Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin, professional Valorant player for Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves, has explained why Cypher is an “invaluable” Agent in Riot Games’ new FPS title.
Hiko started life in esports at Twitch, before starring as a professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive player. He most recently represented Rogue, before leaving Valve’s FPS to pursue Valorant full time.
While Valorant’s competitive scene is yet to be fully established, Hiko has identified Cypher as one agent who is “invaluable” to teams of all calibres.
Cypher has been described as “invaluable” by Hiko.
During a July 1 Twitch stream, Hiko was placing Valorant’s agents into tiers, as we have seen a host of esports stars doing recently.
Alongside Sage, Hiko placed Cypher into S-Tier – the best ranking possible. This surprised some of his viewers who considered Cypher powerful, but not necessarily among the very best in the game.
However, Hiko was on hand to explain his decision, reiterating how important Cypher can be to any team.
“Cypher was also S-Tier in the beta,” he said. “If you look at the stats from the tournament this weekend – the T1 Valorant tournament – I think Cypher actually had the highest pick rate of all the agents.”
“I don’t think that he’s as good as he was before,” Hiko continued. “But I think what he brings to your team, it’s invaluable. There’s no better agent at holding and stopping flanks. When you don’t have a Cypher, you always constantly have to think about flanks.”
He went on to explain that if he comes up against an enemy team that does not have a Cypher, he is able to flank them and ambush enemies.
“If you just look at the pick rate of Cypher this weekend,” he finished. “Literally, I think it was 95 or 99% of all teams on all maps pick Cypher… His cameras, the amount of information he gives you, his cages being like smokes… he literally makes it, on attack, so hard for your team to flank.”
Cypher has been a popular pick since Valorant’s beta launched, but nerfs to his abilities before the full game released saw his viability drop in the eyes of many.
Hiko, however, clearly thinks he’s one of the top three agents in the game, regardless of the changes Riot have made to him so far. Whether future changes are the way is another matter but, for now, expect to see Cypher in nearly every competitive Valorant match.
One of the coolest things about Valorant is the range of beautiful and expertly-crafted skins that you can equip to make your weapons stand out. Here’s a rundown of every skin in Riot Games’ FPS, as well as everything you need to know about them.
Valorant has become one of the most popular FPS games in the world. Drawing influence from games like CS:GO and Overwatch, the game and its esports scene have been an instant success.
Alongside the colorful abilities that make Valorant stand out among competitors, another aspect of the game is its skins. Riot Games have always had a knack for developing beautiful skin designs and executing them flawlessly, and Valorant is no exception.
Below you’ll find a detailed list of what skins are available in Valorant, how they are priced and how to get them. However, we need to start off slow, so let’s begin with the skin tier lists.
Skin Price tier in Valorant
Just as in other Riot Games series, skins in Valorant are ranked by tier. Select tier is the lowest and therefore cheapest skin line, with Exclusive sitting at the other end of the scale. Let’s dive right into the base prices for each tier and their associated icons in the store:
Select Edition (SE), blue circle: 875 VP (~ $7) per individual skin, 3,500 VP (~$32) per bundle.
Deluxe Edition (DE), green rhombus: 1275 VP (~$12) per individual skin, 5,100 (~$47) per bundle.
Premium Edition (PE), upside down pink triangle: 1775 VP (~$17) per individual skin, 7,100 VP (~$75) per bundle.
Ultra Edition (UE), yellow diamond: 2475 VP (~$25) per individual skin, 9,900 VP (~$100) per bundle.
Exclusive Edition (XE), upside down orange pentagon: Varies.
Each skin has its own custom animations, reload, sound effects and death animations. Some can even evolve as you level up your weapon, changing the way that the look and react.
Wait, Valorant has evolving weapon skins?
The short answer is yes, Valorant has evolving skins, but these are only available for some weapons and skin lines. In order to start levelling up your skins you need to partake in the Battle Pass Challenges and start earning Radianite Points.
As you level up skins they’ll start to do different things, such as include new animations, sounds and more. The higher your weapon’s level, the cooler the skin, so it’s absolutely worth the grind to be able to flex how hard you’ve worked.
OK great, so where can I buy Valorant skins?
Skins are available through Battle Pass missions as well as in the store, and often come as all-inclusive bundles upon release.