Unlike some other professional esports leagues, where players are required to equip a team skin or a default weapon skin in competition, VALORANT players are free to use whichever skins from their own collection they’d like. And with more and more options to choose from as the game passes its two-year anniversary, fans have seen a large variety of skins on display at VCT Masters Copenhagen so far.
In the past, skins used by players in regional or international events have soared in popularity, especially the unexpected choices, like M3C’s Nats and the Prism Phantom last year in Champions. Even skin collections that weren’t popular with players can gain a new reputation in the hands of VCT stars.
So we took some time to compile the skin choices of fan-favorite and standout players in VCT Masters Copenhagen. Here are your favorite player’s picks for the skins that get them those headshots every time.
The Vandal is one of the best guns in VALORANT, and the one-tap headshot kill potential means it’s one of the top choices for the pros.
At Masters Copenhagen, the most popular Vandal skin seems to be the Prime Vandal. OpTic’s yay, XSET’s zekken, and FPX’s ardiis all use the Prime Vandal. Many players have labeled this skin as a favorite in the past as well, some claiming it has hidden aimbot powers.
As far as variants go, you can’t go wrong with Prime. But yay uses the yellow variant, while zekken and ardiis use the blue variant, if you want to try to ascend to their level (no guarantees).
Other notable Vandal skin choices include the RGX 11z Pro Vandal, used by Paper Rex’s mindfreak as well as others. The RGX 11z Pro skin line is popular for other guns in the game as well. Mind Freak uses the yellow variant on his Vandal.
Northeption’s Meteor uses the VCT Champions 2021 Vandal, the skin which was released at the end of the first VCT season with proceeds going to the players. You’d expect a decent amount of pro players to use this skin, especially those who often sit on top of the scoreboard due to its special lighting effects, but the Vandal isn’t as popular as the other piece in the Champions set.
Some players prefer the Phantom to the Vandal for its easier spray control and versatility. One of the most notable Phantom skin picks comes from Fnatic’s Boaster, who uses the red variant of the Singularity Phantom.
The Singularity set is one of the older skin sets in the game, released at the beginning of Act 3 in late 2020. Many other exciting Epic and Legendary skins have come along since then, and many casual players and pros alike have chosen to go for newer skins. But not Boaster, who consistently sports the Singularity Phantom.
A popular choice for Phantom users in the VCT has been the Recon Phantom. When XSET’s zekken and OpTic’s crashes opt to go for a Phantom, they both use the red variant of the skin. The Recon Phantom has also frequently been spotted around EMEA in regional competition, and almost every variant is represented there.