Throughout competitive Valorant, Envy Envy North America Rank #3 Marved Jimmy Nguyen Victor Victor Wong crashies Austin Roberts FNS Pujan Mehta yay Jaccob Whiteaker have been one of the most consistent teams in North America. They have regularly found themselves among the top three since their inception in July 2020.

But they have yet to claim a major event title, despite coming close in Masters: Berlin with a second-place finish.

That event was the first time Envy truly showed what they were capable of on the international stage. After signing the notorious El Diablo Jaccob "yay" Whiteaker from Andbox Andbox North America Rank #16 Oderus Chad Miller mummAy Anthony DiPaolo vice Daniel Kim and receiving Jimmy "Marved" Nguyen on loan from FaZe Clan FaZe Clan North America Rank #6 BABYBAY Andrej Francisty corey Corey Nigra , Envy became a team to fear.

They made it through the group stage of Masters: Berlin by easily defeating both KRÜ Esports KRÜ Esports Latin America South Rank #1 delz1k Joaquin Espinoza NagZ Juan Pablo Lopez Klaus Nicolas Ferrari Mazino Roberto Rivas keznit Angelo Mori and Keyd Stars Keyd Stars Brazil Rank #1 mwzera Leonardo Serrati JhoW Jonathan Glória heat Olavo Marcelo murizzz Murillo Tuchtenhagen v1xen Gabriel Martins . Their next opponent was the North American overlord, Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1 TenZ Tyson Ngo ShahZaM Shahzeb Khan SicK Hunter Mims zombs Jared Gitlin dapr Michael Gulino . Few predicted an Envy win, but fewer still expected the shocking result: a 2-0 sweep. They then moved on to the semifinal against 100 Thieves 100 Thieves North America Rank #2 Hiko Spencer Martin Ethan Ethan Arnold BabyJ Hunter Schline ec1s Adam Eccles Asuna Peter Mazuryk and dispatched the other North American titan with ease, again claiming a 2-0 victory.

Envy walking onto the stage in the semifinal of Masters: Berlin Envy ready to face 100T in the semifinal of Masters: Berlin (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games).

Envy found themselves in the grand final against the CIS giants Gambit Esports Gambit Esports Europe Rank #1 Redgar Igor Vlasov Chronicle Timofey Khromov d3ffo Nikita Sudakov sheydos Bogdan Naumov nAts Ayaz Akhmetshin , but this time came up short. Gambit took the championship in 3-0 fashion, but the series was closer than the scoreline indicated.

“They deserved to win that day, but I don't think that happens again,” said Pujan "FNS" Mehta in the YouTube series NA/TURALS. “Or at the very least we should've won those first two maps and we threw it away on our own accord. That's my main hunger, I want to beat them, I want to make that wrong a right again.”

Now that Envy has had more time to polish their gameplay and look back on what they could've done, this event will be the true test of their abilities against the world's best teams.

“Before Berlin we only had like a month or so, and it is so hard to add so many things with a new player,” Austin "crashies" Roberts said. “I do think we have a lot of new [strategies] now, and I think players and opponents will definitely be caught off guard.”

Envy have always been at the top, but never the ones sitting in the throne. Coming into Champions, they look to finally take what they believe is theirs and be crowned the first Valorant world champions.

Envy will debut in Valorant Champions on December 3 at 6 p.m. CET against X10 CRIT X10 CRIT Asia-Pacific Rank #1 . Their group consists of Acend Acend Europe Rank #3 zeek Aleksander Zygmunt cNed Mehmet Yağız İpek starxo Patryk Kopczynski BONECOLD Santeri Sassi Kiles Vlad Shvets , X10 CRIT X10 CRIT Asia-Pacific Rank #1 , and Keyd Stars Keyd Stars Brazil Rank #1 mwzera Leonardo Serrati JhoW Jonathan Glória heat Olavo Marcelo murizzz Murillo Tuchtenhagen v1xen Gabriel Martins .