Best VALORANT Sova Lineups For Split You Must Learn in 2023

Ashraful Abedin
By Ashraful Abedin
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Sova lineups for Split

Split had previously been unfavorable for Sova due to it being too closed off. However, after patch 6.0, Split has undergone multiple changes that an adept Sova main can exploit to secure victory for his team.

Sova Split playstyle

The most important part of Split is mid since it allows access to both sites and is also used for rotations and flanks. It is said that the team that controls mid controls the round. Sova’s kit is perfect for maintaining control of said mid. On the defending side, the Recon arrow or drone in Mid can scope out enemies pushing or lurking. These abilities can also be used late in the round to find out enemy rotations. On the attacking side, Sova can clear the way for mid-pushes with his drone, while ally attackers follow behind and can scope out sites with his recon arrow. He can also stop spike defuses with cheeky post-plant shock dart lineups, along with his ultimate.

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Split Recon Arrow Lineups

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

Attack: A Site God Recon Arrow

Starting things off for Split is this God arrow for A site. It will land in heaven and scope out both heaven as well as the left half of the site. You can use this lineup and immediately push Ramp with your drone leading the way for an efficient A execution.

In a lobby get up on to the right edge of the top flower pot.
In a lobby get up onto the right edge of the top flower pot.
look straight down and move towards the edge till your crosshair coincides with it.
look straight down and move towards the edge till your crosshair coincides with it.
Aim just over the roof while keeping an eye on your bounce boxes to help align the shot. Fire with 2 bars of charge.
Aim just over the roof while keeping an eye on your bounce boxes to help align the shot. Fire with 2 bars of charge.
This lands in heaven scoping out heaven, rafters and close angles.
This lands in heaven scoping out heaven, rafters, and close angles.

Attack: B Site God Recon Arrow

This is another God arrow for B site. Thanks to the skyboxes of Split opening up further after the patch, you can use this unique lineup that bounces off from BEHIND you and lands in B site. The arrow is fired in this way because of the high building geometry in Split. This Recon arrow will land high up in B site, scoping out all those pesky angles as well as rafters.

position yourself in this corner. care for aggressive enemy peeks.
position yourself in this corner. care for aggressive enemy peeks.
Align the top corner of the left bounce box on the left edge of the window and fire with one bounce full charge.
Align the top corner of the left bounce box on the left edge of the window and fire with one bounce full charge.
A better view of where to place the top corner of the left bounce box.
A better view of where to place the top corner of the left bounce box.
This arrow will land high on the back of b site, scoping site and rafters.
This arrow will land high on the back of the b site, scoping site, and rafters.

Attack: Mid Recon Arrow

This fast arrow is exactly what you need for those aggressive mid pushes. It will scope out close mailbox, Vents, and top mid. Use this arrow immediately at the start of the round from Market to take control of Mid.

Stand in this general location in market.
Stand in this general location in the market.
move to the left or right as required so you can just see this portion of the wall. shoot here with two bounce max charge.
move to the left or right as required so you can just see this portion of the wall. shoot here with two bounce max charge.
This will land inside mailbox scoping out both Mail box, top mid and vents.
This will land inside mailbox scoping out both Mailbox, top mid, and vents.

Defense: A Lobby Recon Arrow

This arrow will help against enemy defenders taking aggressive peeks in A long. It can be fired from heaven and aid your team in defending A long. The recon arrow will scope out enemies positioned at A lobby and can immediately alert you if attackers are rushing A, allowing you to call in a rotation. This is especially effective against enemy Operator and Reyna/Jett players who take aggressive peeks.

FIrst, position yourself in this corner of heaven
First, position yourself in this corner of heaven
Align your charge bar line to intersect the right street light as shown. fire with 1 bar of charge.
Align your charge bar line to intersect the right street light as shown. fire with 1 bar of charge.
This will land at the back here and scan out enemies in a lobby
This will land at the back here and scan out enemies in a lobby
If that arrow is getting shot a lot, from the same position you can use this alternate lineup aiming at the corner shown and firing at max charge.
If that arrow is getting shot a lot, from the same position you can use this alternate lineup aiming at the corner shown and firing at max charge.
This will land on the scaffolding and serve the same purpose as the previous recon arrow
This will land on the scaffolding and serve the same purpose as the previous recon arrow

Defense: B Garage+Lobby Recon Arrow

Since playing A is more favorable for sSova players defending Split, we have a special recon arrow for B garage which can be used from A ramp. This can be fired immediately at the start of the round and comes in from an awkward angle from behind the attackers and lands in the entrance of B garage.

