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Valorant abilities leaked for unreleased agents Shatter & Crusader

Published: 20/Jul/2020 11:36

by Andy Williams

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A fresh Valorant leak has unveiled some details pertaining to the unreleased Agents known as ‘Shatter’ and ‘Crusader’ — with the latter shaping up to be the perfect counter to Raze.

Following the release of Reyna, Valorant plays host to 11 Agents, each with their own diverse set of abilities that bring something unique to the table.

With the roster of characters so heavily stacked towards Duelists, plenty of fans are eager to see whether a new Initiator or Sentinel is in the works.

Riot has previously announced that we can expect to see three new Agents within each Episode, with one releasing when a new Act drops (roughly every two months).

Riot's Episode 1 roadmap for Valorant.
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Could this silhouette be the next Agent on the horizon?

Valorant leak: Shatter abilities

While it appears that either ‘Killjoy’ or ‘Bombshell’ will most likely surface in Episode 1: Act 2, there are a couple more hidden gems within the game files relating to some unreleased characters.

One name which might be familiar among fans is Shatter. First discovered in a leak dating back to Valorant’s closed beta, Shatter’s abilities revolve around ‘duping’ their opponent. ‘Decoy,’ for example, would allow Shatter to create a copy of themselves to trick their opposite number.

‘Clone Explode’ has been an ability previously left up to interpretation, but now — thanks to a leaked audio file — we can deduce that the ability would essentially allow Shatter to create a cloned version of themselves that would kamikaze their way into a specific location.

Valorant leak: Crusader abilities

According to previous leaks, Crusader is an early prototype that was later reworked into Breach but, according to Valorant Express’ leak, Crusader would have had a Riot Shield ability that would “block damage when he is planting the bomb and even be throwable.”

To top it off, Crusader would also come with a throwable grenade, which may have resembled that of popular Duelist, Raze.

While it’s unknown whether Riot will continue to build on either Shatter or Crusader, there’s no doubt that they would both bring a unique twist to the meta.

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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.