Our Valorant Agent tier list for Patch 8.0 ranks the best and worst Agents in Episode 8 Act 1.
Valorant Patch 8.0 went live today with numerous gameplay, map, and Agent changes. Not only is Icebox back in the map rotation, but Lotus also received significant improvements. Plus, the Outlaw Sniper, the first new weapon in Valorant since the beta, arrived with some pretty broken damage rates. The biggest news for the update, though, is once again the numerous buffs and nerfs handed out to fan-favorite Agents, like Killjoy.
Check out where each Agent ranks in Episode 8 Act 1 after the recent changes in Patch 8.0.
Valorant Patch 8.0 Agent Tier List
Raze, Viper, and Skye are still the three best Agents in Valorant. After Jett was nerfed in Episode 7, Raze became the top Duelist in the game and has stayed there in Patch 8.0. Viper remains the unquestionable best Controller in Valorant, and Skye's healing abilities catapult her into the top Initiator spot.
For the first time in a very long time, Killjoy is no longer in the S-Tier. Riot Games delivered a hefty nerf to the fan-favorite Agent in Patch 8.0 that dropped the Sentinel to the A-Tier. Now, Killjoy's Turret (E) vision radius is just 100 degrees, forcing players "to make clearer choices about what area of the map her Turret will cover."
As for the other Agents in the A-Tier, each of them provide unique abilities in a match that outshine the Agents relegated in the lower tiers. Cypher, for example, earned his A-Tier spot after Riot Games buffed the Sentinel in Episode 7. Omen, Sova, Brimstone, and Fade have always been impactful Agents, and we all know what Jett is capable of, even after the developers nerfed her in Episode 7. In fact, Jett could arguably be in the S-Tier.
The B-Tier is full of solid choices that players might want to run on certain maps or in certain team comps. For example, Gekko is a great choice for Lotus, and Harbor excels on Icebox. If you find yourself solo-queuing with players who insta-lock Reyna, Killjoy, and Sova, you will want to give Iso, the newest Valorant Agent, a try.
Although Breach is not as effective as Skye or Sova, he is still a well-rounded Initiator that will help you gain map control when you most need it.
The C-Tier Agents are unremarkable and unpopular choices in Valorant, both competively and casually. However, Deadlock is the newest addition to the list. The Sentinel from Norway has been a steady pick for the D-Tier ever since she was released, but Riot Games delivered a buff to the Agent in Patch 8.0. Now, Deadlock's Sonic Sensor(Q) is recallable in a round, concusses enemies in just half a second, and has an increased pickup distance of 27m.
Although the changes make Deadlock a "better" Agent, she is still at the bottom of the pack, and will not crack into the meta anytime soon.
Once again, Phoenix resides in the D-Tier. He is undoubtedly the worst Duelist, especially with the introduction of Iso, and rarely makes as large of an impact as other Agents on the map. KAY/O is arguably a C-Tier Agent, but his low pick rate solidifies himself in our lowest tier. The developers nerfed the Agent back in Episode 5 and he just never truly recovered.