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Valorant leak finds site retake & battle royale esque game mode in files

Published: 20/Sep/2020 18:01

by Andy Williams

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A reputable data miner has discovered two potential game modes in the Valorant game files following Patch 1.08 — with one of the modes appearing to hold the fundamentals for a mini battle royale mode.

It’s only been three months since Valorant launched to the public, and Riot have already added a considerable amount based on the community’s feedback. When the community wanted a fast-paced game mode, Riot added Spike Rush. When they wanted a fresh way to warm-up, they added Deathmatch.

So it’s safe to say that Riot have had their ear firmly pressed to the ground to better understand what their player base wants from their tactical shooter. And with that said, a file discovered by ValorLeaks after Patch 1.08 appears to indicate that two new modes are hidden deep within the game files – though whether they’ll actually make it into the FPS is unknown.

According to the data miner’s Tweet, there are two game modes — one which appears to revolve around a Reactor Site retake component, while the other seems to resemble a battle royale-esque mode.

Player defusing Spike on Ascent.
Riot Games
More modes maybe be on the way to supplement Valorant’s traditional Spike Defuse mode.

Valorant leaker discovers two potential game modes

The first potential mode — referred to as ‘Alt6’ — contains Orbs, according to ValorLeaks. Per the Tweet, Agents would obtain Weapon Orbs, Ultimate Orbs, and Health Orbs, which would essentially represent the ‘looting’ component of a battle royale. Although, with that said, there is no direct mention of a collapsing circle, akin to most titles within that genre.

The second — referred to as ‘SiteRush’ — revolves solvely around planting the Spike as fast as possible. Given that the planting the Spike would present a retake scenario for Defenders, similarities could be drawn between that and a ‘retake’ game mode, which is a popular practice mode in CS:GO.

According to claims made by the data miner, this is currently being tested on C-Site, which presumably refers to Haven’s Reactor Site (unless there’s a dedicated map embedded in the game files for testing purposes).

Valorant leak from ValorLeaks.
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ValorLeaks’ Tweet detailing leaked game modes in Valorant.

It’s worth noting that the aforementioned leak likely represents part of developer dump files, which are often left behind when updates are shipped.

With that in mind, it’s worth taking ValorLeaks’ Tweet with a pinch of salt… At least until Riot release official information pertaining to any new game modes.

While Valorant’s Game Director, Joe Ziegler, has previously stated that future modes are in the works to help break up competitive play and helps players achieve more “social downtime,” it’s difficult to draw parallels between that statement and this leak so early on.

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft 22 October patch notes: Mage Nerfs & Demon Hunter fixes

Published: 23/Oct/2020 13:11

by Lauren Bergin

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The World of Warcraft 22 October Hotfixes sees some major changes to some of the game’s most popular classes alongside a host of other changes.

In the run-up to the highly anticipated release of the Shadowlands expansion, Blizzard have made several key updates to WoW Classic, as well as the Battle for Azaroth.

Between 14-22 October, there has been a range of different updates to the game, but some of the most important have been rolled out after 19 October. These changes include a whole host of alterations to some of the game’s most popular classes, items, quests, and bug fixes.

Blizzard EntertainmentNew adjustments have been made to several of the game’s most dominant classes.

Class Changes

Some of the main changes these Hotfixes will implement apply to the games major classes.

The healing classes of the the game have been given significant buffs, specifically the changes made to the Priest’s ‘Atonement’ to increase the healing lower level characters receive from the spell.Also, taking the Priest with you on “Blade of Twilight” lets the player return to Whispering Woods using the Tirisfal Camp Scroll.

Healers aren’t the only ones who have seen some positive changes. The Demon Hunter has also seen a revision of a bug which decreased armor when using Demon Spikes while buffed.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Mage class has seen significant nerfs, with “Arcane Pummelling” losing 40% of its damage per wave and Vision of Perfection no longer proccing Rune of Power.

Headgun Changes

Another significant change in this hotfix appears on the Tactical and Blink-Trigger Headguns, whose cooldown on-use effects have been increased significantly from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. This makes firing those bullets a lot harder, and you’ll have to use them much more sparingly.

Trick or Treat?

As Hallow’s End dominates the game, players will be pleased to hear that the Hallow’s End Candy Bucket in The Veiled Stair now appears in all phases, offering treats to any passers by whenever they need them!

All this and more has changed in the World of Warcraft universe, so take a look below for more details.


Other Notable Hotfixes:

Achievements

  • The Will of the Emperor encounter special ability, Opportunistic Strike, is obtainable once again for completing the achievement Show Me Your Moves!

Characters

  • The Character Transfer gold limit for characters level 40-49 has increased to 250,000 gold.

Class Changes

  • Death Knight
    • Unholy
      • The additional Shadow damage from Soul Reaper’s (Talent) explosion is now correctly affected by Mastery.
  • Druid
    • Balance
      • Damage caused by Starfall will break the caster out of stealth.
  • Priest
    • Shadow
      • Spiteful Apparitions (Azerite Trait) damage reduced by 34%.
      • Whispers of the Damned (Azerite Trait) Insanity generation reduced by 50%.
  • Warlock
    • General
        • Unstable Affliction’s damage dealt when it is dispelled has been reduced by 35%.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Ny’alotha, the Waking City
    • N’Zoth the Corruptor
      • Fixed an issue where Basher Tentacles would cast Void Lash more frequently on all difficulties.
    • Vexiona
      • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused Vexiona to not follow her target.
  • Utgarde Pinnacle
    • King Ymiron
      • Dark Slash now deals appropriate damage on Normal difficulty.

Items and Rewards

  • Many Burning Crusade gems have had their stats updated to the correct numbers.

Island Expeditions

  • Resolved an issue that prevented Azerite Extractors from functioning correctly.

Pet Battles

  • The Sun Darter Hatchling is obtainable once again. Happy hunting!

Player versus Player

  • Fixed an issue where some Gladiator mounts were not accessible across the account.
  • The Conquest limit has been increased and players can once again progress on their Weekly Conquest reward.

Quests

  • After completing “An End to Beginnings”, the instructions have been clarified on how to unlock the Timewalking Campaign for players that have already leveled a character before.
  • Players who are eligible to visit Nazjatar will no longer be prompted upon log in to start the quests, “The Warchief’s Order” or “The Wolf’s Offensive”. Instead, players can begin their journey to Nazjatar by starting the quest, “Send the Fleet”, by speaking to Nathanos or Genn Greymane.
  • Players who have started the Battle for Azeroth introduction are now able to complete “The Legion Returns” and any remaining Legion introduction content.
  • Nathanos is visible once again for Horde players to turn in “The Battle for Lordaeron”.
  • Fixed an issue where Alliance players were unable to pick up “Tides of War” from Hero’s Herald.
  • Reduced the difficulty of the enemies in the Alliance quest “Fairwind’s “Friends”’.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner should now be present in Grommash Hold if you have quests to turn in to her while you’re also in the middle of the Vulpera Allied Race questline. Shhh… Don’t tell Tyrande.
  • You’ll now be ported back onto the ship if you accidentally fall off during the Horde quest “Paint it Red” and Alliance quest “Unleash Hell”.