Best Sova Lineups for Every VALORANT Map in 2022: The One-stop Guide to Playing Sova Effectively

Sova is an excellent agent in VALORANT who can win you many games if played effectively. This article will cover all the essential lineups for every map an aspiring Sova main needs.

VALORANT is a tactical shooter with each player properly fulfilling a specific role in the team, so while picking Sova, you must first know about his abilities, role in the team, playstyle, and how you can utilize him effectively to secure victory for your team.

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Sova

"If you're not a good shot today, don't worry. There are other ways to be useful." -Sova
“If you’re not a good shot today, don’t worry. There are other ways to be useful.” -Sova.

Introduction

Raised in the harsh climates of the Russian Tundra, Sova is an Archer and Hunter who joined VALORANT as an agent and their Scout. His class is the initiator, and his abilities focus on gathering intel.

His Recon arrow can be shot anywhere on the map and sends out sonic waves that detect enemies in its line of sight upon landing. You can learn new lineups but don’t get too carried away as you only need a few basic and convenient lineups for each map. A good rule of thumb is to remember 2 arrow lineups for each site, one for attacking and one for defending, with 4-6 lineups per map.

Role

In VALORANT, Sova is classified as an Initiator agent. Sova’s kit gathers information on the enemy’s whereabouts and maintains map control. His role is to challenge angles with his reconnaissance abilities and help his team to enter secured areas of the map, pushing away the enemies.

In-game Impact

In a tactical shooter like VALORANT, knowledge is one of the essential resources to achieving victory. Knowing the enemy team’s whereabouts with Sova will put your team at a massive advantage that you can utilize in order to win the match.

The defenders might hold certain angles, perch up in unusual spots and also stack up on one area of the map leaving the other side empty. On the other hand, the attackers might choose to rush a site all out, rotate to different parts of the map and hold down a site after securing it. In such a situation, Sova’s kit comes into play as he can reveal the enemy’s location, scout out and clear an area, damage enemies hiding or on the spike and control a large space alone.

How to Unlock

Sova is unlocked at the start for anyone jumping into the game.

Abilities

  • Recon Arrow (Signature): The Recon Arrow is Sova’s bread and butter. This ability is free and regenerates on a cooldown timer. Sova can carry only one charge of this ability. It fires an arrow that activates on landing, releasing 3 sonar waves in succession. These detect enemies in line of sight and can also be shot down. Remember that the Recon arrow cannot detect enemies through walls or enemies far below the arrow. Up to two bounces can be added with alternate fire.
    > Cost: Free
    > Duration: 3.2 seconds, 3 detection waves
    > Cooldown: 40 seconds
  • Owl Drone: The Owl drone is a sophisticated piece of tech that can be sent out to scout an area and tag enemies safely. Be careful because Sova will remain stationary while using this ability and vulnerable to flanks.
    > Cost: 400 credits
    > Duration: 7 seconds
    > Dart Cooldown: 5 seconds
    > Health: 100 HP
  • Shock Dart: Shock dart deals damage on impact, so you can get clever with those as well. They can be used to damage enemies hiding in common spots, slow down enemy pushes, and prevent enemies from defusing the spike. Up to two bounces can be added with alternate fire.
    > Cost: 150 credits
    > Damage: 1-75 depending on the distance from the centre.
  • Hunter’s Fury (Ultimate): This is his ultimate ability. With this, Sova can launch three energy beams that pass through walls. It can deliver high damage, disorient enemies and reveal them. Although you can shoot through walls, you must account for map elevation and enemy movement. Enemies get a split-second visual of where your ultimate is coming from, giving them time to dodge if your attack is too obvious.
    > Cost: 8 ult points
    > Duration: 6-second duration, Fire three beams
    > Damage: 80 per beam hit

General Playstyle: Attacking side

When just starting out, learn basic and useful lineups sticking to only 2 for each map site for attack and defense. Your recon arrows will reveal the enemy’s position, which your team can utilize to pick them off while attacking a site. The Owl drone, followed by a teammate, can scout out an area and tag enemies when found. You can use your shock darts on strategic map locations to damage or deter defenders. An effective combo is to use your ultimate right after tagging an enemy.

General Playstyle: Defensive side

Use your recon arrow to learn enemy positions when they are attacking or rotating. Use your shock darts in choke points to damage and deter enemies from pushing in. Your owl drone can be used as an extra means of scouting and also comes especially handy during retakes. You can use your ultimate to dish out heavy damage and secure kills if a site is taken.

Sova Lineups: Getting Started

With how Sova’s Abilities follow the physics of an arrow projectile, you can come up with unique ways to get them to land on tactical spots on the map. These are called lineups. It could be to reveal all enemies hiding in a site or kill enemies trying to defuse your planted spike. The aim of lineups is to give you a consistently repeatable way to always get the most value out of Sova’s kit. There are close to a thousand lineups, but you only need a basic few for each map to get started.

When Sova fires his Recon Arrow and Shock dart, you are met with a horizontal progress bar and two diamonds beneath. This bar is your charge bar and is divided into 3 sections. When you click and hold, the charge bar progresses till it maxes out, and you fire the arrow. You can release the fire button as the charge bar fills up to shoot the arrow at different charge levels. Here’s what they mean:

No Charge/ 1 Bar of Charge/ Tap
No Charge/ 1 Bar of Charge/ Tap
2 Bars of Charge
2 Bars of Charge
Full Charge/3 Bars of charge
Full Charge/3 Bars of charge

As for the diamonds/bounce boxes, they are pretty straightforward. When you add 1 bounce (RMB), one of the diamonds lights up. For 2 bounces, both light up. Pressing RMB again resets to No bounce.

Best Sova strategy for every map

Now that you have an idea about all of Sova’s abilities and general playstyle, let’s dive right into the nitty-gritty details about playing Sova for each map. We will discuss the mapwise playstyle along with Recon Arrow and Shock Darts lineups. This guide will cover every map, so there might be hundreds of lineups, but we will only be discussing the necessities to start playing Sova effectively. As for his ultimate, a general tip would be to use it after tagging enemies with the Owl Drone, keep attacking enemies from planting the spike, or keep defending enemies from defusing the spike.

