Riot secretly buffs Valorant Spike Rush XP rate in Patch 1.08 - Dexerto
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Riot secretly buffs Valorant Spike Rush XP rate in Patch 1.08

Published: 18/Sep/2020 4:40

by Andrew Amos

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XP gains in Valorant, especially in Deathmatch and Spike Rush, have been pretty widely criticized. Riot has heeded these calls in Patch 1.08 though, secretly buffing Spike Rush XP. However, it might not remain forever.

Every little bit of XP counts in Valorant, especially as we get to the pointy end of Ignition Act 2. If you are gunning for those end-of-Act rewards, or just want to unlock a new Agent, finding the optimum way of grinding your battle pass is essential.

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Typically, the best way to do so has been by just playing Competitive or Unrated. The full game-length modes give the best XP rate, especially when you factor in winning rounds.

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Grinding for those Act 2 skins? You might want to jump into Spike Rush.

Spike Rush and Deathmatch on the other hand, with their fixed rates, can be a bit tedious to grind. It doesn’t matter how well you perform, you just queue up and get your XP. However, Riot has shipped a secret change that might make the former a bit more enticing.

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Spike Rush typically gives 1,000 XP. Given its condensed format compared to a full game, it makes total sense to have less of an XP reward. However, Riot has decided to up its XP rate ⁠— for now, at the very least.

Spike Rush will now give out 1,250 XP during Patch 1.08 until further notice. However, Riot aren’t looking at implementing the change permanently. It’s just a temporary band-aid solution to a mission glitch post-update.

“We changed XP from 1,000 to 1,250 because of a bug that isn’t counting progress towards ultimate and ability objectives in the second half of Spike Rush matches,” developer ‘tehleach’ told players on September 17.

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He clarified that other mission sets work perfectly fine on Spike Rush, and that as soon as the bug is fixed, they’ll swap it back over. “We’ll bring it back down to 1000 when we fix this bug, which may or may not be before the next patch.”

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However, with players already getting a taste of the boost, Riot might be under some pressure to keep Spike Rush’s XP rate at 1,250. After all, the extra XP all adds up when you are trying to grind those final few tiers in the battle pass.

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It’s only an extra 250 XP per game, but that’s a full game’s worth of XP every four games being added on. Those small bonuses stack up, so if you want to get in on the Spike Rush grind for your pass, now is the perfect time to.

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Borderlands 3 cosplayer phaselocks enemies as Siren Maya

Published: 13/Oct/2020 19:12

by Brent Koepp

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A Borderlands 3 cosplayer went viral after bringing the game’s cel-shaded graphics to life with a stunning take on Maya. The talented artist’s transformation into the Siren will leave fans stunned.

Borderlands originally made its debut in 2009, and was a surprise hit on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The beloved title kicked off an entire franchise and helped popularize the “looter shooter” genre.

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One of the game’s most popular characters is Maya. Celebrating the blue-haired Siren, a skilled cosplayer transformed into her with an insanely accurate costume. She looks so much like the heroine, it’s almost as if she’s warped out of the screen.

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The blue-haired Siren is an NPC in Borderlands 3.

Borderlands cosplayer becomes real life Maya

Maya was first introduced in Borderlands 2 in 2012 as one of the game’s playable characters. The blue-haired warrior uses her Siren abilities to freeze enemies in another dimension. The character also made her return in the third story as well, this time as an important NPC.

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Cosplayer Mads ‘madsfive‘ brought the heroine to life with her insanely accurate costume posted to Instagram. The artist faithfully captured the game’s signature cel-shaded graphics by texturing her clothing to look like the FPS title’s artstyle.

What could easily be mistaken for a screenshot from the game, Mads expertly edited the picture of herself with an image of Windshear Waste in the background. Her stunning costume blends in with the winter location, and truly brings the Siren to reality.

