Valorant’s Agent pool helps make it a unique, tactical FPS, though some Agents seem underwhelming at times. With most patches, Riot Games has attempted to tweak Agents to bring more balance to the Agent pool. buff in Valorant
Team composition is everything, especially in competitive rounds. Valorant’s Agents come in 4 categories: controller, duelist, initiator, and sentinel. It’s become apparent that in some of these segments, individual Agents are less viable than others.
The series of nerfs and buffs have ultimately created new metals, and some Agents don’t see the light of day.
Sage, especially in higher ELO, can feel underpowered compared to her sentinel counterparts. In her current state, she is good at stalling enemies with her Barrier and Slow Orbs. However, unlike Cypher and Killjoy, Sage’s kit isn’t great for acquiring information. Not to mention, Sage has received more nerfs and buffs than any other Agent in Valorant. Even with Sage getting her allies back to full health, a headshot from a rifle will still instantly kill. With the addition of Skye, Sage is no longer the only Agent that can heal her teammates. Also, heals in higher ELO aren’t always impactful.
Although Viper has seen plenty of buffs in Valorant’s short lifespan, she is still one of the least-picked characters at every level. Viper, along with Sage and Brim, wasn’t picked at all in the First Strike NA main event. Of the three controller Agents in Valorant, Viper is the only one who can’t place her smokes with great precision. If professionals aren’t using her, is anyone going to? Her Toxic Screen, however, is excellent at cutting off sightlines with accuracy. Players haven’t put in the time to learn the ins-and-outs of Viper’s kit to its potential. The biggest issue is that she was very underpowered in the early stages of the game. Viper certainly has a place in Valorant.