Ascent

Ascent is one of the most robust maps for Sova for its wide open spaces and unrestricted skybox. Sova is a must-pick for this map, and if you can utilize him correctly, you’ll end up securing the victory for your team.

Sova Ascent playstyle

The most important part of Ascent is mid, and the team that controls mid controls the round. Sova’s kit is perfect for maintaining control of mid. On the defending side, Recon arrow or drone in Mid, B Garage, and A long will locate rushing enemies.

These abilities can also be used late into the round to scope out enemy rotations. Ascent has aggressive sightlines on the defending side in A long, Garage, mid and Short, where enemy Reyna, Jett, and Operator players love to hold and run for an early pick-off. Attacking Sovas can use their Recon Arrow or Drone to contest these players.

Ascent Recon Arrow Lineups

So let’s get started on the Recon Arrow lineups for Ascent for both attack and defense.

Attack: B Site close Recon Arrow

This arrow will be useful when attacking the B site with your team. The entryway into B has many places for the defenders to hide. This could be Lane, Cubby, Market, Switch, and Stairs. This arrow will clear these annoying close corners so your team can focus more on the longer-range duels and contest B site. Use this Recon just before your allies are rushing Garage.

After clearing the aggressive angle from B defenders, perch yourself in the corner of the ult orb boxes.
After clearing the aggressive angle from B defenders, perch yourself in the corner of the ult orb boxes.
Aim to the right wall on this banner at the top middle of the P  letter.
Aim to the right wall on this banner at the top middle of the P letter.
Fire with full charge  1 bounce.
Fire with full charge 1 bounce.
This arrow will reveal anyone holding the close angles of B which includes market and switch.
This arrow will reveal anyone holding B’s close angles, including market and switch.
Attack: A Site Recon Arrow

Attacking A site without a plan can be treacherous as there are so many spots for enemies to hide, like close angles, generators, and Dice. This arrow can be lined up from spawn and fired just as the round starts. Tell your team to rush A site immediately as the barrier goes down because as this arrow lands, they’ll be just entering the site, and with your info, they can find and kill the enemies on site. Be wary of Garden and Heaven, though.

Stand in this corner in A lobby to line up this shot.
Stand in this corner in A lobby to line up this shot.
Aim at the peak of this white spike above A site and fire with 2 charge no bounce.
Aim at the peak of this white spike above A site and fire with 2 charge with no bounce.
This arrow will reveal the entire site except for heaven and garden. Throw 2 smokes at those 2 locations and you're set for an A execute.
This arrow will reveal the entire site except for heaven and garden. Throw 2 smokes at those 2 locations, and you’re set for an A execute.
Defense: B Garage Recon Arrow

This fast and simple arrow will reveal enemies if they are rushing Garage. This can be used at the start of the round if you anticipate a rush.

First stand in this general area of Market.
First, stand in this general area of Market.
Shoot it through the window at full charge no bounce.
Shoot it through the window at full charge, no bounce.
This arrow flies fast and reveals anyone pushing B garage.
This arrow flies fast and reveals anyone pushing B garage.
Defense: A Long Recon Arrow

This arrow can also be used right after the round begins if you anticipate enemies rushing A long. It travels fast and lands just over the ult orb, revealing A lobby and A long. If your team is aggressive, 2 teammates can push out A long with this arrow to help.

First, tuck yourself in the corner in heaven.
First, tuck yourself in the corner in heaven.
Aim at the leftmost corner of the room and fire with full charge no bounce.
Aim at the leftmost corner of the room and fire with full charge, no bounce.
This arrow will reveal anyone pushing A long.
This arrow will reveal anyone pushing A long.
Bonus: A Site Retake Recon Arrow

If you lose A site, then do not fret. Stay alive, ask your team to regroup, and use this retake arrow. This versatile arrow can be fired from several spots and will reveal enemies hiding in Lane, B site box, Triple, Greenbox, and Stairs. Be careful of Boathouse, though.

Stand anywhere in the general CT area, market area or even B long area while retaking.
Stand anywhere in the general CT area, market area or even B long area while retaking.
Same arrow from market, make sure to clear stairs first.
The same arrow from market, make sure to clear stairs first.
Same arrow from Garage, make sure to clear stairs and lane.
The same arrow from Garage, make sure to clear stairs and lane.
This arrow will reveal all of B site and anyone hiding in the close corners and boxes. But do not that you have to manually check boathouse.
This arrow will reveal all of B site and anyone hiding in the close corners and boxes. But do not that you have to manually check boathouse.

Ascent Double Shock Dart Lineups

Ascent’s A site’s open skyboxes make shock darts easier, so let’s go over two simple yet extremely effective double shock darts for both A and B site.

Attack: A Site Post-plant Double Shock Dart

After planting, head back out to A lobby and lineup this shot. Keep an eye out to hold Mid flank if you don’t have allies to help you watch it. As soon as you hear the defuse sound, shoot both arrows. This will kill or deter enemies from defusing. You can also push in just after your shock darts land.

After planting in generators, head back out to A lobby and face this edge of the box and walk towards it till you stop.
After planting in generators, head back out to A lobby, face the edge of the box, and walk towards it till you stop.
For the first arrow align your bounce diamonds' center with this spiked cloud and fire with 2 charge.
For the first arrow, align your bounce diamonds’ center with this spiked cloud and fire with 2 charge.
Aim at the same spiked cloud but this time in the middle of it with your crosshair. 1 charge and this arrow will require a jumpshot.
Aim at the same spiked cloud, but this time in the middle of it with your crosshair. 1 charge, and this arrow will require a jump shot.
This arrow travels fast and will kill anyone trying to defuse.
This arrow travels fast and will kill anyone trying to defuse it.
Defense: A Site Anti-plant Double Shock Dart

This Shock dart is perfect for killing or deterring enemies from taking A site and planting generator. This works in both situations if you’re holding A or B. Simply fall back/rotate to A heaven. Then as enemies are just about to plant, unleash this double shock dart lineup and keep your eyes on the kill feed.

