How to play Reyna: Valorant’s life-draining Duelist Agent - Dexerto
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How to play Reyna: Valorant’s life-draining Duelist Agent

Published: 14/Jan/2020 15:25 Updated: 14/Jan/2021 15:30

by Brad Norton

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Valorant’s eleventh Agent, Reyna, is an ideal pick for hyper-aggressive players that want to see themselves top fragging in every match. Here’s an in-depth breakdown of the vampire-inspired character, so you can get the edge over your opposition.

Reyna is an Agent capable of swinging rounds with aggressive multi-kill plays. She can shut down enemy attacks in the blink of an eye, or even flank to a great deal of success. How well you perform with the Mexican Duelist largely depends on how well you’re able to blend her abilities into fluid sequences. 

There’s more nuance to her abilities than first meets the eye, so here’s a detailed breakdown to help you get the most out of Reyna.

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Reyna is one of the more unique Duelist Agents in Valorant.

Reyna’s abilities

Reyna’s kit is designed to help you in firefights, and each ability perfectly compliments the other to make sure you’re the one in charge of wiping the enemy team.

  • Ability 1 – Leer (200 Creds) — EQUIP an ethereal eye. Activate to cast the eye a short distance forward at a fixed range, passing through obstructions in the way. The eye will Nearsight all enemies who can see it. The eye will disappear either after two seconds or receiving any bullet damage.
  • Ability 2 – Devour (100 Creds) — INSTANTLY consume a nearby Soul Orb, disabling Reyna’s ability to FIRE for 1 second and creating a tether between Reyna and the Soul Orb whilst rapidly healing for 100 health over 3 seconds. This ability can Overheal though health exceeding 100 but cannot exceed 150 health (including shields). The Overheal will decay after 25 seconds over 1 second, but can be refreshed whenever devour is recast. 
  • Signature Ability – Dismiss (100 Creds) — INSTANTLY consume a nearby Soul Orb, becoming intangible for a short duration. If EMPRESS is active, also become invisible.
  • Ultimate Ability – Empress (6 points) — INSTANTLY enter a frenzy, increasing firing, equip and reload speed dramatically. Gain infinite charges of Soul Harvest abilities. Scoring a kill renews the duration.

After a kill, Reyna’s skill choices really shine. Soul Orbs drop directly over enemy corpses, giving the Agent two unique options. She can either regenerate health to 100 HP – and even Overheal to 150 – or become invincible for a very short period in order to reposition, making her invisible when combined with her Ultimate.

It’s in the post-elimination moments where Reyna’s playstyle matters most. Do you go for the Overheal and keep pushing the pace, or do you grab a Soul Orb from your enemy’s corpse and back away while invulnerable? Every situation varies, but with experience, you’ll get to know which option is best.

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To reap or not to reap? That’s the question.

How to play as Reyna

As Reyna, the majority of your kit won’t come alive unless you’re fragging out. Playing extremely passive on attack won’t benefit you or the team. To reach your full potential with the Agent, try to position yourself at the front of any big pushes or branch out for a flank when possible.

If you’re leading the charge, you can play off the back of allied smokes and stuns, or even cast your own blinding eye which will ‘Nearsight’ any enemies looking directly at it. After your first pick, try to assess the area. If more enemies are close by, turn invulnerable, and get back to the safety of your team. If you’re flanking and want to continue applying pressure, overheal, and repeat the process. 

One thing to be very cautious of when playing Reyna, however, is just how quickly her Leer can be dealt with by the opposition. Similar to Sova’s Recon Bolt, enemies can quickly snap and shoot down the floating orb almost instantly. Don’t make the mistake of casting the ability and running out in the open after it’s destroyed. 

Her Ultimate dramatically buffs damage output and applies skills faster than usual, meaning you can blend your choices together with greater impact. Ultimately, you want to be flowing; casting abilities one after another, trying to merge her kit into one smooth sequence of events will overwhelm enemy teams and make you very difficult to take down.

Dexerto’s take: Ideal for setting the pace

Reyna is single handedly capable of flipping rounds in an instant with crucial picks. Better yet, she can often do so with minimal downsides. She can heal back to full health and then some, or reposition to safety. Making her one of the best at setting an early pace and giving your team an advantage with little risk.

It’s vital to remember that each ability passes by in an instant. Once you secure a kill, you want to think fast and flow to your next move. Standing by and taking time will only waste Reyna’s potential. The second a Soul Orb appears, make your decision and think about what comes next.

Reyna is unlike any other Agent in Valorant’s roster. You need to constantly switch gears, or you’ll never reach her full potential. With experience, this process will become second nature. You’ll be able to make decisions on the fly and truly leave the enemy team in disbelief as to how things fell apart so quickly.

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce

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With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

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Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

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You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

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Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.