Valorant Agent tier list (July 2024)

Viper, Killjoy, Sage and Deadlock (Image via Sportskeeda / Riot Games)
Viper, Killjoy, Sage and Deadlock (Image via Sportskeeda / Riot Games)

Valorant’s Episode 9 Act 1 has arrived and so have meta changes. After patch 8.11, many changes were observed in the way Duelists are played in the game. Agents like Reyna and Iso saw interesting buffs while others like Cypher and Viper were previously nerfed during 8.08. The culmination of these changes and the introduction of the brand new map, Abyss, has undoubtedly affected the Agent tier rankings.

This article will explore the current meta after the patch 9.0 release and provide an in-depth tier ranking that includes all Valorant Agents from Jett to Clove. The list will rank Agents from the S tier to the D tier based on their overall usability as of July 2024.


All Valorant Agents ranked from best to worst in Episode 8 Act 3

Valorant Agents tierlist (Image via Tiermaker / Riot Games)
Valorant Agents tierlist (Image via Tiermaker / Riot Games)

This tier list seeks to evaluate these Agents based on the following key criteria:

  • Viability across all maps available in the pool for classic matchmaking game modes, including Unrated and Competitive
  • Level of skill required to maximize their potential
  • Reliability in team play
  • Availability of better alternatives

The Agents are categorized into five tiers: S, A, B, C, and D, with S being the highest tier and D the lowest.

Let's delve deeper into our rankings as we examine how each Agent fares in the current Valorant meta.


S-tier: Agents with exemplary impact

Cypher in a cinematic (Image via Riot Games)
Cypher in a cinematic (Image via Riot Games)

The S tier involves Agents who are crucial for any team on just about any map. These characters provide players with a certain flexibility that allows them the room to play in any situation. Thanks to their abilities in-game, these Agents prove to be extremely useful in most situations. They work well in their given role and can be played with relative ease since the skill ceiling for them isn’t always too high.

S-tier Valorant Agents include:

  • Cypher
  • Astra
  • Breach
  • Gekko

Initiators like Breach and Gekko are incredibly useful and viable on most maps in the current active pool. Breach’s stuns and flashes can set up teams for incredible plays while Gekko’s utility can overwhelm opponents at any given point.

Cypher, on the other hand, is a Sentinel mainstay, with his Trapwires proving to be an important utility for defensive halves. Furthermore, Cypher is an Agent who can have a universal presence on a map by leaving Trapwires and Spycam on one site and being physically present on another site. His utility does not limit him in terms of range, like Killjoy or Chamber.

Similar to Cypher, the utility range is what separates Astra from other Controllers. She can smoke all sites from one location anywhere on the entire map, and the same goes for her other abilities. This makes her incredibly strong even though she might not be the most popular option.


A-tier: Great alternatives to S-Tier Agents

Sova in a Valorant cinematic (Image via Riot Games)
Sova in a Valorant cinematic (Image via Riot Games)

The A-tier presents Agents who can be used as alternatives depending on the map and the player’s overall comfort with a certain kind of playstyle. These Agents are still great and provide the team with valuable utility.

  • Omen
  • Jett
  • Sova
  • Killjoy
  • Neon
  • Kay/O
  • Clove

Omen is a fan-favorite Controller and for good reason. It is incredibly easy to learn how to play as Omen and his smokes are rather quick and effective. Furthermore, his Paranoia is a rather strong blind and can be used to set teams up. Clove is the newest addition to the game and has quickly become popular thanks to their ability to smoke even after being eliminated to set teams up.

Agents like Jett are perfect to pair up with Omen or just about any other character in the game. Jett can dash forward or quickly take high ground to make good use of the support given to them by fellow Agents. Her ability to float, Updraft, and Tailwind makes her incredibly strong for entering sites.

Initiators like Sova and KAY/O can further help enable Duelists like Jett and Neon by revealing opponents’ locations and disabling all of their utility.

Neon is the fastest Agent in the game and after the patch 8.11 changes, she can maintain weapon accuracy while sliding. It will be difficult to hit her while sprinting and her stable shooting on the run makes her even more dangerous.


B-tier: High skill floor Agents

Reuna in a Valorant cinematic (Image via Riot Games)
Reuna in a Valorant cinematic (Image via Riot Games)

The B-tier consists of Agents who can be dominant but in a select set of circumstances. These characters suit well to specific maps and in certain positions. They are:

  • Raze
  • Reyna
  • Skye
  • Harbor
  • Iso

Harbor has a relatively longer range but it is impossible to smoke both sites at once with him.

Raze is incredibly powerful despite the nerf in her movement abilities. Meanwhile, the buffs applied to Reyna have given her a boost in terms of her pick rate because of the stronger dismiss and the removal of the time limit on Empress.

Skye and her potential for gathering information can be very impactful. Finally, Iso has seen buffs that were soon nerfed with his shield time and charges being reduced in Patch 9.0. Without the recent nerfs, this Agent could have been in the S tier.


C-tier: Less versatile Agents

Viper in Valorant (Image via Riot Games)
Viper in Valorant (Image via Riot Games)

The C-tier of Agents can be some of the most comfortable picks for fans. However, they may not always be the most useful on most maps. The reasons could begin from range to overall team value.

  • Brimstone
  • Phoenix
  • Sage
  • Viper
  • Fade
  • Yoru

Brimstone is extremely limited in terms of where he can smoke, especially on big maps such as Haven, Lotus, and Abyss. Phoenix, as a Duelist, has a weaker kit compared to many others as his flashes can not be sent long-range which minimizes his entry potential.

Post-nerf Viper has a difficult kit in terms of flexibility, her Poison Orb cannot be redeployed and her Snakebite only has one charge making it more difficult to hold opponents back. Sage has important delaying utility but with maps like Haven and Lotus, perhaps Cypher and Killjoy are just better picks.

Fade pales in comparison to Initiators like Sova, Kay/O, and Gekko, and finally, while Yoru has great potential, it is also very difficult to learn the perfect way to use his flashes. Perhaps this is the one Duelist with the highest skill ceiling.


D-tier: Weakest Agents

Deadlock in Valorant (Image via Riot Games)
Deadlock in Valorant (Image via Riot Games)
  • Chamber
  • Deadlock

Finally, the D-tier consists of Agents like Chamber and Deadlock. Chamber only has one piece of utility that allows him to act like a Sentinel. This is his Trademark ability, which slows opponents once detected. However, it has a short range and it forces Chamber to play from closeby.

Deadlock, on the other hand, can place traps anywhere on the map without losing range. While her traps are effective, players can simply walk past them to not get detected as they are Sonic Sensors and detect noise in a limited range. Her overall kit is very situational and not stronger than other Sentinels.

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Edited by Siddharth Satish
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