Valorant launched out of its closed beta this week. With the arrival of replace 1.Zero comes a number of additives, changes, and a few massive changes–including the brand new agent Reyna, the brand new Ascent map, the brand new Spike Rush recreation mode, and the momentary removing of ranked Aggressive mode. Now we have all the information on what’s new in Valorant and the complete model 1.Zero patch notes beneath.

Reyna is Valorant’s new agent. “Straight from the guts of Mexico,” Reyna has a number of vampiric talents and thrives on getting kills. Her talents enable her to feed off downed enemies for well being and momentary invulnerability, obscure enemy imaginative and prescient, and make use of a lethal fast hearth mode that may recharge her “feeding” talents, making a probably vicious cycle that rewards kill streaks. Learn our story on Reyna becoming a member of Valorant for extra on her particular talents.

The brand new recreation mode Spike Rush has launched in an early “beta” state, providing shorter, faster matches subsequent to Valorant’s extra critical and prolonged default recreation mode. Spike Rush eliminates the purchase section, randomizes weapons, routinely recharges primary talents per spherical, and affords a variety of random “power-up” orbs to alter issues up as gamers, every geared up with their very own Spike, battle to plant.

Valorant’s new map is Ascent, and it is out there on all current recreation modes, the default mode and Spike Rush included. Set in Italy, Ascent’s spotlight is a big open space in the midst of the map that gamers will compete to manage for the strategic benefit. Riot is making Ascent “barely extra frequent” within the map rotation to assist familiarize gamers. A couple of current maps, together with Break up, have been given some slight and a few extra substantial changes too. Learn extra within the full patch notes.

Whereas Valorant’s model 1.Zero patch provides loads of new content material, one ingredient is notably lacking now–Aggressive mode. Riot has quickly eliminated Valorant’s ranked system and Aggressive mode, which had been out there for a short interval throughout its beta. Learn our story on when ranked Valorant is coming again for extra on why it was eliminated within the first place.

For extra on what’s new in Valorant 1.0, together with bug fixes and high quality of life adjustments, learn the complete patch notes beneath or on Riot’s official blog.

Valorant Patch Notes 1.0

GAMEPLAY AND BALANCE

AGENT UPDATES

SAGE

  • Therapeutic Orb cooldown elevated 35 >>> 45 seconds
    • We like how a lot Sage is ready to heal in a single heal, however felt she was in a position to make use of it too steadily throughout a spherical.
  • Barrier Orb phase well being decreased 1000 >>> 800
  • Barrier Orb period decreased 40 >>> 30 seconds
  • Pleasant Barrier Orb partitions now present on the minimap
    • Earlier adjustments to Sage’s Barrier Orb helped give it extra counterplay choices in pistol/early spherical nevertheless it’s nonetheless having an excessive amount of impression in any given spherical. Our hope is that the wall stays a robust stalling device, however asks you to suppose extra about when within the spherical you need to use it.

RAZE

  • Blast Pack most injury radius decreased 2 >>> 1 meters
    • The Blast Pack has confirmed to be fairly sturdy, particularly when chained back-to-back. By decreasing the internal most injury radius, we hope to cut back the typical injury output of this capability whereas nonetheless conserving it highly effective.

JETT

  • Cloud Burst smoke period elevated 4 >>> 7 seconds
    • We really feel like Jett has a robust, irreplaceable worth when it comes to her capability to disclaim trades. However we predict her team-oriented output is a bit of too low. This could give her and her crew a bit of extra time to work off of her smokes.
  • Tailwind routinely breaks Cypher’s Trapwires after being briefly revealed
    • Tailwind power is highly effective sufficient that Jett ought to simply have the ability to break freed from any leash. This could enable her a bit of extra freedom to make that aggressive, however dangerous play that creates house for her crew.

