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VALORANT Agent Tier List: Who To Play In Episode 5 Act 2

VALORANT Agent Tier List: Who To Play In Episode 5 Act 2
Images via Riot Games

Written by 

Liam Ho

Posted 

22nd Aug 2022 10:24

If you're just getting started with VALORANT, then it's worth looking at a VALORANT Agent tier list to see who's worth playing and who isn't. One of the most unique aspects of VALORANT is its varied roster of agents and how they contribute to the game. However, not all agents are equal and in various metas certain agents can be much more powerful than others. Here's a VALORANT Agent tier list for every agent currently in Valorant

S Tier

Starting off our VALORANT Agent tier list, these agents are the most optimal to play at the moment. Each of these Agents are at the top of their game and are ideal for playing in every possible scenario. There isn’t a single time where you wouldn’t want one of these agents on your team and they’re definitely the ones that you’d want to pick in your games.

Raze

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Raze blasts away the other duelists with her fantastic utility and ability to clear enemies out of their hiding spots. Her ridiculously high area of effect damage punishes enemies in the wrong spot and easily clears sites for her team to push through. Her satchel charges also help her entry site and enable her aggressive playstle. She is effectively one of the best duelists currently out there and is definitely someone you should play.

Fade

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Fade has successfully stolen Sova’s spot as the top information initiator. With her Haunt matching the role of Sova’s Recon Dart, as well as the nerfs to Sova’s kit she has taken over as the go-to initiator. Of course, there will be times when Sova has more utility than Fade but for the most part her base kit is stronger in more scenarios. Her prowlers and ultimate are also insanely good initiation tools which are a great addition to any team composition.

KAY/O

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As an agent that’s kit revolves around cancelling other abilities, KAY/O’s spot in the meta typically relies on the agents around him. That being said, KAY/O is at the top of his game against agents like Chamber, who is currently an S-tier agent. His information gathering via knife, his flashes that are incredibly easy to use and a great ult make his kit great for use in almost all situations. KAY/O is currently one of the go-to initiators and is always worth playing.

Chamber

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Ah, Chamber. Where to begin with this monstrosity of an agent? He has single-handedly taken up the entirety of the sentinel role, forcing Cypher and Killjoy to drop to the lower tiers. His ability to make a pick and get out for free is that to rival Jett, his trip is better than Cypher, and his ultimate is a free Operator on steroids. Simply put, Chamber does the job of multiple agents.

A Tier

These agents aren’t quite at the top but are definitely still great picks regardless. They can handle themselves on their own and are still great additions to the team. 

Neon

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Neon’s sheer speed outpaces other duelists and allows her to do things only she can do. She’s able to enter a site at blistering speeds and take space for her team. While not quite as lethal as Raze, she still does a great job in getting her team onto a site when paired up with an initiator. Her speed allows her to capitalise on enemies that have been crowd controlled by an initiator allowing her team to get a free pick. 

Jett

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Jett is no longer at the top of the food chain when it comes to duelists. Her ability to get a pick for free with her dash is no longer as strong with Chamber’s prominence in the meta. She’s still a decently strong pick however as her mobility is still really useful for getting her team onto a site. Her ultimate Bladestorm is still a great fragging tool and also helps out with her team's economy. She’s no longer queen of VALORANT, but she’s definitely not weak either. 

Omen

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Omen is a great controller due to his smokes being able to regenerate over the round. Alongside this, his smokes have an incredibly high range which allows him to smoke regardless of where he is on the map. His paranoia can be a great tool for himself and his team provided they coordinate utility successfully. His ultimate can have several uses for his team, whether it be for flanking or scouting out a site or rotating it gives him the flexibility that other controllers lack. 

Viper

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Viper as an agent has a kit that really limits her to certain maps. However, when she does get her map she is almost a must-pick. Her smoke wall makes maps like Icebox and Breeze far more playable for her team as she's able to control a far greater space than other controllers. Her ultimate basically forces every enemy out of the zone which makes her great at controlling sites and or certain parts of the map that are key. 