Going towards heaven, stand in this corner.
Going towards heaven, stand in this corner.
For the first shock dart, aim just below this support rod and shoot with 2 charge no bounce.
For the first shock dart, aim just below this support rod and shoot with 2 charge with no bounce.
For the second arrow, instantly aim just a bit down to the small cloud below and fire with no charge no bounce.
For the second arrow, instantly aim just a bit down to the small cloud below and fire with no charge, no bounce.
These double shock darts land on the default generator plant spot and instantly kill anyone trying to plant as well as damage surrounding teammates.
These double shock darts land on the default generator plant spot and instantly kill anyone trying to plant and damage surrounding teammates.

Haven

Haven is also one of the strongest maps for Sova for its wide open spaces and unrestricted skybox. Sova is a must-pick for this map, and if you can utilize him correctly, you’ll end up securing the victory for your team.

Sova Haven playstyle

The most important part of Haven is mid, and the team that controls mid controls the round. Sova’s kit is perfect for maintaining control of mid. On the defending side, the Recon arrow or drone in Mid, B Garage, and A long will locate rushing enemies. These abilities can also be used late into the round to find out enemy rotations. Haven has aggressive sightlines on the defending side in A long, Garage, mid and Short, where enemy Reyna, Jett, and Operator players love to hold and run for an early pick-off. Attacking Sovas can use their Recon Arrow or Drone to contest these players.

Due to this map having 3 sites puts even more importance on gathering intel for your team. Attackers can come from any site; if they can get the better of you, there won’t be any time to detect them, so keeping tabs on enemy movement is a must. Use Recon Arrows and Owl drone to be alert of their whereabouts. Call for rotates when presence is detected. When you’re attacking, use your recon abilities just before your team enters a site to know where enemy defenders are situated. Use Shock Darts or Hunter’s Fury effectively by deterring spike plants and defuses.

Haven Recon Arrow Lineups

So let’s get started on the Recon Arrow lineups for Haven for both attack and defense.

Attack: A long Recon Arrow

This arrow will help against enemy defenders taking aggressive peeks in A long. It can be fired from the base and aid your team in pushing A long. This is especially effective against enemy Op and Reyna/Jett players. But be careful of enemies flanking you with this arrow and enemies pushing through sewers.

At the beginning of the round stand in this corner.
At the beginning of the round, stand in this corner.
Aim toward this small leaf corner and shoot with 2 charge no bounce.
Aim toward this small leaf corner and shoot with 2 charge no bounce.
This arrow detects aggressive peekers in A long.
This arrow detects aggressive peekers in A long.
Attack: C Site Recon Arrow

C is a tricky site to take control of because there are so many hiding spots, including close angles, green box, Garage, Platform, backside, and logs. This arrow will land on the back wall of the site and will clear out the most positions in C. Make sure that your team is already walking up C long and about to pass C long cubby while casting this arrow.

At first, go C long and wall forwards to this corner.
At first, go C long and wall forwards to this corner.
Then aim at the edge of this leaf and fire with 2 charge.
Then aim at the edge of this leaf and fire with 2 charge.
This arrow will land at the back site and will reveal anyone defending behind platform, backside, logs, ct.
This arrow will land at the back site and will reveal anyone defending behind platform, backside, logs, ct.
Defense: A long Recon Arrow

This basic arrow can be fired just after the barriers drop and do not require any lineups. Just aim in the general directions of the enemies and fire. Be careful not to take too much time while firing, as rushing enemies might overwhelm you.

Stand against the barrier in A long and just when the round time starts and the barrier goes down, fire a Recon arrow through this small slit at full charge no bounce.
Stand against the barrier in A long, and just when the round time starts and the barrier goes down, fire a Recon arrow through this small slit at full charge with no bounce.
This simple arrow will detect anyone pushing in A long and sewers.
This simple arrow will detect anyone pushing in A long and sewers.
Defense: C Long and Attacker’s spawn

Credits for this Recon Arrow go to Red. This arrow lands at a very awkward spot in the trees which is harder to notice and kill. It not only reveals C long but also reveals a part of the enemy’s spawn.

For this God C arrow, at first tuck yourself in the default plant spot corner.
For this God C arrow, at first tuck yourself in the default plant spot corner.
With the recon arrow out, align Sova's left knuckle with the Green box's top left corner and shoot with 2 charge.
With the recon arrow out, align Sova’s left knuckle with the Green box’s top left corner and shoot with 2 charge.
This arrow will detect anyone pushing C long as well as in T base.
This arrow will detect anyone pushing C long and in T base.
Defense: Mid, Window, and Grass

This arrow will let you scout Window, Mid, and Grass from the safety of C link.

First from C link walk towards and stop at the left doorframe.
First, from C link walk towards and stop at the left doorframe.
Simply aim at the corner of the doorframe and shadow. Fire with full charge and two bounces.
Simply aim at the corner of the doorframe and shadow. Fire with full charge and two bounces.
This arrow will reveal anyone pushing Mid and grass.
This arrow will reveal anyone pushing Mid and grass.
Bonus: A retake God arrow

This is probably one of the most useful arrows in Haven and the one you can get the most utility out of. Once A site is taken, it is very difficult to retake it, especially with all the hiding spaces; close angles, cubby, hell, A short, etc. This is where this arrow comes in handy, as it can reveal enemies hiding across the whole site and close angles. If your team pushes in with this arrow, you will substantially increase your odds of retaking the site. Just be careful of mid-flanks.

