How to deny Valorant players from defusing Haven spike as Sova

Published: 4/Jul/2020 19:38

by Alan Bernal


Sova can protect the spike on Haven with an impressive amount of success in Valorant, all people need to do is find the creative lineups for his Shock Bolts to connect.

Being effective with Sova, who has an ability kit with meaningful long-range scouting tools and damage-dealing projectiles, means making full use of his bow’s charge meter and bounce options.

Optimally using both mechanics can make a simple arrow delivery become dynamic and disorienting for opposing sides, rather than a telegraphed projectile that drudges its way to its mark.

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Sova is equipped to be Valorant’s best long-range threat.

Finding these sweet spots can be a pain but, after putting in the work like content creator ‘Average Jonas,’ the effectiveness of Sova’s overall kit starts to shine when trying to protect a ticking spike.

On Haven’s C side, the popular default plant nestled in the corner of the boxes can let Attackers retreat to the long corridor that spills into the site.

Jonas showed that here is where the character can become a problematic cog for the Defender’s plan. There are two lineups that the streamer showed off which can lend itself to a perfect C site hold from far away.

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When lining up against the wall, this is the initial lineup that will let you hit Sova’s arrows with perfection.

Playing from the safety of Long C, once you hear a Defender defusing the spike, put your back to their spawn side wall while lining up the corner in front of you with the vertical wood panel on the opposite building.

In this spot, you can do two lineups in quick succession as Jonas showed. First, aim at the sky so the “bottom-left HUD line into the hole of the leaves” of the nearby tree.

After that, give the Shock Bolt a one-bar charge with no bounces and let it fly. Then quickly adjust your aim to single-bounce a two-charge bar arrow off of the wooden beam above the blue part of the wall.

A very stylish double shockdart kill + Tutorial from VALORANT

If there’s someone on the spike, these lineups will give a vicious one-two hit for them that could deliver an instant killing blow.

Good arrow uses like this can unlock Sova as one of the most potent long-range threats among the cast of Agents in Valorant.


5 Best Overwatch players who have switched to Valorant

Published: 8/Jan/2021 12:28 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 16:38

by Lauren Bergin


As Valorant’s esports scene continues to snowball in 2021, players from all different FPS titles are flocking to score some Valorant glory. Here’s are just some of the best Overwatch League players who have already jumped ship to Riot’s FPS.

Right from the get-go, Valorant has been constantly been compared to FPS titans Overwatch and CS:GO. With the abilities and character design reminiscent of Blizzard’s champion title and the weaponry and gunplay tactics more like CS:GO, Valorant is the perfect blend of the two.

It’s hardly a surprise that the Future Earth shooter has a blossoming esports scene, whose first global event kicks off this year in the form of the Valorant Champions Tour.

We’ve seen a whole host of CS:GO pros up and leave the scene and resettle in Valorant, but the Overwatch League has seen a similar exodus. Here are all the notable players who have made the switch.

Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won

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Sinatraa was one of OWL’s most iconic players.

One of the biggest blows to the Overwatch League was the loss of Jay ‘Sintraa’ Won. The San Francisco Shock flex player helped to carry the team to victory, and has even appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show.”

November 2019, however, marked the end of Sinatraa’s Overwatch career. The MVP chose to take up the Future Earth fight instead, noting in a Tweet that he “straight up just lost passion” for Overwatch. Joining Sentinels only days later, the squad have marked themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the NA Valorant scene, so it’s safe to say Sinatraa’s Overwatch brilliance has transferred to Valorant.

Shane ‘Rawkus’ Flaherty

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Better watch out Valorant, Rawkus is here to make some noise.

Formerly of the Houston Outlaws, the flex support player certainly made an impact. A part of the World Cup-winning squad of 2019, Houston have become one of OWL fans’ favorite organizations.

Clearly, though, FaZe Clan went shopping for OWL pros for their Valorant roster. Rawkus made the switch to Riot’s FPS last year, and has joined two other OWL superstars on the FaZe roster. A legendary Sova and Jett player, Rawkus is dominating on Future Earth one game at a time.

Andrej ‘babybay’ Francisty

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The King is back and is domination on FaZe Clan’s Valorant Squad.

Known by many as ‘The King’, former Atlanta Reign Hitscan DPS Babybay had a pretty decent career with the OWL icons. Finishing in the upper half of the results tables consistently, Atlanta certainly developed a pretty scary reputation.

Middle of the pack though, wasn’t good enough for the Overwatch pro, who admitted that “my heart is just not in it anymore” when it came to Blizzard’s title. Instead, he’s joined Rawkus on FaZe’s dominant Valorant roster, where his fragging skills have made him one of the many contenders for the Valorant NA throne.

Damien ‘HyP’ Souville

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Hyp has certainly brought some spark to Valorant’s European scene.

Hailing from the iconic Paris Eternal, HyP was one of Overwatch’s most impressive flex supports. The team’s pretty disappointing record, however, is likely the reason that the French FPS star decided to jump onto the Valorant ship.

Since leaving OWL behind the player has successfully remodeled himself in the Valorant image. Having played for Swedish FPS goliaths Ninjas In Pyjamas during the Blast Invitational, the player’s ability to flex between Duelist and Initiator Agents make him one to watch.

Corey ‘Corey’ Nigra

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FaZe are back yet again with another iconic Overwatch pro, Corey!

Last but not least is Corey, the current captain of FaZe’s Valorant roster. The former OWL captain, who guided Washington Justice to an Overwatch World Cup win hung up his OWL jersey last year to pursue a career in Valorant.

Now in charge of FaZe Clan’s star-studded Valorant roster, he’s taken his team to the North American leg of First Strike and earned a silver medal at the JBL Quantum Cup. We can’t wait to see where the iconic organization end up in the Valorant Champions Tour this year with Corey at the helm.

So that’s it for our list of OWL players who have made the transfer over to Valorant. Of course we couldn’t compile a list like this without shouting out FaZe’s Zachary ‘ZachaREEE’ Lombardo, or Cloud9 Korea’s Byeon ‘Munchkin Sang-beom.

As the game’s esports scene continues to develop we can’t wait to see if any other players are added to this list, and if they’ll be wearing a jersey that isn’t a FaZe one!