Valorant

How to play Omen: Valorant’s shadow-hunting Controller Agent

Published: 8/Jan/2020 10:30 Updated: 14/Jan/2021 11:39

by Andy Williams

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Omen is unlike any other Agent in Valorant. The Controller can utilize the shadows to hunt his prey, while also able to manipulate space and time. Does that make him one of Future Earth’s most deadly assassins, though? Let’s find out.

Omen is described as Valorant’s resident ‘shadow hunter.’ With a mysterious backstory and an equally interesting set of abilities to match, the stealthy Controller Agent should tick most of the boxes for players looking to manipulate the battlefield to suit.  

There’s no doubt that Omen is difficult to master, but once you get the knack of when and where to use his utility, you’ll find yourself asking why you didn’t use the hooded assailant earlier.

Omen in Valorant holding Sheriff in Bind CT spawn
Riot Games
Omen is arguably Valorant’s most versatile Agent.

Omen’s abilities

On the whole, Omen’s abilities revolve around being able to support his team’s strategy, while keeping the enemy on their toes by constantly leaving them guessing on the shadowy figure’s whereabouts.

  • Ability 1 — Shrouded Step (100 Creds): EQUIP a shadow walk ability and see its range indicator. FIRE to begin a brief channel, then teleport to the marked location.
  • Ability 2 — Paranoia (400 Creds): INSTANTLY fire a shadow projectile forward, briefly reducing the vision range of all players it touches. This projectile can pass straight through walls.
  • Signature Ability — Dark Cover (2 free, 35s recharge): EQUIP a shadow orb and see its range indicator. FIRE to throw the shadow orb to the marked location, creating a long-lasting shadow sphere that blocks vision. HOLD ALTERNATE FIRE while targeting to move the marker further away. HOLD the ability key while targeting to move the marker closer.
  • Ultimate Ability — From the Shadows (7 Points): EQUIP a tactical map. FIRE to begin teleporting to the selected location. While teleporting, Omen will appear as a Shade that can be destroyed by an enemy to cancel his teleport.

First off, let’s address the elephant in the room. Omen’s Ultimate Ability is fantastic if used correctly. But be warned, doing so is like mastering a fine art. You want to change up where you teleport to keep your enemies on their toes — don’t just launch into spawn every time you have it.

This makes Omen ultimate serve three purposes. One; you can use it to gain information with the limited sight it gives you before canceling. Two; you can dive into back lines as the chaos breaks out. Or three; you can use it to sell a fake and go to another Reactor Site. Either way, you’ll need to choose the best option to catch the enemy off-guard.

Omen's Teleport Ability in Valorant.
Riot Games / Dexerto
Omen’s teleport can be a powerful tool, providing you deploy it at the right time.

How to play as Omen

Omen’s kit has a bit of a jack-of-all-trades feel. He’s good on attack and defense — which has made him one of the game’s most powerful Agents. He has smokes, he has flashes, he has the ability to play passively and aggressively with his Shadow Steps.

That exact ability allows him to get to hard-to-reach places, but it can become predictable after a while — like his ultimate. If you use it to boost to high ground, just be wary of holding the same angle twice, especially if you’ve used it successfully previously.

Omen’s Dark Cover smokes also provide a different level of flexibility. Because you can dictate where they land, you can make them drop late for a timed site hit by placing them high in the air. Just be mindful that the 15 second smoke timer starts from when the smoke is fully deployed.

Generally, Omen is going to be playing with the team and not lurking. You won’t want to be entering though. You want to find a position to use your Paranoia to lead your allies in, and then follow on the back lines watching any flanks. Because of the long range of all of his abilities, he can afford to play a bit further from site on attack and defense.

Valorant Omen artwork
Riot Games
Omen isn’t one for fighting on the front lines, but if you’re fine with that, he’s your best bet.

Dexerto’s take: Valorant’s Jack of all trades

While on the face of things, Omen might look pretty overpowered, it’s worth noting that the Agent’s steep learning curve will make them difficult to master at first.

A perfect example of this is with his Shrouded Step. While on paper, it is an extremely handy tool, your opponents will hear the audio cue of you deploying it if they’re nearby — a range you can only learn through the experience of playing the character.

So, while some players might be able to ramp up their aggression with Omen’s mobility, the character is best used as a disruptor to set up teammates. If playing mind games with your enemies is your forte, then Omen is the Agent for you.

Call of Duty

NICKMERCS creates powerful FFAR Warzone loadout after Cold War nerfs

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:29

by Connor Bennett

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Twitch star Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has got an interesting FFAR loadout for Call of Duty Warzone following the recent nerfs to the DMR and other weapons. 

The meta in Warzone is constantly evolving as Call of Duty fans try and get a leg up on their opposition in any way shape or form. 

Since the launch of Black Ops Cold War, it’s been all about the DMR, Diamatti’s, and MAC-10, but recent nerfs have got players searching for different choices. Some have gone back to the Modern Warfare weapons – the M4, AMAX, and Kilo-141, for example – while others have tried to find answers in Cold War.

The FFAR, which resembles the FAMAS from years past, has been the answer for some. It’s even got NICKMERCS trying it out and dropping a pretty nice loadout.

Black Ops Cold War FFAR 1
Activision / Treyarch
The FFAR has become of the best guns in Warzone.

The FaZe Clan member unveiled the loadout he’s been using in his January 16 video, noting that, even though its an assault rifle, it might make some of the SMGs obsolete. 

“However, I do think this FFAR could replace a lot of the SMGs,” Nick said. “I think the overall kit is a pretty good kit, and if you want to have some fun, this is a great class to do that.”

The accuracy does take a slight knock in Nick’s setup, however, the FFAR does get a nice little boost to both the range and mobility. It’s not exactly going to be a sniper or a KAR, but for what it is, it’s certainly nice and up there with some of the best weapons around right now. 

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 21.2” Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Ammo: Salvo 50 round fast mag
  • Stock: Raider Stock

The YouTuber does note, though, that it’s probably not going to be a class you see streamers running in tournaments. But, for a bit of fun and racking up kills, it’s certainly a nice change of pace. 

Plus, when the time comes and Raven rolls out a few more nerfs, everyone will be searching for the next best thing, and the FFAR should be up there. So, you may as well get used to it, if you’re not already.