Valorant is a free to play, tactical shooter fantasy game. Developed by Riot Games, it was released in 2020 and has quickly achieved an almost cult-like status. The game’s mysterious lore teasingly provides brief pieces of information about the origins of First Light, radianite and Mirror Earth. Players love to choose their favorite agents who possess radianite inspired super powers, or technological firepower. It’s the personalities of the agents that have helped Valorant achieve worldwide popularity. However, success in a match largely depends on how those agents interact with each other.
Building a Valorant Team
Valorant is based on team work. To build a team of five agents that functions to the best of its abilities, players need to understand the complex relationships that have evolved between the agents. It’s helpful to explore the back stories of the agents, which can usually be found in cinematic videos produced by Riot Games to enhance the structure of the game. Roles within the game include duelists, controllers, initiators, and sentinels. Agents are assigned their roles when they are introduced to the cast list.
Importance of Agent Relationships
A successful team usually includes agents who perform well together. For instance, Phoenix is a rare phenomenon in that he gets along with practically every other agent. Although he is incredibly impatient, leaping into action without looking first, he is generally resourceful enough to redeem himself. During his quieter moments, he shares an intersst in playing chess, usually with Sova, an expert archer. Brimstone is an ex-serviceman from Baltimore. He behaves like any veteran and devotes much of his time to looking after the other members of his team. Any of of these agents should bring a peaceful stability to a team. The main danger stems from choosing agents who hate each other.
Viper is an agent from America who thrives on conflict. She’s motivated by revenge although her reasons are often obscure. Viper often appears to go out of her way to pick a fight, even with other members of her team. There are strong rumors that Viper played a part in the death of the sister of Reyna, a fellow agent. Consequently, placing Viper and Reyna both on the same team
could create drama that distracts from the battles with the enemy. Although Viper is hated by many agents and players, she does have one or two friends, namely Sage and Omen. To complicate matters further, Reyna is said to alternate between being a friend and an enemy of Sage.
Valorant: A Balancing Act
Creating an effective team in Valorant depends on choosing agents who complement each other, both in their assigned roles, and in their ‘off-screen’ relationships. It can be difficult to achieve a good balance in a team without researching the personalities of the agents themselves. Check out https://www.1337pro.com/en/valorant/tournament-schedule to see how Valorant agents interact.