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Valorant Patch Notes 1.03: Guardian price change, Spike Rush orbs, more

Published: 7/Jul/2020 14:24 Updated: 7/Jul/2020 14:38

by Andy Williams

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Valorant’s July 7 update brings some weapon updates (including a Guardian price reduction) and map changes, alongside another orb for Spike Rush and some general quality of life changes. 

So what’s new? The Guardian has been reduced from 2,700 Creds to 2,500 — making it a much more viable option. A few tweaks to the weapon’s behavior, such as fire rate and wall penetration will also give the semi-automatic Rifle a much needed overhaul.

The Surrender option will also now have it’s own dedicated button in Valorant’s UI, which will make it much easier to cast the vote. Spike Rush’s new orb (Twin Hunters) also adds a unique dynamic to the fast-paced gamemode. Full patch notes can be found below.

Valorant July 7: Patch Notes 1.03

WEAPON UPDATES

Guardian

  • Price reduced from 2700 >>> 2500.
  • Rate of Fire reduced from 6.5 >>> 4.75.
  • Penetration power increased from Medium >>> Heavy.
  • Input queue updated from 0.083 >>> 0.1175.
    • Up until now, the Guardian has lived in a strange position in the arsenal. Price-wise, it remained close to the premium rifles while not adequately competing with their power, making it too pricey as an alternate economic option, but not powerful enough to be considered as a premiere weapon choice. Its fast fire rate made it more powerful in close range situations than we’d like, given our goals for the weapon’s long-range, precision shot fantasy, and—despite its semi-automatic, heavy-hitting firing style—it matched other rifles in terms of penetrating power. We hope these changes will sharpen the Guardian’s identity as a long-range, versatile weapon, with its heavy penetration values and lower price providing some more nuanced choice competition to the rifle category of the arsenal.

MAP UPDATES

Haven

  • Removed spot where Spike was unable to be retrieved once dropped.

All Maps

  • Fixed multiple spots where players were able to clip inside level geometry
  • Removed more locations where Sova’s sensor arrow was able to go through walls.

MODE UPDATES

Spike Rush

  • New Orb: Twin Hunters.
    • Capturing the orb releases two hunting wolves to track down the two nearest enemies (from orb location, they will not change targets after spawning).
      • Wolves speed up when they spot an enemy and dash at them when close, slowing and near-sighting for 4 seconds upon impact.
      • Wolves have 150 HP and can be damaged.
      • Wolves will time out at 15 seconds, or when their target is killed.
  • Split: Orb Location.
    • Mid defender side orb has been moved onto mid platform to make it slightly less defender favored.

QUALITY OF LIFE

Surrender changes

  • Unrated Mode vote requirements to pass changed from 100% to 80%.
  • Competitive Mode vote requirements to pass remains at 100%.
  • You can now call a surrender vote starting with round 5 versus round 8.
  • A new button in the in-game menu has been added to call a surrender vote.
    • We know it can be at times challenging to get a surrender vote to pass given it has historically required an unanimous vote. For Unrated Mode , which is meant to be lower stakes than Competitive (no rank on the line), we have made adjustments so if the vast majority of the team wants to surrender (80%) they can now opt out of that match and find a fairer fight sooner.
    • For Competitive Mode we plan to keep the vote requirement as unanimous, because surrendering has an impact on your rank (all unplayed rounds count as loss credit), we want to make sure the team is in full agreement before a decision is made that will negatively impact a player’s rank. We’ve also slightly reduced the minimum rounds needed to be played so that if players have a particularly bad start, they can opt out of that match earlier.
  • In the Collection screens, there is now a checkbox to toggle between showing all items or only owned ones (additional options and improvements for managing your collection will be coming in future patches).
  • Fixed a bug where the mission “You or your ally plant/defuse spikes” sometimes did not take into account plants and defuses by allies.
  • Transition screens and startup screens are now letterboxed.
  • Fixed text overlap issues in the Battlepass and Contract screens in some languages.
  • Players in custom games with cheats enabled can select a different Agent to use on the next round in the cheats menu.
  • Removing a friend will now prompt a confirmation dialogue.
  • Pressing Escape while typing in the chat box will clear the message.
  • Revised layout of confirmation dialogs to make primary action larger and always on the left; applied color in various places, like using red for destructive actions; revised the locations of some confirmation and cancel buttons for consistency.
  • Minor fixes for visual artifacts on Bind on Intel GPUs.
  • Minor render improvements for modern hardware.
  • Added an error popup for crashes on startup linking to troubleshooting guide for crashes.
  • IME input on payment windows will now work correctly (Japanese/Chinese).
  • Players can now view individual skin levels in the collections and store view.
  • Updates to censored hit impact effects for better readability.
  • Added Agent silhouettes for observers.
  • Improved render performance for silhouettes.
  • Agent health bars are now visible to observers.
  • Fulfilling a buy request while moving will no longer interrupt your movement.
  • Custom Games Tournament Mode:
    • Custom games can now be set to Tournament Mode. This allows every player in the game to have access to the Toggle Match Timer cheat in game without having all other cheats enabled. It also allows observers to be flagged as moderators, which grants them access to additional cheats that they can use as necessary. Regular observers cannot use cheats anymore.
    • We’ll be looking at expanding the list of moderator cheats in future patches.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed a Cypher bug where traps that were placed such that they were on the inside of a doorway, would not trigger when someone walked through them.
  • Fixed an issue with the Match Timer hitching under unstable network conditions.
  • Fixed an issue where players couldn’t jump off ascenders if jump was bound to the mousewheel.
  • Fixed some visual issues that could occur when reconnecting to the game while dead.
  • Fixed Barrier phase announcement showing up in normal games for observers.
  • Fixed various UI issues on observer scoreboard.
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Dating app Bumble join Gen.G in search for all-female Valorant roster

Published: 28/Oct/2020 16:36

by Adam Fitch

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Gen.G Esports are looking to recruit an all-female team in Valorant and have brought in Bumble to help with the search.

They originally came together in 2019 to launch Team Bumble, an initiative that housed the first all-female team in Fortnite.

Expanding their partnership, Team Bumble will continue to “create and champion a safer environment for women online” in esports by recruiting a roster in Riot Games’ new FPS title.

The search for an all-women team in Valorant has already begun, with Gen.G requesting clips, ranks, and competitive experience to be sent to them via email by hopeful recruits.

GenG and Bumble take to Valorant
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Maddiesuun is assisting in the construction of the Valorant roster.

Gen.G’s partnership with Bumble is buzzing

To help with the recruitment process, Gen.G Fortnite player Madison “Maddiesuun” Man will serve as a mentor and talent scout in Valorant.

“As we discover new talent, we’re pushing towards an environment where women gamers are not treated as separate, but are given the full opportunity to scrim and develop their skills,” she said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to mentor and create with the next wave of Team Bumble pros.”

The partnership between the organization and the dating app has been well-received since its inception, so there’s little doubt that this latest move will land well with the community. As well as Maddiesuun, Team Bumble houses Tina “TINARAES” Perez, Carlee Gress, and Hannah Reyes.

“By expanding Team Bumble with an all-women Valorant team, we are laser focused on finding the best untapped female talent on the planet,” said Gen.G’s general manager Nate Stanz.

“We will be integrated into the North American scene quickly, including scrims with and against our current roster. We commit to providing the correct competitive tools for the quickest path to success for all our players.”

On October 25, Cloud9 announced that they had signed the first all-female Valorant esports roster. Named Cloud9 White, the goal is to eventually combine the organization’s two rosters made up of “the best players” regardless of gender.