VALORANT was Riot Game’s first foray into the highly competitive tactical shooter genre of video games.
Riot’s approach to the tactical FPS genre was to fuse hero shooter abilities with movement and gunplay mechanics straight out of Counter-strike. As we already know from League of Legends, Riot has a long history of introducing unique characters for players to fall in love with.
Unsurprisingly, in terms of their hero design, Riot impressed everyone from day one. Among them, Sage stood out for her easy-to-understand kit and it was a great starting point for players who were new to the tactical FPS genre.
VALORANT Agent Winrate Patch 3.01
Turns out, Sage is still at the very top when it comes to pure pick rate as well as win rate in the game by a healthy margin. According to a VALORANT dev, even after the recent nerfs she usually sits at the very top. Following the recent 3.0 patch, her viability has only increased.
Riot’s Gameplay Researcher for VALORANT also stated that even though her play rate has not been an issue in VALORANT, her super-high win rate can be problematic.
As Riot devs have an obligation to make the game as balanced as possible from a competitive integrity perspective, nerfs may be needed to make Sage less dominant.