Valorant Impressions: The New Agent Astra and the Battle Pass

We tested the new character debuting next week in the Riot Games shooter. All the details.

Valorant continues in its efforts to carve a growing niche within the competitive scene of the genre of tactical shooters and this time, once again invited by Riot Games, we have been able to take a look at two of the important novelties that are They will add in the next episode of the second act, starting if there is no news next week. We have been able to test Astra, the new agent that joins the cast as a controller, and we have been able to see the content of the future battle pass that will go on sale for 1000 VPs.

Astra’s design is without a doubt what has caught our attention the most; Ghana’s original new agent has a very interesting peculiarity: she is able to project her body onto a different plane of existence from the one in the game and encompass vision of the entire map at once, in a similar way to how Omen does when shooting his ultimate ability, to set a series of traps and / or detonate them at will, both with direct line of sight or in his global perspective. Obviously, this total presence on the map leaves it totally exposed to enemy fire and skills, with which it has to be protected from the attacks of its adversaries.

Astra Valorant

Its crowd control and vision denial capabilities are unparalleled: it is capable of creating a vortex that displaces enemies inward and explodes, causing vulnerability to other agents; It can also be combined with another of his techniques, the Nova Pulse, which detonates in an area and stuns whoever is there, in a similar way to when Breach launches his ulti. Astra can also detonate one of its stars to create a smoke of considerable duration and with the X, in addition to being placed in the astral plane as we have already mentioned, when it has the ability charged it can place two points on the map forming a barrier that completely blocks the bullets.

Astra has seemed not so much a reactive champion to what happens in a defensive round, but rather that he acts by preparing a contingency during the previous phase that allows him to completely deny entry into an area by the attacking team. On the offensive level it can be used quite creatively, both in a rush and in a retake and although it is generating mixed sensations among all of us who are trying it (some say it is too good, others that it is simply the novelty and not yet we know how to play against it), the general impression is frankly positive.

AStra Valorant

New Battle Pass on the way

The second element that we have been able to fiddle with is with the next battle pass designed for the beginning of this episode; The theme in this case is also animal, as a similar one was done last year, but with some nods to the community in the form of graffiti, cards and motifs for weapons.

Valorant Impressions: The New Agent Astra and the Battle Pass
One of the weapons of the new battle pass.

There are some more things that have been seen but we cannot tell you about yet, so we recommend that you stay tuned if you want to know all the next news that will be seen very soon. For now, there is a general feeling that the arrival of this new agent is going to shake the meta quite strongly and as soon as we can put gameplay, we will update you.

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