PHOENIX

  • Blaze period elevated 6 >>> Eight seconds
    • We felt just like the quick wall period, mixed with the lengthy solid time and quick vary, was forcing Phoenix to play a bit of too predictably round his wall. We’re bumping this up barely to present him some extra time to work with.
  • Blaze injury: 15 each 0.25s >>> 1 each 0.033 seconds
  • Blaze therapeutic: three each 0.25s >>> 1 each 0.16 seconds
    • These Injury over Time/Therapeutic over Time fashions are up to date to match the current adjustments to our different DoT talents. Moreover, we’ve matched the injury/therapeutic values to be half as efficient as Scorching Arms, primarily in order that the entire therapeutic output of those two talents is at parity (50 well being every). We’re additionally doing this in order that Blaze doesn’t develop into the de-facto “therapeutic” capability in comparison with Scorching Arms.
  • Scorching Arms therapeutic: three each 0.25s >>> 1 each 0.08s.
    • Up to date the HoT mannequin to match current adjustments to the DoT talents.
  • Curveball max flash period elevated 0.8 >>> 1.1 second
    • The flash period is brief given how shortly he can get his curveball out on an enemy caught out of place. Even nonetheless, it was a hair too quick, particularly to justify the brand new 200 credit score value level.
  • Run it Again routinely reloads all weapons on respawn
    • That is nearer to a high quality of life enchancment. Phoenix’s ult usually places him ready to empty his clips proper earlier than getting despatched again. It was very jarring for a Phoenix participant to attend a number of seconds to respawn, solely to then need to spend one other second reloading—probably underneath stress. We predict the a number of second respawn time is sufficient time to justify an automated reload.

OMEN

  • Paranoia is now geared up as a substitute of quickcast, and hit detection improved, particularly at shut vary
    • Modified the solid paradigm to reward extra proactive use of Paranoia over its earlier reactive use case. Enemies will obtain a warning when the projectile is fired somewhat than being within the direct path of it. This could make it hit enemies extra reliably.’
  • Darkish Cowl, Omen now enters a “phaser” world the place he can see via partitions to position his smokes and urgent RELOAD toggles between phased and regular focusing on.
    • We wished to offer Omen with a extra exact approach to place his smokes, particularly when verticality is at play. We’ve supplied a toggle again to the previous view mode as properly to ensure we nonetheless assist the fast, shut vary smoke playstyle many Omen gamers have honed.
  • Darkish Cowl controls have been up to date the place Omen can now enhance smoke distance with PRIMARY FIRE, lower it with SECONDARY FIRE, and throw smoke with the ABILITY KEY.
    • Yeah, this may be a troublesome management shift for gamers who fundamental Omen, however in the long term—and for brand spanking new gamers—we predict it’s extra intuitive for the space to be managed by one hand on the mouse by default.
  • Shrouded Step, Omen can now see his teleport location on the map and receives an in-world indicator of the place he’s focusing on when his imaginative and prescient of the purpose is obstructed.
    • We need to assist Omen perceive the place he’s focusing on his teleport, particularly when he’s teleporting from out of his smoke.
  • From the Shadow, Omen can now cancel his teleport whereas in Shade type by urgent the ABILITY KEY once more—Omen nonetheless loses all of his ult factors if he cancels.
    • We would like Omen to aim performs and create concern for his opponents together with his final. Beforehand, the punishment for utilizing the ult was nearly sure dying if caught by an enemy, and it pushed the power into extra area of interest use. Permitting Omen to cancel his ult if he’s in peril at the price of his ult factors will hopefully open extra prospects and worth, whereas nonetheless pushing him to attempt to choose one of the best teleport spots doable.

SOUND VISUALIZATION (AUDIO ATTENUATION)

  • We’ve introduced in additional sounds made by Brokers underneath the class of sounds that show their audio distance on the mini-map through the white circle. This consists of capability sounds, reloads, spike interactions and extra.
    • Why? We wished to offer gamers with the power to know when their noise might be heard by enemies and provides them an thought of how far the sounds might be heard.

MAP UPDATES

INTRODUCING A NEW MAP: ASCENT

  • Ascent is a map set in Italy that options a big, open center space that each groups can skirmish over. Mid is a playground for numerous capability use and efficiently controlling the realm opens further routes for Attackers to each Spike websites.
  • As our new map for launch, Ascent can be barely extra frequent in our Matchmaking rotation for the primary few days so to get extra alternatives to play on the map.

