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Valorant dev responds to crazy Sova Recon Bolt glitch

Published: 1/May/2020 13:37

by Daniel Cleary


Riot Games developers have responded to a bizarre glitch with Sova’s Recon Dart in Valorant, allowing players to spot enemies through walls on Bind.

Since the release of Valorant’s closed beta on April 7, fans have been eager to get their hands on the new Agents to test out all of their abilities.


Unfortunately, one ability was revealed to have a game-breaking bug where it granted players vision on their enemies even through walls on the map, Bind.

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A glitch has been found with Sova’s Recon Bolt in Valorant.

The glitch occurred with Sova’s Recon Bolt ability, which is designed to reveal the location of enemies that are caught in the line of sight of the bolt.


However, there is one spot on the map Bind which seemingly grants vision on players even if they are hidden from the Recon Bolts field of vision.

A clip of glitch was shared by u/TopherC97, revealing just how game-breaking the glitch could be to find out where the remaining enemies are hiding, particularly in clutch situations.

NEW Broken Sova Recon Dart on Bind (Goes Through Entire Buildings and Walls) from r/VALORANT

Valorant developer Nathan ‘Fancypmcgee’ Tiras responded to the post, letting Valorant fans know that he would inform Riot’s Maps and Characters teams so that they could take a further look at the unusual situation.


“That’s probably more vision than is intended given the recon dart placement,” he added, suggesting that it was likely to be a glitch.

There was another bug with Sova’s Recon Bolt, that also gave vision on enemies outside of the dart’s vision, which was recently fixed in the beta’s 0.49 patch.

As it is an issue that developers are aware of and have dealt with before, it is likely that it won’t take Riot too long to find out what is causing this bizarre bug.


Players have also come up with some unique tricks using the Agent’s kit in Valorant, with one clever fan using Sova’s shock bolt as a trap.


Could Valorant get League-style Clash tournaments in-client soon?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 3:31

by Andrew Amos


Valorant’s competitive system is getting another overhaul in Ignition Act 3, with more strict party restrictions, changes to progression, and more. However, with the “tighter rank queue,” could the door be opening for in-client tournaments, like League of Legends’ Clash, in Valorant?

Valorant’s competitive experience is not only an important point for players, but Riot themselves. The tactical FPS was designed with competition in mind, from the way the game was optimized, to its basic mechanics.


Whether Valorant’s competitive queue has lived up to that expectation is a different story though. The experience has been widely criticized by players due to numerous factors: no solo-duo queue, no leaderboards, a confusing progression system, and more.

Riot are vowing to change some of these things in Act 3. They are reducing the squad rank disparity limit from six tiers to three. They are also aiming at adding a cap on party sizes at high ranks, a leaderboard, and a more clear progression system early in 2021.


With these changes though, friends won’t be able to queue up for ranked if their ranks are too far apart. This has opened the door for Riot to implement in-client tournaments like they did for League of Legends with Clash, and they’re entertaining the suggestion.

“We’ve heard from others that there is a desire for even more organized team play, but just not in the same queue,” design director Joe Ziegler told players while outlining the Act 3 competitive changes. “We hear you on these things, [but] they may take some time to implement.”

Clash in League of Legends was a replacement for the old ranked fives queue. Instead, teams of friends can take part in monthly tournaments, being seeded into a bracket based on their rank and playing against teams of a similar skill level. There’s also in-game prizes on the line.


A similar system has been yearned for by Valorant players since the game’s release. Riot have indicated that such a feature could be closer than ever with the Act 3 changes. However, it’s still in development for the time being.

League of Legends Clash client team building page
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Clash lets League players team up with friends to take part in in-client tournaments. There’s also prizing for the winners.

“We know there are many of you that like to queue competitive with friends of a wide skill range. We see this demand for this kind of team-based competition, and it’s on our roadmap,” competitive design lead David ‘Milkcow’ Cole said.

“We’re excited on our end to get this team-based feature up and rolling but it’ll be a bit before it’s out live ⁠— it’s a large feature,” he added on Reddit after the changes were announced on October 5.



Valorant players should definitely get excited at the prospect of League-style in-client tournaments. It’ll add a more structured competitive experience to Valorant, where you can queue with friends to try and take down other five-stacks in a competitive setting without jeopardizing your rank.


There will also likely be prizes on the line. While League of Legends has profile banners, icons, and skins on the line, maybe in Valorant special player cards, tags, and skins could be drafted up to celebrate those who win. The possibilities are endless, and only time will tell what Riot has in stock for players.