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Riot Games explain abilities for new Valorant Agent Reyna

Published: 31/May/2020 11:30 Updated: 31/May/2020 11:38

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games devs have delved into the specifics of Valorant’s brand new Agent, Reyna, revealing exactly what the Duelist can do and why she could be “near-useless.”

Fans have received a first glimpse at Valorant’s brand new Agent coming at launch. Yet while we got to see Reyna in action for the first time, there is very little we can deduce from the 33-second trailer alone.

So, naturally, we turn to the developers and tap into their knowledge. Luckily, Valorant’s Character Design Lead, Ryan ‘Morello’ Scott, has all the answers.

Valorant Agents.
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Renya joins an already diverse roster of Agents in Valorant.

Reyna’s abilities in Valorant

Below is a summary of each of Reyna’s abilities, which we go into more detail throughout. The name for each ability is purely for description purposes and not the official name used in Valorant, which is yet to be confirmed.

  • Ability 1 (C) — Blinding: Cast an Orb that blinds enemies within the vicinity. Enemies can see and destroy the orb while blinding.
  • Ability 2  (Q) — Soul Catcher: Reyna’s health can regenerate to fill by absorbing life from Soul Orbs. Collect Soul Orbs from corpses that you kill.
  • Signature Ability (E) — Invulnerability: Reyna can temporarily become invulnerable to incoming damage, by using power from Soul Orbs. Collect Soul Orbs from corpses that you kill.
  • Ultimate Ability (X) — Sleight of Hand: Temporarily increases rate of fire, decreases reload time and speeds up your skill usage.

Right off the bat, we know that Reyna is a Duelist — so yes, that’s right, we have a fourth Duelist to add to the party. According to Morello, two of Reyna’s abilities rely on ‘Soul Orbs,’ which only appear after you get a kill with her.

One of those abilities allows Reyna to regenerate her health to full (including Shields) by absorbing the life from Soul Orbs. The second ability which relies on these Orbs is her what appears to be her Signature — Reyna can use Soul Orbs to become invulnerable.

Although, don’t worry, as a trade off for being unable to sustain damage, Reyna can no longer shoot her weapon — ideal for getting out of a spot of bother, but can’t be used to go into a Reactor Site all guns blazing!

While Reyna will rely heavily on Soul Orbs, she will require support from her fellow Agents to ensure she can bag those all-important kills. It’s also worth noting that the Orbs only last for a few seconds and cannot be banked/taken into the next round.

And it appears Reyna will be Valorant’s answer to Rambo, as her Ultimate Ability will enhance her combat skills in the field. “Her [Ultimate] gives her faster firing/reload/recoil mod and resets on kill,” as Morello pointed out.

Reyna’s final ability (one of her buyable, core abilities) will blind enemies. Essentially, Reyna casts a giant sphere/orb (in a similar way to Omen) that blinds enemies within the area of effect. Unless the enemy destroys the sphere, they will continue to be blinded, allowing Reyna to swoop in for an easy kill.

As Morello concluded, Reyna will be a ‘high-risk, high-reward’ Agent who will be reliant on bagging kills to ensure she can reach her full potential. “ If she doesn’t get kills, though, she’s bad. Like, near-useless. You’re making a big bet picking Reyna.”

So while Reyna’s abilities look great on paper, she will require a ton of teamwork to make full use out of utility on the battlefield!

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wwFest Valorant: It wasn’t quite K/DA, but it’s a good start

Published: 18/Jan/2021 13:18

by Lauren Bergin

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January 15 saw the first ever wwFest: Valorant, a musical extravaganza set against the background of a Future Earth themed space. This event, though, wasn’t quite the K/DA event fans were hoping for. 

It’s safe to say that when Riot Games and Amazon’s Crown Channel announced their partnership to bring us wwFest Valorant, fans across the globe were a little confused as to what this actually meant.

Promising a cornucopia of music, art, visuals and Valorant themes, long time Riot Games fans expected something akin to the likes of K/DA, League of Legends’ insanely successful K-Pop group that have become an iconic part of the LoL universe.

