Is Sova OP in Valorant? 100 Theives Hiko shows off the agent
Valorant's initiators are often undervalued in high-ranked lobbies, as the stats confirm. However, pro player Hiko's incredible plays with Sova's toolkit tell a different story.
Stage one of the Champions Tour in North America saw 100 Thieves go up against The Five Emperors in a best-of-three match. The games were one-sided, as 100 Thieves stomped over their opponents in 2-0 fashion. And it was Spencer "Hiko" Martin's outstanding use of Sova's toolkit that stole the spotlight. The American captain illustrated how the initiator is supposed to be played, leaving notes for all Sova mains.
Hiko shows the best way to play Sova
The team bested the the Five Emperors in Bind, and had almost bagged the second map in a clean sweep. After losing one round to the opposing team, the North Americans at 100T stood at 12-1 on Ascent.
In the last round of the second map, 100 Thieves had successfully planted the Spike at bomb point B. While the Defender's effort to retake the site was commendable, Hiko refused to give up another round. In a three-versus-four situation, the ball was undoubtedly in the defenders' court until Hiko pulled out Sova's Shock Bolt. Using a well-calculated lineup, the Sova main took two players down with one arrow. The menacing bolt was meant for one player originally, but the ability was fast enough to hit two, stunning both defenders.
Hiko's consistency with bolt lineups affirms that it wasn't just a lucky shot. At another point in Ascent, the North American player stunned an enemy camping under haven with two arrows. The second bolt bounced off the wall and hit the enemy Sova right where it hurt.
Initiator category is currently the most overlooked one in Valorant. Sova is the initiator to be picked the most by professional players. It was his viable toolkit that previously made him the most-played agents in Valorant First Strike: North America alongside Omen. Despite being a favorite of the pros, Sova is not seen much in regular ranked lobbies. However, Hiko's incredible plays may bring Sova back into the game's broader meta.
Can you kill an enemy with Sova's shock dart in Valorant?
Sova's stun arrows are deadly, but not fatal enough to kill an armored enemy. The Shock Bolt damages the opponent for up to 90 hp, making it less deadly than Raze's nade or Killjoy's nano swarm. However, as Hiko shows, Sova mains can easily take down multiple wounded enemies with a shock bolt when used correctly. The ability works best against enemies stuck in enclosed areas, as they will take full damage.
Raze's ultimate can help you trick enemies in post-plant situations
TenZ highlights Sentinels win over LG with this quick pistol 4K
100 Thieves' Asuna gets prettiest ACE seen in Valorant so far
Watch shroud win a 1v4 and pick up a crazy ace with Viper
Omen and Sova see the highest pick rate in Valorant First Strike NA Qualifier
Amouranth reveals how female Twitch streamers get more viewers
Alphari is already dominating in the LCS with the highest DPM
Can T1 return to greatness in 2021?
Valorant ramps up new anti-cheat policies and punishments in 2021
Top 10 gaming and esports streamers on Twitch
Things you need to know about the CSGO pro scene
CSGO releases RMR stickers, adds $5,000 disconnect bonus, more
Valorant Champions Tour starts today, here are the teams to watch
Evil Geniuses announces its new Valorant roster for Challengers
Valve just banned nine CSGO coaches amid 2021 RMR rules overhaul
Overwatch has come to Dota 2 with new chat ban changes
How to find your Steam Trade URL the easy way
Which ethernet cord is the best one for gaming?
Valorant player ReFleck banned for hacking on live stream