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It’s always great to see female gamers compete and do well across all the various competitive games that encompass this era of esports. Despite what some may think, there have been a lot of really successful female gamers that have made huge waves in the pro scene. Here’s a list of the top 10 most accomplished female gamers that have pioneered their way to the top of the esports world!
Haiyun “Eloise” Tang
Hailing from China, Eloise is a Hearthstones player currently on Tempo Storm. She has shown very impressive results the past two years with a first place finish in the Red Bull Team Brawl as well as placing highly in other highly competitive tournaments. She is looking to be in top form for the start of 2017 tournaments.
Ji “tossgirl” Seo
Next on the list is tossgirl! What started out as a simple rivalry between her sister when she was young, tossgirl became one of the most successful female StarCraft Brood War players of all time. She was picked up by a pro korean team named STX Soul and showed great results such as beating pro players like NC Yellow. Her biggest win was in 2005 when she won the 1st Ladies MSL.
Stephanie “missharvey” Harve
Missharvey is the first of four other Counter Strike players to be mentioned on this list. She has a been a prominent figure in the Counter Strike community for a longggg time now. Back in her Counter Strike 1.6 days, she was on SK.Gaming’s all female team and was a huge reason why her team was able to come first in ESWC’s female tournament for years 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011! She has also produced many top finishes in her time playing CS:GO while on team CLG Red. Not only is this girl great at video games, but she’s also a game designer that works for Ubisoft.
Christine “potter” Chi
The Counter Strike player with the most tournament prize winnings, potter was perhaps the best Counter Strike 1.6 female gamer ever to compete. She was also teammates with Missharvey on SK.Gaming where they showed that they were the uncontested best female 1.6 team to exist. Now in CS:GO, she is the leader of CLG Red and definitely one of their top players. Some of CLG Red’s top finishes are coming in first in ESWC’s female tournament in 2012 and 2015 along with a second place finish in Intel Challenge Katowice #2.
Zainab “zAAz” Turkie
Currently on the all female team, Team Secret, zAAz has been crushing almost all the tournaments she and her team has entered with first place finishes everywhere. She has played both Counter Strike 1.6 and CS:GO just like Missharvey and potter and have placed in many tournaments in both games. In CS 1.6, she played under the infamous fnatic tag though most would say that she has been a much more dominant force in CS:GO.
Julia “Juliano” Kiran
Similarly to zAAz, Juliano is also a Swedish CSGO player who is currently the in-game leader of the team zAAz is on – Team Secret. She started off playing Counter Strike 1.6 and has even played a bit of Dota 2 and Heroes of Newerth but it was her switch to CS:GO that really propelled her recent success. In fact, she and whatever team she has been on has dominated the competitive CS:GO female scene for the past 3 years with tournament win after tournament win. However, don’t get the wrong impression that she can only compete with the girls. In a recent 1v1 HTC tournament, Juliano was able to beat cadiaN and give other pros like kennyS and ShahZaM a run for their money. With a few refinements around her gameplay there’s a chance in the near futureof her becoming a top CS:GO player regardless of gender.
Ricki “Ricki Ortiz” Ortiz
Ricki made a name for herself in the Tekken gaming community as a top competitor in the many versions of Street Fighter. In 2010, she signed onto Evil Geniuses but it wasn’t till 2012 that she started to show how dominant she was as she placed top 3 in over 4-5 major tournaments for that year. As of this year Ricki is playing Street Fighter 5 and has wracked up some impressive results. She also has a really active twitter account that you should check out here!
Katherine “Mystik” Gunn
More of an old school gamer, Mystik made her mark by winning the WCS Ultimate Gamer Season 2. On top of this, she took part in the Championship Gaming Series which was a televised league where the best players in the world competed in 4 different games. Mystik was on the Carolina Core as a Dead or Alive 4 player and was a huge contribution to her team’s success. Her tournament winnings of $122,000 actually makes her the second most winningly female gamer of all time!
Rumay “Hafu” Wang
You know how there’s some people who are great at everything they try? Well Hafu is great at every game she plays. This all-star has placed in tournaments in all sorts of games like Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Bloodline Champions. On top of that she is constantly ranked Diamond in League of Legends. Though she is now mostly streaming Hearth of Stones on her channel (), her most notable accomplishments were made during her time playing World of Warcraft where she placed 1st in both MLG Dallas 2008 and MLG Orlando 2008. Though technically there are many other female gamers that have won more in tournament earnings, Hafu has demonstrated that she can compete at an extremely high level in 4-5 games which is an accomplishment less than a handful of people in the world can say.
Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn
Considered one of the world’s best Starcraft II players, this girl shocked the world when she took 1st place in the North American region of WCS 2012 which was one of the biggest tournaments of the year. As of today, Scarlett has placed top 4 in over 40 prized tournaments making her the most prize winning female gamer of all time with total earnings of $156,419. As you might have guessed, she’s also been the highest ranked player in Starcraft II’s ladder system and has held multiple accounts in Grandmasters at the same time. Her success during the glory days of Starcraft II and the pioneering years of esports has proved that female gamers can not only compete on the highest level but actually become one of the all time greats!