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How to play as Brimstone: Valorant’s versatile Controller Agent

Published: 27/May/2020 12:26 Updated: 27/May/2020 18:11

by Andy Williams

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Brimstone boasts one of the most versatile arsenals in Valorant. We delve into the Controller Agent’s abilities to see how they fare in battle and give you everything you need know. 

Brimstone is described as Valorant‘s ‘unmatched boots-on-the-ground commander’ who boasts an orbital arsenal that will aid any team in combat.

The Agent’s extensive utility belt ensures that his squad is always at an advantage in a post-plant situation — but why is Brimstone so effective? Let’s break down the Agent and see why they’re a ‘Jack of all trades.’

Brimstone abilities

Valorant's Brimstone.

Brimstone’s sports a relatively selfless set of abilities, which will help any team in a post-plant scenario. His ability set are as follows:

  • Ability 1 — Stim Beacon (100 Creds): EQUIP a stim beacon. FIRE to toss the stim beacon in front of Brimstone. Upon landing, the stim beacon will create a field that grants players rapid fire.
  • Ability 2 — Incendiary (300 Creds): EQUIP an incendiary grenade launcher. FIRE to launch a grenade that detonates as it comes to a rest on the floor, creating a lingering fire zone that damages players within the zone.
  • Signature Ability — Sky Smoke (1 free; 100 Creds for extra): EQUIP a tactical map. FIRE to set locations where Brimstone’s smoke clouds will land. ALTERNATE FIRE to confirm, launching long-lasting smoke clouds that block vision in the selected area.
  • Ultimate Ability — Orbital Strike (6 Points): EQUIP a tactical map. FIRE to launch a lingering orbital strike laster at the selected location, dealing high damage-over-time to players caught in the selected area.

Players are granted one of Brimstone’s Signature Abilities right off the rip, with any extra costing 100 Creds — which is capped at three smokes at any given time.

Given the affordability of Sky Smokes, they’re ideal to isolate certain portions of the map when on the offensive side, either when taking a Reactor Site or for buying precious time while defending the Spike in the post-plant situation… So Riot labeling him as a ‘Controller’ Agent is quite apt.

Brimstone's smokes in Valorant.
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Smokes force enemies to maneuver around them, buying valuable seconds for you and your teammates.

Brimstone gameplay

Former Counter-Strike pro, Mathieu ‘Maniac’ Quiquerez, showcased all of Brimstone’s abilities during Dexerto’s exclusive early gameplay. So let’s dive right in.

Within the opening clips, we see just how simple it is for Brimstone to deploy either their Sky Smoke or Orbital Strike, as he whips out a holographic radar to give him an overview of the whole map — perfect for targeting precise locations within a nearby vicinity.

Brimstone's Sky Smoke and Orbital Strike radar in Valorant
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There are two ways to deploy Brimstone’s Sky Smoke (as visible at the bottom of the radar in the center of the image).

At 0:47 we catch a glimpse of the Agent’s devastating Ultimate Ability. As skillfully highlighted by Maniac, as long as you position the airstrike accurately, enemies won’t stand a chance — perfect if you’re defending from an oncoming push (like when enemies group in Hookah on Bind).

Brimstone’s Stim Beacon is perfect to use in the opening engagements of a round, as it issues all Agents a temporary boost in the fire rate of their weapon. Maniac places their beacon so both he and Phoenix benefit from it at 0:54.

By giving their weapon Rapidfire, Maniac gets the entry frag and easily trades their teammates’ death to give them the man advantage in the round — while only losing 26 Shield Points and 12 Health Points. Although be mindful of where you place the beacon, as enemies may benefit from your Ability, which could prove costly.

(Brimstone gameplay begins at 5:30 mark for mobile users)

Dexerto’s take: Valorant’s must-have Agent

As explained by Maniac, one use for Brimstone’s smoke is “faking a situation” and is one of the primary reasons why the Counter-Strike veteran believes that the Agent is essential when on the offensive. “I do believe that on the offense, [Brimstone] is almost a must-have for any lineup.”

Brimstone's buy menu in Valorant.
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Stim Beacon costs 100 Creds for each, while their Incendiary will set you back 200 Creds.

In terms of the Agent’s Signature and Ultimate combo, Maniac describes them as almost invaluable when both taking control of a Reactor Site and while defending them in post-plant scenarios — the Orbital Strike specifically will come in handy when in a do-or-die clutch situation.

But while Brimstone is most definitely needed on a squad, he is clearly more of a ‘support’ character — designed more to bolster your teammates’ chances of winning a round, as opposed to creating the flashy, individual plays… If you prefer going in for the early kills, perhaps a Duelist like Raze, Jett or Phoenix are more up your alley!

So there you have it. Brimstone is an effective Agent for someone gunning to be a team-oriented player, with a broad utility belt at their disposal.

