While the VALORANT Champions Tour is serious business, with teams competing across the globe for a shot at the Champions title, humor often finds its way into the season one way or another. So, with the first stage of 2022 ‘s competitive VALORANT scene coming to a close, now is as good a time as any to walk through the top five funniest moments of all VCT so far.
5. A round to forget from Team Vikings and Crazy Raccoon
This matchup at Champions was a goldmine for funny moments. However, this maneuver on Icebox showed every fan watching that even with maximum coordination, both teams can make big mistakes.
The fiasco started with Team Vikings on attack pushing B site. But, one of their players dropped the spike before their push and nobody picked it up. That alone was funny enough, and the casters knew it was bad because Crazy Raccoon aggressively pushed up to cover it. Yet, even with that setup, Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi just peeked around the corner and grabbed the spike without a single opponent noticing.
Team Vikings had one job: to get the spike and go B. Then, Crazy Raccoon had one job: cover the spike and kill whoever shows up. Both failed, cracking up the casters and making this one of the funniest moments in VCT history. Caster and analyst Ethan “Sully” Tran about some of these moments and how things like this came to be, from his eyes.
4. Boaster never makes a dull moment
When it comes to live events, nobody can match the hyperactivity and comedy of Fnatic’s Jake “Boaster” Howlett. From Reykjavík to Champions, Boaster made the most of the moment any time he appeared on camera. This stretches from staring deep into the camera, to freezing in space, to post-win celebrations like the infamous airplane and the “When does TSM play” note from Champions.
The TSM note was particularly funny, but considering how dedicated he is to make people laugh at every event, it’s hard to choose just one moment.
3. We’re talking about practice
This is one of the funniest moments in VCT mainly because it doesn’t come from a live VCT game. Instead, it comes from the practices between T1 and Cloud9, where Joshua “steel” Nissan captured some cheeky trolling on Icebox.
During a round where Erick “Xeppaa” Bach found himself caught in a corner, he decided to have some fun. He turned on noclip for just a second to peek the corner before turning it off and continuing the round.
The map and play didn’t matter much, but it annoyed fans that expected players to take practices seriously. At the same time, it was clear this was a one-time thing C9 wanted to do against opponent steel. After all, the two players go back to professional Counter-Strike, when they both played for Chaos Esports Club in 2020.
2. Patience is a virtue, but you can be too patient
This clip is funny, but in a sort of bitter sweet way, depending on your perspective. After all, this mistake cost C9 their chances to win it all at Champions.
Against Team Liquid on Bind, down 10-12, the round ended up as a 2v2 on point A. As Mitch “mitch” Semago turned things into a 2v1 in favor of C9, he used Viper’s ultimate to secure a plant. But then, Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom flanks and picks him off.
This left Nivera and Anthony “vanity” Malaspina in a 1v1, with Vanity sitting right beside the spike with a smoke. Knowing that Nivera wouldn’t expect him in that position, he played it very patiently. But then, when the smoke disappeared, Nivera quickly turned and killed Vanity anyway to win both the map and the series, knocking out Cloud9 from Champions.
1. The shoe is on the other table, which has turned
For the funniest VCT moment so far, Vanity returns — this time without being the butt of the joke. This moment happened way back at Masters 2 in Reykjavík, when Vanity was still playing for Version1.
Against Team Liquid on Haven, up 4-2, Dom “soulcas” Sulcas went on an aggressive flank to catch Version1 players from behind. With a slow sneak, he found essentially a free kill in Vanity, who was looking in the other direction. However, he took too long to pull the trigger.
Instead of getting the kill himself, Vanity tried to move backward and realized something was blocking his way. Knowing that could only mean one thing, he turned around and wasted no time in taking Soulcas out in a duel he barely realized was happening. While it was embarrassing from Soulcas, Vanity obviously went on to learn how he felt in that moment.
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