15th April 2020 – 4:33am
Sova is one of Valorant basic Agent. As an Initiator, he has abilities that allow him to analyse a situation before starting a fight.
What makes Sova special is that he can reach opponents without endangering himself. He is a character suitable for beginners and it’s easy to be useful when you play him.
Before anything else, we advise you to familiarise yourself with Sova's abilities.
Sova is a skillful archer, which shows through his abilities. Three of them are used with a bow with different ammunition.
You’ll master Sova by managing three factors: strength, angle and number of rebounds. The more bounces you add, the more usually inaccessible areas you can reach, but the more complicated it is to deal with other factors. You can also shoot your arrows upwards by gauging the strength to make them fall behind enemies.
If you want to make Sova your Agent of preference, we really advise you to train in custom games. First, try to reach Spike sites, especially the nooks and corners where defenders usually hide. It's all the more useful concerningShock Bolt because it can eliminate an opponent with a single well-placed arrow.
Recon Bolt is easier to use effectively, but still requires a little training. Only use it if you suspect an opponent to be here. The arrow emits several pulses (3) which only reveal the position of the opponents at the time of the pulse. Your enemies may have moved between two pulses, so don’t assume that an hidden enemy will still be hidden by the time you attack. Most of them will even react when they see the first pulse, which is why we advise you to wait for the second or third pulse to assume that enemies are static or in motion.
At first glance, Owl Drone may look like an inferior version of Recon Bolt. It’s rather slow, hard to handle and fragile, but it allows you to see different things, like devices and traps. Its field of vision is wider than the area of effect of the arrow. Even if you can’t see an opponent before he destroys your drone, you can rely on the sounds of their weapons to guess their position.
Sova’s Ultimate ability consists of three overloaded arrows that cross walls instantly. These shots are powerful, but a single arrow can’t kill a full life enemy. Enemies near an arrow are revealed to your entire team, allowing you to attempt killing them with another arrow. This ability is perfect to kill an enemy who’s trying to defuse or plant the Spike. It also goes very well with Recon Bolt.
Be careful, launch Hunter’s Fury only when you’re ready to fire. You will only have a handful of seconds to use your three bursts. The time allowed to adjust between two shots is very short.
As you understood, Sova’s role in attack is to gather as much information as possible about the position of defending opponents. It’s much more interesting to use the different arrows to analyse the explosion sites than to inspect a corridor.
If you spot opponents, notify your teammates immediately. It’s important that everyone is up to date to make your assaults more effective. A Recon Bolt that doesn’t detect anyone is not necessarily a failed arrow. Knowing that no opponent is in an area is a very useful information.
Sova is just as useful in defense, but he requires a little more timing. Only use your arrows when you suspect there are opponents in a hallway or a site entrance (pay close attention to footsteps).
It’s during this phase that Shock Bolt will be the most useful, excellent in corridors. You can try to hit your opponents by maximising rebounds as well as firing your arrow directly at the ground in narrow passages.