Valorant patch 2.09 is here, and it’s definitely a good one. Viper has been nerfed, the new Replication game mode has been added, as well as some big map changes to Breeze ahead of its competitive release.
The Viper nerfs bring her more in line with other Controllers after the once-irrelevant Agent catapulted up the tier list with a host of buffs.
On top of those balance changes, Riot is launching a new game mode called Replication, and plenty of other smaller tweaks in Valorant patch 2.09.
Viper is getting some much-needed nerfs after Riot slightly overtuned her in past Valorant patches.
Viper passive nerfed after excessive buffs
Viper has shot up the tier list thanks to Riot’s constant buffs to the American Controller. However, she’s been a little bit too controlling. Her Toxin passive does a bit too much damage, shredding enemies to armorless just by walking through her walls or smokes.
Riot is changing that, starting the initial decay at 30 HP instead of 50 HP. This should give Viper and her teammates a smaller window to capitalize on her utility, and makes pushing through it a little bit less scary.
Replication mode added: How it works
Now with the balance changes behind us, it’s time for the fun stuff, and that comes in the form of a new game mode called Replication. The game mode is very similar to League of Legends’ One for All, where everyone picks the same Agent to deploy onto the battlefield.
It’ll be fun and chaotic seeing a million smokes drop from the sky, or five Raze paint shells thrown into a corner. Find the best strategies and relish in the chaos when it launches on Valorant patch 2.09.
Ever wanted to know what 15 Brimstone smokes on the field looked like at once? Now you can in Replication.
On top of Replication and the Viper changes, tactical timeouts are finally being added to custom games for tournament play. They will last 60 seconds, and each team can call two of them a game.