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Secret Sage change in Valorant Patch 0.50 fixes major ultimate bug

Published: 13/May/2020 6:53

by Andrew Amos

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Sage received the brunt of the nerfs in Valorant’s latest update. However, there was one extra unlisted change that’ll bring even more relief to the anti-Sage crowd, as a long-standing bug with her ultimate has finally been patched out.

Sage was arguably the most broken Agent in Valorant. Her utility mash of healing, crowd control, and even a resurrection was too much for many to handle.

While all of those were toned down in the latest patch, there was one change that got through unlisted. It’s not a bad change though — in fact, it’s a major bugfix that has hindered players figuring out when she uses her ultimate.

Every Agent’s ultimate in Valorant has a global voiceline. However, there were times where Sage’s wouldn’t activate when she revived an ally. While it would still appear in the killfeed, enemies wouldn’t be able to notice it quickly.

In the Patch 0.50 update, that audio glitch is now a thing of the past. Sage’s ultimate can be heard globally, by allies and enemies alike.

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Sage’s “Resurrection” will now always play a voice line.

The change is big for a couple of reasons. It makes it easier to keep track of Sage’s cooldowns, because audio cues are everything in Valorant. It can also make it easier to pinpoint where Sage is on the map at any one time.

Riot clarified community suspicions about the bugfix on Reddit, saying that the fix was indeed shipped unlisted, and that the voice line had existed for a while but wasn’t playing properly.

“We’ve had the line for a while, it just wasn’t playing in the right instances,” said developer Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm. “Hopefully this should improve game wide clarity on when Sage is using her ultimate.”

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The ultimate bugfix was one of a handful of changes shipped for Sage in May 12’s Patch 0.50.

Her Slow Orb duration was reduced by two seconds down to seven all-up, while the slow amount was also culled to 50%.

These changes in tandem should make Sage less infuriating to play against. Now you won’t feel baited when a dead enemy starts shooting back at you without any revive indicator, and you should better be able to escape her oppressive utility.

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Riot devs explain why Valorant’s next maps will be like Icebox

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:01

by Lauren Bergin

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Icebox has become one of the most hotly debated maps in Valorant, but Riot Games map developer Joe Ziegler has stated that future map designs are likely to follow in its footsteps. 

Everyone and their Valorant grandmother knows about Icebox, Riot Games’ latest addition to the game. Icebox was released into Future Earth on patch 1.11, however since then it has generated a lot of controversy.

Fans are truly divided on this map, some refer to it as “garbage” while others truly seem to love it. The icy location certainly has left some fans out in the cold due to the vast array of angles on offer to pick off enemies from and the countless routes that the map offers.

However, whether or not Icebox has wowed fans or otherwise, Riot map developer Joe Zeigler has told players to expect more Icebox-style locations.

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Icebox has quite quickly solidified itself as one of Valorant’s most hated maps.

Riot Ziegler confirms that future maps will be more like Icebox

In a recent instalment of Dev Diaries, Ziegler takes the bull by the horns when it comes to the Icebox discussion.

The segment entitled ‘Icebox and the future of maps’ clarifies that Riot’s vision with every new map is to “bring meaningful new changes that ask you to think about how you approach the space. Our four original maps were designed to introduce you to the complexities of Valorant, especially with so much unique agent utility to play against.”

Ziegler goes on to clarify that “moving forward I hope you can see how we’ll continue challenging the basic concepts of map design in order to promote more diverse, strategic play”. Citing Icebox as an example because it’s more complex design forces players to work on their aim as well as skirmishing ability.

Icebox’s layout allows players to “plan more strategically and perform tactically with guns and character abilities,” something that Riot seek to promote moving forward.

So like it or not, Valorant’s map designers will be using Icebox’s complex design as their blueprint moving forward. Hopefully this decision continues to add an element of difficulty to the game that we perviously haven’t seen before. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further Valorant map news.