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New Valorant Agent Jett revealed: Abilities, gameplay and lore

Published: 2/Apr/2020 18:04

by Jacob Hale

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Riot Games’ upcoming first-person shooter Valorant is one of the most exciting things in gaming right now, and they’ve now revealed another one of around ten Agents that will be available at launch: Jett.

Riot Games’ slow reveal of different aspects of the game has been spectacular, giving fans just enough to sink their teeth into and maintaining interest on an ever-growing basis.

This includes the Agents, or playable characters, that will be available in the game at launch, including the likes of Sova and Viper in recent reveals. Now, though, we get to take a closer look at Jett.

Jett is an agile fighter from South Korea, prioritizing movement, mobility and stealth over everything else when in battle. This is obvious in the gameplay reveal, where we see Jett use smoke bombs to sneak around the bomb site, and fast movement to confuse opponents.

Jett gameplay reveal

Now, many of the Agents available in Valorant have been revealed and as such we’ve seen a huge mixture of different abilities and playstyles, and players are already starting to pick who they want to play as in the April 7 closed beta.

Jett is for the players who value their life above all else and aren’t willing to count themselves out until the final whistle blows, and she has all the utility available to her to make that possible.

Jett’s abilities in Valorant

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Jett’s ability symbols can be seen along the lower edge of the screen.

Like the other Agents in Valorant, Jett has two Basic abilities, one Signature ability, and one Ultimate ability.

  • Cloudburst: Throw out a cloud of fog that obscures vision on impact. Hold down the ability button to bend the cloud’s in-flight trajectory.
  • Updraft: After a brief wind up, propel yourself upwards.
  • Signature Ability – Tailwind: Immediately dash a short distance in the direction you’re moving.
  • Ultimate Ability – Blade Storm: Arm yourself with several deadly throwing knives that deal moderate damage and kill on headshots. Scoring a kill restores all daggers. Left click throws a single dagger. Right click throws all remaining daggers in a short-ranged burst.

Jett’s lore & personality

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Jett’s aesthetic matches her gameplay perfectly.

Jett’s motto is short and sweet: “Keep up.” And it encapsulates the kind of Agent Jett is completely – to the point, discrete and a nuisance to play against when her abilities are utilized correctly.

Jett’s outfit, complete with a handy utility belt and a hooded cloak, shows what kind of Agent you’re dealing with, and she’s clearly always prepared for battle but able to make a quick getaway if need be.

It’s easy to draw similarities between Jett and League of Legends’ Akali, an incredibly mobile champion who also uses smoke to stay hidden from enemies. On top of that, Akali also throws daggers at her enemy, so there may be some inspiration from LoL’s flagship champion in Jett.

With around half of Valorant’s playable Agents now revealed, there’s not a lot more for players to do except wait for the beta and hope they get in – there will be thousands trying to get in on April 7, but it’s not yet clear how many Riot will allow in.

So far, though, it seems some of the top streamers who were involved in the playtest absolutely love it, with Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek even describing it as one of the greatest games he’s ever played.

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Valorant devs confirm new Sage buff on the way in patch 1.13

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:12

by Brad Norton

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While Sage was an insta-lock in the early phases of Valorant, the Sentinel Agent dipped drastically due to a series of hefty nerfs. However, Riot Games has confirmed she’ll be getting some love in the next major update.

When Valorant launched, Sage was the only Agent in the game capable of healing allies. Others were capable of healing themselves, but her kit provided something entirely unique. Combined with an extremely chunky Barrier Orb that could block off a certain path, and you had an “out of control” Agent that was picked in almost every match.

It took multiple balance updates and various ability reworks to bring her back down a notch. Since then, along with the introduction of new characters, Sage has seen her pick-rate drop tremendously. The Agent has only seen play in two professional matches over the past 60 days, according to VLR.

In attempt to find a middle ground and get Sage back on track, Riot has confirmed a new buff is on the way. Here’s what we can expect in Valorant’s 1.13 update coming soon.

While it was a critical Killjoy bug that stole the spotlight on November 30, Sage was also in focus due to an issue with her wall. Thanks to the Barrier Orb being placed pre-round, she could help a friendly Omen teleport across the map and quite literally break the game.

As a result, the Agent will no longer be able to place a wall down before a round gets going. This may have seemed like a temporary fix, though Riot soon clarified it “will be sticking around in the next patch.”

“Don’t worry,” they stressed. Sage isn’t being properly nerfed again. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Despite this adjustment, a “small balance change” is in the works to “put a little power back into her barrier.”

There’s no telling exactly what that looks like just yet. Whether it’s more health, added size, or something new altogether, we’re yet to find out. Though it’s only a matter of time until Sage’s wall is stronger than it’s been for the past few weeks.

It’s clear Riot doesn’t want a repeat of Sage’s dominance. So they’re playing things safe for the time being. Instead of buffing the Agent in a number of ways, Riot confirmed a singular buff to her Barrier Orb and her Barrier Orb alone.

There’s no date announced for patch 1.13 just yet. Though we do already know something else on the way. The incoming update looks to address the smurfing issue once again, cracking down on those making secondary accounts.