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T1 sign former CSGO star Skadoodle to complete Valorant roster

Published: 3/Jun/2020 22:55 Updated: 3/Jun/2020 23:31

by Alan Bernal

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T1 completed their competitive Valorant roster on June 3 after signing former Counter-Strike pro Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham as their fifth player.

The former Cloud9 CSGO member will now enter a new phase in his career as a professional player for the emerging esport surrounding Riot Games’ new 5v5 shooter. Ska, as he’s colloquially known, will bring a wealth of mechanical prowess and tactical knowledge to a team composed of rising talent and old teammates.

Rounding out the rest of the team will be Austin ‘crashies’ Roberts, Victor ‘food’ Wong, Keven ‘AZK’ Larivière, and Braxton ‘Brax’ Pierce, the latter two of which were on the promising iBUYPOWER team along with Skadoodle.

The reserved pro has been on a hiatus from CSGO since the first stages of the 2019 competitive circuit, about a year after claiming North America’s first Major title at ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018.

Though he hadn’t dismissed the possibility of returning, the change of esport puts to rest speculation of his return to Valve’s game for the time being.

“Beyond excited to compete again,” Skadoodle said. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity and to pursue my passion once again makes me incredibly happy.”

Skadoodle has been on a tear in Valorant throughout the open beta. Playing a myriad of Agents, his highlight reel is already brimming with clutch plays on the likes of Omen, Sage, and more.

Moving over to T1 reunites him with Brax and AZK. Brax was delighted to finally get a chance to compete with his former teammate after the controversial 2015 ban that barred himself and AZK from Valve-sanctioned events.

“Glad to be reunited with the god himself,” Brax said of the announcement. “Can’t wait to compete with this squad.”

The 26-year-old Canadian hasn’t skipped a beat in competitive play either. Brax, AZK, and Skadoodle teamed up with Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin and team captain Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek during the 100 Thieves Invitational for Valorant.

That squad managed to pull the top prize against other teams composed of broadcasters and former pro players, alike. Though that was just a taster for the next chapter in his career, it’s been plenty to get fans excited for the new lineup.

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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.