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Riot update Valorant drops on Twitch & reveal next three regions for beta

Published: 15/Apr/2020 1:48

by Brad Norton

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A week into the Valorant beta and the development team at Riot Games has outlined how drops will be changing on Twitch, as well as which regions should be gaining access in the near future.

Valorant beta access has been a hot commodity since Riot opened the floodgates on April 7, and viewers on Twitch should now have a much easier time earning their way in. 

Riot also indicated they are hard at work preparing three new regions for beta access. If you’re still keeping an eye on streams for a lucky drop, here’s everything you need to know from the latest developer update.

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The Valorant beta looks to be continuing for quite some time.

Valorant beta accessible through any Twitch stream

Only select streamers with ‘drops enabled’ in their Twitch title were actually able to provide viewers with access to the beta throughout the first week. 

That has since changed, according to Valorant game director Joe Ziegler and Executive Producer Anna Donlon. In the April 14 blog post, the developers outlined how “all Valorant streams now drop closed beta access.”

This means that any streamer on Twitch is now able to provide their viewers with beta access so long as they are playing Valorant. The devs emphasized, however, this change doesn’t “increase the number of drops” available.

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You’ll be able to watch any streamer on Twitch to gain Valorant beta access now.

New regions coming to the Valorant beta soon

The latest update also confirmed that multiple regions should be coming online in the very near future. While no set date has been locked in stone for the end of the beta period, it appears as though Valorant will still be playable for quite some time as more regions become available.

“We’re moving as fast as possible to release [the] closed beta in new regions,” they explained. “Brazil, LATAM, and Korea [are] in our sights, but [we] can’t confirm dates just yet.”

These regions will join players across Europe, Canada, United States, Turkey, Russia, and other CIS countries that already have access. 

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Three more regions should be coming online soon in the Valorant beta.

Additional Valorant Beta access

The developers also outlined three major points in the blog post, detailing new ways they’re looking to expand access and improve the beta experience.

Beta access will continue to scale up as server loads have seen a 25% increase “to meet demand.” One of the key aspects of the beta is for Riot to monitor server load management and prepare for a smooth transition to the full release.

“A few thousand of the most engaged Valorant stream viewers” have manually been given access to the beta as a “thank you” from the developers.

If you’ve logged a solid number of hours in Valorant Twitch streams over the past week, there’s a good chance you’ve been given beta access, so be sure to check your account.

Riot is also continuing to keep a close eye on account sellers. More and more accounts have been banned as they look to turn a profit during the closed beta period.

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You may have just gained access to the Valorant beta without knowing.

There’s no telling exactly how long the Valorant beta period will last just yet. For all we know, this is only just at the beginning. 

With more and more regions coming online, and a ranked mode on its way, it appears as though the beta won’t be taken down anytime soon.

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Valorant dev confirms changes for several Agents: Breach, Cypher, more

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:55

by Alan Bernal

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A Valorant developer has confirmed that the studio is looking to make changes to the likes of Cypher, Breach, Killjoy, and Brimstone that could be coming in Patch 1.11 and beyond.

Senior Game Designer on Valorant, Max ‘Orcane’ Grossman told Hitscan how Riot wants to change these characters in the future, and while he didn’t go into much detail, he explained what kind of impact they expect these gameplay changes to have.

While some of the changes should fit in the upcoming update, Patch 1.11, Grossman said that others are just getting looked into like possible balance changes to Brimstone.

Riot are even planning some shake ups to how some Agents are used, like making Cypher and Killjoys roles more defined to their “identities.”

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Changes for Killjoy and Brimstone could be coming soon.

Breach

Even though the Swedish engineer is already seen as a strong pick, Riot actually thinks there are improvements to be made for him. “I know there’s a community sentiment of Breach feeling really strong right now. Internally, the data does not even remotely backup that sentiment,” Grossman said, clarifying that the buff should be “minor.”

He said that pick and win rates are low for Breach, despite people saying he’s in a good place. The developer thinks it’s because the Agent’s “high teamwork requirement” to make an impact doesn’t necessarily work out well in typical matchmaking.

While players “feel his presence a lot” due to all the flashes and stuns he can dish out, Breach or his team can’t capitalize on these effects so often, according to Grossman.

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Though Breach has a ton of stuns or blinds, Riot isn’t seeing them result in many kills.

Cypher and Killjoy

Both Sentinels are highly-valued for their utility that can detect opponents while the player is elsewhere on the map, but Grossman says that he wants to see them used more distinctly.

“Killjoy has always been, in our minds, very potent at locking down a single site,” he said. “Whereas Cypher is more about creating this information network across the map. So we’re really trying to drill into those identities.”

This could mean anything from changes to how Killjoy’s turret works or how Cypher operates on a team, but that remains to be seen.

Brimstone

Brim’s incredible array of utility can’t go understated, but Riot are going to look at how to give the Agent a bit more flexibility that would make him an attractive pick as opposed to someone like Omen.

“When we look at Brimstone, there are reasons that I still think he’s really potent but I think he suffers in a couple of key areas with regards to flexibility compared to a character like Omen,” he said.

While the developers have just begun looking at how to make that happen, it’s a conversation they want to engage in since Brim can be really strong on maps like Bind.

As Riot discovers more about how players are using Agents, more changes will surely come about. But there should be some healthy short-term balances for Valorant that come in Patch 1.11, which is expected to drop on October 27.