From C link tuck yourself in this corner
From C link tuck yourself in this corner.
Aim just to the left of this bottom horizontal roof beam. Fire with 3 charge no bounce.
Aim just to the left of this bottom horizontal roof beam. Fire with 3 charge no bounce.
This arrow will reveal the entire A site and will set your teammates up for the retake
This arrow will reveal the entire A site and will set your teammates up for the retake.
There's another easier variant of this arrow that can be fired from anywhere in CT base or the general area aiming at the wooden roof and fired with full charge no bounce.
Another easier variant of this arrow can be fired from anywhere in CT base or the general area aiming at the wooden roof and fired with full charge with no bounce.
The goal is to land the arrow in this general area which does everything the previous arrow did except detecting short.
The goal is to land the arrow in this general area which does everything the previous arrow did except detecting short.

Haven Shock Dart Lineups

So let’s get started on the Shock Dart lineups for Haven for both attack and defense.

Attack: C Site default post plant Double Shock Dart

This cool double shock dart lineup can come in very handy when the spike is planted in the default corner position.

Move your back against the wall so that this wooden vertical beam aligns with the right wall edge.
For the first arrow, align your bottom left HUD line with the brick as shown and fire with 2 charge no bounces.
For the second arrow, aim anywhere in this square and fire with 2 charges and 1 bounce. The two shock darts will land simultaneously and instantly kill anyone trying to defuse the spike.
Defense: A Site default post plant Double Shock Dart

This double shock dart lineup can be handy when the spike is planted in A default.

Walk up to this arch and stop.
Walk up to this arch and stop.
Align the left circle of your drone icon to this lightbulb and shoot with 2 charge.
Align the left circle of your drone icon to this lightbulb and shoot with 2 charge.
Then quickly move to this corner.
Then quickly move to this corner.
Align the crosshair with the roof edge vertical line and the horizontal line following the lightbulb and fire with no charge no bounce.
Align the crosshair with the roof edge vertical line and the horizontal line following the lightbulb and fire with no charge no bounce.
These shocks will land in the default A plant location and kill anyone trying to plant or take cover.
These shocks will land in the default A plant location and kill anyone trying to plant or take cover.

Bind

Bind is also a very strong map for Sova because it offers an open skybox that you can utilize to the full extent. Learning the basic lineups will definitely make it easier for your team to win in Bind.

Sova Bind playstyle

The most common entryways in Bind are A short and B short. But thanks to Sova’s Kit, as a defender, he can easily reveal enemies rushing in and deal heavy damage with shock darts thanks to the map’s congested geometry. As an attacker, he can reveal key areas on the map which will give away the enemy’s position or distract them long enough for your team to go in for the kill.

Bind Recon Arrow Lineups

Attack: A Site Recon Arrow

This Recon Arrow will find out enemies hiding in A site.

After the round begins tuck yourself in this corner
After the round begins tuck yourself in this corner
Aim between the two leaves and above until it reaches the top structure. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
Aim between the two leaves and above until it reaches the top structure. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
This arrow will reveal most of A site
This arrow will reveal most of A site.
Attack: B Site Recon Arrow

This Recon Arrow will find out enemies hiding in B site.

Let your teammates clear the entryway into Hookah. Then stand in this corner.
Let your teammates clear the entryway into Hookah. Then stand in this corner.
Aim just above hookah and intersect the top of the structure with the white stripe. Two charge no bounce.
Aim just above hookah and intersect the top of the structure with the white stripe. Two charge no bounce.
This god arrow will land in the gutters and will reveal all of B site.
This god arrow will land in the gutters and will reveal all of B site.
Defense: B Short Recon Arrow

This Recon Arrow will find out enemies pushing B short.

In B site near the Defenders base, tuck yourself in this corner.
In B site near the Defenders base, tuck yourself in this corner.
Allign the bottom of your left bounce diamond with at the intersection point of these two structures. Two charge no bounce.
Align the bottom of your left bounce diamond at the intersection point of these two structures. Two charge no bounce.
This arrow will reveal enemies pushing B short.
This arrow will reveal enemies pushing B short.
Defense: A Short Recon Arrow

This Recon Arrow will find out enemies pushing A short.

Push your back against the truck and get into this general area.
Push your back against the truck and get into this general area.
Aim at this general area and fire with two charge one bounce.
Aim at this general area and fire with two charge one bounce.
This arrow will land in the arch and will give your info on A short and Market.
This arrow will land in the arch and will give your info on A short and Market.

Bind Shock Dart Lineups

Now let’s get started with the Shock darts for Bind.

Attack: A Default Post plant Double Shock Dart

When you planted A Default, run back to A short, and you can defend against a defuse with this double shock dart lineup.

After planting A default, go back to A short, put your back against the wall and align your screen so that only a small gap remains of the right and left walls.
After planting A default, go back to A short, put your back against the wall and align your screen so that only a small gap remains of the right and left walls.
For the first shock dart, align your crosshair in the middle of the vertical edge of the electrical box. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
For the second shock dart, align the mouse button options with the vertical red leaf on the wall. Fire with no charge no bounce.
For the second shock dart, align the mouse button options with the vertical red leaf on the wall. Fire with no charge no bounce.
These arrows will land simultaneously and kill anyone trying to defuse the spike from the default plant position.
Attack: B Default Post plant Double Shock Dart

When you planted B Default, run back to B Long, and you can defend against a defuse with this double shock dart lineup.

After planting B default, go back to B long and go to this corner.
For the first shock dart, align the left drone circle where the blue and red patterns on the wall meet. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
For the second shock dart, align the mouse button options with the vertical red leaf on the wall. Fire with no charge no bounce.
These arrows will land simultaneously and kill anyone trying to defuse the spike from the default plant position.

Icebox

Icebox is Sova’s playground with wide open skyboxes for recon arrows and cramped sites perfect for shock darts. If played correctly, Sova can bring high value to this map.

Sova Icebox playstyle

This map has a lot of open sightlines like A belt and B long, and acquiring info with the Recon dart from these regions is of the utmost importance. Shocks can be thrown in the general direction of rushing enemies, and they will still bring high value.

Icebox Recon Arrow Lineups

Attack: A site Recon

This will reveal the enemies pushed ahead in A site.

