One Stat Proves VALORANT Champions MVP Demon1 is The Best Rifler in The World

In the past year, the professional VALORANT scene has witnessed the emergence of several new stars, with one North American prodigy rising to become the top player in the region and the world’s best rifler.

Max “Demon1” Mazanov has established himself as one of the most formidable players in head-to-head rifle duels, winning 59 percent of these encounters, according to statistics compiled by RIB.gg. He led all VCT (VALORANT Champions Tour) players with 500 engagements in this category, surpassing renowned players like Fnatic’s Emir “Alfajer” Beder and Natus Vincere’s Dmitry “SUYGETSU” Ilyushin.

Before joining Evil Geniuses, the 21-year-old had limited experience in top-tier competition, having played for just one other team in his short career. With only a few events under his belt, Demon1 was a relatively unknown figure in the VCT scene. However, he quickly became one of the most essential members of the roster and a favorite among North American fans.

As time went on, he evolved into one of the region’s best and most feared marksmen, boasting one of the highest average combat scores during VCT Americas this year. Throughout the year, Demon1 played a crucial role in helping Evil Geniuses reach the runner-up position at Masters Tokyo and eventually securing the VALORANT Champions title as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

During the Champions event, Demon1 elevated his game to another level, averaging an impressive 20 kills per map with an impressive 246 ACS (Average Combat Score), according to Liquipedia. He ranked second in total kills during the event, right behind superstar duelist Erick “aspas” Santos, and led the tournament with a headshot rate of 39 percent.

Looking ahead, Demon1 will need to continue building on his legacy as teams adapt and star-studded rosters form in preparation for the next season.

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