and perfect every day.
Of course, in the absence of a public map selection feature, at least not yet anyway, every player must become a student of each of the game’s settings, whether they like it or not.
DBLTAP spoke to several of the game’s top players from Team Liquid, The Guard, and OpTic Gaming during Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1: Masters Reykjavík to get their thoughts on a common question – What is the best map in Valorant? ? Here’s what we found.
In the end, the consensus of the four players we interviewed seems simple. The best map in the games is the one that started it all – the rise of the friendly three-lane floating island on the defender side.
For Liquid Travis “L1NK” Mendoza, it’s got to be Ascent, because it’s perhaps the truest test of skill.
“I would honestly say Ascent,” L1NK told DBLTAP. “It seems to be the most balanced. It seems to be the fairest card.”
Oddly enough, L1NK teammate Liquid Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom was a little indifferent on the subject. Despite being on record for defending Haven and Split in 2020, as well as Ascent in 2021, it looks like ScreaM is content with just about every Valorant map at this point.
“In ranked mode,” ScreaM said, “I think every map is cool, you know? It’s very different.”
Speaking of rankings, guard Michael “neT” Bernet had a stark contrast in his view of the cards, mentioning that the best ones are the ones that are easier for most players to play.
“Honestly, the most fun maps to play on the leaderboard are probably Ascent and Haven,” neT said. “For Ascent and Haven, these are types of cards that everyone knows and loves, [they] have been out long enough that people know the basics and have at least a general understanding of how to play.”
Finally, OpTic Pujan “FNS” Mehta was in line with his fellow North American representative in Iceland, highlighting Ascent and Haven as his picks.
“As for the best,” FNS said, “I’ve always been a fan of Ascent. I also really like Haven even though there are three bomb sites. A bit unorthodox, but I still love Haven. Those are the two best maps for sure, Haven and Ascent.”