Valorant’s 15th agent is almost here and she’s a much-needed addition to the controller roster.
Riot Games’ newest addition to Valorant is Astra, who has celestial powers that can let her toy with enemies. The new controller joins other agents in the class including Viper, Brimstone, and Omen. Alongside standard-issue smokes, Astra brings a lot of unique tools to the battlefield.
She’s already got it all planned out. Harness the cosmos and control the fight as Astra, the newest Agent in VALORANT. pic.twitter.com/1vTKh25atc
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) February 27, 2021
Hailing from Ghana, Astra gathers her power from the cosmos. Astra utilizes her stars to manipulate Valorant maps, weaken enemies, and provide her teammates with an edge over the enemies. The developer revealed that African futurism was the main inspiration behind the celestial controller, whose in-game strengths lie in predicting enemies’ actions and adaptability.
“We wanted her skill expression to be about gathering information and turning that into a plan, where the execution phase is less about precisely targeting a grenade throw and more about seeing if your read on the enemy came together how you hoped,” said Jordan “Riot Wrekz” Anton.
Astra’s kit is primarily built around supporting aggressive duelists. As an Astra main, you can place stars on the map that can be activated later in a variety of ways, transforming them using her Nova Pulse, Nebula, and Gravity Well skills.
Astra looks to be a viable threat in competitive games. The controller agent can play crucial support to aggressive duelists, thanks to her versatile kit. Her reusable stars have tons of potential, and she may be able to unseat Omen as the definitive best controller agent in the game.