Riot to nerf Raze to increase "counterplay" in Valorant Patch 1.04 - Dexerto

Riot to nerf Raze to increase “counterplay” in Valorant Patch 1.04

Published: 16/Jul/2020 6:53 Updated: 19/Jul/2020 9:36

by Andrew Amos


Raze’s kit in Valorant hasn’t been the most well received in the community. Riot are aware of the explosive power of her abilities though, and are looking at introducing more “counterplay” in Valorant Patch 1.04 to nerf her.

In Valorant, shooting matters. Those were the infamous words of Riot’s CEO when Valorant, then Project A, was announced back in October 2019. Raze was the anti-Christ of that mantra.

Her kit revolves entirely around zone control through explosives. From grenades, to satchels, a little robot that explodes, and then finally her Showstopper ultimate, every part of Raze’s kit is meant to do damage.

Raze using Showstopper rocket ultimate
Riot Games
Raze’s Showstopper is probably the most infuriating thing to be killed by in Valorant.

While Riot have been keeping an eye on her to tone her down eventually, they’re finally pulling the trigger on Valorant Patch 1.04.

They have admitted that Raze is in “a little bit” of an unhealthy spot, but isn’t too far away from how Riot intended on making her work. She just needs to have her numbers slightly adjusted to fix the “legitimate” problems with her ultimate and satchel.

“Raze needs a little bit [of a nerf]. [We also need to] address some of the problems that have been legitimately brought up with the rocket, and some weird play patterns with the satchel,” Valorant character design lead Ryan ‘Morello’ Scott stated.

They don’t want to completely kill the fun parts of Raze’s kit. Riot have emphasized that they wouldn’t touch the unique movement abilities with stacking satchels. They also want her ultimate to feel impactful. But, they are working on just bringing things back a tad.

“Movement is fine, you can keep your cool zoomer movement, I’m not going to fun police that. I think doing some more work on the rocket to have more counterplay while still being a high-impact kill moment is something I want to do and bring her win rate down a little bit.”

Morello didn’t go into details about exactly how both abilities will be nerfed, and if her Paint Shell grenade and Boom Bot would be touched on top of that. However, what really matters is that Raze is getting nerfed ⁠— finally.

The changes should be rolled into Valorant Patch 1.04, which is due to release around July 21. Raze isn’t the only Agent on the change list, with Riot looking at toning down the “out of control” Sage, while also bringing more power to Viper.


How to watch Valorant First Strike NA Global Finals: Stream & schedule

Published: 30/Nov/2020 13:39 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 20:05

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant First Strike Global Finals are here and the very best of North America are ready to go toe-to-toe in Future Earth. Eight strong teams have entered, but only one can be the champion. Here’s everything you need to know.

Weeks of competition has led to this. Across the world, the best Valorant teams have been duking it out for the chance to be crowned their regional champion. In no region, however, is the competition more fierce than in North America.

Heading into 2021 with the the Valorant Champions Tour looming on the horizon, a win in First Strike will mean a lot to teams as they start preparing for the first ever World Championship.

If you want to catch the best NA Valorant has to offer, we’ve got you covered right here.

Valorant First Strike NA: Stream

Just like the accompanying European leg of the event, the First Strike NA regional finals will be broadcasted live on the official Valorant Twitch channel.

The action will get underway on December 3 starting at 1:00 PM PST / 4:00 PM EST / 9:00 PM GMT / 10:00 PM CET. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience, so you can check back in once those times are sorted out.

Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players

From hundreds of teams, only eight made it to North America’s First Strike Regional Finals. Fan-favorites like Sentinels, TSM, and T1 are mixing in with rising stars like Renegades and Immortals.

While Sentinels are the favored team heading into the event, given how close the teams are, it really could be anyone’s title.

Team Players
Team Envy food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose
100 Thieves Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
Renegades retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
TSM reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP

Valorant First Strike NA: Schedule & results


Thursday, December 3

Quarterfinals Envy vs Immortals 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM
Renegades vs TSM 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Friday, December 4

Quarterfinals 100 Thieves vs T1 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM
Sentinels vs FaZe 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Saturday, December 5

Semifinals TBD vs TBD 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Sunday, December 6

Grand Final TBD vs TBD 1PM 3PM 9PM 10PM

Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements

This post will be updated once the action gets underway, so be sure to check back to see the results!