Would we see Yoru darting around the stage to the music of Grammy award nominee Madeon? Or Reyna dropping the beat with Whipped Cream? The reality was a very different style of event, but at the same time it lays the foundations for a Valorant music universe with a very unique style.

The Good

Madeon Set wwFest
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Madeon’s Yoru inspired setlist truly dominated the stage.

While the artsy style event maybe wasn’t quite what a lot of fans were expecting, it definitely wasn’t all bad.

Not only were several of the artists that were performing pretty hyped to begin with, they beautifully channeled the Agent that their setlist was based around. Whipped Cream’s Reyna-inspired set was literal perfection, with the dark, atmospheric vibes channeling the vampiric nature of the fan favorite Duelist.

Whipped Cream wasn’t the only one who put on a show though. While possibly one of the less popular parts of the event, the plethora of beautifully choreographed dance routines showcased throughout the stream were a dance teacher’s paradise. The performances during Killjoy, Raze and Phoenix’s dedicated hours were literally showstopping (get it?).

So sure, maybe this more artistic approach to the Valorant wasn’t to a lot of people’s tastes, but it’s important to note that the event brought pure entertainment of all different forms together. It provided a nice escape for a few hours, especially given current global restrictions.

However, I’d hardly be writing this piece if everything was sunshine and rainbows though, right?

The Bad

wwFest Valorant Dancers
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While the dancers left fans out in the cold, they weren’t the only thing.

One of the main issues was that, for a Valorant event, there simply wasn’t enough Valorant.

While it’s great that the average viewer could tune in and enjoy the stream, as Valorant fans we wanted to see some Future Earth chaos. The “space inspired by the in-game world of Valorant” that Riot promised us was pretty lackluster in comparison to what we’ve seen with K/DA and True Damage. Sure the projectors were running themed backdrops with Agent voice lines and the symbols for abilities, but is that really enough?

It’s also pretty perplexing that the characters themselves weren’t really involved. Taking inspiration is great, and seeing some of the voice actors behind each Agent was a nice touch, but we’ve seen what Riot can do with visual effects. Maybe it wouldn’t be quite the same as Jonas ‘AverageJonas’ Navarsete serenading Sova, but it would have been cool to see Jett zipping around the stage with Moore Kismet.

That’s where this event fell flat. As fans of Riot’s flagship FPS we wanted an evening where we could escape into Future Earth. wwFest left us feeling a bit like we’d just dominated on Haven only to be ranked Iron 1.

The genuinely confusing

wwFest Valorant live art
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Question mark pings anyone?

It’s a given that live art isn’t to everyone’s taste, but what made wwFest even odder was the fact that Valorant’s fanbase doesn’t seem the type to enjoy this style of event.

While the art showcased above is absolutely stunning, with the Phoenix representing its Valorant namesake, live art is a pretty polarizing thing. The title is characterized by its lightening quick rounds, sharpshooting pro players and speedy Agents. So it seems really odd to include a live art segment in a game synonymous with being fast paced.

Plus, while Valorant has a unique art style and impressive creative fanbase, it just doesn’t seem the right game for this type of event. Take LoL or WoW for instance, which has a huge artistic pool to draw from. Valorant is still in its infancy, so it would probably have been a better idea for both Riot and Amazon Crown to tap into a more established fanbase.

It doesn’t take away from the skill of the artists involved though; quite the contrary. The show allowed these artists to show their portfolios to the world, and it’ll be exciting to see where this step in their journey takes them.

wwFest Valorant: not K/DA but not bad either

wwFest Valorant ARMNHMR
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ARMNHMR made their return to the Valorant scene by embodying Killjoy.

So, did wwFest Valorant flop? Clearly the 50k viewers imply that’s a no. At the same time though, it didn’t live up to fan expectations.

What it does do, though, is provide the perfect launch platform for future Valorant music events. Music is an integral part of the Riot Games universe, and it looks like it’s going to become a core part of Valorant too.

Personally, it will be exciting to watch Future Earth’s musical scene progress. After all, who doesn’t want to watch Killjoy having a rave party with her robots to ARMNHMR? I rest my case.