Riot Games reveals Sage as Valorant’s first support agent

Nigel Zalamea

Sage is the fourth character Riot Games has revealed for Valorant. The highly anticipated tactical first-person shooter is expected to have at least 10 characters available at launch.

Sage hails from China and is the first support agent Riot has announced. As a support character, Sage’s abilities are going to play a key role in allowing teams to win matches.

Abilities

Slow Orb — Cast out an orb that breaks into a slowing field upon impact with the ground. All caught in the field are slowed, grounded, and make noise when moving.
Barrier Orb — Conjure a large, solid wall. Right-click to rotate the wall before casting.
Healing Orb — Heal an ally or yourself to full health over a few seconds.
Resurrection — Target a friendly corpse. After a short delay, revive them with full health.


Sage’s Resurrection ultimate will likely make her a must-pick, as the game does not have a respawn mechanic.

Valorant has been compared to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and with the game revealing four of its characters, it is easy to see why. The first character revealed was Phoenix, whose abilities fit perfectly as an entry fragger — a player who makes first contact and gets a crucial opening kill.

Next was Viper, who’s chemical cloud abilities make her an ideal lurker — someone who silently roams map and catches opponent off guard.

Then there is Sova, who is the designated sniper. In most competitive first-person shooters, the sniper role acts as the team’s carry since they’re expected to do the most amount of damage.

Valorant is scheduled for release in summer 2020 for PC. For more of the latest updates, follow the game on Twitter.

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