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Ninja and ScreaM reveal their pick for Valorant’s most overpowered agent

Published: 17/Aug/2020 16:13

by Joe Craven


Popular streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and retired CS:GO professional Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom have agreed that Jett is the most overpowered Valorant agent in the game’s current build, even describing her as a “nightmare”.

When it comes to a tactical shooter like Riot Games’ Valorant, one of the most important aspects of competitive play is the balancing of each agent. There are stark similarities to Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege; a slower, tactical FPS that revolves around the unique equipment and abilities of each character.

However, while RSS has had nearly 5 years to iron out imbalances, Valorant is still in its first few months post-launch.

Some have argued that the game has struggled to offer a balanced outlook among agents and, with new updates, come newly powerful agents.

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Sage and Cypher dominated the beta and earliest portions of Valorant, but both Ninja and ScreaM are in agreement that a new agent rules the roost.

On August 16 Ninja, who has been spending increasing amounts of time on Valorant as he finds a new streaming home, tweeted that Jett is currently the best agent in the game, by some margin.

“Jett is the most OP agent at a high level in Valorant right now,” he tweeted, “and it’s not even close.” His views were echoed by many, including Team Liquid’s ScreaM, who hung up his CS:GO boots in order to pursue Valorant. He said: “Jett’s ultimate is my new nightmare for sure.”

It’s important to remember that both men are referring to “high level” Valorant – in essence, competitive and professional play. Different agents assume different positions in casual and professional Valorant, with Jett being particularly strong in top tier gameplay.

Her agility and movement make her the formidable agent she is, with her Blade Storm Ultimate compounding her aggressive character. What makes the ultimate even stronger is the fact she can switch back and forth between weapons and throwing knives without it canceling.

Whether she receives a nerf in the near future remains to be seen, but there are some at the top level of Valorant, namely Ninja and ScreaM, who clearly believe that she is currently too strong.


Ninja shocks Valorant star with huge donation after Twitch refund scam

Published: 22/Oct/2020 2:56

by Andrew Amos


Chargebacks are a Twitch streamer’s worst nightmare, as Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins knows it all too well, so when he saw Valorant star ‘AverageJonas’ get scammed out of over $5,000, he knew he had to step up and help.

There’s few Twitch scams more infuriating than chargeback scams. When you have avid viewers donate to your stream, it’s a wonderful feeling.

However, some viewers do it maliciously, with the intent of taking, not giving. After donating hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, viewers dispute the charge with PayPal or their bank, saying they were hacked and didn’t actually donate the money.

The money then goes back to the donator, and the Twitch streamer is left without the donations, and most of the time, also has to pay a fine on top.

That’s exactly what happened to AverageJonas ⁠— a Valorant Twitch star with over 130,000 followers. He had a viewer refund $5,400 worth of donations, which ended up costing the streamer $5,800 after accounting for transfer fees.

“I have received over $5,400 in several donations from one person on Twitch which have all been refunded even though donations are supposedly non-refund. To top it off, I have been personally charged $400+ in refund fees from PayPal,” Jonas said on Twitter.

“This person used me and my community to gain clout and other benefits by acting like an extremely wealthy and giving human being. The person also pretended like the refunds were a mistake.”

Fortunately, Ninja got wind of the fellow Valorant streamer’s woes.

After all, Jonas is one of Valorant’s biggest content creators, and Ninja is slowly working his way to the top of the pro scene. With all of Jonas’ informational content, it’s the least Ninja could do to put his fandom to use.

Ninja replied to Jonas’ tweet with a simple “fixed.” What he meant by that was he donated AverageJonas $5,800, to cover not only the Twitch donations from the user, but the PayPal fees as well.

Jonas was shocked: “Dude thank you so much you’re such a legend omfg.”

It’s a big win for Jonas, however, it highlights a much bigger issue with Twitch donations. If Ninja hadn’t caught wind of the streamer’s troubles, it’s likely nothing would have been done.

Chargebacks are still a big issue, and there’s nothing you can really do about it as a streamer if PayPal or Twitch don’t step in ⁠— like what happened in Jonas’ case.

However, now he can go back to doing what he does best ⁠— sharing Sova line-ups for every Valorant player to learn.