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The time has once again come for Valorant's next agent to be added to the game. Every new Act brings a new Agent which means a new meta. Basically adding a new Agent into Riot's hit FPS adds another dimension to the stunning title and we can't wait until eco-warrior Skye arrives.
If you're familiar with Valorant then you'll know of Sage's importance. No team can go without a Sage because of her ability to heal, and also because of her impressive ability to effectively block off sightlines and areas with her wall. However, Skye aims to change this with her own healing abilities - and a healing ability that benefits the whole team.
Let's start with her healing ability, shall we? Regrowth allows Skye to heal allies within a certain range and while they are within her sightline. She can't heal herself but four for the price of one certainly means that she is a fantastic team player.
Next is Trailblazer. Skye sends out a predator (a fox-wolf-tiger looking thing) which she controls as it roams for a certain amount of time. While in this state, Skye is vulnerable but if enemies destroy the tiger then she's in the clear, unharmed. The predator is also nearsighted so can't see enemies far away from itself, but this ability is seriously useful for checking out areas of any map for adversaries.
Guiding Light allows Skye to release a small hawk which she can lightly control before activating which flashes other players. Think of the way Pheonix control's his fire wall - this is a similar sort of control scheme. Great for flashing enemies in tricky places, but in turn can be hard to pull off without flashing your own team.
Finally, there is also the Ultimate Ability Seekers. Send out three 'seekers' to track down enemies. When it gets close, adversaries have the ability to quickly shoot and destory them, but if it reaches them it will nearsight them for a period of time - making them vulnerable to attacks. It also looks a little bit like a cabbage which we found amusing.
Skye will certainly make a difference on the field, even if it's just by healing her teammates - but due to that ability, she'll have a massive target on her back when it comes to team fights. As a whole, she'll certainly shake up the meta, and her Guilding Light ability is well suited to the new map, Icebox.
Speaking of Icebox, not only is there a new Agent, but there is a new map too which takes Valorant's map total all the way to five. One of the main criticism of the game is that with only four maps, gameplay started to feel a little repetitive here and there. Icebox, the new frosty battlefield, adds some variety to every session of Valorant from now on.
Icebox is set in a frozen shipyard and has a really vertical set up so it's the perfect playground for Agents like Jett or Omen - those that can get on top of obstacles easily and quickly. Both sites feel expansive with lots of creative sightlines and options to attack and defend. Trying it out feels more like a CS:GO map, or even more like an Overwatch map then it does like the four prior locations.
Skye and Icebox will be making their way to Valorant on October 27, and frankly we can't wait to see how new players and pros react to the new changes.
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