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Counter-Strike 2 just gave Valorant players an idea for next agent

By Fariha Bhatti


Mar 25, 2023

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Counter-Strike 2 hype is also getting to Valorant, as players come up with an agent idea inspired by Source 2 smokes. 

Counter-Strike 2 has new smokes that react with the environment and let bullets pass through. If you’re committed to exploiting the new feature, you can even defuse the smoke entirely for a few seconds using HE or Negev. While this game-changing feature sounds exceedingly annoying, it also encourages gunplay. For this reason, even Valorant players are impressed. 

Valorant is a game known for its utility-heavy agents, where gunplay often takes the backseat. With Kay/O, Riot tried bringing gunplay back to the fore, but the agent pick rate shows players rejected him. However, some players are interested in the idea of a “smoke defuser.” 

Valorant players want an agent inspired by Counter-Strike 2

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In 2023, Valorant has five smokers, each equipped with multiple smokes, save for Harbor. That’s a lot of site blockage, and Valorant players wish they could counter them. 

Kay/O’s knife shuts down a small area and all agents’ toolkits for a short duration. But, Counter-Strike 2’s new responsive smokes have intrigued Valorant players who can’t help but imagine if there was an agent who could tackle smokes in particular. 

In a Reddit post, user /Justice-valorant brought up the possibility of a smoke defuser, and other players weighed in. 

“I just had this thought for about a year now, and since CS2 looks like smoke clearing is possible now, I thought Valorant could maybe have an agent that has that specific ability in their kit,” the player said. 

While his idea was mainly well-received, Valorant players raised valid concerns. The critical difference between Counter-Strike 2 and Valorant is of utility. In Counter-Strike 2, all players are equipped with the same abilities, whereas in Valorant, each agent brings something new to the table. 

Dedicating an agent to countering a particular class only won’t work in Valorant. Agents are typically self-sufficient and different, yet can handle all enemies uniquely, like Kay/O. Creating an agent who solely defuses smokes won’t work in the long run. 

But the idea is undoubtedly tempting. Riot could introduce a Kay/O-like agent who tackles abilities head-on instead of throwing a hit-or-miss suppressor. 


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