3 Cypher Trapwire Setups for Split

3 Cypher Trapwire Setups for Split

Richard Brown

9/3/2020, 1:07:59 PM

Cypher’s Trapwire ability is one of his most valuable tools. Its main use is for stopping enemy pushes and watching flanks for valuable information. This guide demonstrates three Cypher Trapwire setups for Split, one of four maps in Valorant.

Cypher excels at gaining information without the risk of dying, and does so with the help of his Spycam and Trapwire abilities. This guide focuses on using the Trapwire ability to its highest potential by placing your tripwires in positions that enemies will not expect, or in positions that are difficult for enemies to destroy. By doing so, you will have an early warning on key areas of the map.

Due to the fact that Cypher is able to pick up and reuse the tripwires, there is almost no downside to setting up your tripwires before the round starts. If needed, you can always pick them up and reuse them mid-round. For this reason, having a few ‘go-to’ setups is a must for all Cypher players.

Cypher’s ‘Trapwire’ ability:

  • Places a destructible and invisible tripwire at the targeted location. This creates a line that spans between the placed location and the wall opposite. Enemy players who cross a tripwire will be tethered, revealed, and dazed after a short period if the device is not destroyed.
  • This ability can be picked up and reused if it has not been triggered or destroyed.
  • This ability costs 200 credits and you are able to purchase two of them.



This Trapwire setup will require you to place a Spycam to watch the Ramp position, or to have the second player on A watching it. From A-site you are then able to hide towards Back-A and only peek out once the first Trapwire has been tripped. After you’ve taken contact there, you can then reposition yourself further back and be ready to peak out again when the second Trapwire is tripped. This will give you two favorable engagements, while also buying time for your teammates to rotate in. It also allows you the option to hide completely and only take contact again when your teammates are in position.

Cypher Trapwire Split - A-site
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This is a fairly standard defensive setup if you are watching Heaven. You can position yourself behind the box and be ready to peek out when the first Trapwire is tripped. You are then able to hold that position or fall back towards spawn, only peeking out again when the second Trapwire is tripped. This will provide enough time for the player on B to reposition if needed. This allows you the option of holding Heaven, but also being able to fall back if abilities force you to retreat.

Image via Riot Games


This setup can be used in combination with a Spycam to check towards B-long. This is more of a passive setup, allowing you to stay alive behind the site pillar. With these Trapwires in place, you can focus your attention on enemy players coming around the other side of the pillar. You will be able to stay alive for as long as possible, allowing time for your teammates rotate in. You will also potentially be able to stop the Spike from being planted, as there are two Trapwires covering the standard plant position.

Image via Riot Games

It’s always good to know as many different Trapwire setups as possible. Using the same setup over and over again will become less effective as the match progresses. Remember to switch it up to keep your opponents guessing.

If you enjoyed these three Cypher Trapwire setups for Split, be sure to check out our other guides for Bind, Haven and Ascent. We also have Cypher camera guides for the maps Ascent, BindSplit and Haven.

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Richard Brown

Ex semi-pro player and coach from the South African CS:GO scene. I have a passion for esports and am excited to be covering the newly developing Valorant scene!