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New Valorant Agent Sage revealed: Abilities, gameplay and lore

Published: 26/Mar/2020 17:01

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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How to get free Valorant loot drops with Twitch Prime Gaming

Published: 19/Jan/2021 23:25 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 23:26

by Lauren Bergin

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Riot Games has announced that they are partnering with Twitch to release some free Valorant loot drops for Prime Gaming users. Here’s what you’ll need to do to claim these in-game rewards.

One of the things that Valorant fans love most is the game’s awesome selection of gun cosmetics. From skins that look like firebereathing dragons to adorable little gun buddies in the shape of Middle Eastern teapots, the creativity put into every little detail is impeccable.

These all cost money though, sometimes a lot of money. So, if you’re looking to get your hands on some free cosmetics and rewards, then Amazon Prime Gaming are here to help. Just as they’ve done with League of Legends, Riot have partnered with the online retail behemoth to bring free monthly Valorant drops to Prime users.

So, excited to see if you qualify for some cool new stuff? Here’s how to claim your Valorant Prime rewards.

How to link your Valorant account to Twitch Prime

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Riot is giving out free Valorant rewards with Prime Gaming.

Valorant players with an active Prime Gaming subscription will be able to access to these exclusive loot drops, to get your hands on some new cosmetics. Before you can claim these rewards, though, you will need to connect your Riot Games account to your subscribed Twitch account.

To link your accounts, you’ll simply need to follow the steps below.

  1. Log into your Riot Games account.
  2. Sign-in to your Twitch account.
  3. When you log in, click your profile and go to the Connections page in settings.
  4. Find the Riot Games tab, press the ‘Connect’ button, and ‘Authorize’.
  5. You will now be able to claim your Prime Gaming loot drops.

How to get Valorant loot drops for Prime Gaming

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Once you’ve connected your account, you can go ahead and start collecting your loot. Here’s how you do it:

  1. When the rewards are live, visit the Valorant page on Twitch’s Prime Gaming website.
  2. Log in with a Twitch account that has an active Prime subscription.
  3. Click the ‘Claim Now’ button next to your reward.
  4. If your accounts have already been linked, the item should be claimed and added to your in-game inventory – ready to use!

It is also worth noting that the rewards are only available for a month before they are replaced with the next item. So, be sure to grab any items before they expire!

Valorant Prime Gaming Rewards: January

To start off the new year in style, Riot have gifted Prime Gaming fans with the “Zoomer Pop” gun buddy, that’s sure to look great on your favorite weapon, whether you prefer the Vandal or Phantom.


Make sure you keep checking back with us each month to see what the newest drop is and, most importantly, why you want it!