Shroud Reacts to Astra, the Latest Valorant Agent

Published 03/01/2021, 6:46 AM EST
SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek stands onstage prior to the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 in the San Jose Convention Center on October 27, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)


Riot Games’ new addition to Valorant comes in the form of Astra, a new controller agent. The agent, who’s quite literally out of this world, has taken players by a storm. Her versatility and power also impressed popular streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek.

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SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek plays Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 in the San Jose Convention Center on October 27, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

Shroud tried out Astra to get an idea about her abilities and how he can use the controller in the game. Not only is her practical use extraordinary but her aesthetics are also a sight for sore eyes. Naturally, Milke loved all the work Riot has put in designing their latest agent.

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Astra leaves Shroud mouth wide open

Right from the first look, Shroud was absolutely in love with the new Valorant agent. When he realized all the things she could do in-game, his feelings for her only grew stronger. He called Astra the most creative agent in the game so far.

Jeeeesus! Alright, Astra, let’s see what you got.”

Initially, Mike was confused by all the different abilities Astra has to offer. However, as he got around to playing around with her stars and her ultimate, Shroud found it hard to hide his excitement.

The heck is at the bottom of my screen? What are those orbs? What am I looking at? Okay, well, let’s hit my ult. Holy, this is, oh my! This is…let’s click it right here. Okay! That’s cool!

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Couple of tips on how to play Astra in Valorant

While trying out Astra, Shroud figured out a few smart ways to use her. While these tricks are certainly going to give players an upper hand, they are not easy to learn. The new controller agent in Valorant has a steep learning curve. Players need to be extremely precise while placing her stars. Moreover, the timings of their activation also need to be perfect.

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Pressing C activates one of Astra’s stars enabling the Gravity Well ability. This pulls opponents towards the center of the orb, crippling them for the duration. A cool trick that Mike showed his fans was how players can delay the spike plant. If Astra placed her star close enough to the site and activated her Gravity Well ability, she can pull away the player planting the spike.

Players can also use a combo of her ult, Cosmic Divide, and the E ability, Nebula. Placing two smoke orbs and the wall, Astra can block players’ vision from all angles.

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In the hands of players like Shroud, Astra can prove to be a dominating force. While she is definitely way too powerful, the steep learning curve clearly balances her use. It would be interesting to see how she fits in the Valorant competitive gameplay.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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