VALORANT players agree that VCT matches, as well as pro play in general, do not represent the reality of the ladder.
In many tiers, players don't have the same meta as others, except in Radiant and Immortal, which are VALORANT's highest-ranked levels.
According to Blitz.gg, Sage is the most-picked agent in Iron and Bronze tiers, the second-most-picked agent in Silver and Gold, and the third-most-picked in higher tiers. In Radiant and Immortal ranks, however, she is nowhere to be seen at the top. She only features average pick rates, with 4.7 percent in Radiant.
In all three Immortal tiers, she's also in the middle of the pack, although she's less picked at each superior rank (6.4 to 5.4 percent, from Immortal Three to One). Here's a diagram of her pick rate, depending on the ranked division.
Sage is well-known in lower and medium tiers, but she has also a decent win rate in those tiers. Her statistics generally follow the same pattern on that subject: lower the tier, higher the win rate.
Sage's playstyle, which emphasizes her healing potential and abilities, is a good explanation for her stats, as well as her pure goal. Players may gain trust in her products thanks to her superior utility.
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Sage's comeback is game-breaking, and her healing allows her allies to make mistakes yet still win a round. In higher levels, however, Sage can be difficult to navigate because enemies are usually more coordinated and will negate her utility potential more easily.
Sage is a niche pick rather than the go-to choice due to her crowd control abilities, such as her slowed byb and wall.