Valorant Act 3 kicked off last month, and as of now, has been nothing short of a banger. The Icebox map has received a positive response from the community already, despite having a glitch. As for Skye, the new agent, it is perhaps too soon to say whether she will dominate the current gameplay meta.
However, her varied abilities raise the question, “Is Skye the most powerful/useful agent in the game?”
Before answering this question, we need to take a look at the system in which agents in Valo, function.
First of all, the game is an amalgamation of tactical FPS and MMORPG elements. In MMORPG titles, the various agents/characters/legends are classified into various types depending on their powers and hence, their function. This is something Valorant has incorporated in their agent system as well. We have attackers, supporting agents, recon agents, and so on.
Is Skye the most powerful agent in Valorant?
In Valorant, the lines between the agent types get blurry, especially with an agent like Skye. Her abilities include self-heal, recon+damage, recon+flashbang. Her ultimate ability seeks out nearby enemies and makes them nearsighted. Looking at the range of her abilities, it’s evident Skye is one of the most flexible agents.
Riot have always seen to it that they do not end up giving an agent undue advantage over others. So is the case with Skye. She might be great as a supporting agent, but she will certainly not be a wise choice as a fragger. However, as a recon agent, she might be even more effective than Sova since she deals direct damage while seeking out enemies. Moreover, she has three variants of her recon abilities, providing a longer duration.
While she can keep healing herself, she cannot heal teammates. This will act as a drawback while playing Skye as a support agent. But if players pair her with fraggers like Phoenix or Reyna, the duo might just become unstoppable.
Skye can be an overpowered agent with certain pairings, but we doubt she can solo an opponent (in terms of her abilities, without considering the player’s own skill). If we consider her as a standalone agent, she can take care of herself and deal significant damage on her own. She can tip the scales of a match, and that can go both ways.
Riot has made an interesting addition with Skye, and we are eager to see how the meta around her pans out.