How to play Duelists in VALORANT

written by ArmandVanHelden October 6, 2022 at 6:4pm
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Duelists are the most popular agents in VALORANT as players love to take responsibility and shoot as many players as possible. Some were revealed with the release of the game, some came as the updates progressed.

There are six duelists in VALORANT, Jett, Neon, Reyna, Yoru, Phoenix, and Raze. The common thing about all five is that they have the ability to take the first peek, making them very useful on the attacking side. Duelists are irreplaceable parts of almost every composition as they are the entry fraggers that open up bomb sites for the attacking team. Let’s take a deeper look at every duelist in the game!

How to play Jett

Jett is not only the most popular duelist but the most popular agent of the game. Jett’s blades and dash were a lot stronger back in the day but Riot Games decided to take an action against its op abilities. The South Korean agent was the second most picked duelist of VCT 2022 - Champions Istanbul.

Jett Abilities

‘Q’ Updraft - INSTANTLY propel Jett high into the air.

‘E’ Tailwind - ACTIVATE to prepare a gust of wind for a limited time. RE-USE the wind to propel Jett in the direction she is moving. If Jett is standing still, she propels forward.

‘C’ Cloudburst - INSTANTLY throw a projectile that expands into a brief vision-blocking cloud on impact with a surface. HOLD the ability key to curve the smoke in the direction of your crosshair.

‘X’ Blade Storm - EQUIP a set of highly accurate throwing knives. FIRE to throw a single knife and recharge knives on a kill. ALTERNATE FIRE to throw all remaining daggers but does not recharge on a kill.

Tips for Jett

  1. If you want to play aggressively, charge your dash before peeking an angle and immediately use it after taking the first blood to prevent any trades.
  2. To get into a bomb site, use your smoke in front of you and immediately dash inside it to create time and space for your teammates also have a chance to take the first duel. Also, you might be able to confuse the defender considering they won’t be able to guess which side you check inside the smoke.
  3. If you run out of money but have ult, buy armor and uses Blade Storm to take down player who actually have Vandals or Phantoms.

How to play Neon

Neon is the latest duelist that was revealed by Riot Games. The agent has a unique skill set that isn’t similar to most of the other agents. Neon can run very fast across the map and take on early duels, even surprising the enemy team. It was picked 27 times at VALORANT Champions İstanbul and Yuma "Dep" Hisamoto had the best rating with a solid 1.29 in 61 rounds.

Neon Abilities

‘Q’ Relay Bolt - INSTANTLY throw an energy bolt that bounces once. Upon hitting each surface, the bolt electrifies the ground below with a concussive blast.

‘E’ High Gear - INSTANTLY channel Neon's high power for increased speed. When charged, ALT FIRE to trigger an electric slide. Slide charge resets every two kills.

‘C’ Fast Lane - FIRE two energy lines forward on the ground that extend a short distance or until they hit a surface. The lines rise into walls of static electricity that block vision.

‘X’ Overdrive - Unleash Neon's full power and speed for a short duration. FIRE to channel the power into a deadly lightning beam with high movement accuracy.

Tips for Neon

  1. Use Fast Lane like a Viper wall to attack the bomb sites and surprise enemies with sudden peeks.
  2. Run across the map like there is no tomorrow while using ult, electric slide when you see an enemy to have the upper hand.
  3. On defense, use High Gear when you need to rotate across the map. This may also confuse the other team as they won’t wait for you that soon.

How to play Reyna

Reyna was the first duelist that was released with Patch 1.0. The duelist can heal, flash, and become intangible for a short duration. However, it is not a highly-picked agent in the professional arena. Still, Reyna has great tools for ranked games. It was only picked twice throughout the VALORANT Champions, by Wang "Jinggg" Jing Jie who held a 1.46 rating in 49 rounds.

Reyna Abilities

‘Q’ Devour - INSTANTLY consume a nearby Soul Orb, rapidly healing for a short duration. Health gained through this skill exceeding 100 will decay over time. If Empress is active, this skill will automatically cast and not consume the Soul Orb.

‘E’ Dismiss - INSTANTLY consume a nearby Soul Orb, becoming intangible for a short duration. If Empress is active, also become invisible.

‘C’ Leer - EQUIP an ethereal, destructible eye. ACTIVATE to cast the eye a short distance forward. The eye will nearsight all enemies who look at it.

‘X’ Empress - INSTANTLY enter a frenzy, increasing firing, equip and reload speed dramatically. Grants infinite charges of Soul Harvest abilities. When an enemy dies to Reyna, or dies within 3 seconds of taking damage from Reyna, the duration is renewed.

Tips for Reyna

  1. Reyna is a great pick if you want to play aggressively. You can use Dismiss after getting a kill and reset your position immediately for a second duel.
  2. In pistol rounds, Reyna can heal up to 150 hp, with 50 armor even if you don't buy armor.
  3. Convince your team into peeking with your flash. Reyna’s flash stays on for a while as long as the enemy breaks and you will have more than enough time to execute your play, especially on the attacking side.

