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We’ve seen events like ESL Impact League and VCT Game Changers keep fans on the edge as the best women players compete in front of roaring crowds for substantial prize pools. With immense skill and raw talent, there are so many gifted women in esports to keep an eye on this year.

Let’s discuss the top 10 women in esports that you should follow closely in 2024, celebrating their skill and dominance in multiple titles including Counter-Strike 2 (CS2), VALORANT, fighting games, and StarCraft II.

How We Created This List

To create this list, we set out to find the best-of-the-best women in esports. We considered several factors during our research, including total prize money earned, events won, team roles, and individual performances.

We only chose those esports players actively competing in 2024. As a result, we had to leave off legendary Chinese Hearthstone player Xiaomeng “Liooon” Li, who won the Grandmasters 2019 Global Finals, but has since retired according to reports.

You’ll find the top 10 women esports players and their teams to follow closely in 2024, alongside additional details such as esports title, country of origin, and most notable achievement.

1. Ava “florescent” Eugene

Considered by many as the best woman playing VALORANT in the world, Canadian Ava “florescent” Eugene’s dominance at VCT 2023 Game Changers North America Series S1, S2, and S3 is undeniable. As her team, Shopify Rebellion, earned multiple trophies in 2023 and won at the VCT 2023 Game Changers Championship, she regularly topped the scoreboard. All eyes are on florescent in 2024 following her MVP performance at the Championship!

  • Esports team: Shopify Rebellion
  • Esports title: VALORANT
  • Most notable achievement so far: 1st place at VCT 2023 Game Changers Championship
  • Country: Canada

2. Ana “ANa” Dumbravă

In 2022 and 2023, Romanian AWPer Ana “ANa” Dumbravă dominated the Counter-Strike Impact League scene. With Nigma Galaxy FE, ANa won all four ESL Impact League seasons along with ESL Impact Valencia 2022 and ESL Impact Katowice 2023. She easily tops the scoreboards, resulting in MVP trophies at nearly every event Nigma Galaxy FE won. ANa is in top form and, in all likelihood, will continue to dominate most CS2 events she competes in this year.

  • Esports team:  Nigma Galaxy Female
  • Esports title: CS2
  • Most notable achievement so far: x4 ESL Impact League winner
  • Country: Romania

3. Michaela “mimi” Lintrup

Throughout the 2021, 2022, and 2023 seasons, G2 Gozen was an unstoppable force in the VALORANT Game Changers EMEA series. Danish in-game leader (IGL) Michaela “mimi” Lintrup was the tip of that spear, making excellent strategic calls and leading her team to victory. With a VCT 2022 Game Changers Championship win and a third place at the 2023 Championship, mimi has shown excellent consistency and leadership.

  • Esports team: G2 Gozen
  • Esports title: VALORANT
  • Most notable achievement so far: 1st place at VCT 2022 Game Changers Championship
  • Country: Denmark

4. Ksenia “vilga” Klyuenkova

An the entry-fragger for Nigma Galaxy FE, Russian player Ksenia “vilga” Klyuenkova is one of the best riflers in CS2—in the world. She shines brightly in every tournament thanks to her immense skill and a wealth of experience. She joined the scene in 2008 and impresses year after year, inducing fear in the hearts of her opponents.

  • Esports team: Nigma Galaxy Female
  • Esports title: CS2
  • Most notable achievement so far: x4 ESL Impact League winner
  • Country: Russia

5. Karolina “⁠Liina⁠” Kasprzyk

Since joining Natus Vincere‘s women’s Counter-Strike team, NAVI Javelins, Polish rifler Karolina “⁠Liina⁠” Kasprzyk has seen tremendous success. NAVI Javelins is the strongest contender for Nigma Galaxy FE’s throne, and Liina is at the heart of their offensive. She’s also looking dangerous following second-place finishes at ESL Impact League Season 3 and Season 4, and the win at IESF Female World Esports Championship 2022.

  • Esports team: NAVI Javelins
  • Esports title: CS2
  • Most notable achievement so far: 1st place at IESF Female World Esports Championship 2022
  • Country: Poland

6. Natália “daiki” Vilela

VALORANT star Natália “daiki” Vilela has led Team Liquid Brazil to win every VCT Game Changers Brazil event throughout 2021, 2022, and 2023. The Brazilian star’s consistent performances as a player and IGL have easily earned her a spot on this list. We’re thrilled to watch her crush it again this year.

