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Valorant Patch Notes 1.04: Agent and weapon balancing, bug fixes, more

Published: 21/Jul/2020 14:37

by Andy Williams

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Valorant’s July 21 update brings some big changes to Agents, with Viper receiving a hefty buff, while Brimstone and Raze’s Ultimates have received a much-needed nerf. 

So what’s new in Patch 1.04? Well, Viper has receive yet another series of buffs, including a per second increase of her decay against enemies. You’ll also need to work a little harder for those devastating Raze and Brimstone Ultimates, with both now costing seven points.

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The Classic has received a bit of TLC, with the right-click burst fire being tweak, alongside some general adjustments to make the Sidearm more consistent. There are a plethora of minor fixes, including Elderflame fixes and quality of life changes. Full patch notes can be found below.

Patch 1.04 highlights
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There’s a series of Agent changes as part of Patch 1.04.

Valorant July 21: Patch Notes 1.04

VIPER

Viper’s Pit

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  • Max time outside of her ult before it collapses changed from 5>>>12 seconds.
  • Viper can hold the ability key to drop her ult early.
  • Enemies in Viper’s Pit have their minimap obscured and do not provide minimap detection to their allies.
  • Increased the brightness of the red enemy glow at the edge of Viper’s near-sight.

“With Viper being allowed out of her ult for such a short period of time, we felt that she was not only limited in the plays she could make, but also gave too much continuous information to her enemies. The ability to move outside the ult smoke more freely should provide some new and interesting mind games for Viper to play—and hopefully puts the strategic pressure back on the enemy. The other improvements should push Viper’s advantage in her own smoke and help her avoid getting traded by enemies using minimap vision to target her.”

Decay

  • Enemy decay per second increased from 10 to 15 from all sources.
  • After exiting Viper’s smoke, enemy decay sustains for 2.5 seconds before starting to fade.

“Viper’s decay depleting so quickly from enemies was limiting the advantage it provided and wasn’t creating the threat we had hoped for as a result. Adding a delay before it fades will hopefully widen the window where Viper and her team can capitalize and pair with the Viper’s Pit updates (above) to provide fresh ways to play around her ult.”

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Fuel

  • Having both Poison Cloud and Toxic Screen active does not consume additional fuel beyond the cost of having one active.

“The reduction in total uptime when both her vision blockers were active was making it difficult for Viper to use both tools together. Since Viper’s smoke has so much commitment and makes up so much of her kit, we want to free her to use them in tandem to create powerful options for her team to take sites.”

RAZE

Showstopper Ultimate cost changed from 6 to 7 Ult points.

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“Raze’s ultimate is one of the most impactful in the game and useful in almost any situation. As a result, it is being used a bit too often. So we’re upping the cost by 1, which should help reduce how often players have to face her Showstopper.”

BRIMSTONE

Orbital Strike Ultimate cost changed from 6 to 7 Ult points.

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“Much like Raze’s Ultimate, Brimstone’s Ult is very impactful and useful in a wide variety of situations. We feel like it was impacting rounds a little too frequently, so decided to up the cost slightly.”

Stim Beacon no longer Buffs enemies and no longer shows its effect radius to enemies.

“The Stim beacon is meant to be a pretty situational ability but we felt that revealing Brimstone’s location and having the potential to accidentally buff enemies was making this ability significantly weaker than we’d like.”

Brimstone’s Arms Fidelity

“When you really think about an FPS, you’ll notice you spend an awful amount of time looking at your arms…like all the time. Before launch, we intended to increase the fidelity of Brimstone’s arms to match the overall quality of the game. We did it—now look at those guns!”

CYPHER

Cyber Cage can now be picked up during the buy phase.

WEAPON UPDATES

Classic

“The Classic right-click was the primary bug fix here, but we saw an opportunity to make the weapon behave a bit more consistently. We slightly tuned efficacy of jump right-clicks, but (hopefully) haven’t taken away their viability in close-range scenarios.”

  • Fixed bug where running inaccuracy on the right-click was much higher than intended.
    • Running was adding a 1.5 penalty because it was referencing our generalized running error curves for pistols.
  • Fixed bug where jumping had no inaccuracy penalty.
  • Running spread is changed from 3.4 >>> 2.1.
    • Primarily a bug fix.
  • Jumping spread changed from 1.9 >>> 2.3
  • Walking spread changed from 1.9 >>> 1.95
  • Added a 10% bonus to accuracy when crouching and stationary
    • Intent is to feel consistent with crouch providing an accuracy benefit.

HUD & UI

Replaced the previous Weapon Stats textbox in the pre-round shop with an easier-to-compare graphical representation of stats.

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Observer minimap vision cones are now colored by team
  • Replaced Reyna’s Voice Over for Italian and Mexican
    • Unfortunately, due to the global health situation the talents we identified for the role were not able to record due to regional restrictions. You can now find in-game, the voices we originally intended for Italian and Mexican Reyna!

ELDERFLAME SKINS

  • Adjusted the volume on the Elderflame Operator equip animation.
  • Fixed bug that would cause the volume to stack if you spam equipped the Operator.
  • Enemy footsteps duck cosmetic bus properly.
    • This means that enemy footsteps will always lower the volume of the skin sound effects that are not important to gameplay, like the flame whooshes, dragon roar, etc.
  • Elderflame Melee inspect animation now has sound effects for Level 1 and 2.

PERFORMANCE UPDATES

  • Gun pickup targeting and Sage Ultimate targeting unified with ally character highlights, saving VRam and GPU performance.
  • Minor rendering performance fixes.
  • Gun skin upgrade videos are now streamed instead of locally stored, reduced install size by 380MB.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed requirement for Reyna to look at Soul Orbs to activate them and maintain her healing, behavior should match that of Patch 1.02.
  • Fixed one-way Brimstone smokes when the player’s camera was around the top of the smoke.
  • Fixed Breach’s Aftershock not properly applying damage to all characters if multiple are hit by it.
  • Fixed jittering when reaching the max flight height of Sova’s drone.
  • Fixed Marshall bug where the weapon maintained accuracy while walking.
  • Fixed issues with some translucency effects being one frame behind (such as Jett’s dash, when used by the player).
  • Fixed ally highlights not showing up on some AMD GPUs when using MSAA, and some Intel GPUs.
  • Fixed a bug where loading screens did not cover the entire screen when playing in certain resolution/aspect ratio combinations.
  • Shortened the text on the photosensitivity warning screen.
  • Fixed a bug where the “equip” button would stay greyed out when purchasing a skin variant that is being previewed.
  • Fixed Brimstone smokes on Haven spawning offset of where intended.
  • Fixed a typo in Brimstone’s biography (thanks mooonlimes for the report).
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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.

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As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

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  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

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  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.

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