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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.


Summit1G explains the biggest issue with Valorant’s Stinger

Published: 23/Oct/2020 13:09

by Jacob Hale


Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘Summit1G’ Lazar is a fairly accomplished gamer in many realms and genres — but he has vowed to never use the Stinger SMG in Valorant ever again after a rough go of it.

Riot Games’ first foray into the first-person shooter genre has been a success, with many top streamers and pro players from other games immediately falling in love with the gameplay and making the switch to it.

Obviously, while the game is fun, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, as any player will attest to, whether it be the Agents’ abilities, bugs, or weapons in the game.

Now, Summit has had it with one particular gun: the Stinger SMG. And he’s promised to never use it again.

Valorant Stinger
Riot Games
The Stinger is commonly regarded as one of the worst weapons in the game.

While playing as Omen on Haven, Summit’s team was taking a beating, down 11-3, and he decided to buy the Stinger to see if it can help turn the team’s fortunes around.

As luck would have it, his team did actually win the round — no thanks to Summit’s Stinger, though.

“That’s not my aim, that gun sucks d**k,” he said, as his chat started laughing at some of his missed shots. “You shoot that gun for three bullets before it just does what it wants. I will never buy that gun again, dude. I don’t know how people play like this.”

As specified in our guide to the very best weapons in Valorant, the Stinger is arguably one of the worst guns in the game.

The Spectre SMG is far more favorable in its class, so we’ll likely see Summit opt to use that more in the future if he wants a submachine gun and to rush into the thick of the action. At the very least, we know full well that he won’t be touching the Stinger again unless it gets a considerable buff.