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Shroud reveals his surprising Valorant agent tier list

Published: 18/Apr/2020 10:51

by Connor Bennett

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Streaming superstar Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has revealed his personal Agent tier list for Valorant’s competitive scene – and his ranking might surprise you as it goes against the grain. 

Ever since the Valorant closed beta launched on April 7, players have been trying to get to grips with Riot Games’ take on the first-person shooter genre. Aside from learning the new recoil patterns, the maps, and figuring out the timings of things, the biggest thing to learn are the different Agents. 

Each Agent has their own unique ability that you have to combine together in order to pick up wins in Valorant. As players have had some time to figure out which is the best Agent for them, there has been lots of discussion about which one is the overall top dog. Though, Shroud’s pick isn’t who you might expect.

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Players have had plenty to get to grips with in Valorant.

During a recent stream, the former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional was asked to rank the Agents in a tier list – though he went one step further and gave an actual rundown on who comes in first and who is last. 

The Mixer star revealed that his top three choices are Cypher, Sage, and Sova, while Brimstone, Phoenix, and Breach follow just behind. Viper comes in seventh, Omen is eighth, and Jett is ninth – leaving the controversial Raze to wrap things up as the tenth best Agent.

Shroud noted that his current ranking is for Agents in a competitive setting – when you’re picking a composition to counter the enemy team and playing strategic – rather than running and gunning like a public match.

Though, he added that should Raze receive a nerf in some way because of her easy use in public matches, that could harm her even more in competitive play – making her a completely unviable option.

Of course, any changes will come from Riot Games themselves once the closed beta portion of testing is wrapped up. So, we’ll just have to wait and see if anything changes come Valorant’s full release.

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Riot criticized for picking Ninja & Myth as “exclusive” Valorant co-streamers

Published: 1/Dec/2020 13:52 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 14:51

by Lauren Bergin

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Valorant First Strike NA has become one of the fiercest competitions that we’ve seen in Future Earth’s short history. Valorant fans, however, aren’t pleased that Ninja and TSM Myth will be the only two streamers allowed to stream the tournament.

Valorant’s First Strike NA tournament has been one of the most hotly contested of the game’s global tournaments. There’s been upsets, crazy plays and a whole host of amazing competitive Valorant play for fans to sink their teeth into.

With the final leg of the NA tournament on the horizon, Riot Games have decided to grant exclusive co-streamer status to only two lucky personalities: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Bevins and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani of TSM.

The announcement has fallen slightly flat, however, and fans aren’t particularly thrilled over Riot’s choice of streamers.

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Valorant First Strike has been the biggest Valorant event to date.

Ninja & Myth are First Strike co-streamers

Riot Games announced on November 30 that Twitch goliaths Ninja and TSM Myth would be “exclusive co-streamers” of the First Strike: NA main event.

The news of an ‘exclusive’ co-streaming deal with the two content creators left a lot of fans and fellow streamers somewhat unpleased. It led to a plethora of Tweets and Reddit threads dedicated to discussion around whether or not it’s fair to grant exclusivity to these two personalities.

Fans hit back

The main element of this situation that has left fans disgruntled is the idea of Ninja and Myth being granted exclusivity to the First Strike stream. This means that any other streamers who planned on streaming the event won’t be able to.

Twitch streamer mOE responded with surprise that other streamers wouldn’t be able to stream the event:

A Tweet from another fan called for the inclusion of the Overwatch League’s Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson to the lineup. The caster hosts a weekly podcast called Plat Chat on YouTube, which is entirely dedicated to Valorant. He also streams frequently, so it would make a lot of sense to include him in the exclusive co-streamer list:

Some fans were so unimpressed that they took their concerns to Reddit, where a lengthy post on the ValorantCompetitive subreddit sees fans express their disappointment.

The thread, started by u/AnOldMonkOnDMT, notes that Ninja’s ‘polarizing personality’ coupled with TSM Myth’s ‘preference for TSM’ makes the idea of watching their co-streams unappealing.

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Dexerto has reached out to Riot Games for comment.

Typically, esports tournaments will prevent streamers from ‘co-streaming’ to avoid diverting viewership from the official broadcast.