While Riot Games detailed the upcoming balance changes for Chamber, Fade, and Cypher in its new State of the Agents blog post, it also included a cheeky teaser for Valorant Agent 21 (codenamed Mage) – the next Agent to join the list.
Featuring a seemingly indescribable notebook, glass of tea and snacks overlooking a harbor, the photo holds several clues to the next agent’s origins.
John “RiotMEMEMMEME” Goscicki, Senior Character Producer at Riot Games, penned the accompanying article, dropping a handful of not-so-subtle hints about Agent 21’s abilities.
Valorant Agent 21 is an Indian controller with water-based abilities
The teaser also shows a piece of what appears to be India Gate, a monument in Mumbai, India. The distinct arches clearly belong to the historic structure, erected to commemorate the landing of King George V.
The walkway also faces the port of Mumbai, which lines up with the boats and open waters seen in the photo.
Shown from the perspective of Agent 21, the photo also includes a glass of chai, an Indian tea drink and a plate of samosa chaat.
The pencil in the middle of the notebook is a nod to Nataraj pencils, a popular brand in India, with distinctive red and black stripes and a black tipped top.
A map of the Indian subcontinent is in the notebook, with the location of the city of Mumbai marked on it. An arrow points out of Mumbai, similar to the map on the training field board.
In the practice field, the second slot also comes with a small image of a symbol that looks a lot like a Hamsa hand.
If you needed more proof of the Indian origins of Agent 21 (referred to as Varun Batra), Goscicki’s blog ends with a short Hindi message – Jald hi milte hain – which translates to “see you soon”.
The rest of his message is framed in references to water, bolstering previous theories that the next agent would have water-related abilities. More temptingly, this all confirms that the agent will be a controller, marking the first smoke agent introduced to the game since Astra in March 2021.
“We’ve seen controllers struggling a bit,” he wrote. Agent 21 may also be able to influence the game in a manner similar to Viper, with Goscicki describing Agents who can cover large open areas as a “blue ocean of opportunity”.
“We’ve soaked it long enough, and Agent 21 is almost ready to go out,” he teased. However, he refrained from revealing more details, saying he didn’t want to “inundate” players with too much information.
You can read the full blog post here.
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