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Caster speaks out about G-Loot’s late payments despite $56m investment

Published: 25/Nov/2020 17:49 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 17:57

by Adam Fitch

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Mark ‘Boq’ Wilson, an esports commentator, has spoken out against tournament organizer G-Loot due to alleged late payments.

Over July 3-5, G-Loot operated the Trovo Challenge — a $10,000 event for Riot Games’ new shooter Valorant — on behalf of the live streaming platform. For the North American arm of the competition, Boq was hired to cast alongside Leigh ‘Deman’ Smith, Alex ‘Vansilli’ Nguyen, and David ‘SIMO’ Rabinovitch.

Weeks after the event wrapped up, complaints were posted on Twitter regarding G-Loot’s tardiness in paying for the work fulfilled. Dexerto learned that the casters agreed on a Net 60 payment term, meaning they should be paid within 60 days of fulfilling their duties.

G-Loot don’t appear to be short of cash, having raised an investment what they describe as “one of the largest esports fundraisers globally” of $56m in October 2020. While this is indeed after the event, in which it’s possible they didn’t have a lot of money prior to securing the investment, they’re now looking to grow their player base and optimize their service. Players and casters are still allegedly going unpaid despite said agreements, however.

Trovo Challenge Valorant
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G-Loot were responsible for the competitive operations of the event.

Vansilli publicly revealed that he invoiced the tournament organizer on July 9 and was clearly disgruntled on October 1 when sharing that he was yet to be paid. They stated that he may have to wait until October 23 to receive payment, which is weeks after the agreed term.

Vansilli confirmed to Dexerto at the beginning of November that the payment had finally been sent, but that’s still not the case for Boq.

As of November 25, he has been waiting for 143 days to be paid. He spoke with Dexerto about his experience with G-Loot, the struggles of trying to get the money that’s owed to him, and the typical circumstances casters have to operate within to get hired for events.

The Payment Challenge

“My experience with G-Loot has almost been no experience,” Boq told Dexerto. “They’ve been quiet, unresponsive, and unwilling to work with us to get things resolved. Everything has been on their timetable, not ours. They were very sporadic with responses, an email would come once every 20 or so days and they’d point out an issue then we’d hear from them again 20 days later.

“It’s clear that they don’t really value talent; forcing us to jump through hoops and giving us crazy dates, far in advance, that related to funding rounds and giving us the run around in general. I am still actively pursuing payment. I’ve given them everything that I was told was needed and they said payment was going to be sent.”

One of the major problems across many esports titles, from the top tier of competition down to amateur events, is the loose use of contracts for broadcast talent. Agreements are made through platforms like Twitter and Discord, with talent being reluctant to request for arrangements to be made official for fear of seeming ‘difficult to work with’ and potentially losing out on future opportunities.

“Like many situations, I did not receive a contract,” he said. “It’s pretty common that I don’t get a contract for an event and if I do, I’m actually blown away by the preparedness of the talent manager. I’ve signed contracts after an event has concluded and had to wait on contracts to send invoices before. It’s definitely common that I don’t get a contract, it’s all verbal or a Twitter DM. Once the flight is booked for a LAN event at least there’s a guarantee, but online there are no guarantees.”

There’s an emerging topic among freelancers in esports regarding the application of late fees to invoices, theoretically deterring tournament organizers from either paying late or not at all by charging them extra for any delay. As of now, there are often no repercussions for such actions and that again is due to the leverage these companies possess according to Boq.

“It’s hard for talent to enforce late fees because the concern is that they just won’t use you again in the future, they’ll be frustrated because you’ve enforced a rule,” he said. “We don’t have as much leverage or power as them. There are a million casters out there who all want to work and get these gigs so it doesn’t matter how large your brand is, ultimately you can easily damage your name beyond repair. The smaller your name is, the easier that is to do.

“Tournament organizers have this tremendous power over some of the smaller names in broadcasting because they don’t have the leverage to get the payment that they’re due. This happens constantly when you look at Tier 2 or 3 scenes and in collegiate and high school when tournament organizers pay late, or at all, and the only option that these people have is to go public.

On why he has chosen to speak out against G-Loot, and why a better system with increased accountability for all parties needs to be put in place, the caster explained that this is more than wanting money — it makes esports a worse place and damages the industry as a whole.

Marq Boq Wilson Caster
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Boq is best known for casting shooters such as Counter-Strike and, more recently, Valorant.

“It destroys the ecosystem that’s in place,” said Boq. “It’s important that we don’t allow tournament organizers that practice those behaviors to continue to survive because the ones that don’t are competing against them and sometimes losing. I hate to see companies that raise millions of dollars because I know they can crush a lot of the competition, some who actually do pay their talent but perhaps don’t have the same budget so they can’t increase their exposure with better hires.”

While other broadcast talent may now have been paid for their work on the event, that is not the case for Boq. Who knows if there are others out there across titles and tournament organizers that don’t feel as if they can speak up and still get hired going forward?

Dexerto has contacted G-Loot for comment.