VALORANT followers have a little bit of a repute for despising every new map that will get added to Riot’s fashionable FPS recreation.
Icebox, Fracture, Pearl, and now Lotus have all fallen sufferer to widespread hatred and relentless queue-dodging from gamers of all ranks. But fortunately, each map appears to have finally discovered its place within the aggressive cycle with out an excessive amount of hassle. We have even already seen Lotus performed on the VCT LOCK//IN match.
As the sport’s latest map turns into part of the common rotation, gamers are beginning to get the cling of what brokers work greatest on the second Omega Earth map.
Coach Woohoojin has a number of concepts of how your staff, both in ranked or as a five-person squad, can maximize Lotus’ geography and structure to take advantage of out of the convoluted map. The greatest capacity to reap the benefits of? Flashes. Particularly pop flashes. Lots and plenty of them.
On his current stream, Woohoojin gave gamers a free complete have a look at Lotus and the way he thinks the map must be performed for the biggest likelihood of success. He went into supreme agent compositions, offered an agent tier record, and likewise broke down a number of fundamental methods for anybody struggling.
One of the primary issues he highlighted from a defensive perspective is how essential these crimson areas of the map are. Lotus is certainly one of solely two three-site maps within the recreation, that means each discovering data along with your flashes and retaking areas of the map with flashes are crucial. Since the chances that you’ll have to rotate onto a website are greater the extra websites there are, coming into into that website turns into extra essential. Having an agent in your staff with a capability that helps you do that’s key to profitable pushes and retakes.
The areas in crimson are what Woohoojin known as “flash zones,” areas the place if a flash is popped, each participant throughout the crimson field will probably be blinded. The yellow containers are the place the flashing participant must stand to throw the flash into the crimson space. The blue traces are the trajectory of the flash, the trail it ought to take while you throw it.
There are a number of hidden spots, like a small gap within the wall to the B website, that appear designed for pop flashes to succeed. Though since every agent has a novel flash mechanic, not all of those blue trajectory traces work for each agent.
Woohoojin demonstrated the best way to use a few of these flash zones on Skye, an agent with one of many strongest flashes within the recreation. You can simply time and information her flashes, and so they additionally give info even in the event you don’t need to peek them. Yoru may also use a few of these unorthodox flash pathways since his flash bounces off of partitions.
Woohoojin even particularly talked about Phoenix as an S-tier agent for Lotus. Unlike the flashes of Skye and Yoru, the place enemies can anticipate them and dodge them to be blinded for a shorter time period, Phoenix flashes are extraordinarily tough, nearly not possible, to dodge. His flashes have a really brief delay from when the flexibility is used to when the flash goes off, so utilizing these crimson flash zones after which pushing in because the fiery duelist can cease enemies of their tracks.
Breach can be a robust agent to make use of on Lotus due to his flashes, although most of those zones use pop flashes, which isn’t the kind of flash Breach has the place it goes by way of the wall.
KAY/O might be robust as nicely, although the trajectory of his flashes is a bit more durable to manage since it’s important to throw the flashbang within the air and watch for it to pop on the proper second. It’s tougher to get his flashes to land precisely the place you need them.
Regardless, each agent that has a standard flash—Skye, Phoenix, Breach, Yoru, and KAY/O—is taken into account S or A-tier for Lotus, based on Woohoojin. Omen and Reyna’s blinds aren’t as robust.
So take your shot at flashing your enemies on Lotus, simply do not forget that in case your teammates are standing in these zones, you would possibly flash them as nicely.