Hey guys! Today I’ll talk about one of my favorite agents in Valorant. Omen is an amazing agent that brings insane utility to the team.
I am a professional Valorant player in Boosting Factory’s Valorant boosting squad and I often play Omen during my boosts.
Today I’ll teach you everything you need to know about him, how to play him, tips and tricks, and even how to counter him. So let’s dive in!
Omen’s Role in Valorant
Omen’s official role given by Valorant’s team is Controller. What controller means is that he is good in, well, controlling the enemy team. To translate, Omen is good in zoning and pushing with his smokes, eliminating their vision and even scouting.
He is great both in getting solo kills or playing as a valuable agent that brings utility to his team in coordinated gameplay. Before we go deeper, let’s understand his abilities first.
I will now tell you all of Omen’s abilities, how do they work, and even tips for each of the abilities.
Shrouded Step costs 150 credits and can hold two charges. It allows Omen to teleport a short distance after a short channel, the distance can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal, which means he can teleport on boxes, steps and even havens.
Therefore, look to the skies!
You can also use it to peak angles where you know the enemy is, for example, you heard the enemy aiming at your angle or you even fought before, you can now teleport to the opposite side of the angle and surprise him because he’s aiming at the one you’ve been at.
However, good players might not fall for this trick, but you can turn their skills against them, cast the teleport on top of your current location, make a sound and make the enemy think that you’ve either teleported to the other angle, or somewhere else, throwing him off guard and scoring you a kill.
Another great trick with teleport on Bind where there are actual teleporters in the game, especially the middle one. What you need to practice is, casting your teleport right outside of the teleporter portal, and when you’re nearly done with channeling, go in the portal which will make a loud sound to all enemies thinking that you entered the teleporter, but you will teleport back where you started with your Shrouded Step and confuse enemies. Practice this in practice range to get it just right every time.
Be careful because enemies can also hear the final destination of your teleport ,but just a lot quieter. So if you teleported close to them, they might know exactly where you are.
Dark Cover is Omen’s smoke ability. It’s quite large and can be cast anywhere in the 80 meters range. While it’s very similar to Brimstone’s smoke, one of the differences is that the Omen’s smokes are free on every round.
Omen can hold 2 smokes, and when you use one, it goes on a 35 second cooldown, and then it can be used again. The mechanics can be confusing because you can switch with the R key to the void realm, and normal realm. You get one smoke for free, and second one costs 100 credits.
Dark Cover Tips
Void real will allow you to place smokes more strategically while “seeing” through walls, but it gets some time to get used to it. While placing smokes in a normal realm gives you fewer options but doesn’t require you to get used to it. Of course, I strongly suggest you learn the void realm and how the maps look in there because you don’t want to make bad habits.
Also, a neat thing is that when a teammate sees an enemy, you will see them in the void realm exactly where they are anywhere on the map. A pretty neat thing.
If you place the smoke in the air, it will fall down until it touches the first “ground”, whether that’s an elevated area such as haven, or simply the ground level. You can also see exactly where your smoke will land, and when it lands on the minimap, use it to your advantage.
Another tip many Omens use to gain ground or push is the following, place a smoke near you in the direction where you want to push, get in it, place another smoke further at the max teleport range, and simply teleport to it. Be wary, players are aware of this trick and you cannot use it all the time because they’ll simply wait for you there.
However, there’s a cure for that too. If they realize what you’re doing, make it a fake one just like I explained above regarding fake teleports, teleport on top of yourself in the first smoke, make them think you’re now in the second one, and be creative with what you’re going to do with that info. :)
Paranoia costs 300 creds and it has one charge, works similar to Reyna’s Leer
. However, not exactly the same. Omen fires a shadow bolt forward and reduces the vision range and sound cues to all players hit in its way.
It also goes through objects and walls. Many players make the mistake of using it incorrectly and actually missing it often when it’s actually fairly easy to land due to its wide radius. When you press the E key, check your minimap to see the width and length of the ability, it’s pretty huge and hard to dodge in narrow spaces.
Paranoia is also great for checking angles such as the Garage on Ascent. If you’re coming through the double door from the outside, cast paranoia on one angle, and when you’re going in, have the crosshair at the opposite angle, if the first angle is clear, instantly move to the paranoid angle and kill if someone is there.
It’s also neat to cast paranoia down the chokepoint and teleport behind them because their sound is also impaired, and pick up a free kill from the back.
Paranoia also blinds teammates so be careful with it.
Ultimate - From The Shadows
Omen’s ultimate requires 7 points to be cast. It allows Omen to teleport ANYWHERE on the map. When you cast it, a minimap opens, you select where you want to teleport, and it takes 3 seconds before you’re ready for action once again.
However, during those 3 seconds, Omen is visible as a shadow on the target location, he can’t shoot but he can look around, he can also get “killed” as enemies can destroy the shadow and cancel his teleport, he can also cancel the ult himself by pressing the key once again.
Omen Ultimate Tips
One of the basic tricks with the ultimate is to teleport all the way back to the enemy spawn and try to flank someone, however, this is one of the most predictable ways, so be careful if you know the enemies aren’t stupid.
A more skilled Omen such as one of our Valorant boosters
will use better places to teleport at, such as the back of bomb sites, not directly to havens and so on, where they’re close to a strategic position, but not directly on it as that’s expected.
One other trick you can do as an attacker is to try and push one bomb site as 5, but slowly, preferably forcing all 5 of enemies to rotate to that site, then when there are around 30 seconds left, ultimate to the opposite side of the map site and plant the bomb there.
You can also do a fake one just like with other Omen’s abilities, make them think you teleported to the other side, have the enemy team send 1 or 2 there, while 5 of you push the first initial site.
You need to be careful with ulting, especially when you know someone is around but did not kill your shadow, it could be that they’re hiding and waiting for you to fully teleport there, just to get a kill on you.
And the last trick that many Omens do is use the ultimate for scouting, simply cast the ultimate in a super visible position where enemies are, quickly look around and gather intel, then cancel the ultimate and devise a push strategy now that you know where they are, and make it as fast as possible because you don’t want to give them time to reorganize.
How to Counter Omen
This section is for you, the next pro Omen, as well. You need to understand that when you cast Shrouded Step teleport, you make a fairly loud sound from the spot where you teleported from and a very quiet sound at the destination. Therefore, enemies nearby will hear that you used teleport and extremely nearby enemies will also know where you teleported.
A good player will then be more alerted and carefully check for the usual teleport spots I mentioned earlier such as on top of boxes, haven etc.
When Omen uses his ultimate, he emits a sound at the target location, allowing anyone who wants to know where he is to hear him if he pays attention and is close enough.
Wrapping it up
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