Viper Fracture

Sage can drive the enemy team nuts with this Barrier Orb play

By Fariha Bhatti


Aug 16, 2022

Reading time: 2 min

Sage may not have deadly utility to help her in Valorant’s post-plant meta, but her Barrier Orb is equally powerful. 

Agents like Viper, Brimstone, and Kay/O have top-tier kits, but low-ranked players pick them for the incendiaries. These agents enjoy massive success in Valorant’s post-plant meta. Molotovs flying in can secure an easy round win compared to aggressive and difficult duels. Sage has become an unlikely addition to the post-plant agent list. Instead of dealing with damage, the sentinel just delays the defuse using her abilities. 

In close one-on-one situations, it’s better for attackers to run down the time instead of picking a fight. Duels decrease the chances of victory, so players try to play around the clock. It can be tricky to waste time effectively, especially if enemies have good aim. This Sage wall on Fracture can help keep defenders away from the Spike. 

How to protect the Spike with Sage

Sage in Valorant

Sage can guard the Spike on Fracture using her Barrier Orb, which creates a wall for 20 seconds. Locking the Spike behind the wall buys plenty of time to strategize. This particular Sage lineup on Fracture is better than a regular wall. 

A player has shared an interesting Sage wall lineup that is game-breakingly good in eco or pistol rounds. Enemies must destroy the entire wall instead of just one block to gain access to the Spike. This feature makes it a superior lineup, making enemies sweat for the defuse. For this lineup, plant the Spike close to the box on top of the rafter. Step back and place your crosshair on the ground, as shown in the video. 

Plant the Barrier Orb and get to safety. Enemies will first struggle to find the Spike and take a few extra seconds to get there. Once they’re on top, breaking the wall will be a whole new challenge, especially if they have pistols. With a few bullets, the enemies will have to break the entire Barrier to access the Spike. The extra steps added will waste plenty of time, ultimately winning you the round.

It’s a highly viable setup, but there are a few catches. First, planting the Spike on top can be tricky if you don’t have a proper backup. You may end up dead trying to plant the Spike on rafters. Secondly, it may not be as helpful in full buy rounds. Enemies may end up breaking it quickly from afar. Still, it’s one of the best ways to protect the Spike on Fracture with Sage.