Overview of Icebox:
Icebox is a very different map than most of Valorant’s other maps, which often makes for different play-styles and strategies of playing the game. In addition to this, Riot made some minor changes in a recent patch that slightly changed how attackers and defenders can play. It’s also good to realize that Icebox has vertical ropes on A-Site and B-Site, and a horizontal rope on A-Site. This makes for some very unique angles on high ground on either site.
Using Ropes on A-Site and B-Site:
Ropes on Icebox aren’t used super often, but they can be useful for reaching high ground where your opponents might not initially expect you. This especially applies for attacking A-Site, as the horizontal rope leads right into the enemy controlled A-Site. It’s also good to remember that ropes make a distinct noise unless crouched, which should be remembered when defending or using any rope.
Attacking A-Site on Icebox is the most common strategy in higher ranks, as it is often much easier to attack than mid or B-Site. The recent nerfs that lower the attacker’s high ground near A-Site helps defenders a little. When pushing onto site, there are many corners that the enemy could be. Make sure to comm when pushing onto site and clear every corner. Planting for A-Main is the most common strategy, as pushing up too far onto A-Site is generally bad if multiple enemies are alive. However, if your team is ahead, pushing into the enemy’s spawn can be useful for closing out rounds.
Defending A-Site can sometimes be hard, especially if the enemy team goes fast and together. Rotating takes a decent amount of time, allowing for enemies to overwhelm the one or two A-defenders and quickly plant. Stacking A-Site is not bad, but playing retake A-Site is better. Playing retake A-Site means to let the enemy team plant before taking any fights against them. This essentially turns your team into the attacking team, and can also allow for some better-coordinated attacks and flanks. It’s also worth noting that you can push A-Main early in the round, but it’s hard if your enemy expects it.
Attacking Mid on Icebox:
When playing on Icebox, mid generally gets a good amount of attention. When attacking you have three different places you can go: into the tube to kitchen, under the tube toward B-Site, or to the right of mid toward A-Site. It is also possible to get on top of the tube and fight people mid ramp or B-Site. Enemy players will often play in kitchen, on the middle-ramp, or both. Smoking mid ramp/boiler is generally a good idea before pushing. If the enemy smokes mid, beware of enemies with shotguns. Attacking kitchen is a good play as long as you don’t make it too obvious and don’t make too much noise.
Defending Mid on Icebox:
Defending mid on Icebox is most commonly done from mid ramp/boiler, as it is the safest way to defend this area. However, you can also help defend mid from the other side of the tube toward B-Site, or from inside of kitchen. Using jiggle peaking as a method to initially scout for enemies is good. Make sure to communicate which way it looks like the enemies are going, as this will help your teammates to better position themselves. Using longer-ranged weapons like a Sheriff, Vandal, or Operator can be used to play more aggressively when holding mid.
Attacking B-Site can sometimes be challenging for a few different reasons. The first is that the site is out in the middle of the defender’s territory, allowing enemies to come from multiple directions. Another common defense is holding B-Main with an Operator, which can be pretty frustrating. Once your team has control of site and gets the spike down, it’s best for the majority of your team to play around the yellow crate, or B-Main. However, having one of your teammates play aggressive for early picks when your team is ahead is also a good idea. Another thing to note for planting the spike is that some attacking teams use a Sage to more easily get the spike down on site early.
Defending on B-Site on Icebox can be played in many ways, making it harder for attackers to predict where you will be playing. Particularly agents like Jett and Omen have an advantage in B-Main with the many crates that are there. There are also many close corners to can play with shotguns. Another common spot to hold is from behind yellow crate with a rifle or sniper. You can also play on-site and catch enemies off-guard or help break a Sage’s wall early for the rest of your team. Above all, make sure to communicate where exactly enemies are or could be, as this site has some cheesy spots.
Icebox is a map that players generally don’t enjoy playing on, but there are definitely ways that you can play to maximize your chances of carrying and winning. Remember that communicating with your team and clearing corners is especially important on Icebox, as you are more easily punished for things you might otherwise get away with. Keeping your team on the same page is important too since any of your teammates getting picked could lead to a lost round for your team. Believe in yourself and remember not to give up even if your team is down by a lot! Carry and win or lose and learn.
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