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Bizarre Valorant trick lets Sova scout tricky angles on Split

Published: 21/Jun/2020 1:22

by Alan Bernal

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Sova’s arrows can penetrate through Split’s B site with relative ease thanks to a lineup in Valorant that lets it slip under the wooden fence to reveal anyone hiding behind the obstacle.

Valorant players have been discovering the strangest scouting locations where Sova’s arrows can get a wealth of information from. There’s even been tricky arrows that lets players play with the limitations of the game to land the perfect Recon Bolt.

On Split, there are a ton of openings for him to make use of to break into or defend a site, but it doesn’t matter how good an arrow is if a telegraphed shot lets people break it before it’s able to get any info.

That’s why ‘zSeabeard’ was pleasantly surprised to find that the wooden structure on the B site of Split can let his darts bounce under it.

The lineup is straightforward since all it takes to replicate is to look down at the small space between the end of the wooden fence and the floor. There’s a narrow bit of breathing room there that made zSeabeard wonder if more abilities could also move through it.

zSeabeard via Reddit
Hitting Sova’s ability under the fence still lets it go through.

“I think [the Sova lineup is] nice when you’re attacking [or] shooting under the sign to see if anyone is behind it,” they said. “Plus it sticks on the wall so you can still see others in the default plant spot.”

The biggest takeaway is that this arrow lets players safely get a peek into what could be happening behind B site’s infamous corner.

This is a popular spot for one or two Agents to be holed up, waiting for someone in Heaven to distract the oncoming players.

A new (?) cheeky Sova dart spot on Split B Site for attacking/defending from VALORANT

But even on defense they showed how this angle could be disastrous for an attacking team. Since the lineup works on both sides of the wooden barrier, a Sova on the Defending side has a way to look all the way into B Garage without exposing themselves.

Like with most Recon Bolt placements in Valorant, this is situational but can give him – and possibly other Agents – a safe way to thwart the other team’s plan.

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Valorant devs confirm new Sage buff on the way in patch 1.13

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:12

by Brad Norton

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While Sage was an insta-lock in the early phases of Valorant, the Sentinel Agent dipped drastically due to a series of hefty nerfs. However, Riot Games has confirmed she’ll be getting some love in the next major update.

When Valorant launched, Sage was the only Agent in the game capable of healing allies. Others were capable of healing themselves, but her kit provided something entirely unique. Combined with an extremely chunky Barrier Orb that could block off a certain path, and you had an “out of control” Agent that was picked in almost every match.

It took multiple balance updates and various ability reworks to bring her back down a notch. Since then, along with the introduction of new characters, Sage has seen her pick-rate drop tremendously. The Agent has only seen play in two professional matches over the past 60 days, according to VLR.

In attempt to find a middle ground and get Sage back on track, Riot has confirmed a new buff is on the way. Here’s what we can expect in Valorant’s 1.13 update coming soon.

While it was a critical Killjoy bug that stole the spotlight on November 30, Sage was also in focus due to an issue with her wall. Thanks to the Barrier Orb being placed pre-round, she could help a friendly Omen teleport across the map and quite literally break the game.

As a result, the Agent will no longer be able to place a wall down before a round gets going. This may have seemed like a temporary fix, though Riot soon clarified it “will be sticking around in the next patch.”

“Don’t worry,” they stressed. Sage isn’t being properly nerfed again. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Despite this adjustment, a “small balance change” is in the works to “put a little power back into her barrier.”

There’s no telling exactly what that looks like just yet. Whether it’s more health, added size, or something new altogether, we’re yet to find out. Though it’s only a matter of time until Sage’s wall is stronger than it’s been for the past few weeks.

It’s clear Riot doesn’t want a repeat of Sage’s dominance. So they’re playing things safe for the time being. Instead of buffing the Agent in a number of ways, Riot confirmed a singular buff to her Barrier Orb and her Barrier Orb alone.

There’s no date announced for patch 1.13 just yet. Though we do already know something else on the way. The incoming update looks to address the smurfing issue once again, cracking down on those making secondary accounts.