Lotus is the latest map added to VALORANT. So, let’s find out what the best Agents you should play to secure the most wins on Lotus.
All Agents and maps in VALORANT have unique features and backstories. Currently, there are 20 released Agents and 9 total maps in the game. Among them, Lotus is the latest addition to the current VALORANT map pool.
Each map in VALORANT features distinctive designs and architecture. Naturally, some Agents are better suited for specific maps than others. This is why it is important to choose specific Agents to ensure the highest chance of winning on selected maps. The same goes for Lotus.
Lotus is one of the most beautiful maps in VALORANT, located in India. It is the second map in Omega Earth after Pearl. The map features a 3-site layout similar to Haven. Additionally, Riot Games has added two rotating doors to the map, which is unique to the map.
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Lotus’ New Map Layout and Agent Choices
Lotus was added to the VALORANT map pool in the 6.00 patch. It is the second map that is located on Omega Earth. What makes Lotus different from the other maps is the combination of a 3-site layout and small, separated areas that heavily favor close-quarter battles. As a result, it is a must that you play at least two Sentinels on this map as Defenders.
Following the release of patch 8.0, The map layout will be tweaked in certain areas. Each of the three sites now has a different layout with more angles to clear. They also have some added cover for afterplant positions. Overall, the number of hard-checking corners has increased, suggesting a slower playstyle moving forward.
Best Agents to Play on Lotus
In the previous section, we talked about what types of Agents fit well in Lotus and how many of each role you should have in your team. But there are many Agents to pick from, and choosing the best one is crucial to winning a match in Lotus.
Thankfully, Lotus has been in the competitive map rotation for a long time now. Thousands of matches have been played on this map, giving us enough information to know the current meta and which Agents are best on this map. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
- Passive: Drift
- Basic: Cloudburst, Updraft
- Signature: Tailwind
- Ultimate: Blade Storm
Using Jett can be a good decision in Lotus as there are now a lot more places to camp. Using her speed, you can easily move through angles and take an advantageous fight. Moreover, using the Operator to hold angles while your teammates flush them out is an easy kill.
- Passive: Soul Harvest
- Basic: Leer
- Signatures: Devour, Dismiss
- Ultimate: Empress
Agents with flashes will always be on the top in Lotus’ meta. All of Reyna’s abilities are perfect for this map. As Lotus has many tight angles, Reyna’s flashes will help you to clear corners effortlessly. On top of that, you can get a kill and get back to a safe position with her Dismiss ability.
- Basic: Fakeout, Blindside
- Signatures: Gatecrash
- Ultimate: Dimensional Drift
Yoru have a unique skillset that you can use to take advantage of. Using his quick teleportation abilities to roam around the large map is a plus point for rotations. Moreover, you can use his Fakeout to clear angles easily. Overall, his kit is well-suited to rat out anyone trying to abuse the plethora of angles in Lotus now.
- Basic: Shrouded Step, Paranoia
- Signature: Dark Cover
- Ultimate: From the Shadows
If you prefer playing smokes but don’t want to sit completely at the back, then you may opt in for Omen, as their utilities will give you many options in Lotus. You can especially use Omen’s teleport to confuse enemy teams.
Additionally, as the map is quite large with three sites, Omen’s From the Shadows Ultimate will be useful in clutch situations.
- Basic: Snake Bite, Poison Cloud
- Signatures: Toxic Screen
- Ultimate: Viper’s Pit
Viper is now a decent pick for your composition, as the gameplay is expected to shift in the new layout map. She can cut off large sections of the map for your benefit. Her Toxic Screen is really useful in both attack and defense. Moreover, Viper is more than formidable in any after plant situation.
- Passive: Astral Form
- Basic: Gravity Well, Nova Pulse, Nebula/Dissipiate
- Signatures: Stars
- Ultimate: Cosmic Divide
This map can be a paradise for an expert Astra player. She has all the utilities to help you rush any of the three sites more quickly. Thanks to her Nova Pulse and Gravity Wall, you do not have to be constantly aware of the corners.
Her abilities are also suitable for faking while attacking. Not only on the attacker’s side, but her abilities are also well-suited for defending all three sites.
- Basic: Trapwire, Cyber Cage
- Signature: Spycam
- Ultimate: Neutral Theft
Cypher is undoubtedly the best Sentinel in the current VALORANT meta. With the big Cypher’s buff in the 7.09 patch, he has again become a force to be reckoned with. Moreover, with Killjoy’s nerfs, Cypher has become the go-to Sentinal for everyone.
As there are so many angles from both Attacker’s and Defender’s sides, it is almost impossible to watch every angle constantly. But thanks to Cypher’s utilities, you and your teammates can focus on attacking or defending rather than always being wary of random pushes.
- Basic: Gravnet, Sonic Sensor
- Signatures: Barrier Mesh
- Ultimate: Annihilation
Deadlock is set to receive some significant buffs in the upcoming patch. On paper, she should be up there with the best Sentinals in the game. You can use her Barrier Mesh, which is enough to lock down the entry point to any site. Moreover, you can place her Gravnet strategically to make it a hassle for any team pushing into you.
- Basic: Trademark, Headhunter
- Signatures: Rendezvous
- Ultimate: Tour De Force
Lotus has many long angles to pick early. This is where Chamber Shines. You can always peek up early and teleport back safely with his Rendezvous. The map design also favors Chamber’s playstyle and lets you teleport, much like in the old times. His Trademark’s range is quite safe to check on flanks while trying to gain some early peek for your team.
- Basic: Aftershock, Flashpoint
- Signatures: Fault Line
- Ultimate: Rolling Thunder
Breach is going to be an essential character in Lotus. All of Breach’s abilities will help you clear crucial angles, make pathways for your Duelists, and support your team.
- Basic: Regrowth, Trailblazer
- Signature: Guiding Light
- Ultimate: Seekers
Skye is an ideal pick for two very good reasons. You can heal up your teammates and do a decent rotation after the first engagement. Also, you can scout ahead using her trailblazer and Seekers. Skye has been hit with nerfs, but she is still a solid choice for this map.
- Basic: Frag/Ment, Flash/Drive
- Signatures: Zero/Point
- Ultimate: Null/Cmd
KAY/O is a perfect Initiator in Lotus map. You can flash for his allies to take any site swiftly. There are a considerable number of lineups where KAY/O can throw his Flash and Drive. As there will be a lot of Cyphers and Killjoys in Lotus, KAY/O’s Ultimate and Zero/Point will be helpful to your team.
Best Team Compositions in Lotus
We’ve given you some ideas regarding what Agents to pick in Lotus. Now, let’s talk about the team composition. Good or bad, not every Agent syncs with other Agents. For example, if you have Reyna on your team, then there’s almost no point in picking up KAY/O, as both their flashes are mostly suited for close to medium-range combats. Instead, go for the other two Sentinels that we recommended and vice versa. The same rule will also apply to heal and smoke Agents.
With that in mind, here’s our recommendation for the best team compositions in Lotus:
- Team composition 1: Jett, Cypher, Chamber, Omen, Breach
- Team composition 2: Reyna, Deadlock, Cypher, Viper, Skye
- Team composition 3: Jett, Astra, Chamber, Deadlock, KAY/O
Every Agent has unique and useful abilities in VALORANT. If utilized properly, any Agent can lead you to a foolproof win. However, some Agents are always preferred over others for particular maps. This Agent tier list on Lotus is based on the Agent’s abilities and how well they fit with the map’s layout and structure. So try them out, and see what works for you best.
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