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Riot respond to complaints about the Operator being “OP” in Valorant

Published: 27/Aug/2020 18:17 Updated: 29/Aug/2020 17:12

by Daniel Cleary


Riot Games have responded to Valorant fans after backlash over the Operator sniper rifle being “too overpowered” in Patch 1.06.

Is the Operator OP? The jury is still out…

While the narrowest of margins (a 0.6% swing) suggest that the community is in favor of the current Operator meta, it’s fair to say that the jury is still out. While some believe that effective use of utility is enough to counter the scoped rifle, plenty think that making the rifle slightly more expensive might bridge the gap.

So while there are no specific changes in the pipeline, there’s no doubt that Riot will have their ears firmly placed to the ground when navigating an potential nerfs in the future.

Original report below. 

Snipers are often one of the most popular weapon classes in first-person shooters and Valorant is no different, with the Operator rifle rewarding those who hold correct angles with one-shot kills.

However, some players have felt as if the popular bolt-action might be a bit too strong, often leaving little ways to counter Agents with an Operator equipped.

the operator sniper in valorant
Riot Games
The Operator Sniper has been a controversial weapon amongst Valorant players.

While pro players like TenZ previously suggested that adding small changes, such as scope sounds, would make it much better, the overall opinion is that the Operator, at least, needs some tweaks to be balanced.

Riot has responded to some of the criticism in their latest ‘Ask VALORANT’ blog post, on August 27, addressing issues such as footsteps and update times as well.

Valorant dev Nicholas ‘Nickwu” Smith explained that Riot’s Game Design team does not think that the Operator is “too OP” but they understand the complaints.

“We think the Operator isn’t “too OP” but do believe that the feeling sometimes comes from a lack of personal agency against the weapon,” Nickwu admitted, “coupled with an overwhelming amount of team coordination to effectively counter an Operator.”

The Valorant dev followed up by adding that minor adjustments may be made but the overall power of the Operator won’t change much, “We’re looking into a lot of avenues to help smooth out the experience, but we do believe the Operator should be powerful and should encourage a team to thoughtfully enter a space where it might be in play.”

He also revealed that they had “tried iterations” of Valorant where the Operator wasn’t as strong as now, claiming that there were no moments where a team “was forced to sit down and plan how to play against a good Operator,” which led to gameplay becoming “who could rush faster.”

However, as with all aspects of Valorant, the devs admitted that, while there are no changes planned as of yet, they are constantly monitoring the game and will make adjustments where needed.


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.