Valorant

How to play Raze: Valorant’s explosive Duelist Agent

Published: 14/Jun/2020 1:30 Updated: 14/Jan/2021 11:41

by Brad Norton

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Raze is undoubtedly the most explosive Agent in Valorant. Not only can you manipulate her abilities to kill, but they can also be used for some fancy movement, putting you one step ahead of the competition. Here’s an in-depth look at the Duelist.

All Duelists in Valorant are designed to pack a punch. Rather than scouting out enemy positions, placing traps, or holding down a particular Reactor Site, Duelists should be looking for map control and ultimately, kills. Through the use of Raze’s kit, you can get to surprising spots on every map and blast down enemies in an instant.

While things might appear simple on the surface, there is just as much depth to her arsenal of abilities than any other Duelist Agent. Here’s a detailed breakdown to help you explode to the top of the scoreboard.

Raze’s abilities

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Raze explodes into combat in Valorant.

Raze’s kit is designed with an aggressive playstyle in mind. Each ability (including her Ultimate), are all intended to clear out areas without even needing a direct line of sight on the opposition.

  • Ability 1 – Boom Bot (200 Creds) — EQUIP a Boom Bot. FIRE will deploy the bot, causing it to travel in a straight line on the ground, bouncing off walls. The Boom Bot will lock on to any enemies in its frontal cone and chase them, exploding for heavy damage if it reaches them.
  • Ability 2 – Blast Pack (200 Creds) — INSTANTLY throw a Blast Pack that will stick to surfaces. RE-USE the ability after deployment to detonate, damaging and moving anything hit.
  • Signature Ability – Paint Shells (Free) — EQUIP a cluster grenade. FIRE to throw the grenade which does damage and creates sub-munitions, each doing damage to anyone in their range.
  • Ultimate Ability – Showstopper (7 points) — EQUIP a rocket launcher. FIRE shoots a rocket that does massive area damage on contact with anything.

Her ‘Showstopper’ Ultimate is aptly named, as it can shut down entire enemy attacks with a single click. The explosive is near impossible to avoid once it’s coming your way. Regardless of how much armor you may have, it won’t mean a thing if this six-point Ultimate connects anywhere close to your character.

The most overlooked aspect of her kit, however, is the ability to uniquely maneuver through any given map with her Blast Packs. While they can be used for small amounts of damage to the opposition, they’re best used to launch yourself into crafty spots or boost your momentum around certain angles.

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You can play aggressively with her Boom Bot to enter a site.

Raze gameplay

No different from every other Duelist, Raze won’t be all too effective if you’re playing overly passive. Without any vision-obscuring abilities or blinding utility, Raze shouldn’t be the most aggressive flanker on a team. It can be difficult to win 1v1s without this kind of kit. Conversely, she also shouldn’t be sitting in the backlines and letting her team push ahead. There’s a perfect middle ground to strive for.

Abilities should largely be used to push the pace, taking new space for your team as you advance. For instance, deploying a Boom Bot around a corner or into unknown territory can certainly be helpful. But you can get far more value from the ability if Raze or another Agent pushes up along with this explosive drone — enemies will be overwhelmed having to shoot down both the deadly robot and another player at once!

It’s that type of momentum that can leave opposing teams struggling. The same logic applies when using her Blast Packs. Rather than throwing them out for a low amount of damage, Raze can drop them at her feet – or even on nearby walls – and use the detonation to reach new areas. Just be wary of how short the distance of her throw is, as you’re not able to chuck these explosives very far.

Enemy Agents might be holding down a particular angle. Instead of jiggle-peeking it, Raze can explode well beyond their expected fire and catch them by surprise. Before they’re able to readjust their aim, Raze can be in prime position to shoot them down.

Valorant's Agent Raze.

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Make sure to utilize her utility to catch the enemy off-guard, as while a large majority of Agents can mask their entry and stun their way around a corner, Raze doesn’t have that luxury. The Brazilian Duelist does have her own options, though. Try to Blast Pack your way into off angles, or toss a Paint Shell into an area where you’re expecting an enemy to be. 

You can also combine her Blast Pack and Showstopper Ultimate into one smooth sequence, to give yourself the perfect leverage. Detonating yourself into the sky before unleashing a devastating rocket down on your helpless foes. 

Ultimately, Raze should not be played like any other Duelist in Valorant — she’s separate from the pack with a completely unique arsenal of abilities. The explosive Agent will require you to out-think your opponent, but comes fully equipped with a set of abilities that will keep the enemy guessing if you use them correctly. 

Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six Road To SI 2021 event details: Stadium map, battle pass, more

Published: 21/Jan/2021 7:25 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 7:26

by Andrew Amos

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The Rainbow Six Invitational is right around the corner, and that means the Road To S.I. 2021 in-game event is on. Stadium has returned, and the biggest battle pass in Siege history is up for grabs. Here’s what you need to know.

20 teams are set to descend on Europe in early February at the Six Invitational to determine who the best Siege squad on the planet is.

To celebrate, Ubisoft has brought back the Road To S.I. in-game event for 2021. Old favorite Stadium has returned with a twist in the latest limited-time game mode, while the latest battle pass is the biggest in Siege’s history. Here’s what you need to know.

New-look Stadium map returns in 2021

After debuting at the Road To S.I. 2020 event, the Stadium map is back in Rainbow Six. You can play the map in the new Road To S.I. 2021 queue.

The battleground has been renovated to emulate a couple of different maps. The layout is reminiscent of Coastline and Border with a couple of changes ⁠— most notably, the bulletproof glass has returned.

You are able to play as any Operator in the game mode, so if you have wanted to perhaps try out Aruni since her release in Operation Neon Dawn, you can do so in the Road To S.I. game mode.

Stadium 2021 in Rainbow Six Siege
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The new Stadium features a mix of Coastline and Border.

Rainbow Six Invitational 2021 battle pass the biggest yet

The Rainbow Six Invitational 2021 battle pass has been out for a few weeks already, so you’ll want to start ramping up your grind with the event truly kicking off now.

With 100 tiers and 135 rewards, there’s plenty of reasons to jump in. It’ll only set you back 1200 R6 Credits ⁠— and even less if you have a Rainbow Six Year 5 pass. Plus, you get extra XP for playing the limited-time Road To S.I. 2021 game mode.

You can find out more details, including exactly what outfits, weapon skins, and more you can get right here.

Rainbow Six Invitational 2021 battle pass
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The Six Invitational 2021 battle pass is chock-full of new content.

When does the Road To S.I. 2021 event end?

The Road to S.I. event kicks off on January 21, and will run until February 22. After that date, Stadium will be leaving us once again, and the battle pass will expire ahead of Year 6 Season 1.