VALORANT Agent Tier List [Episode 8 Act 3]

Mehraj MahdinHimel Mahmud
By Mehraj Mahdin Himel Mahmud
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Our VALORANT agent tier list for Episode 8 Act 3 will go through all of the best agent choices you can make.

Riot’s competitive first-person shooter, VALORANT, has amassed a large player base, ranging from the most casual and laid-back player to the one aiming to go pro. The unique Agent-based gameplay has created some unique quirks that the developers must adjust now and then to keep things changing.

This fragile balancing act allows certain Agents to be more viable than others. With every balance patch, Riot adjusts how they want the game to be played out, and as a result, your favorite Agent may no longer be viable or even rise to become the top-tier pick for every game.

Read More: Top 5 Weapons in VALORANT Competitive Matches

How Many Agents Are There?

Currently, there are a total of 24 Agents in Riot Games’ VALORANT. Clove was the last agent added to the game in patch 8.06. Riot Games is constantly working on adding new agents with unique skills to the game.

VALORANT Meta Agent Tier List

This Agents Tier list is based on our view after experiencing the game ourselves at multiple rank levels, analyzing the pick rates and win rates for all the Agents across different ranks, and even looking into the professional scene to see which Agents are preferred by those at the top.

Do keep in mind that this list is not objectively the best pick at all times and that your personal views and experiences may affect the final outcome. With that said, as of Episode 8 Act 3, the following is our pick of the current tier list for the best Agents in VALORANT.

TierAgents
S- Tier
Cypher Reyna GekkoKilljoy
A- TierJett Sova  Raze Chamber Omen
B- TierSkyeViper Phoenix Sage Fade  Brimstone
C- TierBreach Neon YoruAstra
D- TierKAY/O Harbor ISO Deadlock

Top 10 VALORANT Agents

In the last section, we showcased all the Agents and where they belong in the tier list. However, nobody plays all the agents. So, in this section, we’ll go through the ten best Agents that you should consider picking while playing Competitive.

Nonetheless, here are the top 10 VALORANT Agents you should play right now in the 8.04 patch:

10. Omen

Omen enters our VALORANT Agent Tier List as one of the more versatile Agents to pick from. His Smoke and Flash combo has gained importance as a hybrid Agent. The Versatile Controller is now one of the top picks across multiple Skill Ranges.

VALORANT Agent Tier List

9. Chamber

Chamber used to be a meta-defining agent in his early dates. Later, Riot came up with a massive nerf for almost all of his abilities. So much so this French weapon designer almost disappeared from the scene. However, with patch 8.03, Chamber is receiving some impactful buff, which may bring back some of his lost capabilities as a fierce sentinel.

Chamber

8. Raze

Raze drops down after her nerfs. She was a versatile Corner Clearer, but both her Paint Shells (E) and Blast Pack (Q) got significantly nerfed in the latest patch. She is still a great option.

VALORANT Agent Tier List

7. Sova

Sova remains a strong candidate for a must-pick agent on specific maps. Sova’s Recon Bolt (E) is a staple for scanning enemies and clearing hard angles before attacking or retaking any site.

VALORANT Agent Tier List

6. Jett

Jett has undoubtedly returned to the top after the changes to the game. The focus on duels and gunfights favors the skilled Duelist players, and Jett dominates the playing field across multiple top-skill ranges.

VALORANT Agent Tier List

5. Killjoy

Unsurprisingly, Killjoy is the best Sentinal Agent. Even in Champions 2023, she had the highest pick rate. Moreover, she didn’t receive any Nerfs afterward. Her utility is unmatched in most maps, and any strong team composition needs to have her on the team.

VALORANT Agent Tier List

4. Gekko

In the 7.12 and 8.01 patches, Gekko received some significant buffs to his abilities, bringing him into the Initiator meta for most maps. Since his notable buffs, you can see a lot of Gekkos in VALORANT-ranked matches in the current state.

Gekko

3. Clove

Clove is undoubtedly one of the best agents to pick right now. As intended, the agent works both as duelist and controller. Although there are some setbacks, they are negligible compared to the advantages they provide.

Clove

2. Reyna

Reyna enters our list as the hard-hitting Duelist. Nerfs all around her have made Reyna a standout Pick for confident aimers. Her Devour (Q) and Dismiss (E) make her a potent weapon for the quick reactors in the server.

1. Cypher

The surveillance expert Cypher is our top-picked Agent for the upcoming season. Cypher has received multiple buffs that make his kit extremely oppressive if not dealt with quickly. This has put the Moroccan Surveillance Expert on a higher priority pick and the second highest Sentinal on our list.

VALORANT Agent Tier List

The Best VALORANT Team Compositions

A player will pick their favorite agent and hope that they are now one of the best. However, a winning team must consider balance. A Pub game may have 5 Duelists running around and hitting shots, but you need a good team composition if you want to improve your Rank and grind your way to the top.

So, to help you out, we’ve created the best possible team composition from our VALORANT Agent tier list. VALORANT has added 10 competitive maps since its release. However, not all of them are in the active pool. Here, we will choose the best team compositions for the currently active maps in the competitive map pool rotation.

Keep in mind that not every map will have every agent as viable, even if they are high on the tier list. This is by no means the objectively best choice in all situations, just one that would work most of the time!

Ascent

  • Team Composition 1: Omen, Killjoy, Jett, Sova, KAY/O
  • Team Composition 2: Clove, Cypher, Reyna, Gekko, Sage

Bind

  • Team Composition 1: Omen, Clove, Raze, Skye, Cypher
  • Team Composition 2: Chamber, Omen, Jett, Raze, Gekko

Sunset

  • Team Composition 1: Raze, Reyna, Clove, Cypher, Gekko
  • Team Composition 2: Raze, Jett, Omen, Chamber, Fade

Lotus

  • Team Composition 1: Jett, Cypher, Chamber, Omen, Breach
  • Team Composition 2: Raze, Jett, Omen, Cypher, Skye

Split

  • Team Composition 1: Raze, Sage, Killjoy, Clove, Skye
  • Team Composition 2: Jett, Cypher, Killjoy, Omen, Breach

Breeze

  • Team Composition 1: Jett, Clove, Killjoy, Sage, Sova
  • Team Composition 2: Reyna, Jett, Omen, Cypher, Gekko

Icebox

  • Team Composition 1: Jett, Killjoy, Sage, Clove, Sova
  • Team Composition 2: Reyna, Chamber, Cypher, Omen, Gekko

Read More: VALORANT Rank Distribution

Final verdict

The landscape of VALORANT will no doubt change from patch to patch as the developers add more Agents and hope to balance out the game. As the direction of the developers shifts, so will the meta, and therefore, the VALORANT Agent tier list will also shift.

Mehraj is an FPS writer at GameRiv. He is an Esports Enthusiast and studying Finance in his senior year. He is also an active professional CS:GO player, having a particular affinity for FPS and RTS titles
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Himel Mahmud is a Staff Writer and Social Media Manager at GameRiv. A former FIFA Professional, Himel has been playing video games forever. He plays video games passionately, loves football and an avid music listener.