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New Valorant Agent Sage revealed: Abilities, gameplay and lore

Published: 26/Mar/2020 17:01

by Jacob Hale


Riot Games have revealed the first look at Sage, a previously-unseen Agent that will be in the upcoming first-person shooter game Valorant, showing off her abilities, some gameplay and more.

Valorant is Riot’s first foray into the FPS genre, having spent more than a decade perfecting iconic MOBA League of Legends – arguably the biggest game in the world.


Despite the fact that they don’t have a proven track record in the genre, very few doubt Riot’s ability to make this an incredible game, drawing comparisons to the tactical element in CS:GO and Overwatch’s class-based gameplay to create a game that will satiate the thirst of players from a variety of backgrounds.

Riot Games are slowly revealing each Agent one-by-one, having already shown off the likes of SOVA and Viper, and now they’ve brought us Sage, a Chinese support Agent that keeps herself and her team in as great condition as possible, with some very helpful abilities across the board.


Sage gameplay reveal

Through the last few Agent reveals, Riot have unveiled an array of characters that bring a multitude of abilities and playstyles to Valorant, but Sage seems to be the first clear-cut Healer Agent we’ve seen.

Her tagline might throw some people off though: challenging opponents to “let them try to get through me” almost makes Sage sound like somewhat of a tank-type player, but more likely insinuates that she will defend her team relentlessly, and that’s exactly what you need from your Healer.

It could also reference her Barrier Orb ability – casting a huge barrier across choke points and stopping enemies from getting too close.


Sage’s abilities in Valorant

Each Valorant Agent has four abilities: two Basic, one Signature, and one Ultimate. Sage’s abilities are as follows:

  • Slow Orb: Cast out a radianite orb that breaks into a slowing field upon impact with theground. All caught in the field are slowed, grounded, and make noise when moving.
  • Barrier Orb: Conjure a large, solid wall. Right-click to rotate the wall before casting.
  • Signature Ability – Healing Orb: Heal an ally or yourself to full health over a few seconds.
  • Ultimate Ability – Resurrection: Target a friendly corpse. After a short delay, revive them with full health.
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Sage’s abilities are guaranteed to be a hit with teammates in need.

The gameplay reveal only shows the Slow Orb and Barrier Orb put to use, including a nifty trick with the Barrier Orb which shows how it can be used more offensively, by casting it under your feet so you can stand atop rather than hide behind it.

The Resurrection ability is guaranteed to be a useful one, and will more often than not be the difference between winning or losing a match – so make sure you use it wisely.


Sage’s lore & personality

There’s not a lot made clear about Sage’s background or personality just from the gameplay reveal. Clearly, she’s an Agent that aims to help her team get the win, and probably won’t often be caught in the middle of the action, but there’s little else to pull apart from it.

She seems similar to Overwatch’s Mercy, if you’re looking for a similar comparison in other games, and her Chinese heritage definitely lends itself to the long history China has of both traditional and alternative medicine – something Riot may touch on when the time comes to speak more on Sage’s background.

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Sage’s various Orb abilities can slow the enemy down while also granting extra health to teammates.

Riot Games confirmed that there will be ten Agents available at launch, with five of them needing to be unlocked through what appears to be a progression-based battle pass system.

It’s not yet clear which Agents will be automatically unlocked at launch, but players will no doubt be hoping a strong support agent like Sage is available from the get-go.


Valorant Act 3 update v1.10 patch notes: Icebox map, Competitive changes

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:47 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:52

by Calum Patterson


Valorant Episode 1, Act 3 is finally here, as update 1.10 rolls out across all regions. The update brings a new map, competitive changes, and a host of bug fixes. Check out the full patch notes below.

In addition to what’s included here, the next Agent is also coming in Act III, but unfortunately, players have to wait a bit to try her out.


Icebox, the new map, was pushed live a bit earlier than planned, but this comes at the cost of Skye, the new Agent, being pushed back to October 27.

For now, Icebox will only be playable in unranked, casual matches, before it too is added to competitive on October 27. This should give you sometime to get to grips with it, before risking your rank.


Valorant 1.10 patch notes

Map Updates


New map: Icebox

Riot has provided an overview of the new map:

Each Icebox site is a complex combat space that features plenty of cover and verticality. This map emphasizes skirmishes, sharp aim, and adaptive play. There’s also a zipline that amplifies the feeling of quick action and verticality.

As we’re releasing Icebox ahead of schedule, we are going to be releasing it in a “beta” state for at least two weeks. During this time, the map will be available to play in Unrated, Spike Rush, and Deathmatch modes. We’re going to continue to optimize the performance on the map as well as continue to fix any bugs that might appear. If all goes well, Icebox will then become available for play in the Competitive queue on October 27th.

