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How to survive Valorant’s Spike explosion with simple Phoenix trick

Published: 13/May/2020 4:15

by Brad Norton


The Spike explosion in Valorant might incinerate every Agent in range, but Phoenix can actually withstand the heat and survive thanks to this simple trick.

Saving your equipment at the end of an all but lost round can give you a powerful advantage in Valorant. If your economy is running dry, the funds saved could help bring your team back into the fight.

While running away from a planted Spike is the obvious play, sometimes you might be pinned down. This clever Phoenix trick could help you survive the detonation even when the odds are stacked against you.

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Casting this ability could just save your economy for a few rounds.

How to survive a Spike explosion in Valorant

Once the Spike has been planted, all Agents need to be wary of its explosive radius, regardless of which side they’re on. Both Attackers and Defenders can lose their equipment if caught in the blast.

If you happen to be a Phoenix-main, however, you’re in luck. The fiery Duelist might just be the only Agent in Valorant that can live through the blast. All thanks to a well-timed duplicating Ultimate.

Casting the ‘Run it Back’ ability moments before the explosion will see the Agent return to his original position. You’ll only have a few seconds in the duplicated form, but after the Spike has detonated, Phoenix will reappear at his initial location.

You can survive bomb explosion while using Phoenix Ult from VALORANT


How can this Phoenix trick help win rounds?

Say you’re an aggressive Phoenix but find yourself at the end of the round with no teammates left alive. You want to keep your equipment but there’s no way you’ll make it out of the site alive. 

For the tradeoff of his six-point ult, you can keep all of your items and help keep your team’s economy afloat. While it might not always seem like a great trade, this tactic could swing enough money your way to keep your team kitted out.

Given the changes in Patch 0.50, economy control is going to be more important than ever. Phoenix’s abilities saw a cost increase, so saving credits is vital.

This is just one of many tips that could help you climb through the ranks in competitive play. For 15 more, check out our full rundown here.


Riot devs explain why Valorant’s next maps will be like Icebox

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:01

by Lauren Bergin


Icebox has become one of the most hotly debated maps in Valorant, but Riot Games map developer Joe Ziegler has stated that future map designs are likely to follow in its footsteps. 

Everyone and their Valorant grandmother knows about Icebox, Riot Games’ latest addition to the game. Icebox was released into Future Earth on patch 1.11, however since then it has generated a lot of controversy.

Fans are truly divided on this map, some refer to it as “garbage” while others truly seem to love it. The icy location certainly has left some fans out in the cold due to the vast array of angles on offer to pick off enemies from and the countless routes that the map offers.

However, whether or not Icebox has wowed fans or otherwise, Riot map developer Joe Zeigler has told players to expect more Icebox-style locations.

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Icebox has quite quickly solidified itself as one of Valorant’s most hated maps.

Riot Ziegler confirms that future maps will be more like Icebox

In a recent instalment of Dev Diaries, Ziegler takes the bull by the horns when it comes to the Icebox discussion.

The segment entitled ‘Icebox and the future of maps’ clarifies that Riot’s vision with every new map is to “bring meaningful new changes that ask you to think about how you approach the space. Our four original maps were designed to introduce you to the complexities of Valorant, especially with so much unique agent utility to play against.”

Ziegler goes on to clarify that “moving forward I hope you can see how we’ll continue challenging the basic concepts of map design in order to promote more diverse, strategic play”. Citing Icebox as an example because it’s more complex design forces players to work on their aim as well as skirmishing ability.

Icebox’s layout allows players to “plan more strategically and perform tactically with guns and character abilities,” something that Riot seek to promote moving forward.

So like it or not, Valorant’s map designers will be using Icebox’s complex design as their blueprint moving forward. Hopefully this decision continues to add an element of difficulty to the game that we perviously haven’t seen before. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further Valorant map news.