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Valorant exploit with Sova’s Owl Drone is “basically a wall hack”

Published: 6/Jun/2020 22:12 Updated: 6/Jun/2020 22:13

by Alan Bernal


Only a handful of Agents in Valorant specialize in getting vision on the map, although an exploit with Sova’s flying drone can give him a way to spy behind enemy lines without detection.

The glitch involves Sage’s Wall, an ability that we know has let Agents test the limits of the game before, such as Omen’s ability to get to cheeky positions on Bind. On Split, she can link up with Sova to push a drone through the wall and have it hover around Heaven and Mid.

This lets the drone get into the more contested angles of the map to gather crucial intel a team could easily use to play off of.

Twitch streamer ‘Womba121’ explained how to replicate the bug to raise more awareness on the “game-breaking” exploit that isn’t all that hard to copy.

“Playing around [in practice] on Split we’ve managed to find a game-breaking glitch where you can put Sova’s drone through the wall and see all of B-site,” they said. “If I can see them through the wall, you know you’re gonna be able to see them in the game.”

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Sova is a master at intel gathering in Valorant.

A coordination between the two Agents lets them boost Sova above the rafters in B Garage on the stacked pallets. Glitching the Owl Drone through the wall lets you control the flying camera to see what’s happening around the map.

The player got a great view of not only B Site, but a bit of Heaven and Mail room that looks into the center of the area.

The streamer also showed how the drone can even be maneuvered through the nooks and crannies of the map into the mid portion of Split.

Game Breaking Sova Drone on Split. Basically wallhack from VALORANT

It’s application in-game can let a team’s defense be telegraphed to the opposition before anything in the round has a chance to take off.

There’s been glitches like that with Cypher as well, though this one is a bit more problematic, seeing as the drone can maneuver to get an increasingly larger volume of information.

Riot Games has been quick to address these kinds of bugs, but expect some of the more nefarious players to use this trick in Valorant.


Valorant dev responds to players asking for map-specific queues

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:30

by Alan Bernal


A Valorant developer gave weight to the idea of map-specific queues after Icebox’s mixed reception made it difficult for some to get any meaningful practice on the map.

Icebox has been a divisive addition to Valorant. There are some members of the community who swear it’s a great example of a tactical map that demands a thoughtful approach to Agent ability usage; and there are others who believe it’s the worst map to grace the game.

Unfortunately, people in either camp share the same matchmaking playlist. This presents a problem, at times, in which people who want to play Icebox can matchmake with someone else who will then dodge that particular map.

Luckily, there are discussions within Riot Games for a solution that could include special playlists that feature specific maps.

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Some players have been dodging Icebox too many times, and Riot might try to find a solution for it.

“Could you please put a separate queue so that we can quickly get some experience,” a message to Riot said. “I found it hard to get used to Icebox because people keep dodging so I can’t rack up the hours to get used to the map.”

Riot Insight and Strategy dev on Valorant, Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm, responded with an encouraging word, noting how the idea is “a great suggestion and it’s something we’ve talked about ourselves as well.”

One of the last times Riot addressed map selection playlists was back in July, when Senior Producer Ian Fielding said from a competitive standpoint, separating the matchmaking pool wasn’t ideal for players.

“Splitting up matchmaking into separate map pools would reduce the overall players in our matchmaking pool,” Fielding said in an Ask Valorant blog. “Which not only slows down matchmaking, but makes it more difficult for us to produce fair matches.

“Given that, we currently don’t have plans to enable map specific selection for Matchmaking.”

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As disappointed as some players might have been, Altombre’s update has given some hope that Valorant could one day include these smaller matchmaking queues.

Although who’s to say it would look anything like the kind found in CS:GO. In League of Legends, Riot has people lock in a primary and secondary role to choose which one they get in a match.

In some instances, a player won’t get either. Moreover, if the system determines there’s a lack of sufficient players queuing for a certain role, then the game offers a brief reward for anyone willing to fill it.

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A map selector could be coming to Valorant, though it might not look what people are familiar in CS:GO.

A general idea like that could be applied to Valorant’s maps. Although tweaked to fit the concept, that could be a solution to let people choose which two locales they prefer, while maintaining the possibility of getting any map at the end of the day.

In either case, it sounds like Riot wants to tackle this issue in some capacity soon, and hopefully it results in a meaningful quality of life update for Valorant.