In the spawn, stand in this general location.
In the spawn, stand in this general location.
After the barriers drop, aim at this corner of the wall and fire with full charge no bounce.
After the barriers drop, aim at this corner of the wall and fire with full charge no bounce.
The Arrow will land on the middle wall revealing anyone in front of site.
The Arrow will land on the middle wall revealing anyone in front of site.
Attack: B site God Recon Arrow

This insane Recon arrow will reveal most of B long and Yellow.

At the start of the round, walk here pushing yourself against the right wall.
At the start of the round, walk here, pushing yourself against the right wall.
Keeping yourself pushed against the right wall, align your screen so that the close left wall is in line with the black-yellow striped markings on the green container. Aim just below it and fire with max charge 1 bounce.
Keeping yourself pushed against the right wall, align your screen so that the close left wall is in line with the black-yellow striped markings on the green container. Aim just below it and fire with max charge 1 bounce.
This recon arrow will land on the overhang and will reveal enemies hiding in either side of B long.
This recon arrow will land on the overhang and will reveal enemies hiding in either side of B long.
Defense: A site God Recon Arrow

This Recon arrow detects enemies pushing both A main and A belt.

Before the round starts, tuck yourself in the default plant corner.
Before the round starts, tuck yourself in the default plant corner.
Aim towards the top of the gap just to the left of the green box. Fire with full charge 1 bounce.
Aim towards the top of the gap just to the left of the green box. Fire with full charge 1 bounce.
This arrow will come from a weird angle revealing belt and A main.
This arrow will come from a weird angle revealing belt and A main.
Defense: Mid Control

This Recon Arrow Reveals enemies pushing mid.

Before the round starts align yourself to this wall.
Before the round starts, align yourself to this wall.
Aim at the middle of the tube light and fire with full charge 1 bounce.
Aim at the middle of the tube light and fire with full charge 1 bounce.
This will land on the wall revealing all of mid.
This will land on the wall revealing all of mid.
Defense: B Site God Recon Arrow

This insane Recon Arrow reveals enemies pushing B.

From spawn walk towards ramp.
From spawn, walk towards ramp.
Align yourself with this edge of the cannister.
Align yourself with this edge of the canister.
Align the left corner of your left bounce diamond to the top of the smaller dish. Fire with 1 charge.
Align the left corner of your left bounce diamond to the top of the smaller dish. Fire with 1 charge.
This will land on the overhang revealing enemies pushing B long.
This will land on the overhang revealing enemies pushing B long.
Bonus: B Retake Recon Arrow

This clutch arrow can come in handy if enemies took over B and your team is ready for a retake.

Tell your allies to position themselves for a B retake. Then from spawn tuck yourself in this corner.
Tell your allies to position themselves for a B retake. Then from spawn, tuck yourself in this corner.
Place the corner of your 2nd charge line on this corner and fire with 1 charge.
Place the corner of your 2nd charge line on this corner and fire with 1 charge.
This will land on the overhang revealing enemies playing B long and Yellow during post-plant.
This will land on the overhang revealing enemies playing B long and Yellow during post-plant.

Icebox Shock Dart Lineups

Attack: B site post plant double shock dart

This Double shock dart lineup will kill enemies trying to defuse the spike.

After close plant, fall back into B long and head push yourself against this door.
After close plant, fall back into B long and head push yourself against this door.
While keeping yourself pushed against the door, align your screen so that the left wall edge merges with the green container's edge.
While pushing yourself against the door, align your screen so that the left wall edge merges with the green container’s edge.
For the first arrow aim up in this corner and do 2 bounces 1 charge.
For the first arrow aim up in this corner and do 2 bounces 1 charge.
For the second arrow aim in the middle of this clearing and fire with 2 charge 1 bounce.
For the second arrow, aim in the middle of this clearing and fire with 2 charge 1 bounce.
The shocks will land in the close plant spot simultaneously and kill anyone trying to defuse.
The shocks will simultaneously land in the close plant spot and kill anyone trying to defuse.
Defense: A site shock darts

This shock dart lineup will kill enemies trying to rush A site.

When the attacking team is rushing into A site fall back into CT and push yourself against this wall.
When the attacking team is rushing into A site fall back into CT and push yourself against this wall.
Aim in the middle of the left edge of the square ceiling block that merges the two wall panels. Fire with 1 charge no bounce.
Aim in the middle of the left edge of the square ceiling block that merges the two wall panels. Fire with 1 charge no bounce.
This will damage anyone planting default.
This will damage anyone planting default.
To get some follow up damage on enemies taking over A site, from the same spot look at the square tile just below the previous one. Aim in the middle of the bottom edge and fire with 1 charge no bounce.
To get some follow-up damage on enemies taking over A site from the same spot, look at the square tile just below the previous one. Aim in the middle of the bottom edge and fire with 1 charge, no bounce.
This will damage attackers taking cover in generators.
This will damage attackers taking cover in generators.

Breeze

The long sightlines of Breeze can be exploited with calculated arrows from Sova. The map is huge, and rotation can be tough to counter if they are not detected beforehand. This is where Sova’s kit specializing in gathering intel comes in handy.

Sova Breeze playstyle

The most important part of Breeze is mid, and the team that controls mid controls the round. Sova’s kit is perfect for maintaining control of mid. On the defending side, the Recon arrow or drone in Mid, B Lobby, and A Cave will locate rushing enemies. These abilities can also be used late into the round to find out enemy rotations.

Breeze Recon Arrow Lineups

Attack: B Back site Recon Arrow

B site can be tough to break into mainly because of the close angles and strong positions on site and at the back of the site. This recon arrow will reveal enemies on the left of the site and the back of the site, wall, base, etc., and help your team while pushing in.