  • Esports team: Team Liquid Brazil
  • Esports title: VALORANT
  • Most notable achievement so far: 2nd place at VCT 2023 Game Changers Championship
  • Country: Brazil

7. Karina “kaahSENSEI” Takahashi

Competing for FURIA Esports fe, Brazilian AWPer Karina “kaahSENSEI” Takahashi is a frightening force on the server. With wins at multiple Gamers Club Masters Feminina events and impressive runs in the ESL Impact League, kaahSENSEI can click heads with the best of them. In fact, she was the peak performer at the ESL Impact League Season 4 finals with an impact rating of 1.46 and an overall rating of 1.29.

  • Esports team: FURIA fe
  • Esports title: CS2
  • Most notable achievement so far: 2nd place at ESL Impact League Season 2
  • Country: Brazil

8. Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn

Dubbed “The Queen of Blades,” Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn is a Canadian StarCraft II player currently with Shopify Rebellion. According to Esports Earnings, Scarlett is the top-earning woman in esports. Her last notable tournament placement was in May 2023, when she took home second-place at ESL SC2 Masters 2023 Summer Americas. Can Scarlett come back in 2024 and add more trophies to her cabinet? We can’t wait to find out!

  • Esports team: Shopify Rebellion
  • Esports title: StarCraft II
  • Most notable achievement so far: 1st place at IEM Season XII PyeongChang
  • Country: Canada

9. Ricki Ortiz

American fighting games star Ricki Ortiz boasts more than 20 years experience, which includes podium finishes at a number of Evolution Championship Series (EVO) events. Throughout the years, she’s shown her determination against the best Street Fighter, Capcom vs. SNK, and Marvel vs. Capcom players worldwide. In 2016, she earned second-place at Capcom Cup 2016 (Street Fighter 5) at the Anaheim Convention Center. Ortiz currently competes in Street Fighter 6 as a member of Evil Geniuses.

  • Esports team: Evil Geniuses
  • Esports title: Street Fighter 6
  • Most notable achievement so far: 2nd place at Capcom Cup 2016
  • Country: USA

10. Rumay “Hafu” Wang

G2 Esports’ Rumay “Hafu” Wang has proven time and time again that she can compete in the top tiers of multiple esports titles. No matter which game she sinks her teeth into, Hafu shines! She became an MLG Champion, won the World of Warcraft (WoW) 3v3 American Regional Championship in 2008, and placed third at the world championship that same year. The American star currently competes in Teamfight Tactics.

  • Esports team: G2 Esports
  • Esports title: Teamfight Tactics
  • Most notable achievement so far: 1st place at DreamHack Summer 2011 (Bloodline Champions)
  • Country: United States

Honorable Mentions

There are more notable women in esports than we could feature in one article, so we wanted to shout out these 10 honorable mentions:

  1. Alexis “alexis” Guarrasi – VALORANT (Shopify Rebellion)
  2. Petra “Petra” Stoker – CS2 (G2 Gozen)
  3. Melanie “meL” Capone – VALORANT (MIBR FE)
  4. Paula “bstrdd” Naguil – VALORANT (Team Liquid Brazil)
  5. Tina “TINARAES” Perez – Fortnite (No Team)
  6. Martyna “LETi” Owsik – CS2 (NAVI Javelins)
  7. Laurice “GuhRL” Habibi – Apex Legends (No Team)
  8. Alison “Nina” Qual – StarCraft 2 (License to Kill)
  9. Katarína “Kat” Vašková – CS2 (Nigma Galaxy FE)
  10. Letícia “joojina” Paiva – VALORANT (Team Liquid Brazil)

We are exceptionally excited about all the women-focused esports events, such as ESL Impact League and VCT Game Changers 2024. New esports stars will surely rise in 2024, and we’re looking forward to seeing them showcase their talents in the coming months.

Looking To The Future

One thing is certainly clear as we finish up our list: the esports world is brimming with talented women across all of the top games. From mimi’s strategic brilliance to ANa’s sharpshooting, they’re not just playing to win—they’re revolutionizing the landscape of competitive gaming. It all makes for what should be a 2024 loaded with intense competition and unmissable events.

You can watch these talented women—and many more!—compete in games like VALORANT, CS2, and League of Legends right here at Thunderpick, all while betting on the action as it happens. What are you waiting for? Visit our esports hub to learn more and start betting today!

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