Best Valorant Duelist Agent: Reyna, Phoenix, Yoru, Jett or Raze?
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Valorant Duelist tier list: Which Agent is best for you?

Published: 14/Dec/2021 21:50 Updated: 15/Dec/2021 14:15

by Alec Mullins

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If you’re looking for Valorant’s best Duelist Agent, here’s where Jett, Phoenix, Raze, Reyna, and Yoru all stack up in the current meta.

Duelists are all about going in solo and getting the job done for the team. The high-fragging Valorant Agents are about making an impact on the scoreboard, constantly finding man-advantages to keep the pressure high.

If this sounds like your kind of role, then read on. We’ve got everything you need to know about the game’s five Duelists ⁠— Jett, Raze, Reyna, Yoru and Phoenix ⁠— and which one is the best fit for you.

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Best Duelist Agents in Valorant

5. Yoru

Yoru in Valorant grimacing
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Yoru hasn’t quite been the aggressive Agent Riot expected him to be.

Attack

  • Like the other Duelists, Yoru packs a lot of power on attack. The cerebral nature of Yoru’s kit means he is at his best when being used as an isolated playmaker. Multiple rounds of careful flashes and the constant threat of a teleport will keep enemies on their toes every round.
  • However, that doesn’t mean he can’t play with the rest of the team. His utility is just as effective when grouped than on the flank. You can set up faux-flank presence with his footsteps, flash your team in with his unique bounce flash, and break out onto site completely invisible.

Defense

  • This utility also transfers onto defense. He can set up fake pushes through common rush spots to keep enemies at bay, guessing as to where your location is.
  • His flashes are also great for blinding big areas, allowing your allies to swing out and capitalize on them.
  • His ultimate is also one of the best for retakes too. You can get onto site completely unnoticed, assassinate an enemy, and throw the entire post-plant into disarray. He’s all about creating controlled chaos the rest of the team can use to their advantage.

Verdict

Yoru can still be played well in the hands of a capable player, but his slow flashes and lack of teamplay make him the weakest in his role. That might not be the case for long though, as Riot has already teased some upcoming changes that could make him more viable.


4. Raze

Raze in Valorant
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Raze might have tons of explosives, but do more than just damage.

Attack

  • Raze is an attack-minded Duelist who can really make a team pay for sloppy positioning. Her Bomb Bot is great for scoping out sites ahead of any push and often open up a window of opportunity for her teammates to push behind.
  • When teams start trading kills back and forth, there are few better choices to clean up the mess than Valorant’s foremost explosive expert.

Defense

  • Raze’s utility is not quite as effective on defense as it is on the attack, but she’s not a sitting duck either. Her constant explosions provide plenty of zone control, forcing enemies back or keeping them cornered for easy pickings.
  • Her big drawback is that she doesn’t have flashes or smokes, just that bit of zone control is incredibly strong, holding enemies in chokepoints and always putting them in harm’s way if they want to execute onto a site.

Verdict

Raze’s kit might just seem all about damage at face value, but it’s also good for slowing things down. She’s not perfect by any means, but Raze stands a fighting chance against any lineup.


3. Phoenix

Valorant Agent Phoenix.
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Phoenix thrives on the attack but struggles when it comes to defending sites.

Attack

  • Like all Duelists, Phoenix’s strengths are really shown on attack. The British pyromaniac has a decent amount of utility in his kit through his wall, flashes, and Hot Hands molotov to block off sight lines and really break onto a site.
  • His Run It Back ultimate also is great for clearing out areas with aggression, giving him a spare life. All of the other Duelists have similar things in their kit, but Phoenix is the only one to bring it all, and it makes him a godsend when you’re trying to attack.

Defense

  • Phoenix does lack a bit of ‘oomph’ on defense compared to other Duelists. He can push out and gain territory with walls and flashes, but he doesn’t do it as well as he does on attack.
  • While all of his kit is incredibly strong on attack, it can only really be effectively used on a retake on defense. His Run It Back is good for grabbing aggressive picks at the start of rounds, but aside from that, Phoenix does struggle.

Verdict

Phoenix’s attacking prowess would regard him as one of the game’s strongest attackers. However, his defensive capabilities do hold him back from cracking into the top tier

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2. Reyna

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If you’ve got the aim, Reyna is your best bet.

Attack

  • Reyna brings not a lot of utility for the team, but plenty for herself. A good Reyna player can decimate entire teams 1v5, and that’s part of her charm.
  • Her Leers are great for throwing players off when hitting a site, while she can stay topped up on the front lines with Devour.
  • Throw in her Empress ultimate, and she’s a one-man army for all things attack ⁠— lurking, hitting sites, you name it, Reyna can do it.

Defense

  • Reyna’s selfish utility does come back to bite her on defense. However, she can still make use of it pretty effectively. Her ability to grab a pick and Dismiss to safety makes her incredibly potent on the defender side.

Verdict

The nerfs to Reyna in Patch 2.03 did slow her down for a while, but the addition of souls dropping on assists has pulled her back into the upper echelon of play. Other Duelists have more utility to work with but her in-combat survivability separates her from the pack.


1. Jett

Valorant Agent Jett cinematic
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Jett has been the meta Duelist for so long, and it’s easy to see why.

Attack

  • Well, what can’t Jett do on attack? She’s pretty much a jack of all trades. The Korean windbender can play passively with an Operator, or burst onto a site with her knives, Tailwinds, and Updrafts. The flexibility in her kit is why she’s so strong.
  • Her Cloudburst smokes can also bail her team out better than any other bit of Duelist utility. It can be used to sell fakes, block lines of sight when defenders try to retake, and more.

Defense

  • Much like Reyna, Jett thrives on defense if you have the aim for it. Her ability to play aggressively, get a frag, then get out to safety with her Tailwind is perfect for most teams. There’s a reason why the Jett-Operator meta is so popular, and it’s because it’s that good.
  • She can also provide cover with her teammates with her smokes, which come in super handy for retakes. Plus, who doesn’t love to try and get a cheeky ninja defuse off?

Verdict

Jett’s versatile playstyle plus her well-balanced utility makes her the best Duelist by far. She’s been a staple in the meta for months now, and despite continued nerfs from Riot, she will reign supreme as long as she doesn’t lose that utility.


The most important thing when it comes down to it is picking an Agent that’s right for you. Each Valorant Duelist has their own unique playstyle, and you should try them all out to find your best fit.

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