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Riot dev explains why Valorant’s new headshot sound hasn’t been reverted

Published: 1/May/2020 8:56

by Isaac McIntyre


Valorant players will have to put up with newly-implemented headshot noise for a little longer, Riot developer Nathan ‘Fancypmcgee’ Tiras has revealed, after confirming the fix planned for Patch 0.49 “failed” when the update went live.

Valorant had another patch go out this week, and it all seemed pretty positive ⁠— until players dropped into live matches. It was then that fans realized Riot had made the call to secretly tweak headshot noises… and they hated it.

One fan suggested it sounded “like scraping a knife across a metal plate.” Others begged the devs to reconsider reverting the change to the “ satisfying” original noise. Soon, the Reddit feedback post about the change had exploded.

To Riot’s credit, they responded quickly. It took just half a day before the dev team confirmed a new hotfix was on the way on April 30 to revert the change. The news was, of course, well received by the Valorant community.

Except, when April 30 rolled around and patch 0.49 landed, the same new “uncomfortable” headshot sound greeted them. According to Riot, it’s because the planned change ⁠simply “failed” when they loaded it onto live servers.

Riot’s Nathan ‘Fancypmcgee’ Tiras admitted the fix had “failed” when they loaded it onto live servers in North America. He added the issue was still under investigation. On top of that, he had more bad news: it wouldn’t be quick.

“While we investigate what went wrong with our dev process, we’ll be keeping this audio SFX [the 0.47 change] for the duration of the patch, and will evaluate how we want it to sound going forward,” he explained, and apologized for “the miss.”

This isn’t the first time Riot has responded to community backlash recently either. On April 28 the devs found themselves under fire for selling “straight re-skins” at high prices. They refused to drop prices, however.

Valorant has also had a big week even without the headshot drama. The title’s ranked queue went live for the very first time, and players have gotten their first look at the next Agent that could be added to the roster: Bombshell.


Valorant pros ShahZam and WARDELL spark feud over “rats” comment

Published: 29/Oct/2020 13:45

by Lauren Bergin


Former CS:GO players turned Valorant pros Sentinels ShahZam and TSM WARDELL have had a fiery exchange over Twitter. 

Even at the highest level of esports, trash talk remains common between the big name players, contributing to in-game rivalries that spice up any match.

There’s some age old rivalries between esports organizations like G2 Esports and Fnatic, never mind within the player base itself. Although sometimes these rivalries stay lighthearted, they can ignite and start a real feud.

This is exactly what appears to have happened between former CS:GO pros turned Valorant stars Shahzeb ‘ShahZam’ Khan of Sentinels and Matt ‘WARDELL’ Yu of TSM.

The TSM player gave the video a fiery reaction.

WARDELL responds to ShahZam video

The fiery exchange began when the Sentinels posted a short clip of ShahZam talking about his feelings towards TSM. With ShahZam stating that be believes Sentinels have more consistency than TSM, admitting that he does “like to seem them lose,” the video received a knee-jerk response from the TSM player.

WARDELL hit back with a slamming criticism of the video, writing “who knew rats can talk? LMAO.” ShahZam quickly followed up with a defence of his team, stating that the video was old and asking WARDELL “why are you so mad?”

This, however, just ignited the fire more. WARDELL promptly responded to ShahZam by making fun of the player’s hair, stating that ‘it’s not silver, it’s platinum’ to which ShahZam playfully accused the TSM player as ‘having a crush’ on him.

Banter gone wrong?

A lot of fans chalked the exchange up as trash talk and banter, but others were unsure considering the genuine surprise that ShahZam appeared to show in his first tweet.

Either way, the feud has sparked a more intense rivalry between the already battling teams; a rivalry that may be settled on the battlefield of the NA First Strike tournament. It would be great to see Sentinels and TSM face off once more and settle their long established rivalry, so fingers crossed we finally get that rematch.