The term “young” changes a bit when it comes to esports. When we check other sports, it is okay to retire after your 30’s. But in esports, you are pretty old if you are older than 23. It may be explained by the fact that all esports players start to become professional in a very young age.
If you are more than 23, be ready to feel old because these are the top 5 best youngest professional VALORANT players.
Nathan "leaf" Orf (18 years old)
18 years old American player Nathan "leaf" Orf is a part of Cloud9. He has joined the team in 2021. With Cloud9 Blue, he achieved his first success by winning the Nerd Street Gamers: 2021 Monthly March. Even though he has an esports career with VALORANT, he also played Counter Strike: Global Offensive professionally.
He was 15 when he professionally entered the esports scene. His best times were also his last times, as a part of Chaos Esports Club. They joined the ESL Pro League Season 12: North America and finished in 5th place.
Peter "Asuna" Mazuryk (18 years old)
Peter "Asuna" Mazuryk is an American player of Ukrainian descent who currently plays for 100 Thieves. He found a place for himself in our list, thanks to his performance on 100 Thieves.
Before starting his career in VALORANT, he was also a part of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive esports. He started playing on Good Game PR in 2019 and completed his career on Triumph.
Young Asuna’s first team on VALORANT was Immortals. He transferred to 100 Thieves in a short period of time thanks to his great performance. So far, they have won First Strike North America, VCT 2021: North America Stage 2 Challengers 1 and finished at 3rd-4th place in VCT 2021: Stage 3 Masters - Berlin.
Tyson "TenZ" Ngo (20 years old)
It is possible to see his name on the top player lists of VALORANT. 20 years old Canadian player of Vietnamese descent Tyson "TenZ" Ngo is a precious player for both being young and playing well.
His professional career in esports also started with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. He was mostly known for his time in Cloud9. He retired on April 12, 2020 to pursue a career in VALORANT.
His first team was the same team that he played for a long time in his CS:GO career, Cloud9. Not long after, he transferred to Sentinels. He adapted well to his new team and they continued successfully on VCT 2021: North America.
Mehmet Yağız "cNed" İpek (20 years old)
There is no doubt that Mehmet Yağız "cNed" İpek made a lot of contributions for his team Acend and won VALORANT Champions 2021. Young player’s performance also made him MVP on VCT 2021: Europe Stage 1 Masters, VCT 2021: Europe Stage 3 Challengers 1 and Red Bull Home Ground #2.
His rise in VALORANT was a very quick one since he changed 3 teams till he joined to Acend. cNed’s abilities were more than enough for each team he belonged to.
He is mostly known for his Jett and this led to comparison with TenZ to decide who was the best Jett player in the world.
Ayaz "nAts" Akhmetshin (19 years old)
Another young player with a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive background is Ayaz "nAts" Akhmetshin. The Russian player was playing for FishkaVTom during his initial years in VALORANT and Gambit Esports discovered him after 3 months.
As part of Russian team Gambit Esports, nAts used his skills to carry his team till the Grand Final of VALORANT Champions 2021. Even though they lost against Acend by 2-3 score, his performance was something to talk about for his age.
He was also chose as an MVP in VCT 2021: CIS Stage 2 Challengers 2.
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