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Riot teases new Valorant melee animations & VFX

Published: 26/Sep/2020 10:36

by Andy Williams


A Riot Games dev has revealed that Valorant’s melee skins could be receiving an animation overhaul soon, following backlash from the ‘default’ VFX in the EGO and Smite bundles.

While new Agents and maps are among the most requested additions to Future Earth, new skins have proved incredibly popular too. Ranging from Select Edition all the way up to Exclusive Edition, weapon cosmetics come in all shapes and sizes — and prices, too!

While the Elderflame skin bundle (Ultra Edition) received backlash for its high price point of 9,900 Valorant Points, the latest additions of the EGO and Smite bundles have been under scrutiny for very different reasons.

At their core, both the EGO and Smite melees offer simple reskins of the default melee that is in-game, without any additional animation or video effect (VFX) available — and this has been grinding the gears of some of Valorant’s player base.

EGO by OneTap knife skin in Valorant.
Riot Games
The EGO by OneTap collection offers a simple reskin to the default knife in Valorant.

New melee animations coming to Valorant?

After one Redditor expressed their hopes that the upcoming G.U.N skin bundle’s melee had its own unique VFX to better differentiate from the default, Riot surveyed the user on what they’d like to see added in the future.

As part of their thread of responses, a Riot dev explained why some bundles receive custom animations, whereas others don’t necessarily warrant it. “It’s a fine balance of how much of this we are able to modify versus completely restart. The more unique things we do, the longer they take, and the longer players may have to wait for it.”

The dev continued, “We’re definitely evaluating all of this though —just taking a look at where we put the majority of our efforts to see if there’s adjustments we can make.”

After a series of responses, the dev added that they’re “looking into ways” to make the inspect element of melee weapons more unique, since this offers the least potential impact on gameplay.

This comes as both the EGO by OneTap and upcoming G.U.N bundles have been categorized in the same ‘Premium Edition’ tier, yet the latter offers a complete reskin (and potentially an animation or VFX) of the melee.

Therefore, many fans are contesting that the bundle with the custom melee skin and potential VFX/animation offers more bang for your buck. But, it appears Riot have their ear firmly pressed to the ground and are willing to take the community’s feedback onboard nonetheless.


How to use OP Torb turret placement in Overwatch Junkenstein’s Revenge

Published: 28/Oct/2020 0:20

by Bill Cooney


Junkenstein’s Revenge is one of the best ways to earn loot boxes during Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event, and there are a few spots for Torbjorn’s turret you should probably know about.

Halloween in Overwatch means plenty of new skins to unlock, including the Ragdoll Echo skin, which is now available until the event ends on November 3.

The only way to unlock the DPS hero’s new skin though is to win 9 games in any mode. If you stick to quick play and competitive this could easily take one or even two whole days, but if you simply grind them out in Junkenstein’s Revenge, the wins will only take a couple of hours instead.

Even though the seasonal PvE survival mode goes quicker than regular matches, you can definitely still lose if you don’t have the right team comp. This means that at all difficulty levels, Torbjorn is still a must-pick for his turret and it’s constant damage output.

Torbjorn Halloween Terror skin
Blizzard Entertainment
You won’t get far in the harder difficulties of Junkenstein’s without Torb.

As for where to put this powerful, Zomnic-slaying device, there are several options that all work quite well, and are all fairly easy to pull off too – like on top of the overturned cart right down the middle lane. It has a commanding line of sight for the middle and left staircase spawns, and even covers part of the pond on the right side.

The best part of this spot might be the fact that it’s too close for Zombardiers to immediately target it, and it will hold boss aggro for as long as it’s around.

Next, placing the turret on the railing right on top of the left-hand stairs also gives it a great shot at all three spawns instead of just two, and gives you the ability to run up there and repair it when needed.

Finally, if you’re looking for something extra flashy to really impress your teammates, there’s even a way to get the turret up to the wooden platform just above the door where Widow and Ashe usually hang out.

Step by step for best turret placement in JR from Overwatch

Like in the clip above, head up the stairs to the right and go on to the platform they lead to (the place we all used to place the turret). Then head to the ledge closest to the door and aim at the ridge on the tower above the platform, straight up from the bush on the right side.

Another option is to jump from the edge and throw it at the apex of Torb’s leap if you have trouble getting it there while standing still. Toss it up, and your little guy is all set to rain down death on the army of undead charging the gates, and hopefully unlock that Echo skin a little bit quicker.