  • Early in the patch, players queuing for Unrated will more often get placed on Icebox
  • Ascenders (Ropes) / Ziplines
    • Acceleration adjusted to prevent sudden shifts in direction (this was added last patch but wasn’t in the patch notes because well, you might start asking about ziplines)
    • Added weapon tagging when shot while on Ascenders
    • These changes are intended to make players that are using Ascenders and Ziplines less evasive during combat.

Ascent and Bind

Competitive updates

As promised, there are some changes coming to competitive mode in Act 3. You can check out a full breakdown of these changes here.


As part of the patch notes, Valorant Senior Producer Ian Fielding has given a quick explanation:

Competitive Act II will end with Patch 1.10 and roll into the start of Act III. This means progress towards your Act Rank for Act II will be saved and you’ll be put back into placement matches for Act III. Let’s see how you stack up with the new content and changes in Act III.Good luck on the climb!


Competitive players will receive their Act Rank Badge for Act II and can start making progress on their badge for Act III. The center of your Act Rank Badge is your ninth best ranked win, but you’ll also be able to see your highest rank achieved at the top of the badge.The badge displays only for Competitive games and is displayed on the player card in: Competitive lobbies, map load, in-game combat report, and End-of-Game: MVP. This is a new system we are trying out, so we look forward to hearing your feedback.

  • You can now select your preferred server(s), increasing the chance you will play on a server you want
  • Rank disparity for parties capped at 3 tiers (from 6).
    • We have also tightened our competitive matchmaking to reduce skill disparity.
  • Immortal+ ranked changes will only be impacted by winning and losing and the decisiveness of the game outcome (how many rounds won or lost by) and not factor individual performance into the calculation
    • We’ll be testing and monitoring this change in Act III for potential future implementation in all ranks.


  • Increased player count 10 >>> 14 players
  • Updated spawning algorithm to encourage safer spawns
    • Now that we’ve fixed some tech on the backend, we can support up to 14 players without compromising on our commitment to 128 tick-rate servers. With 10 players, you’d sometimes have to run 10 or 15 seconds to even find a fight, which can really kill your flow. Sometimes you’d also spawn way too close to enemies. This was because we had to artificially increase spawn density because of the low player count. Now that the player count has increased, we’ve re-tuned our spawning algorithm to try and give more consistently safer spawns.
  • Removed periodic location pulse, and you’ll now only receive a pulse right when you respawn
    • Now that there are 14 players on the map, the pulse feels completely unnecessary. We’re keeping a single pulse for players right when they respawn so that they can help get their bearings and find a quick fight without getting caught off guard.
  • Increased match length, first to 40 kills (was 30), time limit upped to 9 minutes (was 6)
    • We felt like the match length was a little too short to get into a real groove, especially now with more players, so we’re bumping the duration and kill limit up a bit.
  • Kill Reloads: On every kill, players get an automatic, immediate full reload of their active weapon (Ares & Odin get 30 bullets back)
    • It already felt a little frustrating to have to reload in Deathmatch, and now that player count is higher, reloading feels like even more of a deathwish.
  • XP gain increased from 500 to 900 XP
    • Honestly, 500 XP felt a little low for Deathmatch. We’re bumping this up to 900 to account for the increased match length with some extra on top.

Quality of Life

  • The Battlepass now has upgrade Variants for the Surge skin line, including the free track Surge Sheriff
  • Minimap performance increased
  • Tournament mode enabled custom games can now fit up to 12 observers
  • Requested guns can now be sold back to the shop, doing so will refund the player who fulfilled the request
  • Observer can now hold walk when in freecam mode to reduce speed (fast and slow speed can be configured in settings menu)
  • In-world pings are now team-colored for observers
  • Reyna and Phoenix ult timers correctly update for observers
  • The keybind text in the current spectate target widget has been removed for observers
  • Flashed indicator for observers has been updated with new art
  • Crosshair setting added that allows crosshair colors to be locked to team color for observers
  • Players no longer get stuck trying to descend vent ropes while walking (leaving A-Tower)
  • Added new modifier keybind for observers to jump straight to freecam when jumping to a player (left shift by default)
  • Plant/defuse progress UI is now always visible to observers, and includes which player is taking the action
  • Observer player no longer see player-specific hud indicators (e.g. taking damage indicator) when in freecam
  • Ability timers now work for dead / spectating players & observers (e.g. reyna & phoenix ult durations)

Social Updates

  • Players will now be able to add and view friend notes. Notes from League of Legends will transfer over to VALORANT as well. Players will be able to edit these notes from VALORANT
  • Social panel will now pause sorting for a short time while you’re interacting with it

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a Shooting Range bug in the plant/defuse module in the shooting range where players couldn’t buy abilities
  • Various Shooting Range UI bug fixes in the plant/defuse module, including incorrect text in the buy phase announcement, also adding a halfway tick to the defuse progress bar
  • Fixed a bug where other players’ messages would be forcefully filtered out of chat after you sent a message
  • Fixed a bug where the text box would not fade away in game