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Valorant’s New Agent Yoru – Overhyped or Overpowered

With the launch of Episode 2, Act 1, Valorant players are already debating whether or not the new agent, Yoru, is overhyped or overpowered.

With only a few days of the competitive first-person shooter's newest agent being available, casual and professional players alike have shared opinions on its usefulness.

Yoru is a duelist who has brand new abilities such as a decoy and invisibility. Since Episode 2's launch, he is the biggest buzz of Valorant.

Valorant Yoru
(Source: Riot Games)

Yoru's Abilities

Each agent has its own unique abilities, and the Japanese agent reinforces that with his distinctive take on his flash and teleport.

Yoru's abilities lend themselves perfectly to the duelist category that agents like Jett and Reyna have set the standard in.

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 the world

E - GATECRASH

EQUIP to harness a rift tether FIRE to send the tether out moving forward ALT FIRE to place a tether in place ACTIVATE to teleport to the tether's location

C - FAKEOUT

EQUIP an echo that mimics footsteps when activated FIRE to activate and send the echo forward ALT FIRE to place an echo in place USE the inactive echo to send it forward

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

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Overpowered or Overhyped?

Since the new agent's release, professional and casual players have debated this very question.

Content creators and professional players such as Ninja and Hiko recently uploaded clips discussing the usefulness of the new agent.

Hiko, a professional player for 100 Thieves, does not believe Yoru will be played much in the current competitive landscape.

Hiko said that Yoru is limited by his abilities because he is a liability when not played correctly. Because of his limit to two flashes and the noise made by his teleport, he is somewhat of a disappointment.

On top of that, Hiko said Yoru is not very good on defense as he does not have the ability to hold off enemies well.

Ninja recently tweeted a clip of one of his impressive plays as Yoru from his stream during the first day of the new act.

In the clip, Ninja uses Yoru's decoy, ultimate, and pop flash abilities perfectly to open up B site on the attack.

His three kill play secured his team the final round needed for victory.

However, during the same stream, Ninja said smart players can easily counter Yoru's abilities.

Yoru Valorant
(Source: Riot Games)

The Early Verdict

While Yoru may be one of the most talked-about parts of Episode 2 in Valorant, he certainly isn't the game-altering agent players thought he would be.

Yoru's ultimate is subpar in comparison to Reyna's. Despite the nerf Omen received to his teleport ability, it still seems better than Yoru's.

Without some minor adjustments to Yoru's abilities, the new agent will most likely have the same fate Skye did just a few months ago.

Fortunately, Riot Games confirmed Yoru's takeout ability is already receiving a much-needed buff. Hopefully, this will make Yoru more useful than he currently is.

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