How to play as Jett: Valorant’s most agile Duelist Agent - Dexerto
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How to play as Jett: Valorant’s most agile Duelist Agent

Published: 7/Jun/2020 13:05 Updated: 7/Jun/2020 13:07

by Andy Williams

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Jett is Valorant’s Korean Duelist, who works best with the wind in her sails. We take a look at why Jett should be a worthwhile Agent to main in Future Earth.

Jett is all about agility. Having the capability to take the fight head-on and evade while remaining unscathed is a trait that no other Agent can boast in Valorant.

No other Agent has this ability to traverse the map like Jett, which puts her in a class of her own. But what is it about Jett that gives her the edge over other Agents in the server? Here’s our breakdown of the Valorant’s nimble Korean Agent.

Jett’s abilities

Valorant's Jett.

Right off the bat, it’s evident that Jett’s abilities sport an evasive fighting style. With the power to run circles around her foes in the blink of an eye, let’s take a look at the Duelist’s ability set:

  • Ability 1 — Cloudburst (100 Creds): INSTANTLY throw a projectile that expands into a brief vision-blocking cloud on impact with a surface. HOLD the ability key to curve the smoke in the direction of your crosshair.
  • Ability 2 — Updraft (100 Creds): INSTANTLY propel Jett high into the air.
  • Signature Ability — Tailwind (1 free): INSTANTLY propel Jett in the direction she is moving. If Jett is standing still, she will propel forward.
  • Ultimate Ability — Blade Storm (7 Points): EQUIP a set of highly accurate throwing knives that recharge on killing an opponent. FIRE to throw a single knife at your target. ALTERNATE FIRE to throw all remaining daggers at your target.

Jett’s meta largely revolves around her Updraft and Tailwind abilities, which when combined make her an extremely agile Agent. The Signature Ability will refresh every round, while Updraft will only set you back 100 Creds.

The Updraft Ability comes with two charges and Tailwind only comes with one charge, so you will have to be very savvy about how you deploy each ability.

Jett's Updraft Ability in Valorant.
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Jett’s Updraft can give you the vertical advantage in a gunfight if timed correctly.

If you’re all about taking the fight to your opposite number, then combining both Updraft and Tailwind will often give you an edge. If you find yourself in a tight spot and want to avoid being traded by an enemy, you can hightail out of there with both of these abilities.

Jett gameplay

Former Counter-Strike pro, Mathieu ‘Maniac’ Quiquerez, aptly showcased Jett’s capabilities on the battlefield. The CS legend went so far to label her as his “favorite” Agent in the game so far. Let’s find out why Maniac favored Jett over the rest of the Agents.

Within the opening clips of the embedded video above (0:27), Maniac perfectly combines Tailwind and Updraft to catch his opponent off-guard and win their gunfight by landing the headshot with their Phantom rifle.

Immediately after, Jett takes the fight to two enemies defending Reactor Site B on Bind. After landing the first headshot on the enemy Viper, Maniac combined both abilities again to catch the Sova by surprise and take them down.

Jett combining Updraft with Cloudburst in Valorant.
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Updraft can also be combined with Cloudburst to deploy Jett’s smoke grenade over objects.

Aside from using her faster movement speed to help in gunfights, it can also help Jett get that split-second advantage over her foes when going for the early peek. Arm yourself with an Operator and take those early duels and you’ll often find that you’re beating your opposite number to the post on almost every occasion!

Dexerto’s take: Perfect for applying pressure

Jett certainly lives up to her ‘Duelist’ title given how she compliments a more aggressive playstyle. As Maniac explained: “You don’t really have to respect map control — you can take areas of the map on your own whenever you want to, because you have the movement to do so.”

On top of her advanced movement, as long as you accurately place your Cloudbursts, these are a handy tool to have at your disposal when trying to obscure enemy vision when retaking a Reactor Site — Maniac perfectly displays this at 4:04.

Jett's Cloudburst Ability in Valorant.
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Maniac used one of Jett’s vision-blocking clouds to bait an opponent into peeking when retaking a Reactor Site.

Although it’s Jett’s Ultimate which will give you the ability to shine when your back is against the wall. If you find yourself without a weapon or simply one that’s not suited to the job at hand, Blade Storm is an ideal tool to have in your arsenal.

Essentially, you’re getting a pretty lethal weapon without having to put a dent in your economy! So utilizing this when you have to save your Creds is an ideal way of being able to keep the pressure on your opponents.

Jett's Blade Storm Ultimate Ability in Valorant.
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Jett’s Blade Storm Ability requires seven points to earn, but can completely change the landscape of a round.

So if you prefer to adopt a more gung-ho style of play while being able to run rings around your opposite number, Jett is the perfect Agent for you. While it might be tricky to learn all of her abilities at first, practicing different combinations will allow you to traverse the map in ways that others can’t!

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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.

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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.