First stand in this corner before the round starts.
First stand in this corner before the round starts.
Align the bottom right corner of the charge bar with the bottom left edge of this darker brick. Fire with full charge 1 bounce.
Align the bottom right corner of the charge bar with the bottom left edge of this darker brick. Fire with full charge 1 bounce.
This arrow will travel through mid and land on the back wall from an awkward angle. Revealing all of back site. Remember to check close with your drone!
This arrow will travel through mid and land on the back wall from an awkward angle. Revealing all of back site. Remember to check close with your drone!
Attack: A site God Arrow

A site is riddled with good defensive positions where enemies might bunker down. This is why a Recon arrow is essential in revealing these strong positions to help your team break into A site. This lineup can be fired from spawn safely. It flies through an awkward angle and reveals enemies behind pyramids and back site.

Before the round starts shift-walk and you can get stuck between this rock and box.
Before the round starts, shift-walk, and you can get stuck between this rock and box.
Align the top of the 2nd charge bar line with this corner of the roof. Fire with 3 charge no bounce.
Align the top of the 2nd charge bar line with this corner of the roof. Fire with 3 charge no bounce.
This arrow will land from a hole in the overhang catching unsuspecting enemies and will reveal all of site and pyramids.
This arrow will land from a hole in the overhang catching unsuspecting enemies and will reveal all of site and pyramids.
Defense: B tunnel Recon Arrow

This excellent Recon arrow travels fast and reveals enemies pushing B tunnel/elbow.

At the start of the round with barriers still up, walk towards mid doors from A site till you get stuck on the wall. The aim for wire exiting B tunnels and keep it in the center of your screen.
At the start of the round, with barriers still up, walk towards mid doors from A site till you get stuck on the wall. The aim for wire exiting B tunnels and keep it in the center of your screen.
Aim towards the top nook in the wall and fire with 3 charge no bounce.
Aim towards the top nook in the wall and fire with 3 charge no bounce.
This arrow will travel fast and reveal anyone walking up B lobby and elbow.
This arrow will travel fast and reveal anyone walking up B lobby and elbow.
Defense: A Basic Tunnel Recon Arrow

Just a basic recon to catch enemies pushing A Tunnel.

Just as the round starts, fire an arrow will full charge in the general direction of the tunnel to spot enemies walking up A.
Just as the round starts, fire an arrow will full charge in the general direction of the tunnel to spot enemies walking up A.

Breeze Shock Dart Lineups

Attack: B default Post-plant Shock Darts

After planting in B, a good strategy is to fall back and play post-plant. We’ve seen this strategy in the finals of VCT Masters Copenhagen, and it works wonders. So to effectively utilize this strat fall back after planting for long and make sure to keep an eye on Mid and elbow flank routes. When you anticipate a defense, then use this double shock arrow. You can also peek window afterward.

From B lobby, walk towards this box and get stuck in the corner.
From B lobby, walk towards this box and get stuck in the corner.
Align the top left corner of your charge bar where this wall line meets the leaves. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
Align the top left corner of your charge bar where this wall line meets the leaves. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
For the second arrow put the right drone circle just under the lowest flower. Fire with 1 charge no bounce.
For the second arrow, put the right drone circle just under the lowest flower. Fire with 1 charge no bounce.
These two darts will land simultaneously and kill anyone trying to defuse
These two darts will land simultaneously and kill anyone trying to defuse
Defense: A Default Anti-Plant Double Shock Darts

If the enemies push with a Viper wall, it’s almost always impossible to stop the plant. But luckily, once you’ve practiced this double shock lineup, you can easily get a kill or deal heavy damage to enemies trying to plant. Once the site is overrun, fall back to the containers and use this double shock dart lineup.

As the enemies are rushing into the site fall back slightly and perch up in this corner.
As the enemies are rushing into the site fall back slightly and perch up in this corner.
For the second dart align the top of your left diamond in the corner of this roof and fire with zero charge no bounce.
For the second dart align the top of your left diamond in the corner of this roof and fire with zero charge and no bounce.
For the first arrow aim just below these leaves. Fire with no charge and 2 bounces.
For the first arrow aim just below these leaves. Fire with no charge and 2 bounces.
These darts will land simultaneously and kill anyone planting in this location will die.
These darts will land simultaneously and kill anyone planting in this location will die.

Fracture

With so many entry points in Fracture, having an Agent focused on gathering intel is indispensable for any team. Sova fills that role quite well.

Sova Fracture playstyle

As a defender, you can use two of Sova’s intel gathering abilities (Recon Arrow and Owl Drone) to scout both entry paths of the site you’re defending. While attacking, you can reveal the site to find hidden enemies’ positions.

Fracture Recon Arrow Lineups

Attack: A Site Recon Arrow

This Recon arrow should be used when your team is rushing and is already passed dish or halfway into A halls. This arrow will detect the entire A site and its cheeky corners.

As the barrier drops, stand in this corner. Make sure to keep an eye out for enemies pushing dish orb and have a teammate ready to help.
As the barrier drops, stand in this corner. Make sure to keep an eye out for enemies pushing dish orb and have a teammate ready to help.
Align the middle of your bounce diamonds on this roof structure. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
Align the middle of your bounce diamonds on this roof structure. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
This arrow will land on the top of A revealing anyone on the site.
This arrow will land on the top of A, revealing anyone on the site.
Attack: B Site God Recon Arrow

This arrow will reveal the entire B site as well as close corners. After the barrier drops, let your team clear any defenders pushing up the aggressive angle. Then with your team in place in either one or both entryways into B, tell them to push just after your arrow.

After the barrier drops, let your team clear any defenders pushing up the aggressive angle. Then with your team in place in either one or both entryways into B, tell them to push just after your arrow. Stand in this corner of B tree.
Stand in this corner of B tree.
Place the first charge bar in this wall gap. Fire with max charge 1 bounce.
Place the first charge bar in this wall gap. Fire with max charge 1 bounce.
This superb arrow lands on the back of B and reveals anyone playing site, boxes, generator or canteen.
This superb arrow lands on the back of B and reveals anyone playing site, boxes, generator or canteen.
Defense: A Main Halls Recon Arrow

This Recon arrow can be fired fast and detect enemies pushing A halls.