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"Siren here. Nice to meet you all. If anyone tries to capture me, I'll incinerate their brain." [Swipe for full picture] . Had fun editing this ! Glad I had this psycho mask laying around in my workshop 🌿 I really love my Maya cosplay so I'm thinking… What if… I made another skin of hers one day ? For now it's a tie between one of the Torgue, Maliwan, Hyperion or the full white one 👁️👁️ OR her Borderlands 3 costume. Idk . #borderlands2 #borderlands #moonmoxxi #borderlands3 #borderlands3cosplay #maya #mayabodysuit #mayaborderlands #mayacosplay #borderlandscosplay #borderlands2cosplay #cosplaygirl #cosplayersofinstagram #celshading #cellshading #cellshaded #2kgames #frenchcosplay #pinupgirl #borderfam #gearbox

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In another shot posted to social media, the cosplayer shows just how accurate her costume actually is by posing next to an image of Maya from the game. Mads absolutely nailed the character’s short blue haircut, as well as her yellow bodysuit which runs under her cargo pants.

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[cosplay VS character] . I wanted to write a looooong post about these kind of pictures. But my thoughts are too chaotic to be put into coherent sentences ! I like to be somewhat accurate, to a point. However I do take some liberties when I see fit or when being accurate doesn't bring me joy. Something I don't particularly like ? I don't make it. Something that won't flatter my body ? I change it. Something that would be too expensive to make ? I find something else. Accuracy is a luxury too. I can't afford to make and remake something until it's "perfect". Most of us can't. Now to the talk of actually looking like the character. NO. Just NO. You just can't expect someone to look like a carbon copy of someone else. Especially when that someone is a 3d render with impossible proportions. It was originally an issue for me when I decided to do this project. "The short hair won't hide my face shape" "The bodysuit is too high cut to hide a corset" "The pants are low they will show my hips fat" "I don't look like her". In the end I think I did a pretty good at making myself look like Maya. However I'll never physically look like her, my body isn't made to be like that. What am I gonna do ? Remove my ribs ? Break my legs and stretch them ? Shave my jaw bone ? I feel super confident and beautiful as her and nobody can show me otherwise ! In short : never judge a cosplay on it's accuracy and especially not on the cosplayers body and face shape 💙 . Picture is flipped . #borderlands2 #borderlands #moonmoxxi #borderlands3 #borderlands3cosplay #maya #mayabodysuit #mayaborderlands #mayacosplay #borderlandscosplay #borderlands2cosplay #cosplaygirl #cosplayersofinstagram #celshading #cellshading #cellshaded #2kgames #frenchcosplay #pinupgirl #borderfam #gearbox #cosplayVScharacter #mayamonday

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As if her cel-shaded costume wasn’t impressive enough, the artist also re-created a weapon from the game, as well as the shield item which characters have strapped to the side of their waist. The cosplayer has actually made several guns and items, which can be seen on her Instagram.

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"Anyone need a Siren on their side ?" . So glad I randomly decided I would cosplay Maya. I never pictured myself as her but in the end I L O V E it. I didn't think it would suit me so well ✨ I hope you'll love this cosplay as much as I do ! 💙 . LIKE CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS ??? BECAUSE I DON'T What was an experiment at first became my favourite cosplay. EVER. . #borderlands2 #borderlands #moonmoxxi #borderlands3 #borderlands3cosplay #maya #mayabodysuit #mayaborderlands #mayacosplay #borderlandscosplay #borderlands2cosplay #cosplaygirl #cosplayersofinstagram #celshading #cellshading #cellshaded #2kgames #frenchcosplay #pinupgirl #borderfam #gearbox

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Despite releasing over a decade ago in 2009, Borderlands has gone on to become of the games industry’s most popular properties of all time. Titles like Bungie’s Destiny have largely been influenced by it.

In 2019, fans finally got a third entry in the series after waiting over seven years. The FPS was a massive hit with critics and players, and brought new characters and features to the franchise.