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Killjoy: Valorant pros react to overpowered new Agent

Riot have officially unveiled Killjoy, the new Valorant Agent for Episode 1, Act 2.

Following a series of leaks which showcased the abilities of the upcoming 12th Valorant Agent, Riot Games have officially announced “Killjoy”. Set to release with the beginning of Act 2 on August 4, this German gal already has people talking.

Killjoy’s kit centres around tactics and clever tech. Some of her abilities, which include turrets, robots and explosives, have got competitive focused players feeling a little concerned.

Let’s take a quick look at the official descriptions of Killjoy’s setup:

ALARMBOT

Equip and deploy a bot that hunts down enemies who dare to get in range. When my killer robot friend reaches its target...boom! Enemies who get hit are temporarily vulnerable to double damage from all sources. Hah, so fun.

Hold equip if you want to recall your deployed bot.

TURRET

Sometimes it's good to plant some roots. Deploy a turret that fires at enemies within its 180 degree cone. Hold equip to recall the deployed turret.

With my turret, I can hold an area pretty well myself while the others cover the angles I can't.

NANOSWARM

OK check this out. Throw the grenade. When it lands, it goes quiet. Then, activate the Nanoswarm to deploy a damaging swarm of nanobots and catch the enemy crying.

I love this trick!

LOCKDOWN

You’ll have to adjust your timing for the windup, but once you get this device going, it detains all enemies caught in its radius for about 8 seconds. Yeah, enemies can destroy it—except I built plenty more.

Unsurprisingly, the most controversial of Killjoy’s abilities is her Lockdown ult. Despite costing 7 Ultimate Points and taking a whopping 13 seconds to deploy, it sounds unstoppable if executed well. Once hit by the Lockdown effect, enemies will not be able to use any guns or abilities.

100 Thieves star Spencer “Hiko” Martin was stunned at just how powerful Lockdown looks. “There probably would be a world where you actually suicide to make sure that thing goes off”, he said, thinking about how much utility teams would invest to make sure Killjoy’s ult detonates.

Hiko was also not fully convinced on the Turret and Nanoswarm abilities. Although the Turret doesn’t do a whole lot of damage, it will still be a nuisance to deal with. He remarked that Nanoswarm seems “Super OP”.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Killjoy fits into the Valorant meta. There are questions as to whether she should feature in competitive modes from release, or should first be tested elsewhere. Up until now, the developers have done a great job at balancing Agents and their abilities, so no doubt we will see changes to Killjoy throughout Act 2.

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