SPLIT

  • Restructured mid chokepoint
    • We felt like Defenders had been capable of successfully plug up the principle choke level in mid for a big share of the spherical. The brand new format hopes to alleviate this challenge. These adjustments open up the house fairly a bit and offers a further path to get round stalling talents on the steps. It additionally offers Attackers a number of totally different angles to assist siege B Tower and Vents.
  • The prepare station upkeep crew was capable of change the burned out speaker system
  • A sure frog’s head is now a bit of hotter

HAVEN/BIND/SPLIT/ASCENT

  • Expanded our new system that combats map exploits to all different maps—this can eradicate anybody attempting to flee the playspace
  • Continued to repair stage collision in an effort to improve the smoothness of the gameplay house
  • Accomplished draw name optimizations
  • Additionally continued to dam spots for Cypher’s Spycam that prevented counter-play; as all the time, enormous due to everybody who helps us discover these!

COMPETITIVE MODE UPDATE

  • Aggressive mode won’t be on at launch
  • Much like our closed beta launch, our preliminary focus is ensuring our service is steady earlier than activating aggressive matchmaking. That is additionally a approach to give new gamers the identical courtesy that closed beta gamers needed to be taught the sport forward of turning on Aggressive. We’ll additionally make some changes to Aggressive primarily based on remaining closed beta participant suggestions. Our plan is to activate Aggressive a number of patches into our launch.

PERFORMANCE UPDATES

The crew rallied on this patch to repair numerous efficiency points. Our focus for this spherical is totally on the framerate dips it’s possible you’ll generally expertise in fight. Easier situations, the place little or no is occurring, could not see the identical dramatic good points in FPS. Relaxation assured, we’re not achieved bettering efficiency and you may anticipate to see extra from us on this topic in upcoming patches.

  • Fight Efficiency: Addressed a number of causes of framerate dips in fight. These enhancements ought to assist the sport really feel smoother, particularly in fight conditions on higher-end PCs.
    • Impact pooling added for impacts, gunshots and footsteps. This could cut back body drops when these occasions happen.
    • Disabled bullet casings from calculating physics + audio bounces. We’re seeking to carry a extra optimized model of this characteristic again in a future patch.
    • Scale back price of z-pings and dying pings by 10x
    • Fastened bug inflicting 90 raycasts per second when pinging
    • Fastened a bug the place NOT opening the choices menu each recreation would trigger framerate to drop on a daily cadence
  • +FPS for mid to excessive specs: Sped up calculations on the CPU for recreation and render threads. These enhancements can be felt probably the most on machines with highly effective GPUs bottlenecked by their CPU speeds.
    • Optimized minimap for seen components
    • Fastened bug the place minimap would calculate twice per body
    • Fastened bounding packing containers on a wide range of VFX, decreasing the variety of VFX updating at any given time
    • Scale back price of updating rework on render thread
    • Reworked a wide range of HUD components that had been beforehand constructed on a very gradual element
  • +FPS for low to mid specs: Content material enhancements that can primarily assist low to mid tier specs when rendering the world.
    • Diminished draw calls on all maps
    • Eliminated non-gameplay impacting map particles on Low and Medium Element High quality
    • Optimized First Particular person Shadows to not think about lights that don’t impression last shadows
    • Eliminated unintentionally giant textures throughout gun buddies, scopes, silencers
    • Optimized VFX for Characters
      • Omen : ALL ABILITIES
      • Sage : ALL ABILITIES
      • Viper: ALL ABILITIES
  • Closed exploit the place Nvidia Inspector might be used to see via Viper and Phoenix wall talents
  • Added a setting for speaker configuration
  • Further tooltip readability round what graphics high quality settings truly do
  • GPU Time stat now accurately excludes idle time

