Best VALORANT Agents for Split

Rifat Bin YusufMahir Faisal
By Rifat Bin Yusuf Mahir Faisal
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Split is a challenging map demanding absolute teamwork, patience, and strategy to be victorious.

VALORANT was released with only four maps initially. Split is one of them. So it is one of the most played maps in VALORANT. Although the map has seen a rotation from the active duty map pool in Episode 5. But fortunately, the fan-favorite map made a return in the next ACT with some changes.

Most of the VALORANT maps are featured with specific gimmicks. Haven, for example, contains three bomb sites. However, Split features somewhat of a traditional map design. But the inclusion of a Vent rotation and lots of elevated angles to fight makes the map unique in its own way.

In a competitive game like VALORANT, you may do everything right but may end up losing just for not having an effective Agents and team composition So, picking the right Agent for the right map is a must. Hence, in this article, we’ll list the best Agents that you should play on Split to make sure you don’t lose the match for not picking the right character.

Read More: Best VALORANT Agents for Ascent

Split’s Defense Favored Layout and Agent Choices

Split is a relatively small map with 2 map sites compared to others. You can make fast rotations in defense. Both the map sites have narrow entry points. So, it would be best if you prioritize Agents that can strongly hold down a site.

Split’s Defense Favored Layout and Agent Choices

Quick flanks are something you should be concerned about as an Attacker. Therefore, your best option will be to use Agents who can stop defensive rotations. The defense side is more advantageous on the map. Thus, you would need assistance opening a site if you pick Agents who can take over an area and create space.

Additionally, initiator Agents are less effective on this map. Instead, you will win more rounds if you have an extra controller or extra Sentinel on your team.

Best Agents to Play on Split

In the previous section, we talked about what types of Agents fit well in Split 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 Split.

Thankfully, Split 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.

Best Duelists

Raze

Raze
  • Abilities:
    • Basic: Boom Bot, Blast Pack
    • Signatures: Paint Shells
    • Ultimate: Showstopper

Raze is a Duelist with destructive abilities. She is being picked more than before after Jett’s nerf. But Split is one of the maps where Raze outshines every other Duelist. You can use her Paint shells and boom bot to clear off angles without even getting close. Her satchel will allow you to reach the high grounds that no other Duelist can, except Jett’s Updraft. However, it is recommended that you learn some basic satchel lineups to get the most out of her.

 Jett

Jett
  • Abilities:
    • Passive: Drift
    • Basic: Cloudburst, Updraft
    • Signature: Tailbind
    • Ultimate: Blade Storm

Sure, Jett is not the same as before, but she is still viable. You can use Updraft to reach elevated angles of both bomb sites. Most of the time in Split, you will find yourself in close combats. Her Cloudburst will provide you with some necessary cover to get away safely. Lastly, if you are an Operator user, then the good old Jett will always be your best choice.

Best Controllers

Brimstone

Brimstone
  • Abilities:
    • Basic: Incendiary, Stim Beacon
    • Signature: Sky Smoke
    • Ultimate: Orbital Strike

Brimstone might be the less fancy Controller, but he is the most effective one in Split. As Split allows defenders to rotate quickly, you may often find yourself in a position where you are rushing a site fast. With his ability to deploy three smokes at once, you can carry out a full-blown execution super fast. You can also take mid-control and delay rotations with his  Incendiary. And if you see any enemy in the vent with a perfectly timed Orbital Strike, it’s a free kill!

Omen

Omen
  • Abilities:
    • Basic: Shrouded Step, Paranoia
    • Signature: Dark Cover
    • Ultimate: From the Shadows

Omen’s abilities are quite simple and effective in most scenarios. There are many high angles and boxes in Split. With Shrouded Step, you can easily teleport to these and help your teammates. Moreover, Paranoia proves to be more effective in narrow choke points, and Split has a lot of those. 

