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Viktor set for preseason rework in League of Legends patch 10.21

Published: 30/Sep/2020 8:54 Updated: 30/Sep/2020 8:56

by Isaac McIntyre

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Viktor is set to receive a minor preseason League of Legends rework as part of the overall Season 11 balance changes, to “hopefully” bring him in line with the Mythic and Legendary items being released in LoL patch 10.21 on the PBE.

The Machine Herald has always had one major focus in his kit: earn upgrades for his iconic Hex Core item linked to his passive, and take over the game with bonus ability power.

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Riot is set to make sweeping changes to the mid laner’s passive, Glorious Evolution, as part of the Season 11 preseason update, however. Gone is Viktor’s old prototype Hex Core; in its place are “Evolution points,” which have to be unlocked mid-game.

Each evolution point upgrades a spell, and grants Viktor +10% total ability power.

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In exchange, the Hex Core upgrades are now gated. Evolution points can only be accessed “when Viktor completes a Mythic or Legendary tier item,” many of which are class-specific purchases that mages cannot unlock in Season 11.

Classic Viktor skin in League of Legends
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Viktor is in line for huge changes to his Hex Core passive in the next few League of Legends updates.

The passive changes aren’t the only switch Riot Games is planning to make in the mini Viktor rework either. His E ability, known as “Death Ray,” will have its mana cost dropped by as much as 20 each level. It will now cost 90 mana at max rank.

The ability’s laser ratio has been upped slightly too, from 0.6 to 0.7. This is paired with a tiny drop ⁠— 0.6, down from 0.7 on live LoL servers ⁠— for his Death Ray’s Aftershock ratio.

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Viktor is currently considered one of the weakest mid lane picks in League Season 10. He has a 49.30% win rate in platinum and above, according to stat-tracking site Lolalytics, with just a measly 2.17% play rate. He is banned in 0.17% of games.

Viktor has struggled to find his feet in League of Legends ranked in the past few seasons.
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Viktor has struggled to find his feet in League of Legends ranked in the past few seasons.

Viktor changes dubbed “absolute joke”

While Riot Games turning their attention to the struggling Machine Herald is likely welcome news for many Viktor mains, the changes the League developers have trotted out on the LoL testing server in patch 10.21 have been less than well-received.

“He doesn’t become a real character until 10k gold?” League player CaptainCalpin said on /r/ViktorMains after the changes were revealed. “What an absolute joke.”

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It was a sentiment others shared too. One called the changes “very concerning,” while some said Viktor would be “worse than ever” post-patch 10.21. Another called for the forum to “become a Veigar subreddit” until changes were reverted.

The main issue Viktor players have, as Dexerto understands, is that Viktor’s early power has been lessened considerably with the loss of the Hex Core item.

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Add to this the fact that each of his abilities are considered “hot dookie” without the new Evolution upgrades, and it puts Viktor in an even worse state than before.

Robot Viktor in League of Legends.
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Viktor fans are less than pleased with the Machine Herald’s planned patch 10.21 changes.

Riot Games has yet to respond to the patch 10.21 rework criticism. They have shown a willingness to listen to League of Legends players who main characters in the past though.

If the Viktor changes do stick beyond the PBE server, expect these to hit the Rift around the same time as the Mythic & Legendary item overhauls. For all the details on League’s new preseason changes, catch up right here.

All planned Viktor changes in patch 10.21

Passive

  • Viktor no longer starts with Hexcore in his inventory, and cannot purchase upgrades.
  • Viktor gains an Evolution point when he completes a Mythic or Legendary-tier item.
  • Each evolution upgrades a spell and grants +10% total ability power, permanently.

E ⁠— Death Ray

  • Mana cost 70/80/90/100/110 ⇒ 50/60/70/80/90
  • Laser ratio 0.6 ⇒ 0.7.
  • Aftershock ratio 0.7 ⇒ 0.6.
Valorant

Valorant Act 3 update v1.10 patch notes: Icebox map, Competitive changes

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:47 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:52

by Calum Patterson

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Valorant Episode 1, Act 3 is finally here, as update 1.10 rolls out across all regions. The update brings a new map, competitive changes, and a host of bug fixes. Check out the full patch notes below.

In addition to what’s included here, the next Agent is also coming in Act III, but unfortunately, players have to wait a bit to try her out.

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Icebox, the new map, was pushed live a bit earlier than planned, but this comes at the cost of Skye, the new Agent, being pushed back to October 27.

For now, Icebox will only be playable in unranked, casual matches, before it too is added to competitive on October 27. This should give you sometime to get to grips with it, before risking your rank.

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Valorant 1.10 patch notes

Map Updates

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New map: Icebox

Riot has provided an overview of the new map:

Each Icebox site is a complex combat space that features plenty of cover and verticality. This map emphasizes skirmishes, sharp aim, and adaptive play. There’s also a zipline that amplifies the feeling of quick action and verticality.

As we’re releasing Icebox ahead of schedule, we are going to be releasing it in a “beta” state for at least two weeks. During this time, the map will be available to play in Unrated, Spike Rush, and Deathmatch modes. We’re going to continue to optimize the performance on the map as well as continue to fix any bugs that might appear. If all goes well, Icebox will then become available for play in the Competitive queue on October 27th.