Stand in this corner of a ramp
Stand in this corner of a ramp
Align the top of your left diamond (bounce box) in the corner of the fence as shown and fire with 2 bounce, max charge
Align the top of your left diamond (bounce box) in the corner of the fence as shown and fire with 2 bounce, max charge.
The arrow will bounce off attackers' spawn and land in garage, scoping out both garage and b lobby
The arrow will bounce off attackers’ spawn and land in the garage, scoping out both the garage and b lobby

Defense: Mid-Recon Arrow

So you’re defending A but also need to support Mid? Don’t worry because we got you covered with another cheeky Recon arrow lineup which can be used from A ramp to scope out Mid. Stand in the same corner of A ramp and use this lineup. It will fly in from behind the enemy and land in Mid. When vents are smoked and enemies are pushing mid, use this lineup to get some free smoke bangs. 900 iq play right there.

Stand in this corner of a ramp
Stand in this corner of a ramp
Align the bottom of your left diamond (bounce box) in the corner of the fence and wall as shown and fire with 1 bounce, max charge.
Align the bottom of your left diamond (bounce box) in the corner of the fence and wall as shown and fire with 1 bounce, max charge.
The arrow will bounce off attackers' spawn and land in mid, scoping out enemy pushes and rotates.
The arrow will bounce off attackers’ spawn and land in mid, scoping out enemy pushes and rotates.

Split Shock Dart Lineups

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

Defense: A Ramp double-shock dart

This double shock dart lineup can be handy when the enemy is ganging up through A lobby. Once you hear a callout or detect enemies with your Recon, immediately use this lineup from Heaven.

FIrst, position yourself in this corner of heaven
First, position yourself in this corner of heaven
For the first shock dart aim to the left and align the left top of your charge bar with the corner of this geometry. Fire with 1 bounce max charge.
For the first shock dart aim to the left and align the left top of your charge bar with the corner of this geometry. Fire with 1 bounce max charge.
For the second shock dart immediately aim through this crevice and shoot with 1 bar of charge and 1 bounce.
For the second shock dart immediately aim through this crevice and shoot with 1 bar of charge and 1 bounce.
both shock darts will land here at the same time.
both shock darts will land here at the same time.

Defense: B Site default anti-plant Shock Dart

So you’re rotating from A to B and the enemy is about to plant at B default? Use this shock dart from Mailbox.

stand in this general location while rotating.
stand in this general location while rotating.
move until you align the hud elements as shown. fire with 1 bounce and 1 bar of charge.
move until you align the hud elements as shown. fire with 1 bounce and 1 bar of charge.
This will deter enemies from planting or get a cheeky kill on a low opponent.
This will deter enemies from planting or you can even get a cheeky kill on a low opponent.

Attack: A Site default post-plant Shock Dart

This shock dart lineup can be used from A lobby after planting in A default.

Stand in this corner in a lobby.
Stand in this corner in a lobby.
Align your crosshair horizontally just to the right of the scaffolding and vertically align against the tower as shown. Fire with 2 bars of charge.
Align your crosshair horizontally just to the right of the scaffolding and vertically align against the tower as shown. Fire with 2 bars of charge.
The shock dart will land here killing or deterring enemy defuses. Make sure to push in after the shock if there is a lot of time left.
The shock dart will land here killing or deterring enemy defuses. Make sure to push in after the shock if there is a lot of time left.

Attack: B Site default post-plant Shock Dart

This is a quick and easy shock dart you can use after planting at B default from the garage without exposing yourself too much. Another variant is also shown if the spike is planted for B garage.

Stand in this general area behind the boxes making sure not to be exposed from site.
Stand in this general area behind the boxes making sure not to be exposed from the site. be Careful of enemies pushing you.
For the Garage plant, Aim for this general location and fire.
For the Garage plant, Aim for this general location and tap to fire.
This will land on the spike killing or deterring enemy defusers.
This will land on the spike killing or deterring enemy defusers.
For default plant, aim for this location and fire with 1 bounce and 1 bar of charge.
For the default plant, aim for this location and fire with 1 bounce and 1 bar of charge.
This will land on the spike killing or deterring enemy defusers.
This will land on the spike killing or deterring enemy defusers.

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

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