Shroud explains why Sova will never be Valorant's best Agent - Dexerto

Shroud explains why Sova will never be Valorant’s best Agent

Published: 20/Apr/2020 14:49

by Andy Williams


Mixer superstar Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has thrown light as to why Sova will never be one of Valorant’s best Agents for public matches, but might have his pick in a competitive landscape.

Valorant’s closed beta has been up for public scrutiny since April 7 and, with plenty of players from all corners of the esports world getting their hands on Riot’s tactical shooter, there has been plenty of time for people to develop opinions on the game’s most crucial aspect — its Agents.

While the majority of conversations have revolved around Raze being controversially overpowered – with both shroud and Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar locking horns over her place in the game – Lazar now believes that Sage has taken Raze’s place as the most dominant character in the game.

Valorant's Sage.
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However, shroud’s attention was specifically drawn to Sova during his April 19 livestream, where he started by practicing the Initiator’s Recon Bolt placement.

After a few minutes of practice, shroud arrived at the conclusion that Sova is a difficult Agent to use in a public match setting. “What’s so unfortunate about Sova, is that Sova will never be good unless your whole team is on the same page,” the former Counter-Strike pro began.

So unless your team comms were on-point in a public match, then Sova is a very difficult character to utilize to his full potential. Although if compared to Duelists like Jett or Phoenix, both of their ability sets can easily be used regardless of your squad’s actions.

The 25-year-old then went on to explain how if Sova’s Recon Bolt is combined with Brimstone’s Orbital Strike, the commotion caused would be enough to defer the enemies attention — meaning the sonar ping would actually prove useful when taking a Reactor Site.

“That’s the downside to Sova,” shroud added. “You can have all of these line-ups, but none of them really matter… They don’t matter unless you’re playing with a serious five-stack team that knows exactly what’s going on.”

Given shroud’s extensive portfolio within the competitive realm of first-person shooters, it’s no surprise that he’s learning the meta at a rapid rate… Especially considering shroud was on the receiving end of Nicholas ‘Nickwu’ Wu Smith’s incredible Sova plays when the Valorant developers schooled the streamers in a competitive exhibition match.

Given Sova’s limited application to a competitive setting, it is for this reason why he ranks as a B-tier Agent when stacked up against the rest of Valorant’s roster.


Cloud9 signs first all-female Valorant esports roster

Published: 25/Oct/2020 22:12

by Bill Cooney


Cloud9 has officially announced they’ve signed one of the first all-female Valorant teams in the game’s esports community: C9White.

Teams the world over have been signing players for Riot’s new FPS left and right but no professional org had signed an all-female squad, until Cloud9’s latest announcement broke on October 25.

In a tweet, the org announced Alexis ‘alexis‘ Guarrasi, Annie ‘AnnieDro‘ Roberts, Jasmine ‘Jazzyk1ns‘ Manankil, Melanie ‘meL‘ Capone, and ‘katsumi‘ – who have all played together before – as the five faces of C9White.

Kristin Salvatore, senior vice president of marketing at Cloud9, told GamesBeat in an interview that both the org’s female and male Valorant squads will play in the same league, practice together, and scrim against one another.

“We have two competitive teams,” Salvatore said in the interview. “And our goal is to actually have one competitive team that has the best players on it.”

Ideally, this would be a mix of both male and female pros, something that would be a first for a top-tier Valorant program, and a combination that we have rarely seen in esports at all.

One parallel that could be drawn is Se-yeon ‘Geguri‘ Kim of the Shanghai Dragons in the Overwatch League, but one female bench player on a roster is a far cry from an all-female team or a main club that gives six different women a chance to crack its starting lineup.

As mentioned earlier, all five members of C9White have played together before – on an unsponsored team named MAJKL. They ended up finishing in the 5th – 8th spot at the Counter Logic Gaming Blitz Open Cup, and, later on, got first place at the all-female FTW Summer Showdown tournament in September.

The lineup will play their first matches under the blue C9 banner just a day after the official announcement, at Riot’s First Strike tournament qualifiers starting on Monday, October 26.

It’s no secret that esports organizations are trying to appeal more to the female demographic and get more girls involved in gaming. There is an ongoing effort to break gendered stereotypes in the industry and, from a capitalist lens, their money does spend just as well as males after all. So it will be very interesting to see how this ends up working out for the newly minted pros on C9White.