Valorant Agent Tier List May 2022

DBLTAP's Agent tier list for Valorant Episode 4 Act 3, updated for May 2022.
DBLTAP's Agent tier list for Valorant Episode 4 Act 3, updated for May 2022. / Image courtesy of Riot Games

Our Valorant Agent tier list for May 2022 is here to break down which of the characters are the best to use now that the new meta has settled down a bit once again in Episode 4 Act 3.

With the launch of the new act, Riot Games made some dramatic changes to a handful of Agents all while introducing the game's fifth Initiator, Fade. Here is how the Agents stack up in Valorant Episode 4 Act 3 in May 2022.

Valorant May 2022 Agent Rankings

S Tier

  • Chamber
  • Jett

Kicking off the list are the two Agents that remain no-brainer, consistently useful picks in almost all formats. Despite the hits that Chamber took in Patch 4.09, as well as those that Jett got in Patch 4.08, they are still the base ingredients for dropping high-frag games. Their utility and devastating ultimate abilities define rounds and how teams have to play.

A Tier

  • Fade
  • Reyna
  • Omen
  • Sova
  • Viper
  • KAY/O
  • Skye
  • Breach
  • Raze
  • Sage
  • Brimstone

In A Tier are 11 Agents that all have clear uses for certain maps. Fade has debuted pretty successfully both in pubs and pro play, being an irritant for aggressive defenders playing off-angles. Being that in about 95% of competitive games (Platinum rank and below), Reyna players continue to wreak havoc off of sheer gunplay, it's hard to keep her out of A Tier. Just keep in mind that she isn't as great at higher levels of play. Viper and Omen certainly feel as though they are the only smoke Agents you need, outside of Brimstone for Fracture and Bind. Post nerf, the high-skill-ceiling Russian archer Sova has certainly dropped in popularity a bit, opening up some more diversity in the Initiator pick pool. In general, it's a great time for flex/Initiator players as KAY/O, Skye, Breach and Raze have all become necessities for certain maps (e.g. KAY/O on Breeze and Ascent, Skye on Bind and Haven, Breach on Fracture, and Raze on Bind and Split). Lastly, Sage remains to be nearly a must-pick for Icebox.

B Tier

  • Killjoy
  • Cypher
  • Neon
  • Astra

There four Agents in B Tier are still viable, but have clear alternatives that most teams could prioritize. A sign of the seemingly struggling state of Sentinels at the moment, Killjoy and Cypher are pretty niche picks as it takes some sturdy setups to still get good value from picking them. Neon was somewhat questionably nerfed despite already being a rare pick. Astra has really fallen from grace, but is still useful since she can smoke from anywhere on the map.

C Tier

  • Yoru
  • Phoenix

Lastly, in C Tier are Agents you just almost never see in competitive Valorant settings. Unless you're going for TikTok clips or your in-game name is PRX f0rsakeN, WhoFramedMe or Eggster, it's hard to justify locking in Yoru. Phoenix is clearly next in line as the character that is in dire need of a buff. If you enjoyed playing Phoenix, you might as well just learn and play KAY/O right now.

For more on Valorant, be sure to check out our 2022 VCT Stage 1: Masters Reykjavík content:

Additionally, feel free to check out our Weapon Tier List for May 2022.