How to play Yoru

The Japanese duelist of VALORANT. Just like Reyna, Yoru is also not the most popular duelist for professional players. Yoru was also picked only two times at VALORANT Champions 2022 but neither Itthirit "Foxz" Ngamsaard nor Jason "f0rsakeN" Susanto had any impact on their competitions. Yoru’s ability to give information with ult and playmaking capabilities make the agent a reliable ranked pick though.

Yoru Abilities

‘Q’ Blindside - EQUIP to rip an unstable dimensional fragment from reality. FIRE to throw the fragment, activating a flash that winds up once it collides with a hard surface in world.

‘E’ Gatecrash - EQUIP a rift tether. FIRE to send the tether forward. ALT FIRE to place a stationary tether. ACTIVATE to teleport to the tether's location. USE to trigger a fake teleport.

‘C’ Fakeout - EQUIP an echo that transforms into a mirror image of Yoru when activated. FIRE to instantly activate the mirror image and send it forward. ALT FIRE to place an inactive echo. USE to transform an inactive echo into a mirror image and send it forward. Mirror images explode in a blinding flash when destroyed by enemies.

‘X’ Dimensional Drift - EQUIP a mask that can see between dimensions. FIRE to drift into Yoru's dimension, unable to be affected or seen by enemies from the outside.

Tips for Yoru

  1. Use your ult to take intel on the enemy’s position. It will work both on the attacking side and the defending side.
  2. The Gatecrash ability offers great playmaking options for you to do in the game. Use your imagination and skills to confuse enemies with your plays!
  3. You can throw your flashes with great angles using edges or doors. For example, you can use the door in Breeze A Halls to peek the tube, etc.

How to play Phoenix

Phoenix was almost forgotten until Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom stepped up and carried his team with the agent in a professional game. It was only played three times at Champions 2022 by ScreaM, Victor "Victor" Wong, and Itthirit "Foxz" Ngamsaard and never quite met the expectations.

Phoenix Abilities

‘Q’ Curveball - EQUIP a flare orb that takes a curving path and detonates shortly after throwing. FIRE to curve the flare orb to the left, detonating and blinding any player who sees the orb. ALT FIRE to curve the flare orb to the right.

‘E’ Hot Hands - EQUIP a fireball. FIRE to throw a fireball that explodes after a set amount of time or upon hitting the ground, creating a lingering fire zone that damages enemies. ALT FIRE to lob.

‘C’ Blaze - EQUIP a flame wall. FIRE to create a line of flames that moves forward, creating a wall that blocks vision and damages players passing through it. HOLD FIRE to bend the wall in the direction of your crosshair.

‘X’ Run It Back - INSTANTLY place a marker at Phoenix's location. While this ability is active, dying or allowing the timer to expire will end this ability and bring Phoenix back to this location with full health.

Tips for Phoenix

  1. Always make sure that the area where you use your ult, Run It Back, is clear and far away from danger so that the enemy team won’t be waiting for your return after it runs out and catches you vulnerable.
  2. You can curve your Blaze ability to benefit better, especially while attacking the bomb sites. Think of it as a curved Viper Wall, obviously lasts much shorter, and you can even heal by touching it.
  3. Make sure you don’t blind any of your teammates as the Curveball ability is a little harder than regular flashes. This is something that most of the players in ranked mode are suffering from, be careful.

How to play Raze

The last duelist on the list is the one that has been around since beta, Raze. It has been one of the most popular agents since the start and it is still being picked a lot. During Champions 2022, Razer was picked 59 times, the most-picked duelist of the tournament. Fnatic’s Emir "Alfajer" Ali Beder held an impressive 1.43 rating in 121 rounds, leading the Raze leaderboard in İstanbul.

Raze Abilities

‘Q’ Blast Pack - INSTANTLY throw a Blast Pack that will stick to surfaces. RE-USE the ability after deployment to detonate, damaging and moving anything hit.

‘E’ Paint Shells - EQUIP a cluster grenade. FIRE to throw the grenade, which does damage and creates sub-munitions, each doing damage to anyone in their range. ALT FIRE to lob.

‘C’ Boom Bot - EQUIP a Boom Bot. FIRE will deploy the bot, causing it to travel in a straight line on the ground, bouncing off walls. The Boom Bot will lock on to any enemies in its frontal cone and chase them, exploding for heavy damage if it reaches them.

‘X’ Showstopper - EQUIP a rocket launcher. FIRE shoots a rocket that does massive area damage on contact with anything.

Tips for Raze

  1. Peek after using your Boom Bot so that you will catch the opponent vulnerable, trying to get rid of the small robot bomb.
  2. You can confuse opponents and create great angles by throwing Blast Packs right near you to walls which will make you bounce and change your position unexpectedly.
  3. The most classic and known mechanic of Raze is the Blast Pack-Showstopper combo. You can use your Blast Packs to fly right into the enemy team and use your ult to eliminate them.

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