Riot Games through a State of Agents blog post addressed to the community about their proceedings over the past year including a plethora of agent changes and new additions to the roster of the same. In addition, the developers indeed briefed us on what we can expect in the upcoming year 2022 and what’s really brewing on the agenda towards the forthcoming pro season.
The past year has indeed been a blast for the Valorant community as we saw Yoru, Astra, KAY/O, and Chamber being added to the pool of agents, who paved their way onto the Valorant Champions event circuit, with Astra being the most played agent across the official events while 2021 saw two new maps getting revealed by VALORANT, Breeze and Fracture.
Further, in the blog post, Riot talked about the brand new agent, Chamber who is yet to settle down in the game with a much more steady pick rate although there have been players who have actively picked him throughout the course of the game. As told earlier, Astra was the most picked agent, the likes of a controller which we have always dreamt of. The current 3.0 patch had indeed more of a lenient impact on the Agent changes and might turn the tables going forward in 2022, with the Agent balance to be put on a priority in the first six months from the new year.
Well, It hasn’t been long since Chamber was introduced to the tactical first shooter as a part of the 3.10 patch, but much to our surprise Riot has already teased their next agent rumored to be revealed alongside the next major update.
While not much is known about the upcoming Valorant Agent 19, she was teased during the opening ceremony for the VCT Champions Finals earlier today. The small clip showed us a silhouette made of strings of numbers and letters, while a woman’s voice, which is presumed to be that of Agent 19, echoes in the background.
The only thing we have been able to decrypt is that the next agent is from the Philippines as the blog post suggests which indeed contains a note for the community, greeted in the Filipino language, “Mga kaibigan ko” which is “My Friends” in English and concludes saying “Maraming salamat!” which means “Thanks a lot!”
In the teaser further released by Cynprel, she does use her voice lines which say “hope they like getting hit by lightning.” followed by a warning to “get ready” because she can “go extremely fast”, possibly hinting at her ultimate ability.
The forthcoming agent has been codenamed as the “Sprinter” and we may soon see her being deployed in Episode 4 of Valorant.