Esports Federation of India, which places itself as one of the associative bodies of esports in India has revealed a “national ranking for esports.” The games include Call of Duty Mobile, Valorant & Garena’s Free Fire.

The ranking celebrates the winners in each title as Team Resilience, Team Adbhut & Team Checkmate, respectively. However, no form of metrics is declared in the release. The only performance indicator assessed is a few friendly games played by casual teams in the past few weeks.

The teams mentioned for Call of Duty & Free Fire are still arguable objective, but Valorant’s ranking is simply ludicrous. The players could well be among the best ones in India even though no one has ever heard about them. But a team is more than the players, it’s an organization that has a structural base, far from just being competitive players.

No pro games, atleast not significantly

Team Adbhut, who is named the best team in India for Valorant hasn’t participated in any major event. Even if they have, there were clearly no significant results that elevated them into becoming India’s top Valorant team.

ESFI’s “top-ranking” for Valorant is nothing but a conclusion derived from a panel that has limited knowledge about the professional esports spectrum in India.

The Real Top Valorant Team in India

Unquestionably, Team Mahi, which was previously known as VLT is the top Valorant team in India. The assessment is by taking into account their activities into the professional scene and results of the tournaments they have participated in with other pro teams.

Team Mahi is one of the most prestigious Valorant rosters of the country packing CS:GO veterans like Tejas “Rite2ace” Sawant, Karan “Excali” Mhaswadkar, Sabyasachi ‘Antidote’ Bose, Anuj ‘Amaterasu’ Sharma, and Sagnik ‘Hellfighter’ Roy. Since its formation, the team has been on a winning streak and has won every tournament they have participated in. Team Mahi is also the first Indian team to represent India at an International Valorant event after they qualified for the PVP Singapore for Valorant.

Others in the list of top Valorant teams in India are Global Esports, Noble Esports, Godlike & Paratroops.

India’s Valorant scheme has been shaping quite sharply since after multiple former CSGO pros made move to the Riot’s new FPS title. The gaming scene as a whole in India has surged to newer heights with the introduction of Valorant. The community in India which was mostly comprised of PUBG Mobile started to look around for different titles when the Tencent-published game was banned in India.

These teams have been squaring off against each other for months and are always able to emerge at the top of all the big leagues in India like the ESPL, Skyesports League, and TEC Valorant Challenger Series. However, none of them were featured in the national rankings released by ESFI which makes us question the intrinsicality of these ratings.