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Who is Omen? Valorant’s mysterious League of Legends Agent

Published: 3/Mar/2020 14:27

by Andy Williams

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Plenty of information has surfaced on Valorant’s gameplay and the majority of characters, but little is known about one Agent in particular.

Eight Agents surfaced as part of Riot Games’ Valorant press release on March 2. An array of Agents have made Valorant’s starting roster of characters, with four more rumored to be in the pipeline ready for the game’s official release.

While we have developed a pretty comprehensive profile on most of the characters, Omen seems to be flying under the radar. So here’s everything we know about the mysterious Agent so far.

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Who is Omen?

Omen is described as a shadow hunter, whose origins are completely unknown. According to the Agent’s description, he “renders enemies blind, teleports across the field, then lets paranoia take hold as foes scramble to uncover where it might strike next.

While images of the shadow hunter remain under wraps, a lot can be deduced by their namesake. Originally a League of Legends concept, Omen was set to be a Voidborn creature.

However, due to a lack of direction, the Champion never made the cut and was ultimately replaced by Riven on Summoner’s Rift.

The Agent’s namesake was intended on being a Voidborn Champion and that Omen’s Valorant lore is built on the “the unknowable nothingness that lies beyond” — which seems to fit Omen’s mysterious dark and cryptic character description all too well.

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Omen is a hooded figure, whose face is obscured by a ‘void.’

Omen’s abilities

Buyable ability 1: Paranoia — Send out an Ethereal shadow in a straight line, Nearsighting anyone it touches.

Buyable ability 2: Shadow Walk — After a delay, dematerialize and teleport a short distance.

Signature Ability — Dark Cover: Cast out a stealthed ethereal orb that bursts into an obscuring sphere of shadow at its final location. Can be charged to increase distance.

Ultimate Ability — From the Shadows: Select anywhere on the map to teleport and reform. When arriving, appear as a Shade, that will go back to your original location if killed. Once the teleport is complete, become Incorporeal for a short time.

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Omen will be able to teleport around the map, which could prove beneficial in diffuse situations.

You can tell a lot by an Agent from their Signature Ability, and Omen’s ability to manipulate the shadows with an ethereal orb plays into their League of Legends’ ties.

Moreover, Omen’s power to become temporarily bodiless as part of their Ultimate Ability all-but-confirms their knack of manipulating The Void.

So could Omen’s lore act as a direct link into the League of Legends universe? This would certainly be a logical reason as to why they’re the only Agent Riot have kept under wraps thus far.

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Valorant players demand Ascent rooftop fix after Raze “super boost” breaks the game

Published: 15/Jan/2021 18:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Raze “super boost” taking the Valorant community by storm has resulted in players pleading with Riot Games to fix the rooftops on the Ascent map.

Boosting is a controversial, yet intriguing part of most tactical shooters and Valorant is no exception, with players using character models or tricks with abilities to reach new heights.

However, one such boost may be too game-breaking for its own good, leading players to call for Riot to remove it from the game.

The so-called “very illegal” boost was posted to the Valorant subreddit by user Nikkyy and shows how Raze can access positions that make her the most lethal threat in the game.

‘Very illegal’ Raze boost on Ascent from VALORANT

Basically, by performing a satchel boost with her Blast Packs in combination with her Showstopper Ultimate, Raze can travel insane distances. And while it can take a lot of practice to get this right, the end result can be devastating for enemies.

After performing a satchel boost to get on top of a wall on Ascent, players can perform the super rocket boost with the Showstopper to essentially reach the skybox and fire down onto unsuspecting players.

As you can see in the clip, the entire enemy team was like fish in a barrel and fell one-by-one to the Raze player who had a great line of sight from so high up. In the end, the player only died because they started tunnel-visioning on another Agent.

Even the player’s own teammates were shocked at the clip, as they can be heard saying “what the f**k Raze?”

In the comments, users started calling on Riot to fix the map. “These boosts on Ascent rooftops need to be fixed asap,” one remarked.

“This is very illegal. Tremendously illegal. There hasn’t been a more illegal boost,” another added, seemingly mimicking the talking habits of a former Celebrity Apprentice host.

Hopefully, with how much attention the post has received, the devs investigate the issue and prevent the boost from being an issue before it starts affecting more ranked matches.