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Summit1g explains how Valorant made a character perfectly for him

Published: 4/Apr/2020 12:52

by Andy Williams

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It looks like Riot Games have created the perfect Valorant Agent for Jaryd ‘Summit1G’ Lazar, whose infamous 1G curse has turned into a blessing with Phoenix.

Lazar’s molotov curse stems all the way back to his Counter-Strike roots, where the former pro infamously died at the hands of his own incendiary grenade in a high-stakes elimination match at DreamHack Austin.

Fast-forward to the present day and the aptly named ‘1G Curse’ appears to have followed Summit throughout his Twitch streaming ventures — most recently in Infinity Ward’s hit battle royale, Warzone.

Player running from flames in Warzone.
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Summit couldn’t even escape the 1G Curse in Call of Duty: Warzone!

But it appears that Riot has designed a Valorant character that will suit Summit’s playstyle perfectly, especially considering the curse that looms over the 26-year-old’s head.

During Valorant’s Twitch debut on April 3, Lazar jested about how Phoenix is essentially Summit-proof. “So the thing about the molotovs in this game, is if you’re playing Phoenix your molotovs hurt your teammates and they hurt your enemies, but they heal you!”

So what appeared to be a curse for Lazar, is now a blessing in disguise in Valorant — providing that the streamer opts to main Phoenix as his go-to Agent.

“I’ve been waiting to tell you guys that for so long,” Summit jested. “Imagine me, having to wait to tell you guys that we don’t have to worry about the molotov from ourselves, you know what I mean?”

Of course, this doesn’t give Summit complete immunity from fire in Valorant. Should the veteran streamer decide to run Brimstone, the Controller Agent’s ‘Incendiary’ ability arms them with a grenade that deploys a damaging field of fire, which can harm anyone on the server (including yourself).

Brimstone in Valorant.
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Brimstone’s Incendiary Ability only sets you back 200 Creds, meaning that Summit will have access to handheld flames almost all of the time.

While Phoenix might be an obvious choice for Summit, he rocked both Brimstone and Sova during the Twitch Rivals tournament (which pooled some of the biggest names in gaming together to showcase the game).

Ironically, Lazar seemed at home with Brimstone as he topped the leaderboard with that Agent in the final game of the three-match series.

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Valorant pros ShahZam and WARDELL spark feud over “rats” comment

Published: 29/Oct/2020 13:45

by Lauren Bergin

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Former CS:GO players turned Valorant pros Sentinels ShahZam and TSM WARDELL have had a fiery exchange over Twitter. 

Even at the highest level of esports, trash talk remains common between the big name players, contributing to in-game rivalries that spice up any match.

There’s some age old rivalries between esports organizations like G2 Esports and Fnatic, never mind within the player base itself. Although sometimes these rivalries stay lighthearted, they can ignite and start a real feud.

This is exactly what appears to have happened between former CS:GO pros turned Valorant stars Shahzeb ‘ShahZam’ Khan of Sentinels and Matt ‘WARDELL’ Yu of TSM.

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The TSM player gave the video a fiery reaction.

WARDELL responds to ShahZam video

The fiery exchange began when the Sentinels posted a short clip of ShahZam talking about his feelings towards TSM. With ShahZam stating that be believes Sentinels have more consistency than TSM, admitting that he does “like to seem them lose,” the video received a knee-jerk response from the TSM player.

WARDELL hit back with a slamming criticism of the video, writing “who knew rats can talk? LMAO.” ShahZam quickly followed up with a defence of his team, stating that the video was old and asking WARDELL “why are you so mad?”

This, however, just ignited the fire more. WARDELL promptly responded to ShahZam by making fun of the player’s hair, stating that ‘it’s not silver, it’s platinum’ to which ShahZam playfully accused the TSM player as ‘having a crush’ on him.

Banter gone wrong?

A lot of fans chalked the exchange up as trash talk and banter, but others were unsure considering the genuine surprise that ShahZam appeared to show in his first tweet.

Either way, the feud has sparked a more intense rivalry between the already battling teams; a rivalry that may be settled on the battlefield of the NA First Strike tournament. It would be great to see Sentinels and TSM face off once more and settle their long established rivalry, so fingers crossed we finally get that rematch.