How long do Valorant abilities last? Timing guide for Omen, Sage, more

Published: 8/Jul/2020 22:32

by Alan Bernal


Waiting for Brimstone’s Sky Smokes or Sage’s Barrier Orb to go down can be unnerving for players who aren’t familiar with ability timings in Valorant, making this detailed breakdown a handy tool to have.

Riot Games’ tactical shooter separates itself from other slow-paced FPS titles with the diverse set of abilities every Agent has in lieu of conventional utility seen in other games like CS:GO.

While this can make the gameplay feel fresh or unique depending on the character you pick, you’ll also have to contend with other Agent’s capabilities and learn to play around them.

Luckily, user ‘Jaotis’ created an extensive list that gives players a much better sense of how long different characters can influence the map with their abilities.

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Perfectly-timed utility can thwart any plan of attack in Valorant.

Some of the more valuable bits of information are definitely the cooldowns for Sage’s abilities like knowing that a Barrier ice wall lasts for half a minute while slow orbs last for seven seconds.

Meanwhile, Brimstone’s Sky Smokes, of which he can place up to three simultaneously, last 14 seconds and can further stall out pushes with his Incendiary for eight more ticks on the clock.

Jett’s Cloudburst and Cypher’s Cyber Cage both only last for seven seconds, making them some of the shortest visual obstructions in the game. An interesting addition to this list are the durations of Ultimates, which can send a team scrambling once they hear an opponent’s voice line thundering across the map.

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The different timings for crucial Agent abilities in Valorant.

Phoenix’s Run It Back lasts for 10 seconds, giving players a clear timeframe for people who don’t want to engage the Agent or how long opponents have to find the marker that the Ultimate leaves behind.

Jaotis said they calculated these durations using a standard stopwatch and by going into the Practice Range. While the accuracy might be a little off, players can still get a practical sense of how long they last.

When teams in Valorant start exchanging abilities to push, repel, or anything in between, these ability timings can be crucial to be aware of for split-second executes on a site or to catch an opponent in their most vulnerable state.


Riot criticized for picking Ninja & Myth as “exclusive” Valorant co-streamers

Published: 1/Dec/2020 13:52 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 14:51

by Lauren Bergin


Valorant First Strike NA has become one of the fiercest competitions that we’ve seen in Future Earth’s short history. Valorant fans, however, aren’t pleased that Ninja and TSM Myth will be the only two streamers allowed to stream the tournament.

Valorant’s First Strike NA tournament has been one of the most hotly contested of the game’s global tournaments. There’s been upsets, crazy plays and a whole host of amazing competitive Valorant play for fans to sink their teeth into.

With the final leg of the NA tournament on the horizon, Riot Games have decided to grant exclusive co-streamer status to only two lucky personalities: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Bevins and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani of TSM.

The announcement has fallen slightly flat, however, and fans aren’t particularly thrilled over Riot’s choice of streamers.

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Valorant First Strike has been the biggest Valorant event to date.

Ninja & Myth are First Strike co-streamers

Riot Games announced on November 30 that Twitch goliaths Ninja and TSM Myth would be “exclusive co-streamers” of the First Strike: NA main event.

The news of an ‘exclusive’ co-streaming deal with the two content creators left a lot of fans and fellow streamers somewhat unpleased. It led to a plethora of Tweets and Reddit threads dedicated to discussion around whether or not it’s fair to grant exclusivity to these two personalities.

Fans hit back

The main element of this situation that has left fans disgruntled is the idea of Ninja and Myth being granted exclusivity to the First Strike stream. This means that any other streamers who planned on streaming the event won’t be able to.

Twitch streamer mOE responded with surprise that other streamers wouldn’t be able to stream the event:

A Tweet from another fan called for the inclusion of the Overwatch League’s Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson to the lineup. The caster hosts a weekly podcast called Plat Chat on YouTube, which is entirely dedicated to Valorant. He also streams frequently, so it would make a lot of sense to include him in the exclusive co-streamer list:

Some fans were so unimpressed that they took their concerns to Reddit, where a lengthy post on the ValorantCompetitive subreddit sees fans express their disappointment.

The thread, started by u/AnOldMonkOnDMT, notes that Ninja’s ‘polarizing personality’ coupled with TSM Myth’s ‘preference for TSM’ makes the idea of watching their co-streams unappealing.

Exclusive Co Streams for First Strike NA from r/ValorantCompetitive

The comments echo this:

Dexerto has reached out to Riot Games for comment.

Typically, esports tournaments will prevent streamers from ‘co-streaming’ to avoid diverting viewership from the official broadcast.