Icebox tends to be a very good map for Sova on both attack and defense, as there are many open areas that his utility can heavily benefit from. With a solid recon dart lineup on this map, the entire enemy team can be revealed with a single scan. This gives your team a very strong advantage when taking fights with enemies. Below is a list of the best Sova recon darts for both attack and defense on Icebox!
Recon Darts for Icebox Defense:
A-Rafters to A-Belt (One Bounce and Three Charges):
This recon dart can be shot from the back left corner of A-Rafters to reveal any enemies pushing in from A-Belt. Once in the corner, place your crosshair on the line toward the ceiling as seen in the video above. Release this Sova lineup with one bounce and three charges.
Keep in mind that you should use this recon dart when enemies won’t expect it. I mention this because if you use this dart at the start of every round, enemies will begin to expect.
B-Hut to B-Main/B-Yellow (No Bounces and One Charge):
This Sova lineup is good if you are rotating from A-Site and want to reveal enemies that might be coming out of B-Main. For this lineup, you want to come into the corner up the stairs near kitchen. Once you are in the corner, place your second charge bar as seen in the video above. I purposely paused before shooting so you can see exactly how this lineup looks.
Once ready, shoot the recon dart with no bounces and one charge. Various parts of B-Main and B-Yellow will be scanned, giving your teammates toward B-Site very important information that could potentially with the entire round.
CT-Spawn to Retake A-Site (No Bounces and Three Charges):
As seen in the video above, this recon dart does not require you to stand in a specific position when shooting the lineup. Instead, you should make sure that you get the arrow to land on the flat part of the wall as seen above. This will scan the front side of A-Site as well as parts of A-Pipe/A-Nest. It’s worth noting that this arrow works best when you use three charges since that will make it travel the quickest.
It’s also good to keep in mind that you should let teammates know when this recon dart is coming, as they can wait and play off of it for optimal chances of winning the round.
B-Yellow to Mid-Blue and Outside of B-Main (One Bounce and Three Charges):
This recon dart is shot from the front corner of B-Yellow and reveals enemy players trying to walk up mid as well as enemies outside of B-Garage/B-Main. For the lineup, you will want to place the right side of your charge bar under the second black bar as seen in the video above. You can also look at my crosshair in the video for help with learning this lineup.
Since this arrow covers specific spots of mid and outside B-Main, this recon dart is best used right after a round starts. Most enemies won’t expect this arrow at first, as it is pretty uncommon to see in almost all games.
Kitchen/Mid-Boiler to Mid-Blue (No Bounces and Three Charges):
This recon dart can be shot from either Mid-Boiler or from Kitchen depending on where and how you are playing. The lineup is very simple, as you only need to make sure that you get the recon dart to land on the back white wall as shown in the video above.
It’s worth noting that this recon dart is somewhat common, so once you use it a few times, enemies will begin shooting it down before it has a chance to scan anyone.
Recon Darts for Icebox Attack:
A-Belt to A-Site (One Bounce and Three Charges):
This recon dart can be shot from A-Belt and reveals the whole left side of A-Site and inside of the high-ground on A-Site before pushing. It’s also worth noting that you can shoot this arrow without exposing yourself to enemies if you follow as shown in the video above.
The lineup requires you to simply place your crosshair somewhere along the wall as seen above, and release the arrow with one bounce and three charges.
Mid-Blue to Mid-Boiler/Close-Mid (One Bounce and Three Charges):
This recon dart can be shot from Mid-Blue when looking to get information for Mid-Boiler as well as Close-Mid. When lining this arrow up, make sure you shoot it from the same angle as seen in the video above. If you don’t use the same angle, it will bounce off in a completely different way.
The lineup requires you to place your crosshair on the corner of Tube in mid as seen above. Release the recon dart with one bounce and three charges.
It’s worth noting this arrow doesn’t have to be followed up with a push, as the information you can get from it is valuable enough.
B-Green for B-Cubby and B-Main (One Bounce and Three Charges):
This recon dart can be used to clear out the many corners and areas enemies can be hiding within B-Main and B-Cubby before pushing toward B-Site. Let your teammates know before shooting this recon dart, as they could potentially die to an enemy sitting in one of the spots that this arrow scans.
Lineup the black and yellow tape along the wall until it disappears to set up for this recon dart. Once positioned correctly, release the arrow with one bounce and three charges.
B-Main for B-Snowman (No Bounces and Three Charges):
This recon dart is great to use after your team has planted and you want to get information of enemy players near B-Snowman and CT-Spawn. Be cautious when shooting this dart, as if B-Snowman isn’t smoked off you will be slightly exposed.
There isn’t a specific lineup for this recon dart, as long you get it to land on the back wall toward B-Snowman.
As seen with the Sova recon dart lineups above, Icebox is a very good map for Sova. With proper timings on these lineups, you have the potential to completely outplay and destroy your opponents. Remember that good communication of when you plan on shooting your recon dart is important since teammates can alter their play-styles accordingly. Ultimately, you can easily master Sova on Icebox with some solid lineups like these as well as some shock dart lineups. Good luck in your competitive games!
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