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CSGO pro ScreaM proves he’s already a Valorant headshot machine

Published: 8/Apr/2020 17:31 Updated: 8/Apr/2020 17:45

by Andy Williams

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Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom is known by many as Counter-Strike’s ‘headshot machine’ – and it appears that his inhumane accuracy has followed him to Valorant.

With Valorant’s closed beta underway, plenty of esports’ biggest names are trying their hand at Riot’s tactical shooter.

As the game is hailed to be an Overwatch/Counter-Strike hybrid, players from both corners have been taking their talents to Riot’s servers since April 7.

Valorant gameplay.
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Valorant’s gameplay mechanics are compared with CS 1.6, whereas the Agent abilities share similar characteristics to Overwatch’s Heroes.

From CS:GO’s corner, content creators like Jaryd ‘Summit1G’ Lazar and Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar have been joined by plenty of pros in their Valorant venture.

Despite not being CS:GO’s most decorated player, ScreaM is a human highlight reel who is ‘known for his one-taps’, to paraphrase the Belgian. And it appears that mantra is following him into yet another tactical shooter.

First up is an incredible four-man killing spree to retake B-site on Haven. Armed with a Guardian, the Belgian star took out four enemies with four headshots, as his pinpoint accuracy shone through.

With Valorant’s answer to the AK-47 from CS:GO in-hand, ScreaM swept aside a four-man push on Bind while aiming down sight. While the enemies appear to lineup at a choke point, this play is just as much about ScreaM’s precise aim as it is positioning.

The CS pro proved that there are more strings to his bow than just holding chokepoints, though, as he used both of Jett’s Updaft and Tailwind abilities to swiftly maneuver behind an enemy squad. After peeking Split’s deathly mid-map, he quickly polished off three opponents before dispatching the last with his Vandal to earn himself the 4k.

While ScreaM is noted for his crazy aim, he has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with — within a mere 24 hours of picking up Riot’s competitive shooter no less.

Although some former CS:GO pros have already revealed their plans to take Valorant seriously, for now ScreaM is just playing for fun, as he’s dedicated to his main game. But if he was to make the switch, he’d certainly have no trouble finding a top team.

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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.