shroud predicts Neon won’t see play in competitive Valorant

Olivia Richman • January 8, 10:45

Popular first-person shooter player and streamer Michael “shroud” Grzesiek has shared his initial thoughts on Valorant’s newest agent, Neon.

Neon is the 18th agent to come to Valorant (or the 19th depending on how you count them). Her focus is on speed, and she’s looking to be even faster than dashing agent Jett. In addition to bursts of radianite-powered sprints, Neon has energy bolts and an energy wall, making her a dynamic new agent. But shroud isn’t sold just yet.

shroud gives thoughts on new Valorant agent Neon

shroud was able to test the new duelist during a recent stream and gave his first thoughts on Neon, calling her “crazy.”

“I don’t think this character is going to be insane in the meta or anything. It’s going to be really fun to play and probably kind of annoying to play against because she’s so fast,” shroud said.

shroud continued playing her, chuckling at her fun mechanics and abilities. He added that she would possibly be a pub character, meaning she is someone a player would pick up while solo queuing in ranked. But for now, shroud wasn’t sure if Neon would see a lot of competitive play.

“But who knows, maybe,” shroud said.

As a former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro, shroud’s opinion on FPS games is quite respected. He is known for being talented in almost every shooter game he picks up, whether it’s Valorant or Apex Legends. While shroud doesn’t practice enough to play with pros anymore, shroud usually knows what he’s talking about. And shroud isn’t sure that Neon’s ability kit will translate to high-level play in Valorant.

Neon is coming out January 12. That gives pros a few weeks to test her out before the 2022 Valorant Champions Tour circuit begins. Only time will tell if pros bring Neon into competitive matches.

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