Riot Games respond to Sova’s “broken” arrows in Valorant

Published: 14/May/2020 11:43 Updated: 14/May/2020 15:26

by Daniel Cleary


Riot Games have responded after Valorant players noticed some bizarre bugs with Agent Sova’s Arrow abilities following the recent v0.50 update.

Sova has one of the most unique ability kits out of all the characters in Valorant, equipped with a bow and arrow, the Russian agent requires players to be extremely precise to pull off strong performances.

One key element of Sova’s ability kit is the potential to add ‘bounces’ to the skills such as the Shock Bolt and Recon Bolt, which can be used to target enemies around a corner without being exposed to danger.

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Valorant players have noticed some unusual bugs with Sova’s abilities.

Valorant players can add up to two bounces on each ability using Sova’s ‘Alternate Fire’ mode after selecting their arrow of choice, however, following one of the recent patches, fans have started to notice some bugs with the feature.

Following the release of Valorant’s 0.50 patch on May 12, Sova mains have been uncovering bugs that have seemingly broken the agent’s Arrow physics, causing the bolts to go in unusual directions after bouncing off a wall.

While Sova’s arrow is typically meant to go straight, user u/de_tropical highlighted in a clip that abilities such as the Shock bolt could accidentally reflect back on players while trying to shoot around corners.

Valorant fans also noted a glitch with Sova’s ultimate ability following the latest patch, where it would it seemingly only contain one bolt compared to the usual three, before its charges would be completely reset and forcing players to earn it.

They broke Sova in the new patch (v0.50) from VALORANT

Fortunately for fans of the popular Agent, Riot developer ‘rycoux’ revealed that they are already working on a fix for some of the unusual bugs found with Sova.

Riot dev reveals they are already working on a fix for Sova’s major kit issues.

“Looks like we made a little booboo with some of the physical pieces of the dart. We are working on a fix right now,” Rycoux explained, sharing hope

It still remains unclear just when these issues with Sova’s kit will be fixed, although it is unlikely to take too long with Valorant devs already on the case.


Riot criticized for picking Ninja & Myth as “exclusive” Valorant co-streamers

Published: 1/Dec/2020 13:52 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 14:51

by Lauren Bergin


Valorant First Strike NA has become one of the fiercest competitions that we’ve seen in Future Earth’s short history. Valorant fans, however, aren’t pleased that Ninja and TSM Myth will be the only two streamers allowed to stream the tournament.

Valorant’s First Strike NA tournament has been one of the most hotly contested of the game’s global tournaments. There’s been upsets, crazy plays and a whole host of amazing competitive Valorant play for fans to sink their teeth into.

With the final leg of the NA tournament on the horizon, Riot Games have decided to grant exclusive co-streamer status to only two lucky personalities: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Bevins and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani of TSM.

The announcement has fallen slightly flat, however, and fans aren’t particularly thrilled over Riot’s choice of streamers.

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Valorant First Strike has been the biggest Valorant event to date.

Ninja & Myth are First Strike co-streamers

Riot Games announced on November 30 that Twitch goliaths Ninja and TSM Myth would be “exclusive co-streamers” of the First Strike: NA main event.

The news of an ‘exclusive’ co-streaming deal with the two content creators left a lot of fans and fellow streamers somewhat unpleased. It led to a plethora of Tweets and Reddit threads dedicated to discussion around whether or not it’s fair to grant exclusivity to these two personalities.

Fans hit back

The main element of this situation that has left fans disgruntled is the idea of Ninja and Myth being granted exclusivity to the First Strike stream. This means that any other streamers who planned on streaming the event won’t be able to.

Twitch streamer mOE responded with surprise that other streamers wouldn’t be able to stream the event:

A Tweet from another fan called for the inclusion of the Overwatch League’s Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson to the lineup. The caster hosts a weekly podcast called Plat Chat on YouTube, which is entirely dedicated to Valorant. He also streams frequently, so it would make a lot of sense to include him in the exclusive co-streamer list:

Some fans were so unimpressed that they took their concerns to Reddit, where a lengthy post on the ValorantCompetitive subreddit sees fans express their disappointment.

The thread, started by u/AnOldMonkOnDMT, notes that Ninja’s ‘polarizing personality’ coupled with TSM Myth’s ‘preference for TSM’ makes the idea of watching their co-streams unappealing.

Exclusive Co Streams for First Strike NA from r/ValorantCompetitive

The comments echo this:

Dexerto has reached out to Riot Games for comment.

Typically, esports tournaments will prevent streamers from ‘co-streaming’ to avoid diverting viewership from the official broadcast.