Game-breaking Valorant exploit makes Killjoy's turret impossible to counter - Dexerto
Valorant

Game-breaking Valorant exploit makes Killjoy’s turret impossible to counter

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:07

by Luke Edwards

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A game-breaking Killjoy glitch has been discovered on Haven, where players can place her turrets inside walls. Enemies can be fired at without any chance to fight back and destroy the turrets.

Killjoy was the headline release of Act II, seen as offering an alternative sentinel option to Cypher. Her turrets allow her to lock down areas, expose enemy whereabouts, and deal damage from afar.

Killjoy’s turrets haven’t exactly been glitch-free since her release. Soon after she landed, players found an exploit on Split that allowed her to place a turret under the map.

This new glitch seems to be a similar issue. By hopping onto the crates by mid doors, Killjoy players can slide a turret inside the wall. It provides coverage of C Lobby, attack side spawn, and mid doors with pretty much zero counterplay.

Killjoy in Valorant
Riot Games
Killjoy was the 12th agent added to Valorant.

Turret exploit on Haven

The bug, shared by Reddit user pinki97, likely won’t be too useful for players on defense, but it’s a game-changer for attackers.

Flanking a Killjoy is hard as it is, with her turrets capable of being set up to alert her team of trespassers, and this could make a rush up C long even less risky.

Riot Games’ plans

Glitches like these come up in every game from time to time, especially in games as frequently altered as Valorant. The combo of a Sage wall and Killjoy turret upon her initial release gave players access to some ridiculous angles, which was quickly stamped out.

Valorant players shooting their weapons.
Riot Games
With tight corridors and compact areas, flanking is a crucial part of Haven gameplay.

Riot recently announced their plans to introduce a test server, similar to League of Legends’ PBE, which could go a long way in ironing out these glitches before they are released to the public.

Killjoy’s turrets are already pretty strong, so this exploit is massively game-breaking. It’s not too much of a surprise that Riot plans on taking away some of her power in the next patch. Valorant dev Orcane says Riot plans to adjust her identity and make her more distinct from Cypher.

Apex Legends

Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos

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The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

wraith apex legends
Respawn Entertainment
Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
Respawn Entertainment
Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.