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Summit1g explains why Valorant agent Raze “needs to be deleted”

Published: 9/Apr/2020 5:46 Updated: 9/Apr/2020 6:12

by Isaac McIntyre

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For the most part, Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar has been enjoying the Valorant closed beta along with the rest of those blessed with early access. There’s one thing he says could “ruin the whole game” though — rocket-wielding agent Raze.

Raze was a late debutant in Valorant’s closed beta. Originally, nine agents were revealed for the title’s initial roster, before the explosive hero was added to the live servers. Let’s just say, so far, Summit isn’t impressed. At all.

Summit’s first real experience with the ordnance agent came in a showmatch that pitted the streamer and other stars like Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, Erik ‘fl0m’ Flom, and former Apex top dog Coby ‘dizzy’ Meadows against Riot’s dev team.

Among the ranks of the Riot squad was former esports star turned map designer Salvatore ‘Volcano’ Garozzo. The retired pro got his hands on Raze, and quickly set about picking his star-studded opponents apart.

Riot’s team demolished Summit’s team 13–3 on Bind, before delivering a similar 13–5 defeat on Haven. The Twitch star admitted he had no problem losing ⁠— the devs know their game in and out ⁠— but he declared Raze “must be deleted.”

Raze debuted in Valorant on April 7, and quickly became the game's most divisive character.
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Raze debuted in Valorant on April 7, and quickly became the game’s most divisive character.

Lazar’s reasoning, he said, was having  rocket launchers or the Raze cluster grenades, “goes against everything [Riot] said the game would be.” Valorant has been billed as skill-based, but Summit felt rockets changed that completely.

“I’ll be honest with you… the launcher is a big turnoff. It just takes everything out of your hands, you know?” Summit said during his April 8 broadcast.

“This rocket shit is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. I thought this sh*t was supposed to be utility. That looks a little bit more. A big ol’ f**king thing full of rainbows flying at me, the f**k? The whole character needs to be deleted.”

Not only did Raze control choke points across the map, but her explosive mobility also swung most fights in the Riot team’s favor. The streamer ⁠— who was playing in front of 250k viewers at the time ⁠— dubbed her Valorant’s “stupidest character.

“I would have tested that character in my sleep without even getting on a computer and could have told you that was a stupid f**king character, what do you mean?” he continued, and dubbed the whole series “enjoyable.”

“We’re playing a game that’s supposed to be kinda Overwatch, kinda Counter-Strike. This guy is flying through the air like I’m playing f**king Quake bro. He’s got a Halo rocket, while flying through the air like a Quake player!”

After an extended break off-stream to calm down from the one-sided Valorant showmatch, Summit returned to deliver his final verdict on Raze: “This one character really feels like it’s going to ruin the whole game for me.”

It looks like the devs are listening too. Valorant game director Joe Ziegler took to Twitter to reply to Summit soon after the end of the showmatch. He admitted he understood the star’s concerns, and revealed Riot were looking into it.

“Hey Summit, I totally understand… we’re looking across the board at all agents right now to figure out how to get them in the right place so we’ll take a look at Raze too, don’t worry,” the Riot head developer responded on April 8.

Not everything has been doom-and-gloom for Summit1g in the closed beta, however. The Twitch star even went so far as to dub Phoenix “the perfect agent” after he discovered the fiery character’s ability to heal himself with his molotovs.

The rest of the world also seems to be loving Riot’s new FPS too. Launch day saw over 1.7 million concurrent viewers tuned in on Twitch, while thousands more are looking for a way to play. Here’s how you can get into the closed beta too.

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Valorant devs confirm new Sage buff on the way in patch 1.13

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:12

by Brad Norton

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While Sage was an insta-lock in the early phases of Valorant, the Sentinel Agent dipped drastically due to a series of hefty nerfs. However, Riot Games has confirmed she’ll be getting some love in the next major update.

When Valorant launched, Sage was the only Agent in the game capable of healing allies. Others were capable of healing themselves, but her kit provided something entirely unique. Combined with an extremely chunky Barrier Orb that could block off a certain path, and you had an “out of control” Agent that was picked in almost every match.

It took multiple balance updates and various ability reworks to bring her back down a notch. Since then, along with the introduction of new characters, Sage has seen her pick-rate drop tremendously. The Agent has only seen play in two professional matches over the past 60 days, according to VLR.

In attempt to find a middle ground and get Sage back on track, Riot has confirmed a new buff is on the way. Here’s what we can expect in Valorant’s 1.13 update coming soon.

While it was a critical Killjoy bug that stole the spotlight on November 30, Sage was also in focus due to an issue with her wall. Thanks to the Barrier Orb being placed pre-round, she could help a friendly Omen teleport across the map and quite literally break the game.

As a result, the Agent will no longer be able to place a wall down before a round gets going. This may have seemed like a temporary fix, though Riot soon clarified it “will be sticking around in the next patch.”

“Don’t worry,” they stressed. Sage isn’t being properly nerfed again. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Despite this adjustment, a “small balance change” is in the works to “put a little power back into her barrier.”

There’s no telling exactly what that looks like just yet. Whether it’s more health, added size, or something new altogether, we’re yet to find out. Though it’s only a matter of time until Sage’s wall is stronger than it’s been for the past few weeks.

It’s clear Riot doesn’t want a repeat of Sage’s dominance. So they’re playing things safe for the time being. Instead of buffing the Agent in a number of ways, Riot confirmed a singular buff to her Barrier Orb and her Barrier Orb alone.

There’s no date announced for patch 1.13 just yet. Though we do already know something else on the way. The incoming update looks to address the smurfing issue once again, cracking down on those making secondary accounts.