For callers and strat-makers IT GIVES A PRICE, there’s probably nothing more exciting than the day a new map drops. And that day will come again in January. 10, 2023, when Lotus released yes, yes Introducing Episode Six.
Set in India and heavily inspired by ancient Indian rock architecture, the Lotus has a Haven-like three-site layout, with two revolving temple doors that swing and alert everyone when in use, plus a breakable door in the A passage between the A main and B site.
After some extensive testing, along with some feedback from experts and content creators, we’ve come up with a definitive initial list of some of the most optimal agents to work with in Lotus.
The best agents to play in Lotus
Omen’s ability to accurately place smoke, combined with his ability to teleport, makes him a prime candidate for any Lotus composition. Defensively, an early smoke at a choke point on the offensive end can allow himself and other teammates to more safely exit an aggressive offside angle. Throwing smoke up the stairs during the attack is the gateway to a successful execution of Site A.
Lotus has plenty of nooks and crannies to teleport and hide in, and most hallways, corridors, and even sites are narrow enough for Paranoia to have a strong effect in most scenarios.
VALUE the newest agent It fits nicely into any Lotus composition, which makes sense considering the new map is essentially Lima’s home territory. The harbor’s control over the high tide water wall makes it easy to wall many angles on the site. For wider choke points that other controllers can’t cover with a single use of their smoke, his Cascade is perfect. Cove is also a great helper for any buck or pistol round, as is its Compute endpoint, given the sites small size.
Lotus for Viper has a lot of potential post-plant snakebite lineups, and on a three-map site like this, the map control that Viper can display using Poison Screen and Poison Cloud is invaluable. As mentioned above in the Omen section, the sites on Lotus aren’t that big, which makes her Viper’s Pit more useful even after the recent nerfs.
At Lotus you’ll see plenty of aggression from defenders and attackers alike as they try to gain control of key areas leading to sites and Lotus’s trademark revolving doors. Because of this, having Breach almost feels like a necessity to slow down the opponent’s aggressiveness. Additionally, Breach’s Rolling Thunder ultimate is one of the best ultimates you can get on Lotus if you’re going for a site run or rebuy.
Of the exploratory initiates like Skye, KAY/O, and Sova, the most useful in Lotus seems to be Fade. With all the different hiding spots and nooks and crannies to camp out in, utilities like Sova’s scouting dart and Skye’s Guiding Light can be easier to dodge than on other maps. The amount of ground that Fade Haunt can cover is very useful, especially for areas like A main and C main, and like Breach, it’s a great starter for anyone who executes or takes back his ultimate.
With three sites to deal with as a defender, having the Killjoy utility to completely choke off access to one greatly eases the burden on the rest of the team. In addition, with many angles and corners in a small off-site area, the Killjoy Lockdown is extremely powerful in execution or retreat.
Early aggression may be the theme of the Lotus, who better to back up that aggression than Jett? Either the Operator or the Jett with the rifle can get an early kill or even just get information and get back to safety, and there are so many high points that he can easily reach to catch opponents off guard all over the map.
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