Sova

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Sova has fallen from grace with Fade entering the meta. Alongside his multiple nerfs, he isn’t quite as powerful as he used to be and therefore has fallen down to the lower tiers. He’s still powerful in the right hands, especially with the knowledge of lineups for Recon and Shock darts but he just isn’t quite what he used to be, which makes him sit comfortably in the A tier instead. 

Skye

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Skye is a fantastic initiator that provides a lot of utility to her team. Her guided flashes let her place them in spots that other initiators couldn’t. Her dog lets her gather information, clear out corners for her team and potentially cripple any enemies nearby. While her utility is great, she isn’t able to match up to KAY/O’s capability of silencing enemy abilities, which in the current meta makes him stronger than her.

Breach

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Like Skye, Breach is another great initiator that with his brute force playstyle can really help his team get on to a site quickly. His ultimate and cripple essentially make any firefight a free win which really helps with his aggressive and rushed playstyle. However, similarly to Skye he falls short of KAY/O and isn’t quite able to keep up in this meta. 

Sage

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Sage unlike other sentinels is able to block off choke points completely with her wall and slow orbs. This makes her role unique as she isn't affected by Chamber’s ridiculously large presence in the meta. Her healing and resurrection abilities are also fantastic utility which can easily turn a round just by sheer numbers. 

B Tier

These agents aren’t necessarily the greatest but are still good on certain maps, or with knowledge and understanding of the agent’s kit. They aren’t agents you should pick on every occasion, but they definitely shine given their moments. 

Yoru

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Yoru struggles to find value as an agent due to his gameplay revolving around tricking his enemies. His kit allows for sick outplays and therefore has an incredibly high skill ceiling. Without intricate knowledge of how to use Yoru effectively, he’s simply outshined by other duelists who can create space for their team in a much easier fashion. 

Phoenix

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Phoenix recently received a bunch of buffs which made enabled his aggressive playstyle. His quicker flashes let him catch enemies off guard and let him grab an easy pick. But better flashes just aren’t enough to make him as effective as the duelists in A tier which do his job but a bit better. The rest of his kit just isn't quite as strong as the other duelists and flashes can always be brought via initiators. 

Reyna

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Reyna’s kit lacks the capacity to help get her first pick, which is what a lot of duelists need in order for them to make space. Reyna’s kit allows her to survive and thrive after her first engagement which while helpful to herself, doesn’t benefit her team at all. The only utility she has that benefits teammates are her blinds, which are easily destructible and therefore unreliable as a form of crowd control. 

Brimstone

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Brimstone has some of the best and worst smokes in the game. Best that he can place down up to 3 smokes at once, which can really set up for site takes as he doesn’t need to spend time to set up a site. However, his smokes don’t regenerate throughout the round which means once he commits one it's gone forever, and his smokes have a limited range in which he can use them. This makes him somewhat less flexible than Omen, and therefore places him slightly lower on the list.

Astra

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Astra was by far the best controller in all of Valorant. With a global map presence and plenty of utility like a concuss and a pulling move, she crowded out all other controllers. Due to various nerfs, Astra isn’t what she used to be, but that doesn’t mean her kit is bad. Astra’s main limiting factor is her ridiculously high skill floor, she requires a lot of attention to play correctly and her kit punishes players for misplaying. It’s only recommended you play Astra if you have immense experience with her.

Killjoy

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Killjoy is one of the sentinels who was hurt the most via the introduction of Chamber. This alongside the heavy presence of KAY/O makes her a bit more difficult to find use. She can still be used in some cases, and can thrive in certain situations, but she just isn’t the agent you want to be picking at this moment in time. 

C Tier

C tier only has one agent, and that’s poor old Cypher. C-tier agents generally aren’t useful in most scenarios, and you’re far better off picking any agent that isn’t them. 

Cypher

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Cypher is unfortunately the only agent in the C tier. His kit as a sentinel just feels so useless to play in most scenarios. The only time you’d really want to pick Cypher is in very specific cases on certain maps and even then he requires a good amount of knowledge and skill to be effective. Cypher is desperately in need of some love from Riot, as in his current state he just can’t go toe to toe with any other agent.

For more VALORANT guides, be sure to read our dedicated guides page on GGRecon.

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