Riot confirms Raze nerf coming in future Valorant patch - Dexerto

Riot confirms Raze nerf coming in future Valorant update

Published: 29/Jul/2020 12:19

by Andy Williams


Valorant’s most controversial Agent, Raze, is set to receive yet another nerf, following continued community backlash surrounding her damage output.

Right at the inception of Valorant — affectionately referred to as ‘Project A’ — Riot Games’ CEO, Nicolo Laurent, sent out a Tweet reassuring those eager to get their hands on the first-person shooter that Agent abilities would simply “create tactical opportunities.”

“You don’t kill with abilities,” said Laurent. “Abilities create tactical opportunities to take the right shot. Characters have abilities that augment their gunplay, instead of fighting directly with their abilities.”

Fast-forward to almost two months after the official release and Raze is dominating the Valorant meta across all levels. Why? Because her utility allows the character to dish out an incredible amount of damage.

Riot Games nerfing Raze in Patch 1.05?

Aside from her Blast Pack and Paint Shells, the explosive Duelist can strike fear into the most skillful of opponents when the already infamous “fire in the hole” voiceline shudders around the map.

While the feisty Brazilian Agent’s Showstopper Ultimate was made slightly less accessible in Patch 1.04, her damage output can still completely swing the most improbable rounds back in the favor of her squad. With that in mind, Valorant Character Design Lead, Ryan ‘Morello’ Scott, has pledged to make further adjustments until the right balance is achieved.

Detailing the impact of her Blast Pack and Showstopper abilities, Morello stated that “we’ll be fixing those as part of our commitment to tactical play.”

Morello’s thread of Tweets touched on how Raze’s Boombot and Paint Shells work to achieve their objective with the character: to create pressure, which can ultimately lead to area control.

On paper, this is exactly what Duelists are designed to do. But it’s easy to see past that, when an Agent like Raze sits head and shoulders above the rest at applying said pressure.

With that in mind, Valorant might just be about to undergo its biggest meta shift yet. Killjoy is tipped to join the ranks in Act 2, alongside a brand new Competitive system being introduced in Patch 1.05. So a Raze nerf during the same update would give a lot for players to digest in one go. Who knows, perhaps Riot will hold off on the nerf for another patch.


Slick Valorant gun skin concept adds some edge to Future Earth

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Lauren Bergin


One of the reasons we love Valorant is its whole collection of amazing gun skins. This fan, however, has went one step further and created a skin line we’d love to see in store. 

If there’s anything that’s become iconic about Valorant it’s the whole ensemble of amazing skins that fans can get their hands on. From fire breathing dragons to space age tech, Riot’s FPS has something for everyone.

The most recent Battlepass saw a little bit of controversy over the new associated skins, with fans arguing that they weren’t up to the usual Valorant standard. It’s supposedly lackluster skins like this that inspire players to put on their thinking cap and come up with something new.

Enter this skin line by artist RivalRudra, who has designed an awesome looking gun set that includes some of our all time favorite weapons.

Elderflame skin collection in Valorant.
Riot Games
The Elderflame bundle has become one of Valorant’s most iconic collections.

The Regiment Collection

Creating the skins in response to a Reddit post which said “that some custom skins [made] by the community would be good for the game,” RivalRudra went ahead and created their skin line just “for fun.”

Despite this fun based approach the skins have an insane amount of detail. The Regiment Skins are characterised by their camouflage base, as well as the lion head or skull decal.

With upgradable options transforming the base camo into either a red, blue or pixelated black version, the weapons that would be gifted the skin line include the Vandal, Operator, Stinger, Sheriff and Melee — the “hard hitters” in RivalRudra’s own words.

This isn’t their first time at the skin concept rodeo though. They told us that “another one of my custom skin bundles (Oceano) got many comments saying it was too similar to a few other skins in the game, So to make something unique I chose the camo design.”

Valorant RivalRudra Regiment Skins

Valorant RivalRudra Regiment Skins

Valorant RivalRudra Regiment Skins

Valorant RivalRudra Regiment Skins

Valorant RivalRudra Regiment Skins

Here are the variants:

Variants for RivalRudra skins

Fans want the skins in-game

While RivalRudra felt that their past skin concept hadn’t quite hit the mark, this one has certainly caused a stir.

The comments section is full of fans pleading that “Riot has to add this” and one player admitted that they “would buy, especially if there were blue variants for all the skins.”

It’s the variants that are getting the most love. Respondents are loving “that red and blue variant,” and another wrote that “damn boi, your saturated color scheme do be shining here. These colors are so crisp. Love those tribals.”

A final comment, and possibly the most complimentary, simply wrote “Go apply to Riot Games.”

What’s heartwarming though is that RivalRudra has responded to every comment, be it a positive or a negative. We can wait to see if they channel their passion into any other cool new skins in the future, because the Regiment Collection has certainly been a hit!