Viper

Viper
  • Abilities:
    • Passive: Fuel, Toxin
    • Basic: Snake Bite, Poison Cloud
    • Signature: Toxic Screen
    • Ultimate: Viper’s Pit

Viper can be a vital Agent to win your matches in Split. You can create one-ways with your Poison Cloud to refuse enemies to push to a site. Her Toxic Screen is also effective enough to cover a portion of the map. However, she will be more useful in a double-Controller composition in Split.

Best Sentinels

Killjoy

Killjoy
  • Abilities:
    • Basic: Alarmbot, Nanoswarm
    • Signature: Turret
    • Ultimate: Lockdown

Killjoy is a fearsome Agent to play against in Split. You can hold off a site on your own with her abilities. Combining her Turret and Alarmbot will allow you to keep check of multiple points. Moreover, you can easily rotate to help your teammates as the range is quite spread for Split’s map size. Even her ultimate will cover a full site and will force your enemies to leave off-site controls. 

Sage

Sage
  • Abilities:
    • Basic: Barrier Orb, Slow Orb
    • Signature: Healing Orb
    • Ultimate: Resurrection

Taking mid-control is crucial for attackers in Split. But if your team has a Sage, she can just use her Barrier orb in Mid to deny them. If your opponent tries to break the wall and push, Sage’s slow orb can delay them. Pushing Sage’s slow orb in Split’s narrow chokes is just a death sentence. Even attacking Sage’s wall will allow you to push through sites, especially in a fast B rush. However, you should not play sage as the only sentinel Agent as she lacks in watching flanks. Moreover, having some healing and a chance to be resurrected always helps.

Cypher

Cypher
  • Abilities:
    • Basic: Trapwire, Cyber Cage
    • Signature: Spycam
    • Ultimate: Neutral Theft

Cypher is a great Agent to hold chokes in Split. In defense, you can create one-way smokes with his Cyber Cage in both site’s entry points that can be really irritating to your opponents. Moreover, his Trapwires are not limited by distance. So, you can put a Trapwire in one site and rotate the other without worrying about range. This will also help you the most while watching flanks in attack. You can just trap a point and join your team. Overall, Cypher’s gadgets are really crucial in getting information on both sides rather than completely shutting down enemies’ push. So, you need to pick him wisely. 

Best Initiators 

Skye

Skye
  • Abilities:
    • Basic: Regrowth, Trailblazer
    • Signature: Guiding Light
    • Ultimate: Seekers

Split is the weakest map for Initiators in VALORANT. But if you must pick one, it will be Skye. You can check angles with Trailblazers and Guiding Light to create space for your team to enter. Moreover, you can heal them when they get injured. Her ultimate can be quite useful in clutch situations.

Breach

Breach
  • Abilities:
    • Basic: Aftershock, Flashpoint
    • Signature: Fault Line
    • Ultimate: Rolling Thunder

Breach’s abilities are best used in compact maps like Split. You can sync with fast duelists like Raze or Jett to Fault Line an angle and take control. His Aftershock is also effective in checking close corners safely. Finally, you can cover the full site with his ultimate, gaining you an advantage both in attacking or retaking. 

Best Team Compositions in Split

We’ve given you some ideas regarding what Agents to pick in Split. Now, let’s talk about the team composition. Good or bad, not every Agent syncs with other Agents. For example, if you have Skye on your team, then there’s almost no point in picking up Sage. Instead, go for the other two Sentinels that we recommended and vice versa. The same rule will also apply to flash and smoke Agents.

With that in mind, here’s our recommendation for the best team compositions in Split:

  • Team composition 1: Raze, Sage, Killjoy, Brimstone, Skye
  • Team composition 2: Jett, Cypher, Viper, Brimstone, Breach
  • Team composition 3: Raze, Viper, Omen, Killjoy, Skye

Final Verdict

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 article on Split 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. Good luck!

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Mahir, an Electrical Engineering student currently working as an FPS writer at GameRiv, prefers to introduce himself as a video game enthusiast. Mostly keen on competitive FPS titles like VALORANT and CS: GO, he also enjoys exploring casual story games.