Riot defend Killjoy and Raze abilities following Valorant backlash

Published: 30/Jul/2020 2:08

by Alan Bernal


Riot Games character design lead Ryan ‘Morello’ Scott explained the studio’s approach to Agent abilities and how they work to balance Valorant amid early backlash to Killjoy.

The German inventor is set to make her debut in Valorant on early August, but members of the community are already apprehensive about Killjoy’s ability kit and how it fits into the overall makeup for Riot’s tactical shooter.

Similar sentiments were echoed with Raze throughout the beta and after the official release, in that her damaging abilities posed too much of an imbalance for a game that prioritizes aim and skill.

Morello cleared up the intentions of character builds as it concerns Killjoy, and, for that matter, any future releases that have offensive-minded designs.

“Things like Raze Grenade and Boom Bot create intense threat,” he explained. “But are there to support the tactical gunplay. When we make damage abilities (including Killjoy) this is always the goal.”

According to the developer, they’re seeing over 90% of kills coming across from gunplay. While this is something they’ll actively moderate, Morello doesn’t expect Killjoy to affect it since “she’s been in the game for four+ years” on their side.

As for damage-dealing abilities, while they can be lethal, Riot means for them to displace or disrupt an opponent’s approach to a round rather than outright landing the killing blow.

“Abilities doing damage are about generating threat or pressure – killing is what happens when you can’t (getting checkmated by overwhelming odds) or won’t (fail to make the right decision) deal with the ability,” Morello explained. “Other case, we use these to create angle or area control.”

This will still be hard for some players to accept seeing how a really good Raze player in lower Elos can easily mop up entire teams with their abilities.

Knee-jerk reactions to Killjoy have been closely linked to first impressions of her abilities, then made worse from the fallout of Raze’s potency so far.

This is a conversation that Morello is going to be watching closely after Killjoy is released to the public to better gauge where balances, should they be needed, will happen.


Valorant dev asks players how to handle users who queue with cheaters

Published: 11/Jan/2021 17:18

by Michael Gwilliam


Riot Games is polling Valorant players on how they should deal with individuals who have been caught queuing with cheaters for the majority of their competitive wins.

Valorant has seen an influx of cheaters lately, prompting the developers to open up a bit about how they’re working to deal with the infestation.

One issue the devs are having, however, is how to deal with those who have not been cheating themselves but queuing with cheaters.

Anti-cheat developer Phillip ‘mirageopenguins’ Koskinas took to Twitter to poll the player base, asking how they would punish those queuing with cheaters.

How would players punish players queuing with cheaters?

“So, we’re thinking on how to best impound the elo bus, and out of sheer curiosity, if someone is caught repeatedly queuing with cheaters for the majority of their Valorant competitive wins (but not cheating themselves), which punishment do you think the most appropriate?” Koskinas asked.

The four options listed were: a ban from competitive, a seasonal ban, account deletion, and hardware restriction.

With nearly 2,000 votes cast at the time of this report, it was a toss up on what course of action the devs should take. Just over one-third (33.7%) of those who voted were in favor of a seasonal ban while an overall ban from competitive was a close second at 30.9%.

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Valorant has seen a surge of cheaters lately.

Hardware restrictions are a distant third at 22.5% while just 12.9% of players felt that deleting the account was the right move.

In the replies, Koskinas was asked about instances where players unknowingly queue with cheaters and if they would be punished.

“In this example, you still wouldn’t be deserving of the rank you achieved, and I’d operate under the assumption that any player actioned for these circumstances would feign ignorance,” he explained.

“‘I genuinely thought they were precognitive’ – everyone, probably,” he added.

One consistent variable in all this is that the developers are very much against undeserved ranks due to cheaters.

As Dexerto previously reported, Riot dev RayKay commented on the recent surge in cheaters writing, “While we can never stop all cheating we want to make sure that it does not effect your ranked progress.”

The devs are also asking for more reports and feedback to better improve the experience. What happens with those who knowingly queue with cheaters, however, remains an undecided yet hotly debated for the time being.