Valorant has a stark lack of utility sets when compared to other shooters like CS: GO, and it is because of this that the protecting team gains an unreasonable benefit over aggressors
After reading the headline, you might be wondering: “Operator? Subdued? Because when?”, and we will not be shocked if these were the questions that popped into your mind concerning Valorant.
In the lower ranks of Valorant, this might be a very out of favor opinion, however simply hear us out and you will see why we, along with some parts of the neighborhood, feel so.
Compared to a game like CS: GO, which too is a ‘search and ruin’ based low-TTK shooter, the quantity of energy that Valorant gives the table is rather negligible.
For this reason, this puts attacking teams at quite a drawback if the defenders are guarding all the main entry points with an Operator.
However, such benefits for the defending team are just felt in greater ELO video games, and not the lower ones. With well-coordinated groups, especially those on the expert phase, you will observe just how much simpler it is to protect than it is to attack in Valorant.
In a recent stream, the former CS: GO pro (and now a member of the 100Thieves Valorant roster) Spencer “Hiko” Martin talked about how the absence of entry kits in Valorant is giving protectors a much greater benefit than essential.
Hiko states that in CS: GO, each player is geared up with a variety of utilities like smokes, flashes and frag grenades. Nevertheless, in Valorant, just a couple of specific Representatives featured trustworthy entry sets, and they are Brimstone and Prophecy.
It’s due to the fact that of this that these two Agents, together with Sage and Cypher (broken in defense), have ended up being a need to choose for each group. This in turn makes the gameplay of the teams predictable, and the protecting team constantly tends to get the edge no matter the situation.
Flashes from both Phoenix and Breach can very quickly be avoided if one simply averts. Unlike in CS: GO, the efficiency of these flashes are substantially reduced if its line of sight is obstructed.
Hiko states that because of the absence of entry packages, safeguarding groups are typically getting 2-3 Operators and camping out at entry points till they can identify an opponent. And with the little amount of vision-canceling abilities, aggressors are more typically than not falling in the line of sight of the Operators and getting sniped.
It’s making great gamers way too overpowered with the scope.
Valorant’s lead character designer Morello is rather knowledgeable about the truth that the game is in need of more Agents who will have much better and more dependable vision-canceling utility.
Of late, he has actually been doing some live stream sessions where he answers a great deal of the community questions. In a current one, he speaks about the possibility of adding brand-new Agents into Valorant, who will boast a variety of aggressive CC.
Nevertheless, he did tension on the point that no matter what kind of new abilities they include, it will not bear any similarity to the pop flashes and pop smokes which are there in CS: GO.
Till now, every bit of Representative CC in Valorant has had its very own style of use. Something like a Reyna ‘Leer’, which by far is the finest flash in the game, can be shot down; this and every other CC capability has a winding animation attached to it, in addition to an audio line.
So you can really hear it along with see it coming, which in CS: GO is not precisely the case, and you will be captured unawares the majority of the time.
Let’s say, you select all the smoke-producing Representatives in the game. You have your Brimstone, your Omen, your Viper, your Jett; what’s to say that your aggressive push through smokes doesn’t get countered by a Raze bot and a Cypher reconnaissance arrow?
There are random damaging capabilities that Agents have, which they can spam inside the smoke if they’re specific that you’re choosing a push. This will either eliminate your entire team, or stall you out long enough for the Sky Smokes and Dark Covers to vanish, and your squad will be left susceptible to the defending Operator.
Aggressive utilities are a great counter to vision-denying smokes. This provides yet another benefit to the defending team, even if the assaulting team has all the utility that Valorant needs to use.
Riot truly requires to make both halves of the match equally stabilized with more entry-kit utilities prior to the eSports scene appropriately removes.