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*sighs* This poor place. It clings to life. A city after my own heart

— Reyna (Match Start on Ascent)

Ascent is a launch map that was also the fourth map to be released in VALORANT.

Summary

"An open playground for small wars of position and attrition divide two sites on Ascent. Each site can be fortified by irreversible bomb doors; once they’re down, you’ll have to destroy them or find another way. Yield as little territory as possible."

Map Features

Ascent is a map set in Italy that features a large, open middle area that both teams can skirmish over. Mid is a playground for diverse ability use and successfully controlling the area opens additional routes for Attackers to both Spike sites.

The map's 'unique' feature is mechanical doors leading into sites. Each site has one door (A Link for A and Market for B) that is opened at the start of each round. Players can use a switch on the site side of the door (Next to the door on A and on a table in Toolshed on B) to close or open the door. These doors are impenetrable while closed, but players can damage the doors to eventually destroy them, leaving the doorway permanently open.

Callouts

  • A Site
  • B Site
  • Boat House
  • Bottom
  • Catwalk
  • Courtyard
  • Cubby
  • Garden
  • Link
  • Lobby
  • Main
  • Market
  • Pizza
  • Rafters
  • Site
  • Spawn
  • Top
  • Tree
  • Window
  • Wine

Update History

v2.09
  • Fixed an issue where players could sandwich themselves in between Sage’s Barrier Orb.png wall and mechanical doors

v1.02

  • Adjusted numerous locations to allow clearing angles to be a bit more straightforward in the following places
    • Defender spawn entrance
    • Attacker side of A Main (Including a self-boost to gain an additional angle to peek A Main as an attacker)
    • Garden entrance

v1.01

  • Fixed several spots where weapons were falling through the world and issues with wall penetration.

v1.0 - Added

  • Ascent will be slightly more common in Matchmaking rotation for the first few days of the patch


Trivia

  • Map coordinates at 45°26'BF" N 12°20'Q" E in San Marco, Venice, Italy.
  • The B site for Ascent appear to be similar to the Practice Map's Bomb Plant Practice.
  • Ascent was the first map ever made. Its later release date than the Beta maps was likely due to the map going through a lot of iteration[1]

Lore

  • Ascent was once a part of Venice before it rose out of the ground into its current floating position. The lead-up and fallout of this event have been shown in the cinematic DUELISTS and DUALITY, respectively
    • It is presumed that a Mirror Jett was able to plant and detonate a spike in Venice.
      • Before the existence of the Mirror Earth was revealed, Jett had a scrapped quote talking about how people though Venice was her fault, alluding to the fact that it wasn't Earth 1 Jett but the Mirror Jett who had caused the disaster.

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References

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