Before the round begins, push yourself in this corner.
Before the round begins, push yourself in this corner.
Aim on the vertical border just left of this writing and fire with 1 bounce max charge.
Aim on the vertical border just left of this writing and fire with 1 bounce max charge.
This Recond arrow lands fast and reveals enemies pushing A halls. If you have a teammate Reyna or Jett they can peek with this arrow for a cheeky kill as enemies will be revealed and distracted.
This Recond arrow lands fast and reveals enemies pushing A halls. If you have a teammate Reyna or Jett they can peek with this arrow for a cheeky kill as enemies will be revealed and distracted.
Defense: B Lobby God Arrow

This recon arrow will detect enemies in B lobby.

First stand in this corner in B site.
First, stand in this corner in B site.
Aim at the top corner of these leaves and fire with 2 charge no bounce.
Aim at the top corner of these leaves and fire with 2 charge no bounce.
This arrow will fly over the wall and land in B tree revealing anyone pushing up.
This arrow will fly over the wall and land in B tree revealing anyone pushing up.
Bonus: A Retake Recon Arrow

If the A site is overrun, enemies can take very strong post plant positions on the site, around the site, and on the 2nd floor. This insane recon arrow and your team pushing will help you retake the site.

As your rotating from B, get into this corner.
As you’re rotating from B, get into this corner.
Aim for the left corner of the yellow stripes and fire with 2 charge no bounce.
Aim for the left corner of the yellow stripes and fire with 2 charge no bounce.
This Recon arrow will find anyone playing top of site, stairs and right of the default plant position.
This Recon arrow will find anyone playing top of site, stairs and right of the default plant position.
Defense: B Retake Arrow

If the B site is overrun, enemies can take very strong post plant positions on the site, around the site, and Tower. This insane recon arrow and your team pushing will help you retake the site.

From B link, push yourself against the back wall and align the right wall with the security camera's right edge.
From B link, push yourself against the back wall and align the right wall with the security camera’s right edge.
Aim for the camera's left edge and fire with max charge 1 bounce.
Aim for the camera’s left edge and fire with max charge 1 bounce.
This Recond Arrow will reveal enemies hiding in A site as well as peer into tower.
This Recon Arrow will reveal enemies hiding in A site and peer into the tower.

Fracture Shock Dart Lineups

Attack: B Box Post-Plant Double Shock Darts

This is a good shock dart after planting for Long in B site. Once you get to the plant, fall back to the B lobby. If you expect or hear the enemy trying to defuse, use this double shock dart lineup to get an easy kill on the defuser.

After planting boxes, head back into B tree and get into this corner.
After planting boxes, head back into B tree and get into this corner.
Align your left drone circle to the horizontal black crease on the wall and fire with 1 charge no bounce.
Align your left drone circle to the horizontal black crease on the wall and fire with 1 charge with no bounce.
For the second shock dart, align the bottom left corner of your charge bar to this nook in the wall and fire with no charge no bounce.
For the second shock dart, align the bottom left corner of your charge bar to this nook in the wall and fire with no charge, no bounce.
These two Shock darts will land simultaneously on boxes and kill anyone trying to defuse.
These two Shock darts will land simultaneously on boxes and kill anyone trying to defuse.
Attack: A Site Default Post-Plant Shock Dart

This is a great post-plant shock dart lineup to keep enemies from defusing the spike. You need to plant default and take cover in halls. Once you hear the defuse, use this single shock lineup consecutively to deter enemies from defusing. You can also peek afterward.

After planting, head back into A main and walk up to this corner.
After planting, head back into A main and walk up to this corner.
Aim on the gray vertical line and just below the top of the blue horizontal stripe. Fire with max charge 1 bounce.
Aim on the grey vertical line and just below the top of the blue horizontal stripe. Fire with max charge 1 bounce.
This shock dart will damage and deter anyone trying to defuse in this plant position. You can use the same dart twice and follow up yourself.
This shock dart will damage and deter anyone trying to defuse in this plant position. You can use the same dart twice and follow up yourself.
Defense: B Tree/Ult Orb

If you’re expecting the enemy team to be at B lobby or hear them taking the ult orb, you can use this double shock lineup to deal huge damage or maybe even get a kill.

Position yourself perpendicular to this wall in generator and have an ally shoulder peek B tree and safely gather info if enemies are present in B Tree.
Position yourself perpendicular to this wall in generator, have an ally shoulder peek B tree, and safely gather info if enemies are present in B Tree.
For the first Shock Dart follow the vertical line aiming up and stop on the diagonal intersection. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
For the first Shock Dart, follow the vertical line aiming up and stop at the diagonal intersection. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
For the second Shock Dart, aim just below and align the center of your bounce diamonds between this leaf and fire with 1 charge no bounce.
For the second Shock Dart, aim just below and align the center of your bounce diamonds between this leaf and fire with 1 charge and no bounce.
Both darts will land simultaneously near the orb and kill anyone consuming it or pushing B tree.
Both darts will land simultaneously near the orb and kill anyone consuming it or pushing B tree.
Defense: A Halls Shock Dart

This simple shock dart lineup will deal huge damage if the enemy team is rushing A halls. If you’re expecting the enemy team to rush A or hear the ult orb being taken, immediately after the barriers drop, use this lineup and fall back. Although if you’re feeling confident, you or an ally Reyna or Jett can peek at this angle right after your shock to duel half-health enemies.

Before the round begins, push yourself into this corner.
Before the round begins, push yourself into this corner.
Align your first charge line with the vertical line and top of the charge bar with the yellow light. Fire with 3 charge 2 bounce.
Align your first charge line with the vertical line and the top of the charge bar with the yellow light. Fire with 3 charge 2 bounce.
This arrow will heavily damage enemies if the they are grouped up and pushing A halls.
This arrow will heavily damage enemies if they are grouped up and pushing A halls.

Pearl

Pearl is still new, and the most we know about it is that gathering intel is one of the most important aspects of the map.

