Last weekend’s VALORANT invite may hint at the competitive meta leading up to the First Strike event, the first tournament produced by Tac Shooter Riot. Sixteen teams competed in the Renegades x Nerd Street Gamers Invitational for their share of a $ 10,000 prize pool, including big names like Cloud9, Immortals, T1 and Twitch Ninja’s team, Time In. And VALORANT’s most mysterious agent, Omen, has been played in 99% of matches, according to VLR.gg. Conversely, the once popular Sage was not even picked once after being hit by many nerfs in patch 1.07.Screengrab via VLR.ggOmen The popularity of VLR.ggOmen isn’t much of a boost. surprise given that he can do anything. The Agent has two free Global Smokes that replenish after a cooldown, an awning that has the potential to obscure the vision of an entire team, and mobility for repositioning and surpassing potential. Unless Riot gets in the way of the Versatile Agent, his high pick rate will likely carry over into the First Strike event. The second and third most-selected agents at the Renegades x NSG Invitational were Sova and Cypher, respectively. Both agents can spot and offer a lot of information to elite teams to capitalize on. In the Pop Flash, PAX Arena, FaZe Clan, and Pittsburgh Knights tournaments, Cypher has participated in the most matches. But it looks like the Watchtower has been dethroned.With intel and anti-flank being so important in the game’s elite stages, the two are likely to be found in most team rosters out there. ‘future.Image via Riot Games While Viper and Brimstone boasted of picking extremely low rates in last weekend’s event, Sage was the only agent to appear in zero matches. The nerves to her healing, barrier, and slowness seemingly propelled her well outside the competitive meta. And it’s unlikely to be chosen in future events with much better options across the board. VALORANT’s new map (Icebox) and Agent (Skye) will be available for competitive mode on October 27. points and a lot of verticality, favoring agents like Jett, Killjoy and Breach. And Skye offers plenty of scouts, as well as a heal, potentially cranked up in the pro meta, with Andbox taking first place and $ 6,000 on the invite, followed by a new line of Immortals in second and C9 in third. Fans also got to see the new T1 lineup with Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham back in action. Qualifications for VALORANT’s largest North American event to date, First Strike, begin October 26. in December for a prize pool of $ 100,000.