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Valorant dev reveals Omen changes coming in full launch

Published: 28/May/2020 22:36

by Alan Bernal


The Valorant beta introduced players to Omen and his ghastly kit that can blind, smoke out, or teleport the Agent to great effect, but some fixes from the Riot Games dev are coming in before the June 2 launch.

Omen has been a favorite among Valorant’s more methodical players since he can set up his own baits, obscure crucial angles, or completely change the point of attack in any given round.

Though his build offers a team a ton of utility, the players might notice that some of his abilities like Dark Cover or Paranoia don’t always go off without a hitch.

Now that the beta has concluded and players have to wait around a week for the official launch, this is valuable time for the Valorant devs to regroup and work on improvements.

Character design lead for Valorant, Ryan ‘Morello’ Scott outlined the kind of fixes Riot have lined up for the official release of the tactical shooter. Among the changes, Riot are going to touch-up every single aspect of Omen’s kit.

On the list of changes for Morello and his team are: “Omen smoke targeting update (!), ultimate and blind improvements.”

The smoke targeting can mean a couple of different things; in the beta, players needed to extend and retract his shadow orb on a minimap to place the Dark Shadow. While this was functional, it’s also a much less optimized way to place a smoke as opposed to Brimstone, for example.

Similarly, it could mean the devs are going to address how the smokes fall into place. For example, they can sometimes fall lower to the ground or stay at a higher altitude, and this inconsistency can really be frustrating.

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Omen’s shadows can be a nuisance to place and drift lower than they should.

Meanwhile, Paranoia sounds effective on paper, but players have been noting how the ability either misses its mark too easily or it seemingly hits its target without applying the blind.

By the look of it, Riot will take a look at this ability to make it better before the June 2 target date for launch.

Similarly, From the Shadows will also be getting improvements along with Shrouded Step, which should interact better when working within smokes, according to Morello: “I believe we have an improvement for casting them within smokes, too!”

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Omen has seen a ton of changes throughout the Valorant beta.

The rest of the information revealed in Morello’s tweet isn’t breaking news; it had already been announced that Valorant will feature both a new Agent and map upon its full release.

Riot will be implementing balancing changes and fixes to both hit registration and FPS, the details of which likely won’t be revealed until the game drops on June 2.


Radianite-infused Valorant Agent concept could dominate Episode 2

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:55

by Brad Norton


New Agents are always the most exciting thing in Valorant, and this remarkably detailed concept would be a perfect fit for the game’s second Episode coming up soon.

Since the release of Riot’s tactical FPS, we’ve seen one new character added into the mix with each new Act. Sticking to their intended schedule of releases, this means we can expect to see another fresh Agent at the beginning of Episode 2.

While we’re still a ways off, there’s no better time to theorize what the next addition could look like. What abilities would help push the game in a new direction? What kind of style should they have to stand out from the rest of the lineup? Well this incredible Agent concept answers those questions and then some.

Previous designs have captured the imaginations of the community and some have actually been quite close to what the developers were working on. The latest idea brings us ‘Mamuro.’ A Radianite-infused Agent with a shocking samurai aesthetic.

Mamuro: Valorant Initiator Agent concept

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One of Mamuro’s abilities makes your weapons deadlier than ever.

“Mamuro summons lightning bolts on the battlefield and smashes enemies without hesitation,” the Agent description reads. Not only do we have a visual of the character, but Reddit user ‘VisiblePerson’ has also provided a complete breakdown of the kit as well.

All of the abilities are unlike anything else in Valorant today. Some assist with movement, others stun, while the Ultimate is all about slaying. One factor is common across the board, however, lightning and thunder are Mamuro’s tools for the job.

Two of the abilities bring out Mamuro’s sword. Thunder Cutter is the first, allowing you to slash and dash through any given map. Similar to Genji from Overwatch, dashing deals 75 damage though it surprisingly lets you phase through walls as well. Rather than taking down foes, however, it might be best used to destroy enemy projectiles. You can take anything out “with one swing” and even negate the first shot fired from an opposing player.

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The full concept from VisiblePerson on Reddit.

Rising Thunder is a 7-cost Ultimate that actually harms you before it can change the course of a round. Upon activating the ability, 50% of your health will be wiped out. In this process, you’re transformed into “an electric demon armed with a blade.” This blade lets you move faster than usual, gives you a whopping 250HP, and lets you slash away at foes with 50 damage per strike.

  • Ability 1 (Q) – Overload: EQUIP a discharge of electricity and upgrade different types of weapons. LMB – Upgrade ally. RMB – Upgrade yourself. (Pistols mark enemies, SMG & AR Damage increased by 10%, Rifles reload faster)
  • Ability 2 (E) – Thunder Cutter: EQUIP a blade of thunder and defeat enemies or destroy a projectile flying at you. LMB – Dash with the blade and deal 75 damage. Makes a loud sound and allows you to move through walls. RMB – Destroy an enemy projectile with one swing of the blade or protect yourself from the first shot of an enemy.
  • Signature Ability (C) – Heaven Roar: EQUIP a paper version of the map you’re playing on. Select where you want to send lightning and press RMB. After a 1.5 second cast time, the lightning strikes, dealing 40 damage and blinding enemies. Blind lasts 1.5 seconds.
  • Ultimate Ability (X) – Rising Thunder: EQUIP a blade of thunder and sacrifice 50% of your health to transform into an electric demon. You’ll be armed with a blade that deals 50 damage per hit and allows you to move 1.5x faster than usual. This also gives you 250 health and increases your damage with each kill. This Ultimate ends after 20 seconds without a kill.
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Similar to Genji from Overwatch, Mamuro can dash in Valorant, though with a serious downside that reveals your position.

With such unique movement and devastating effects, there’s no denying Mamuro would shake up the game. Could this Agent be a little overpowered? There’s no real way of telling without seeing it in the mix. Though as with every new character, the community will find new ways to work around the innovative kit.

Episode 2 is still a little while away, so don’t expect to see another new Agent until then. In the meantime, here’s everything we know about the next major update.