The absence of a skybox in Valorant lets players get really creative with their lineups for specific Agents, including a few ‘god-nades’ with Raze’s Paint Shells that can get a frag across the map.
Raze is the bane of all Valorant players who get tunnel-vision on trading or pushing up a site. Her grenades aren’t just to clear out an angle or get that last bit of damage to someone holding a corner, they can provide a much needed delay if the other team is rushing.
In this sense, one of the best offensive Agents in the game turns into a valuable tool for supporting the defense.
Since she can’t just leave traps or cameras on a site like Cypher and Killjoy, user ‘xLP620’ found a way to expand the use of Raze’s kit on Bind to give her a way of actually being a team player.
Using the right lineup you can get Raze to help out at A while she’s on B site.
1) The first lineup requires a Raze on B site to jump on top of the metal box. After doing so, use a basic Blast Pack jump to build momentum.
Then aim to the right of the second panel behind the crane and throw. The Paint Shell will explode in mid-air, but the sub-munitions will ruin anybody planting default on A or going into Lamps.
2) For an A-to-B grenade, xLP620 recommends using both Blast Packs; one to hop onto A site’s shed and then another to get the same sort of jump as before but this time to chuck a grenade to B.
This will broadly cover where teams would position while taking B or setting up their defense. So if you still have your two Blast Packs by the time the B rush comes in, then it could be worth to use them both to get a kill or at least delay the attack.
3) Now let’s say the teammate in Hookah hears people barreling up the alley, or if it’s obvious the Attackers are hard-rotating from A to B, Raze can stop them before even getting to site.
By using a Blast Pack, xLP620 jumped high enough to clear the gap from Defender spawn to outside Hookah, landing the cluster bomb where it blankets the alleyway.
4) For a more expedient nade spot if you’re getting pushed from B long, simply bounce the Paint Shell from the large blue wall that runs down the alley.
The Raze lineups can attack all parts of the B site if done correctly.
Depending on the toss, you can smother the Orb with bombs or a bit deeper down the push to soften up anyone clumped together.
Helping your teammates from across the map isn’t really in Raze’s wheelhouse. As a Duelist, she sets her sights on finding a target in front of her rather than lending a hand to thwart a push on another site like Brimstone or Omen.
Even so, there are clever ways to maneuver the game’s boundaries (or lack thereof) to give Raze new uses in Valorant, which players like xLP620 are bound to explore.
Riot Games has confirmed the first update of Season 11, League of Legends preseason patch 10.24, is coming at the end of this PBE cycle, and will be headlined by a host of buffs & nerfs for the new Mythic items. Here’s all the early notes for the Nov. 25 update.
The next League of Legends update is expected to be “pretty big,” the LoL balance team has warned, as Riot Games looks to deal with the fallout of the massive Season 11 item overhaul.
A number of the new Mythic items, including Eclipse, Kraken Slayer, Liandry’s Anguish, and plenty more are in the firing line. There’s a few champions being tweaked too, including new release Samira, Tryndamere, and Kayle.
Here’s all the details on League of Legends Patch 10.24, coming next fortnight.
Riot rush out Mythic item changes
LoL patch 10.24’s headline change comes in the item section. Mythics have dominated the early stages of Season 11 — no surprise there, considering they’re extremely new.
What Riot didn’t plan on, however, is how strong some of the single-slot picks would be when released into Summoner’s Rift. This includes Eclipse, the lethality mythic, as well as Liandry’s Anguish, and a host of other top-class full build items.
These Mythic nerfs will also be paired with a handful of buffs to boost Season 11’s underperforming items. Tear of the Goddess and Kraken Slayer lead the buffs, while ADC items like Essence Reaver and Phantom Dancer are also included.
Samira is one of a handful of champions being nerfed in patch 10.24.
“Statistically, Kraken [Slayer] has been underperforming compared to the other two [Galeforce and Shieldbow] so giving it a boost should help it a bit,” Riot dev Ray Williams said on Reddit soon after the patch 10.24 changes were revealed.
He also confirmed Eclipse’s “proc frequency” would be the main target of the Mythic item’s patch 10.24 nerfs.
“It’s the highest win rate on most users, and it’s the most broad [pick] for Assassins, Fighters, and Marksmen,” he said, “so it’s gotta give power somewhere.”
Eclipse has turned AD carries — assassins and marksman — into deadly burst champions.
Season 11 item icons reworked
As well as the balance changes coming for a host of the League of Legends mythics, Riot is also shipping minor changes to some of the Season 11 item icons.
The LoL community has been quite vocal about how “poor” many of the icons have been since release. Some have dubbed them “impossible to understand,” while others have just demanded the League item icons be reverted entirely.
Riot Games won’t be going that far, but they are tweaking them slightly to “improve icon clarity, icon differentiation, [and] rendering polish” in Season 11 preseason.
Our first pass of adjustments to item icons based on your feedback.
Goal is to improve: -Icon clarity (clearer silhouette, less noise) -Icon differentiation (more color separation)| -Rendering polish
The next League of Legends skin line, “Cosmic,” will be coming in LoL patch 10.24. Nine champions are in line for the new variant cosmetics, including oft-forgotten characters like Illaoi, Vladimir, and crystal jungler Skarner.
Here’s the full list of new ‘Cosmic’ skins:
Dark Cosmic Lissandra
All nine Cosmic skins, including the ‘dark’ Lissandra version, will be available for 1350 RP in the next patch. They will be released alongside the new “Prestige Star Guardian Soraka” skin, which can only be unlocked with prestige points.
The stars shine bright this PBE cycle!
Cosmic Skarner, Vlad, Hecarim, and Nidalee appear from the beyond the blackness. Is their arrival a blessing, or do they bring ruin? pic.twitter.com/ST4OxlW7Dv