By Nicholas Poe
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If you have been anywhere around the gaming scene for the past several months, chances are you have at least heard of Valorant. With beta keys dropping across Twitch channels, Valorant took the world by storm. Valorant is a free-to-play FPS developed by famous game studio Riot Games, most famous for League of Legends, one of the most popular games of all time. Now in a closed beta, the game should be opening to a larger beta this summer. A combination of Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch, Valorant has been largely praised as one of the most fun first-person shooters in recent memory.
If you don’t have access to the closed beta, it’s not all bad news. Some of the best streamers in the world (including a few that we’ve talked about before) have been playing Valorant quite a bit. You can take this time, before the full game release, to learn from some of the best to ever do it and learn more about the gear they use to understand what would be the best fit for your set up.
Caesar Noriega, better known as CDNThe3rd, has been gaming for a very long time. Although he has been streaming on a few different platforms since the early 2010’s, he recently rose to prominence playing Battle Royale games like H1Z1, PUBG, and Fortnite. Now, he has taken his talents to Valorant and proven that he has skill in every game he tries.
If you want to take a stab at following CDN’s setup, be prepared to invest in some of the top gear available. CDN uses a BenQ XL2546 24.5 inch monitor, an Ultralight Pro mouse from Final Mouse, a BLOODY B930 keyboard, the HD700 headset from audio giants Sennheiser, and a Shure SM7b microphone.
Hiko, also known as Spencer Martin, might be a name that is less familiar to some people. But Hiko has been a well-known name in the CS:GO competitive scene for a long time. He got his start playing Counter Strike professionally and, even though he hasn’t been a part of team since ending his contract with Rogue in 2019, he sticks around as a fantastic streamer and content creator. With the close parallels Valorant has to CS:GO, it makes sense that Hiko would take his skills into Valorant and dominate there as well.
If you would like to mimic Hiko’s setup, be prepared to buy a lot of Logitech gear (which isn’t really a bad thing). Hiko uses a BenQ Zowie 24.5 inch monitor, a Logitech G Pro wireless mouse, a Logitech G815 wired keyboard, and a Logitech G Pro X headset.
Another stalwart of the CS:GO scene, Nikola Anicic, or Nikolarn, made his name streaming CS:GO while he was in college. However, he took a break from streaming to make sure he finished his degree and returned to Twitch in May of 2018. Since then, he has proven that he has not lost any of the entertainment factor of gaming talent that built his reputation in the first place. Recently, before Valorant, Nikolarn tried his hand at a few battle royales, including Apex Legends, but Valorant feels like a much better fit for the types of games he wants to play.
Niko does not mess around when it comes to his streaming and gaming set up. He uses the famous Razer Blackwidow Chroma keyboard, Zowie mouse, Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO headphones, a mousepad from Steelseries, and a Asus VG248QE monitor
From North Carolina, Braxton Pierce, or brax, made his name competing in CS:GO tournaments after getting hooked trying to beat his brother at the game as a kid. Since 14 years old, brax has been on a few different teams competing at the highest level in CS:GO. Brax recently joined T1 as a member of their brand new Valorant competitive team and as a content creator. After being a dominant force in the CS:GO scene, the jump to Valorant was an easy decision and his skills definitely haven’t dwindled changing games. At just 23 years old, brax’s future is incredibly bright in Valorant or whatever game he chooses to play.
Longtime fans of Fortnite will be very familiar with Ali Kabbani, better known as Myth. Through the most popular battle royale game of all time, Myth built his name and his stream to be one of the largest on Twitch. A long-time gamer, getting his start playing Halo: Combat Evolved with his brothers, Myth first grinded League of Legends before switching to Fortnite. Now, with the slight decline of Fortnite and the rise of Valorant, Myth has switched back to Riot Games projects and shows his skill on the new FPS. Myth is also known as a longtime member of the illustrious esports organization TSM.
Onscreen, also known as Craig Shannon, besides having one of the best gaming aliases in the scene, is also a really entertaining streamer and a really talented gamer. A one-time Counter Strike professional from the United Kingdom, Onscreen was a really respected and liked player. Since the disbanding of the gaming organization he played for, 4Kings, he has focused on streaming full time and building his brand that way. The hard work has paid off and he is now one of the best Valorant streamers around.
Most people are probably familiar, in some capacity, with Anton Zaslavski, aka Zedd, but some people may not know that he is quite the formidable gamer. Zedd rose to worldwide fame in 2012 as a DJ and musician and has since staked his claim as one of the best DJs and producers in the music industry. Since conquering the EDM scene, Zedd has focused on building a streaming platform and showcasing his gaming skill for his Twitch audience. Recently, Zedd has found an interest in playing Valorant and has proven that he is more than capable of holding his own in competitive lobbies. As a natural entertainer, Zedd’s streams are pure fun to watch.
One of the top streamers on all of Twitch, Pokimane has completely exploded over the past couple of years. Imane Anys has made her name ubiquitous by playing a variety of different games and interacting with her audience. The 24 year old from Morocco has recently turned to Valorant and made effort to entertain her audience with her gameplay. After dropping out of college, moving to LA, and pursuing a career in gaming content creation, Pokiman has proven that she is capable of anything.
A massive fan of HyperX gear, Pokimane uses a HyperX Pulsefire Surge mouse, an XL HyperX Fury S Speed mousepad, a HyperX Alloy FPS Pro keyboard, a HyperX Cloud Alpha headset, and an Embody chair from Herman Miller.
A little different from the others on the list, but no less entertaining, Fextralife is a gaming community rather than a single streamer. Created and run by a team of gamers, Fextralife creates content and shares news about video games and the entire gaming scene. Their streams feature a lot of games that the community enjoys playing the most, which is normally focused on RPG games, but recently that has meant quite a bit of Valorant gameplay. Their streams are super informative as they focus on sharing tips and tricks to help you improve your own gameplay.
As Fextralife isn’t a single streamer but more of a collective, they each use different gear and different setups whenever they stream. If you find a member of their team has a set up that you enjoy the most and want to replicate, feel free to approach them and ask what they use. They are friendly and always willing to help out.
The top streamer on our list of the best Valorant streamers is somewhat of an enigma. Ludwig Lagerstedt, better known as Anomaly, is a Swedish professional Counter Strike player who follows his own path when it comes to content creation. He has been known to stream in English and in Swedish and primarily wears a ski mask while he streams. Recently, he has started to undertake marathon streams of 36 hours or more. But all of the antics that make him entertaining and fun to watch, Anomaly is a very skilled player and shows that he belongs in the competitive Valorant community.
Valorant is really fun and interesting new game that streamers can’t get enough of. We’re willing to bet that you won’t be able to get enough of watching these streamers play Valorant either. Being a successful streamer is all about combining gaming skill with entertainment and all of the streamers on this list do that masterfully. Whether you are learning for yourself or want to pick up some gear to gift to a loved one, taking a look at what these top streamers use is never a bad idea.
Your favorite streamer is a matter of taste. Feel free to watch a few different streams, interact with the communities they have built, and understand where you feel the most at home. Then plug in and become an active member and participant of the community. You will learn a lot and maybe find some new friends.
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