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  • Early in the patch, players queuing for Unrated will more often get placed on Icebox
  • Ascenders (Ropes) / Ziplines
    • Acceleration adjusted to prevent sudden shifts in direction (this was added last patch but wasn’t in the patch notes because well, you might start asking about ziplines)
    • Added weapon tagging when shot while on Ascenders
    • These changes are intended to make players that are using Ascenders and Ziplines less evasive during combat.

Ascent and Bind
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Competitive updates

As promised, there are some changes coming to competitive mode in Act 3. You can check out a full breakdown of these changes here.

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As part of the patch notes, Valorant Senior Producer Ian Fielding has given a quick explanation:

Competitive Act II will end with Patch 1.10 and roll into the start of Act III. This means progress towards your Act Rank for Act II will be saved and you’ll be put back into placement matches for Act III. Let’s see how you stack up with the new content and changes in Act III.Good luck on the climb!

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Competitive players will receive their Act Rank Badge for Act II and can start making progress on their badge for Act III. The center of your Act Rank Badge is your ninth best ranked win, but you’ll also be able to see your highest rank achieved at the top of the badge.The badge displays only for Competitive games and is displayed on the player card in: Competitive lobbies, map load, in-game combat report, and End-of-Game: MVP. This is a new system we are trying out, so we look forward to hearing your feedback.

  • You can now select your preferred server(s), increasing the chance you will play on a server you want
  • Rank disparity for parties capped at 3 tiers (from 6).
    • We have also tightened our competitive matchmaking to reduce skill disparity.
  • Immortal+ ranked changes will only be impacted by winning and losing and the decisiveness of the game outcome (how many rounds won or lost by) and not factor individual performance into the calculation
    • We’ll be testing and monitoring this change in Act III for potential future implementation in all ranks.

Deathmatch

  • Increased player count 10 >>> 14 players
  • Updated spawning algorithm to encourage safer spawns
    • Now that we’ve fixed some tech on the backend, we can support up to 14 players without compromising on our commitment to 128 tick-rate servers. With 10 players, you’d sometimes have to run 10 or 15 seconds to even find a fight, which can really kill your flow. Sometimes you’d also spawn way too close to enemies. This was because we had to artificially increase spawn density because of the low player count. Now that the player count has increased, we’ve re-tuned our spawning algorithm to try and give more consistently safer spawns.
  • Removed periodic location pulse, and you’ll now only receive a pulse right when you respawn
    • Now that there are 14 players on the map, the pulse feels completely unnecessary. We’re keeping a single pulse for players right when they respawn so that they can help get their bearings and find a quick fight without getting caught off guard.
  • Increased match length, first to 40 kills (was 30), time limit upped to 9 minutes (was 6)
    • We felt like the match length was a little too short to get into a real groove, especially now with more players, so we’re bumping the duration and kill limit up a bit.
  • Kill Reloads: On every kill, players get an automatic, immediate full reload of their active weapon (Ares & Odin get 30 bullets back)
    • It already felt a little frustrating to have to reload in Deathmatch, and now that player count is higher, reloading feels like even more of a deathwish.
  • XP gain increased from 500 to 900 XP
    • Honestly, 500 XP felt a little low for Deathmatch. We’re bumping this up to 900 to account for the increased match length with some extra on top.

Quality of Life

  • The Battlepass now has upgrade Variants for the Surge skin line, including the free track Surge Sheriff
  • Minimap performance increased
  • Tournament mode enabled custom games can now fit up to 12 observers
  • Requested guns can now be sold back to the shop, doing so will refund the player who fulfilled the request
  • Observer can now hold walk when in freecam mode to reduce speed (fast and slow speed can be configured in settings menu)
  • In-world pings are now team-colored for observers
  • Reyna and Phoenix ult timers correctly update for observers
  • The keybind text in the current spectate target widget has been removed for observers
  • Flashed indicator for observers has been updated with new art
  • Crosshair setting added that allows crosshair colors to be locked to team color for observers
  • Players no longer get stuck trying to descend vent ropes while walking (leaving A-Tower)
  • Added new modifier keybind for observers to jump straight to freecam when jumping to a player (left shift by default)
  • Plant/defuse progress UI is now always visible to observers, and includes which player is taking the action
  • Observer player no longer see player-specific hud indicators (e.g. taking damage indicator) when in freecam
  • Ability timers now work for dead / spectating players & observers (e.g. reyna & phoenix ult durations)

Social Updates

  • Players will now be able to add and view friend notes. Notes from League of Legends will transfer over to VALORANT as well. Players will be able to edit these notes from VALORANT
  • Social panel will now pause sorting for a short time while you’re interacting with it

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a Shooting Range bug in the plant/defuse module in the shooting range where players couldn’t buy abilities
  • Various Shooting Range UI bug fixes in the plant/defuse module, including incorrect text in the buy phase announcement, also adding a halfway tick to the defuse progress bar
  • Fixed a bug where other players’ messages would be forcefully filtered out of chat after you sent a message
  • Fixed a bug where the text box would not fade away in game