Shroud explains why he prefers Valorant's Phantom over the Vandal - Dexerto

Shroud explains why he prefers Valorant’s Phantom over the Vandal

Published: 22/Apr/2020 11:48

by David Purcell


Valorant players have started a great debate about what’s the best rifle, the Phantom or the Vandal – and finally Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has shown his hand. 

The former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional player has been making his feelings known about much of the game since it released in beta form, chiming in with popular discussions among the community on the strongest Agents, and now weapons too.

There’s a total of 17 different firearms in Riot‘s first-person shooter, although not many are getting more attention than the Phantom and the Vandal rifles — both of which are fully automatic. Players seem to be split right down the middle on which is best, though.

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Some Valorant players have the idea shroud prefers the Vandal, but are they right?

On April 22, the Mixer streamer spotted some players talking about his preferred weapon of the two in a Twitter thread, with one claiming that he would rather use the Vandal. So, he decided to put the record straight.

One user said: “shroud uses Vandal because he’s not a pea brain,” while another was insisting that the Phantom actually suits his style more. Following a back and forth with the two players, shroud was tagged and eventually responded.

“Phantom for spraying through smoke / Vandal for the tap bursts. Pretty simple really. I think the Phantom is better IMO,” he said, putting the brief debate to rest.

The streamer didn’t leave it there, either, adding two further tweets to explain why he chooses particular guns. Clearly, position seems to be play a big part, just like it would in CS:GO.

After being asked about what he considers when picking an ideal gun, he said: “What position you’re playing, character, strat and the enemy’s economy,” adding: “I mean at the end of the day, you should be familiar with both. You never know which one you may pick-up from the enemy” in a later tweet.

The game is still in its very early stages, so his verdict may change as time goes on and weapon tweaks are made in updates.

With that being said, where this debate is concerned right now, there’s only one shroud would go for when having to pick from the two — and that’s the Phantom.


Valorant dev confirms changes for several Agents: Breach, Cypher, more

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:55

by Alan Bernal


A Valorant developer has confirmed that the studio is looking to make changes to the likes of Cypher, Breach, Killjoy, and Brimstone that could be coming in Patch 1.11 and beyond.

Senior Game Designer on Valorant, Max ‘Orcane’ Grossman told Hitscan how Riot wants to change these characters in the future, and while he didn’t go into much detail, he explained what kind of impact they expect these gameplay changes to have.

While some of the changes should fit in the upcoming update, Patch 1.11, Grossman said that others are just getting looked into like possible balance changes to Brimstone.

Riot are even planning some shake ups to how some Agents are used, like making Cypher and Killjoys roles more defined to their “identities.”

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Changes for Killjoy and Brimstone could be coming soon.


Even though the Swedish engineer is already seen as a strong pick, Riot actually thinks there are improvements to be made for him. “I know there’s a community sentiment of Breach feeling really strong right now. Internally, the data does not even remotely backup that sentiment,” Grossman said, clarifying that the buff should be “minor.”

He said that pick and win rates are low for Breach, despite people saying he’s in a good place. The developer thinks it’s because the Agent’s “high teamwork requirement” to make an impact doesn’t necessarily work out well in typical matchmaking.

While players “feel his presence a lot” due to all the flashes and stuns he can dish out, Breach or his team can’t capitalize on these effects so often, according to Grossman.

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Though Breach has a ton of stuns or blinds, Riot isn’t seeing them result in many kills.

Cypher and Killjoy

Both Sentinels are highly-valued for their utility that can detect opponents while the player is elsewhere on the map, but Grossman says that he wants to see them used more distinctly.

“Killjoy has always been, in our minds, very potent at locking down a single site,” he said. “Whereas Cypher is more about creating this information network across the map. So we’re really trying to drill into those identities.”

This could mean anything from changes to how Killjoy’s turret works or how Cypher operates on a team, but that remains to be seen.


Brim’s incredible array of utility can’t go understated, but Riot are going to look at how to give the Agent a bit more flexibility that would make him an attractive pick as opposed to someone like Omen.

“When we look at Brimstone, there are reasons that I still think he’s really potent but I think he suffers in a couple of key areas with regards to flexibility compared to a character like Omen,” he said.

While the developers have just begun looking at how to make that happen, it’s a conversation they want to engage in since Brim can be really strong on maps like Bind.

As Riot discovers more about how players are using Agents, more changes will surely come about. But there should be some healthy short-term balances for Valorant that come in Patch 1.11, which is expected to drop on October 27.