Secret Omen nerf in Valorant Episode 2 makes Shrouded Step worse

Published: 15/Jan/2021 2:33 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 0:42

by Brad Norton


Omen was hit with some significant nerfs in Valorant’s Episode 2 update, though one key change to his Shrouded Step ability appears to have flown under the radar until now. However, Riot has confirmed the change is a glitch and will be reverted.

Valorant patch 2.00 shook things up in a number of ways. From the introduction of Yoru to some sizeable Brimstone buffs and plenty more. One of the key goals in this patch was to shake up the Controller role.

While Omen dominated much of Episode 1, two nerfs aimed to scale the Agent back. Paranoia’s cost was increased to 400 Creds while the speed of his Dark Cover ability was significantly decreased. However, players have since uncovered another change that wasn’t mentioned in the patch notes.

His Shrouded Step ability wasn’t addressed, though Omen mains might have already felt a difference in-game. It turns out his hitbox while teleporting has been increased without Riot making it public knowledge.

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Reddit: u/F1re_Foxx
Omen’s Shrouded Step hitbox was secretly made bigger in the Episode 2 update.

“They’ve officially nerfed every part of Omen,” Reddit user ‘F1re_Foxx’ said in a January 14 post. A simple graphic highlights the change in Omen’s hitbox as he casts the Shrouded Step ability.

Prior to the 2.00 update, this particular hitbox was quite slim. Omen would be able to get out of some tricky situations with a well-timed teleport. Even if there was incoming fire, enemies would need their shots to be on point to deal damage.

Following the latest patch, Omen mains might want to think twice before using the ability. The teleporting hitbox has almost doubled in size according to the post.

“You can clearly see that the hitbox for his teleport is much larger,” they explained. “Meaning that he can’t get out of situations as well.” 

Riot, however, has confirmed that the change isn’t intended. The hitbox nerf will be reverted shortly.

“This teleport change was not intended in our set of Omen nerfs, likely a result of a bug or something else that shipped in the patch. We’re talking about it,” developer Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm confirmed.

The change will likely be reverted in either patch 2.01 or in a hotfix before then, so hang tight if you’re an Omen main.

World of Warcraft

WoW Shadowlands devs reveal class changes coming after Chains of Domination update

Published: 24/Feb/2021 11:29

by David Purcell


WoW Shadowlands was well-received by much of the World of Warcraft community, and up next is patch 9.1 — Chains of Domination. Though, as you might expect, the game’s developers are already eyeing what could be improved in future updates. 

Taking part in an exclusive Q&A session, Dexerto was able to get up close and personal with the people who bring this magical universe to life.

In Chains of Domination, Activision Blizzard revealed at Blizzconline a number of things for players to look forward to. You will be able to explore the new region of Korthia, finally unlock ability to fly around the Shadowland’s zones, and possibly the most highly anticipated of them all is the upcoming 10-boss raid, Sanctum of Domination.

WoW Shadowlands developers promise class changes

One thing WoW Shadowlands fans have been waiting for, however, is changes to classes. Adding iconic elements such as class sets, class quests, or expanding on cosmetic glyphs are ideas that the community has wanted to be expanded for some time, and players won’t need to wait much longer to see such tweaks materialize.

In the developer Q&A, World of Warcraft’s Game Director Ion Hazzikostas said: “We definitely have class-themed sets coming up later in Shadowlands, not Chains of Domination – but not very long after.”

WoW Chains of Domination
WoW Chains of Domination doesn’t have a release date at the time of writing, but fans are undoubtedly eager to get into the content.

“And when it comes to things like glyphs, we’re always looking to add more abilities to customize your visual identity, the way you express yourself, and modifying your class abilities is no different.”

“So, while I don’t have a specific example to give right now for the upcoming updates, that’s something we’re committed to as a long-term priority.”

The Chains of Domination update is set to roll out sometime in 2021, after a number of official bits of information were revealed at Blizzconline.

In the absence of a release date, however, we do have a trailer and a boat load of things to be excited for – including class changes later down the line.