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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

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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Shroud explains how Valorant will become the number one FPS esport

Published: 19/Oct/2020 11:50

by Connor Bennett

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Twitch star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek believes Valorant is going to “easily” surpass Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as the top FPS title around when it comes to esports.

When Valorant launched back in June, players and esports organizations alike quickly moved to show their skills off and create rosters in a bid to get ahead of the curve. 

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Even in its infancy, pros from CS:GO, Overwatch, and other games decided to hop aboard the Valorant hype train and for some, it worked out as they’ve been able to rack up wins in online tournaments and build audiences on Twitch.

With the first-person shooter being backed by Riot, there are plenty of expectations surrounding its eventual growth in the esports world – with some, including Shroud, backing it to knock off the likes of CS:GO and perhaps even League of Legends.

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Many have tipped Valorant to be the next big esport. But is there a world where both CS:GO and Valorant can both thrive?

During a recent stream, the former CS:GO pro had been discussing the landscape of Valorant’s esports scene – noting that the best teams in Europe and North America haven’t had the chance to do battle yet. Once that happens, and the game goes to LAN, Shroud believes it’ll pop off. 

“Dude, Valorant is just going to hit and it’s going to hit hard. Like, it has the perfect recipe right now, right,” he said. “It’s just like, CS numbers are dipping, but to be fair CS strives on LAN so that’s why they’re dipping, obviously once LAN comes back, it’ll be a little different. 

“But still, if Valorant nails the timing of coming to LAN and tournaments are popping off, it’s going to blow the f**k up – even more than it already has.” As someone suggested that Valorant will take the top spot in the first-person shooter esports ranks, Shroud added: “Oh yeah, easily.” 

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The growing intrigue surrounding the world’s best teams not being able to play each other will, undoubtedly, work in Valorant’s favor. 

It just remains to be seen as to whether or not it can cement itself at the top of the esports world. Plenty of games have come along and tried to do so, but the titans of CS:GO and LoL still reign supreme. For now.