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All Agent buffs and nerfs in Valorant update 1.11: Killjoy, Breach and Cypher

Published: 27/Oct/2020 17:33

by Lauren Bergin

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While Skye is clearly the most exciting aspect of the new Valorant 1.11 update, let’s not forget the other agents who have received some attention this patch. 

Patch 1.11 has seen a wealth of updates to the Valorant world but the game’s newest agent, Skye, has certainly managed to steal the limelight from her fellow agents. Hailing from Australia and taking the concept of eco warrior to a whole new level, Skye is certainly something to be excited about.

Yet there a lot of other things to be excited (and slightly disappointed) over regarding the game’s newest patch. S-Tier character Cypher has seen some game-changing nerfs that may possibly end his current reign of terror, and there’s been a bit more balance introduced to stabilize Killjoy and Breach.

So yes, get excited about Skye but spare a thought to some of our favorite Sentinels and Infiltrators. Check out the full patch notes for all of the information regarding some of our favorite agents.

Breach's abilities in Valorant.
Riot Games / Dexerto
Breach is one of the three Agents to receive significant adjustments.

Agent Changes:

Infiltrator

Breach

The main change to the Infiltrator class comes in the form of changes to Breach. The increase in his Full Flash time from 1.75 – 2 makes him a slightly less dominant force, but he still remains one of the game’s most powerful agents.

  • Breach: Full flash time increased from 1.75 >>> 2

Read more: Valorant players call for big changes to Rank system in Act III.

Sentinel

Killjoy

It’s the Sentinel class, however, that’s seen the biggest amount of adjustment this time around. This was to be expected, considering Killjoy was earning a bit of a reputation for being overpowered. The main changes taking place are to her turret, which as less cooldown but a now deactivate when she moves out with a 40m radius of the tiny bundles of bullet infested joy.

This also applies to her Alarmbot, which has seen significant buffs. The cooldown of the Alarmbot after pickup has been reduced from 20 seconds to 7, with the radius at which they are detected being decreased from 9m to 7m.

A final change has been made to her Nanoswarm, whose detection range has been decreased from 5m to 3.5m but the damage has been buffed from 40/s to 45/s. The damage also ticks much more smoothly, ending the burst damage that the Nanoswarm does and simplifying how it does damage.

Deactivation Range

  • Alarmbot and Turret now deactivate if she is more than 40m away from them—reentering the 40m range reactivates her little friends.

Turret

  • Cooldown after pickup reduced from 20 seconds >>> 10 seconds

Nanoswarm

  • Range at which Nanoswarm can be detected decreased from 5m >>> 3.5m
  • Damage increased from 40/s >>> 45/s
  • Damage now ticks smoother and faster while in Nanoswarm, instead of in chunks of 10 every ¼ of a second

Alarmbot

  • Range at which Alarmbot can be detected decreased from 9m >>> 7m
  • Cooldown after pickup reduced from 20 seconds >>> 7 seconds.

    Killjoy Valorant
    Riot Games
    Killyjoy, Valorant’s most recent addition, has received a lot of attention this patch.

Cypher

The other agent who has seen quite significant nerfs is Cypher, whose Trapwire and Spy Cameras are now visible and destroyed after the agent is killed. This ends his reign of silent terror, allowing the other agents to tread a little heavier – but not too heavy, after all.

  • Trapwire – disabled and revealed upon death.
  • Spy Cameras – disabled and revealed upon death.

So while Skye is a particularly exciting new addition to the Valorant agent roster, this collection of buffs and nerfs could see the game’s meta start to change. It’ll be exciting to watch how the meta changes around Skye and changes to adapt to these new buffs and nerfs, and this is made even more exciting by the imminent esports scene. Strap in, it’s going to be wild.

 

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Rocket League Season 2: new Rocket Pass, car, arena, player anthems, more

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:56

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Rocket League’s first season since going cross-platform and free-to-play is coming to an end, but that means Season 2 is around the corner, and it’s set to be even more exciting than the first, with new cars, cosmetics, a new arena, and more.

Rocket League has reached new heights since going cross-platform and free-to-play. It’s become more accessible and merged its player-base into one massive community. These changes have helped the game explode in popularity once again.

The first season in the new era was a huge success. It introduced some new features and improvements that were well-received among old and new players alike. However, the show must go on, and although Season 1 is coming to an end, Season 2 is on the horizon. Here’s everything you need to know.

Rocket Pass: New Cars and Cosmetics

Rocket League Season 2 includes an exciting new Rocket Pass. It’s jam-packed with 70 tiers of unlocks that all revolve around a common theme; lights and sounds. It comes in two tiers, although the free one is limited.

Players will be able to get their hands on everything from fresh new decals, fancy light show explosions, and wheels that look like subwoofers. However, a brand new car exclusive to Rocket Pass Premium is the biggest drawcard.

Rocket Pass Premium owners will unlock the R3MX immediately. It’s an exotic sports car with a cyberpunk twist. But the excitement doesn’t end there. They’ll also be able to unlock an even better version, the R3MX GXT, in the final tier.

Rocket league season 2
Psyonix
The brand new R3MX car is exclusive to Rocket Pass Premium owners in Rocket League Season 2.

Neon Fields

Rocket League is not all about cars and cosmetics, though. It’s also about the bright and colorful arenas that host all the battles. In Season 2, players will be graced with an exciting new level called Neon Fields.

It has an awesome retro theme with neon shades of blue, pink, purple, and yellow. It also stays true to the lights and sounds with an enormous speaker attached to the roof with an equalizer behind the stands.

Rocket league season 2
Psyonix
Rocket League’s latest arena, Neon Fields, looks like a blast.

Player Anthems

Last but not least, Rocket League Season 2 will introduce a new customization option called Player Anthems. You’ll be able to select a song from Rocket League’s awesome soundtrack and have it blasting in the background every time you score a goal.

What’s more, Rocket League Season 2 will also feature new music and content from Kaskade, an immensely popular DJ affiliated with the Monstercat label. Some of his songs, including two new ones, will be available as Player Anthems too.

Rocket league season 2
Psyonix
Rocket League Season 2 is set to be even better than the first.

When does Rocket League Season 2 launch?

Rocket League Season 2 launches on December 9. However, the pre-season update goes live a day earlier on December 8 at 4 pm PDT. 

The update will also include next-gen improvements on Xbox Series X and S and other quality-of-life tweaks and bug fixes.