A landmark year for OpTic Gaming and its VALORANT division was additionally a landmark year for its Chamber/Jett famous person Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker. Yay emerged as one of many dominant faces of aggressive VALORANT and ended the year with one other landmark efficiency at Champions 2022.

Yay put up MVP-like numbers all through your complete match and completed No. 1 in both overall K/D (1.5) and kills per round (0.93), in keeping with VLR. His ultimate Ok/D determine is in a class all by itself; the opposite prime 5 gamers in general Ok/D didn’t end with a score greater than 1.4. Fnatic’s Derke completed second in each classes, with a 1.39 Ok/D and a 0.92 kills per spherical score.

But yay’s greatness at Champions 2022 wasn’t restricted to solely his whole kill numbers. Yay was one of the crucial ferocious opening kill gamers in Istanbul, ending with probably the most whole first bloods with 96. He additionally had the second highest opening duel success fee (first bloods vs. first deaths) with 70 p.c, second solely to EDward Gaming’s ZmjjKK, who completed with 71 p.c (at a a lot decrease quantity).

Yay additionally had probably the most quantity of impactful rounds, getting two kills or extra in a staggering 117 rounds, with the second highest being DRX’s BuZz at 87 adopted by OpTic teammate Victor, who had 84. Speaking of affect, yay ended the match with a kill-assist-survive-trade (KAST) share of 73, one of many highest for a Chamber/Jett participant who usually doesn’t get many assists by the use of the brokers’ talents and playstyle.

He additionally completed second in general ACS behind Leviatan’s kiNgg and third in common injury per spherical behind each Derke and kiNgg.

Sadly for OpTic and yay, the super year that they had led to disappointment after they misplaced the grand finals to LOUD. Instead of getting a singular standout participant, LOUD achieved their greatness through shared affect. They had three gamers within the prime 12 for Ok/D in Less (fifth), pancada (seventh), and Sacy (twelfth). Pancada and Sacy additionally each completed prime 10 in KAST, however shockingly, the very best ranked LOUD participant in ACS is Less at nineteenth.

Regardless of the consequence, yay’s run all through the year at each worldwide occasions and NA Challengers competitors firmly places him in competition for consideration as the very best participant in VALORANT. Will future Chamber nerfs change this in 2023? Will he be sporting a brand new uniform subsequent year? We’ll have to attend and see what the longer term holds for El Diablo.