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How to use Sova’s Shock Bolt in Valorant to get instant kills

Published: 12/May/2020 16:19

by Andy Williams


With Valorant’s closed beta player base continuously growing, more clever ways of using Sova’s arrows are surfacing – and these Shock Bolt lineups will help you catch the enemy off-guard on Bind.

There are no other characters like Sova in Valorant. Equipped with a bow and arrow, the Initiator Agent can gather essential info with their Recon Bolt or completely dissect a map with their Shock Bolt.

While the Recon Bolt is arguably Sova’s most prized possession, the Shock Bolt can be devastating if used correctly. At 100 Creds a pop, the value-to-damage ratio is like no other weapon in the game.

Sova's Shcck Bolt ability in Valorant.
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Sova’s Shock Bolt is a handy tool to have in your arsenal if you’re looking to clear out corners without peeking and risking your life.

While most Sova mains are usually concerned with perfecting their Recon Bolt lineups, one Reddit user has found a way to use Shock Bolts to dish out insane damage during the early stages of a round.

Fickle_Platypus’ demonstrated exactly how they eliminate enemies from key choke-points on Bind’s A Reactor Site with nothing but their bow and arrow.

The first lineup shown will get rid of an enemy holding the corner between U-Hall and the Teleporter near A-Short, while the second will take out anyone holding Heaven at the back of the site.

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In terms of lining the arrows up, the Redditor doesn’t specifically pinpoint how they align each location. Although, as long as you jam yourself up against each box, aim within the rough vicinity and charge you arrow the same amount, you should be able to land each bolt.

For convenience, we’ve included screenshots of each arrow, which highlights to approximately location for alignment and how much charge is necessary.

U-Hall Shock Bolt on Reactor Site A (Bind)

Heaven Shock Bolt on Reactor Site A (Bind)

If you’re looking to completely master your craft and embrace your inner Legolas, then check out one Redditor’s savvy application which shows how to perfectly line up both Recon and Shock Bolts.

It’s worth noting that having some predetermined locations under your belt for Sova’s arrows will always come in handy, especially if you’re looking to be a valuable asset for your team and improve your rank!


Riot reveals plan to revert Valorant First Strike Global Finals patch

Published: 20/Nov/2020 12:04

by Lauren Bergin


Valorant Patch 1.11 threw Future Earth into absolute chaos for pro players and casual gamers alike. But Riot Games has revealed part of their plan towards running First Strike’s Global Finals in the wake of the 1.11 madness.

Patch 1.11 will be etched into the history of both Valorant and Riot Games alike. Described by Valorant devs as being a “nightmare,” the disruption caused by the patch has clearly influenced developers’ decisions to release less patches until December.

This chaos, however, couldn’t have come at a worse time. The patch was released and then repealed right in the middle of the regional qualifiers for First Strike.

This left a lot of fans curious as to which patch players would be competing on, whether there would be a patch change midway through some tournaments and how this impacted competitive integrity. Well, in the latest instalment of Ask Valorant, Valorant Esports Strategy Manager, Riley Yurk, has explained how this will work with the upcoming First Strike: Global Finals.

Skye in Valorant
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Patch 1.11 included Skye, the game’s newest Agent who currently isn’t available for pro play.

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Yurk describes the current status of the First Strike as being ‘Tournament Realm-lite’, referring to the idea that the patch has been altered in pro play to remain the same throughout the event, but there is no private tournament server… Yet!

He states that “we were planning on using a separate patchline (consider this Tournament Real-lite) for the main event, but ended up launching this early to allow tournaments to continue on the same patch they started on. This has allowed us to keep esports on a separate patch from live and is something we’re bringing back globally for the First Strike main event Dec 3-6.”

So while games will all be on the same patch, it is currently speculation as to what exact patch this is. What has been made clear, though, is that Skye and Icebox will no longer be disabled for the main First Strike event, which begins December 3.

In addition to this, the latest Patch (1.12) was very esports driven, so the likelihood is that Riot will implement 1.12 for the main First Strike event.

However, we’ll keep you updated as further details emerge regarding the final decision about the First Strike patch, so watch this space!