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Valorant Patch Notes 1.08: Raze nerf, Guardian buff, map changes, more

Published: 16/Sep/2020 14:30

by Andy Williams

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Valorant Patch 1.08 is here! This time around, Riot have made changes to Raze’s Blast Pack, tweaked the Guardian and made some changes to map rotation. Here are the full patch notes for the September 16 update.

Following the significant changes from Patch 1.07, Riot have reined in the changes during their latest patch. As part of Patch 1.08, Raze will be receiving a slight nerf, with a minor reduction in the radius of damage dished out — the satchel will no longer harm allies.

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Some considerable changes to the Guardian have been done to make it a more viable weapon in the meta, via a reduction in price and increased rate of fire. The infamous randomized map rotation has now been fixed too, with an all-new ‘pseudo-randomization’ being implemented — no more back-to-back-to-back Split… Yay!

Below are the full patch notes for the 1.08 update.

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Valorant Patch 1.08 changes.
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Here’s a summary of the changes coming in Patch 1.08.

Valorant update 1.08: Full patch notes

AGENT UPDATES

Raze

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Blast Pack

  • Initial damage reduced to 15 with a .2 meter inner radius, falling off to 5 minimum damage.
  • Once the satchel lands, it arms after .5 seconds, increasing it’s max damage to 50.
  • Shooting the Blast Pack causes it to detonate, dealing its current damage amount.
  • Satchel no longer does damage allies.
    • Raze’s Blast Pack has been dishing out damage without giving enemies much counterplay. This change should help make it very clear when Blast Pack’s damage poses a threat while maintaining the utility aspects of the Blast Pack that players have begun to master. The Blast Pack now does not ‘fizzle’ when shot and will still do damage, meaning it should still be approached carefully if in lethal range.

WEAPON UPDATES

Guardian buff

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  • Price reduced from 2500 >>> 2400.
  • Improved Rate of fire from 4.75 >>> 5.25 RPS (rounds per second).
  • Improved weapon recovery from .35 after 3 bullets to .2925 after 3 bullets.
    • We don’t think the Guardian can (or should) compete directly with the Phantom or Vandal but we’d like it to have a place where players can feel good opting into the gun at the new price, is a competitive purchase in certain economic circumstances or map scenarios, and isn’t as punishing when an enemy gets close!

MAP ROTATION CHANGES

It’s happening! The possible pool of maps you can get placed on is now ‘pseudo-random’ rather than pure random. What that means is if you just played, say, Haven, the matchmaker will deprioritize that map in your next game.

  • Matchmaking queue for all modes has been updated to measure all your recently played maps, throughout all modes, so that for any given queue you:
    • Have a better chance of playing on a map you haven’t played recently.
    • Are much less likely to play on the same map several games in a row.

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Observers will now see a timer rather than their screen being obscured when observing a player who is blinded
    • Full screen blind for observers can be turned back on in the options, for all you masochists.
  • Minimap performance improvements.
  • The social panel will now pause sorting while you’re hovering or interacting with it.
  • Updated verbiage in the All Ranks modal in the Career page to be more consistent with Competitive overtime rules.

BUG FIXES

  • Prime Classic VFX fixed
    • There was a bug in which upgrade Prime levels (2–4) were not playing the correct tracers, sound fx, and other VFX.
  • Fixed a bug where the End of Game screen would display a “Still processing” message, and then wouldn’t show that match in your Career tab.
  • Fixed a bug where “High Skill Disparity” would display in Custom Game Lobbies.
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FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.

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Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

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The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.

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Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.

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These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

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This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.

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There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!

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TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA 21 news, updates, leaks, guides, and more.