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Riot have Operator nerfs in their sights for Valorant Patch 1.09

Published: 16/Sep/2020 20:57 Updated: 17/Sep/2020 1:08

by Theo Salaun


In Riot Games’ 1.08 Valorant patch, the developers have revealed that they’re aware of how powerful the Operator sniper is and working to balance it in their next update.

For a few months, the Operator has been a sore point for Valorant’s player base, especially among its higher ranks. People aren’t mad that it’s a one-shot sniper, but they’ve grown frustrated with the fact such a high-impact weapon is so easy to use, particularly with Agents like Jett.


Fortunately, players should be excited to hear that Riot is explicitly working to balance the weapon, as Lead Agent Designer Max ‘Orcane’ Grossman transparently communicated to players in the 1.08 patch notes that their team is continuing to test out adjustments to the hefty sniper internally.

The combination of Jett’s mobility abilities and the Operator’s lethality have worried players for months, but the issue has grown more prominent recently as people decry the gun’s presence because its meta is dominant and incredibly hard to counter, exceptionally so for attackers who are forced into initiating and peeking the “OP’s” angles.



In the 1.08 patch notes, Grossman explains that this lighter patch gives developers time to focus “on a more pressing issue: the Operator,” before explaining that they “know that this weapon can feel very oppressive to play against, often leaving players feeling like there is no hope when attacking.”

At higher ranks of Elo, the gun is a nightmare as players rarely miss shots and therefore slow the game down substantially with no one wanting to peek any corners for fear of getting immediately sniped.

Unless you have a pro team’s chemistry and strategies, teams are rarely able to counter a Jett with an Operator since her Tailwind, Updraft, and Cloudburst abilities grant mobility and visibility obstruction for rapid disengagement.

valorant operator
Riot Games
The Operator in Valorant, the game’s most dominant sniper rifle.

While Grossman didn’t explain how Riot intends to balance the Operator, a frustrated community has come up with a variety of ideas.

Some of the more prominent ones include adding a scope-in sound (akin to CS:GO’s AWP), adding damage flinch, furthering its scoped and un-scoped mobility nerfs, and even simply raising its price.

Each of those proposals has its pros and cons, so the game’s fans are divided on what would be the best way to tackle the gun’s dominance. For now, it’s encouraging that Riot is looking at fixes and players will be eager to hear what possibilities are being tested.


Everton’s Ancelotti has been ruined in FIFA 21 & you can’t unsee it

Published: 8/Oct/2020 10:57

by David Purcell


Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has been handed a new star head face scan for FIFA 21, but players can’t believe what they’re seeing. It certainly doesn’t look like the Italian that fans see walking along the touchline at Goodison Park. 

Just like many other head coaches in the Premier League, including Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, and Pep Guardiola, Mr. Ancelotti has a face likeness for the new EA SPORTS flagship game. Though, not many have been left impressed by its design.


In fact, it’s quickly turned into the game’s biggest meme. Anyway, make sure you’re not drinking water while looking at this next picture, because it’s hilarious.

Carlo Ancelotti in FIFA 21

As seen in an image tweeted out by ESPN FC, the network’s football account, the comparison is quite shocking to say the least.


Bulkier, angrier, but not an accurate representation of the charming Italian in the slightest.

FIFA 21 players react to Ancelotti’s face scan

Since then, thousands of FIFA 21 players have been roasting the face scan online, with some wondering if the dev team got him mixed up with Paul Hollywood, from Great British Bake Off. Hollywood has a strong connection to Merseyside as well, born in Wallasey and a lifelong supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

ESPN UK posted the following, starting even more funny comparisons between the manager and other celebs.


Another said the Fat Controller from Thomas the Tank had arrived in FIFA.

One fan even suggested he may look more like the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, rather than Ancelotti.

One thing we know for sure, though, is that star heads can be updated during the course of the game. So, don’t rule out EA stepping in and updating this one at some stage in the future.


All of that work on a face scan and they didn’t even get the eyebrow tilted upwards, maybe next time.