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Valorant dev teases future grapple-based Agent

Published: 3/Apr/2020 0:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Valorant may be getting a grapple-based Agent in the future based on developer comments regarding the creation of the game’s newest character, Jett.

During an interview with ESPN, game designer Bobby Prochnow discussed how Jett’s kit now is quite different than when she was in development.

As it turns out, her original design was based around grapple-based abilities, so much so that her name was initially “Grapple Thief.”

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Jett used to be called “Grapple Thief.”

“Her first kit centered around a grappling hook as her touchstone ability,” Prochnow revealed. “No boost, no dash, no daggers. Just a grappling hook and other tech gadgetry.”

However, as the design for the character took shape, the team decided they had too many Agents that relied on technology and opted to scrap that part of her in favor of the wind-based gameplay.

“Most of our roster already relied heavily on technology, and we wanted to make a character that had intrinsic powers – what we now call a Radiant,” he explained.

In the interview, ESPN noted that Prochnow teased how Riot Games could potentially be saving the grapple kit for a future Agent.

It’s not uncommon for certain abilities in the development of a new character to get reworked or scrapped. That said, a lot of the time, said ability ends up making its way to another character who the move may be better suited for.

A good example of this would be Doomfist in Overwatch. In early development, the hero had a rock-throw move that was scrapped and later given to the tank Sigma.

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Jett’s kit changed a lot in development.

With the Valorant beta going live on April 7 and lots of gameplay to come on the 3rd, it’s possible that we are introduced to a potential grapple Agent very soon.

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Valorant devs confirm new Sage buff on the way in patch 1.13

Published: 2/Dec/2020 5:12

by Brad Norton

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While Sage was an insta-lock in the early phases of Valorant, the Sentinel Agent dipped drastically due to a series of hefty nerfs. However, Riot Games has confirmed she’ll be getting some love in the next major update.

When Valorant launched, Sage was the only Agent in the game capable of healing allies. Others were capable of healing themselves, but her kit provided something entirely unique. Combined with an extremely chunky Barrier Orb that could block off a certain path, and you had an “out of control” Agent that was picked in almost every match.

It took multiple balance updates and various ability reworks to bring her back down a notch. Since then, along with the introduction of new characters, Sage has seen her pick-rate drop tremendously. The Agent has only seen play in two professional matches over the past 60 days, according to VLR.

In attempt to find a middle ground and get Sage back on track, Riot has confirmed a new buff is on the way. Here’s what we can expect in Valorant’s 1.13 update coming soon.

While it was a critical Killjoy bug that stole the spotlight on November 30, Sage was also in focus due to an issue with her wall. Thanks to the Barrier Orb being placed pre-round, she could help a friendly Omen teleport across the map and quite literally break the game.

As a result, the Agent will no longer be able to place a wall down before a round gets going. This may have seemed like a temporary fix, though Riot soon clarified it “will be sticking around in the next patch.”

“Don’t worry,” they stressed. Sage isn’t being properly nerfed again. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Despite this adjustment, a “small balance change” is in the works to “put a little power back into her barrier.”

There’s no telling exactly what that looks like just yet. Whether it’s more health, added size, or something new altogether, we’re yet to find out. Though it’s only a matter of time until Sage’s wall is stronger than it’s been for the past few weeks.

It’s clear Riot doesn’t want a repeat of Sage’s dominance. So they’re playing things safe for the time being. Instead of buffing the Agent in a number of ways, Riot confirmed a singular buff to her Barrier Orb and her Barrier Orb alone.

There’s no date announced for patch 1.13 just yet. Though we do already know something else on the way. The incoming update looks to address the smurfing issue once again, cracking down on those making secondary accounts.