Sova Pearl playstyle

Pearl might not be the ideal map for Sova, but as it is new, knowing the lineups for this map will put you at a huge advantage against other new players. You can use your recon in cheeky positions in sites to alert you of enemy defender positions. As a defender, yourself, your Recon arrow and Owl drone will be key to gathering intel from all the various passages and flanks on the map.

Pearl Recon Arrow Lineups

Attack: A site God Recon Arrow

This is an excellent arrow for A site revealing the close angles and all of the site.

First get into this corner of A lobby.
First, get into this corner of A lobby.
First get into this corner of A lobby.
Aim inside this triangle and fire with max charge 1 bounce.
This Recon arrow will land on the edge of this roof and will reveal all of A site.
This Recon arrow will land on the edge of this roof and will reveal all of A site.
Attack: B Site Recon Arrow

This basic arrow will reveal anyone hiding in cubby, pillar, and B site.

This Recon arrow will land on the edge of this roof and will reveal all of A site.
As you’re pushing up B ramp, fire a recon arrow aiming just over the top right edge of this wall at max charge with no bounce.
This arrow will reveal anyone playing close site as well as clear the aggressive angles in cubby and pillar.
This arrow will reveal anyone playing close site and clear the aggressive angles in cubby and pillar.
Defense: A Lobby Recon Arrow

This arrow can be slightly tricky, so practice in custom first. This cheeky arrow flies fast and reveals enemies in A lobby.

Before the round starts, push yourself into this corner.
Before the round starts, push yourself into this corner.
Aim at the corner of this roof and fire with 1 bounce max charge.
Aim at the corner of this roof and fire with 1 bounce max charge.
This Recon arrow flies fast and will reveal enemies pushing up lobby.
This Recon arrow flies fast and will reveal enemies pushing up lobby.
Defense: B Ramp Recon Arrow

This defensive arrow will mark enemies pushing in B long.

Before the round starts put your back against this wall.
Before the round starts put your back against this wall.
Align your view so that you can barely see the darker brown window next to the pillar. Aim the bottom edge of said window and pillar and fire with 1 bounce max charge.
Align your view so that you can barely see the darker brown window next to the pillar. Aim the bottom edge of said window and pillar and fire with 1 bounce max charge.
This arrow will land high up in the tree and reveal enemies pushing up B ramp.
This arrow will land high up in the tree and reveal enemies pushing up B ramp.
Bonus: B Retake God Recon Arrow

This is an excellent arrow to retake B from enemies hiding in the site.

While rotating via spawn, push yourself into this corner on the right of this pipe and wall holding W. This might be slightly tricky.
While rotating via spawn, push yourself into this corner on the right of this pipe and wall holding W. This might be slightly tricky.
Align your left HUD line edge with where this stripe meets the box. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
Align your left HUD line edge with where this stripe meets the box. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
This insane Recon arrow will reveal enemies in B Site and B long.
This insane Recon arrow will reveal enemies in B Site and B long.
Bonus: A Retake God Recon Arrow

This is an excellent arrow to retake A from enemies hiding in the site and A lobby.

First get into this corner in A link.
First get into this corner in A link.
Align the right eartip of the drone logo in this corner. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
Align the right ear tip of the drone logo in this corner. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
This Recon arrow will reveal enemies playing post-plant in A main as well as peer into some of site.
This Recon arrow will reveal enemies playing post-plant in A main as well as peer into some of site.

Pearl Shock Dart Lineups

Attack: A Default Post-Plant/Anti-plant Double shock dart

This multipurpose double shock dart lineup can work both ways as defenders and attackers. Make sure to control A link first and stay wary of flanks.

On the attacker’s side, you can plant and take cover in link and use this lineup to kill anyone trying to defuse. While defending, if A site is being rushed, you can fall back to link and use this lineup just before the enemy is about to plant. Anyone trying to plant will get killed.

This Double shock lineup can be used as both attackers or defenders and just needs control of A link. If enemy attackers are rushing A site you can rotate through A link and use this lineup. If you're attacking and planted in default; and if your team has control of A link go there and use these lineups for post-plant. First get into this corner of A link.
This Double shock lineup can be used as both attackers or defenders and just needs control of A link. If enemy attackers are rushing A site, you can rotate through A link and use this lineup. If you’re attacking and planted in default, and if your team has control of A link, go there and use these lineups for post-plant. First, get into this corner of A link.
For the first Shock Dart align the top left ear of your drone icon on this edge of the wall crease. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
For the first Shock Dart, align the top left ear of your drone icon on this edge of the wall crease. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
For the second Shock dart align the bottom left corner of your charge bar into this roof railing and fire with no charge no bounce.
For the second Shock, dart align the bottom left corner of your charge bar into this roof railing and fire with no charge no bounce.
The two shock darts will land simultaneously in A default plant position and will kill both attackers trying to plant or defenders trying to defuse.
The two shock darts will land simultaneously in A default plant position and will kill both attackers trying to plant or defenders trying to defuse.
Defense: B Site Default Anti-Plant Double Shock Dart

This double shock lineup will kill anyone trying to plant B default. If the enemy is rushing the site, either fall back/rotate to spawn and use this lineup.

If enemies are pushing B and you know they will do the default close plant; in spawn walk up to this vertical line where the wall slants.
If enemies are pushing B and you know they will do the default close plant, in spawn, walk up to this vertical line where the wall slants.
For the first Shock Dart align the left edge of your HUD line where this tree meets the roof beam. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
For the first Shock Dart, align the left edge of your HUD line where this tree meets the roof beam. Fire with 2 charge no bounce.
For the second shock dart aim down until the top of your left bounce diamond touches the intersection point of the roof and beam corner. Fire with no charge no bounce.
Aim down for the second shock dart until the top of your left bounce diamond touches the intersection point of the roof and beam corner. Fire with no charge, no bounce.
The two Shock Darts will fly and land simultaneously in the close plant position in B.
The two Shock Darts will fly and land simultaneously in the close plant position in B.

So now that you’re equipped with all the knowledge regarding Sova’s lineups for all maps, make sure to try them all out and practice them in Custom matches before heading out into a competitive match.

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