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Dying to a non-enemy participant will not grant final factors. This consists of dying to the spike, fall injury, a teammate’s capability, or your individual capability.
    • Context: This could get rid of a few of the bizarre optimization round farming final factors when a dying doesn’t have sufficient financial impression (e.g., self-killing on the finish of the pistol spherical, or crew kill in the beginning of a save spherical. We’ll proceed to watch to see if we have to additional dissuade these “save spherical self-kills.”
  • Added VALORANT Group Code pop-up for brand spanking new gamers
  • Added chat and voice restrictions for repeat offenders of our Group Code
    • Chat and Voice restrictions final 72 hours
    • Getting a restriction would require you to sign off. Please take a second to chill down and mirror earlier than logging again in to play VALORANT 🙂
    • Chat restrictions can be enforced for ‘all’ and ‘crew’ chat, however your ‘social gathering’ chat will nonetheless be out there.
    • Voice restrictions can be enforced for ‘crew’ chat, however your ‘social gathering’ voice will nonetheless be out there.
  • Reporting classes up to date to cowl a wider vary of Group Code violations
  • Transition screens added earlier than Character Choose and In Sport
  • The button to improve a gun pores and skin now signifies what kind of enchancment (variant, animation, and so forth.) can be granted by the improve
  • Visible updates to assortment and contract pages
  • Adjusted ping calculation to be extra correct
  • Added a setting to disable the spectator rely widget on the HUD
  • Up to date the dying digicam to keep away from obscuring the display instantly after dying
  • Added a construct model watermark
  • Observer Updates
    • Added team-specific 1st-person fresnel highlighting for observers
    • Adjusted constant coloring for Attackers/Defenders on the HUD
    • Attackers and Defenders do not swap in HUD on facet swap rounds
    • Keybinds are constant from spherical to spherical for swapping between gamers
    • Fastened scoreboard not displaying the proper rating
  • Eliminated the ‘freeze time’ that will set off when ready for a participant to reconnect in the beginning of the purchase section
  • Up to date store icons

HUD & UI

  • Added VFX to talents, killfeed, and ceremonies (e.g., Ace or Clutch)
  • Up to date Spike visuals within the stock
  • Up to date Armor icons within the store
  • Up to date character portraits
  • Added chat message regulation in order that solely ship one chat message is shipped when multiples of the identical ping or VO command are utilized in fast succession

BUG FIXES: IN-GAME

  • “Fastened a bug with “rewinding” for Hit Registration that would trigger the consumer to barely disagree with the server on the place a goal was while you pulled the set off. This affected all gamers barely, however scaled up in severity at decrease FPS.
  • Fastened a problem the place client-side tracers desynced when yaw switching
    • The server and consumer would generally disagree on the place photographs had been touchdown when firing prolonged bursts.
  • Fastened a bug that allow you to shred the gnar at supersonic speeds utilizing Viper’s Poisonous Display screen as a projectile increase
  • Fastened the power to activate Viper’s Poison Cloud mid air if it has been picked up.
  • Eliminated gradual from Viper’s Snakebite tooltip.
  • Cypher’s Spycam now reveals the route it’s trying proper when it’s possessed.
  • Fastened extra unintended Cypher Spycam places
  • Fastened Sova’s arrows generally unpredictably bouncing
  • Fastened Sova arrows from revealing via some partitions
  • Fastened a bug with Jett’s decrease physique popping misplaced throughout her glide—thanks bodily remedy!
  • Fastened a problem the place blood was disabled
  • Fastened an Observer bug the place useless gamers appeared as Phoenix on the HUD when a whole crew was useless
  • Fastened a spectator challenge the place Cypher’s tracers would seem inaccurate if the spectator swapped to him after he had entered/exited his digicam
  • Fastened a problem the place a crew may all disconnect on facet swap rounds to give up, however they’d obtain a win as a substitute of a loss
  • Fastened a bug that allowed Bucky’s proper click on to penetrate via world geography
  • Fastened a bug for the comms halo above a participant’s head, it ought to now activate with each Occasion chat and Group chat
  • Fastened a problem the place credit on the HUD seemed to be a lot greater than the 800 you obtain on facet swap rounds
  • Fastened a problem with the scoreboard that will present enemy crew above the credit score cap
  • Fastened a bug the place gamers had been absolutely motion inaccurate after being resurrected or respawning
  • Fastened overruns on interactable objects like orbs or the Spike
  • Fastened a problem the place ally loadouts appeared to point out broken allies at full well being
  • Fastened points with HUD prompts that will be minimize off if the important thing to activate the immediate was certain to a key with multiple letter
  • Fastened a bug the place the purchase section announcement would all the time say to press B to purchase, even when the important thing to open the Armory was certain to a special key
  • Fastened a problem the place reconnect messages would spam each spherical begin
  • Fastened an observer bug the place textual content would overlap within the purchase section announcement
  • Fastened an observer bug the place some talents weren’t showing on the minimap correctly
  • Fastened a bug the place the ping wheel on the megamap wouldn’t gray out when ping restricted
  • Fastened a bug within the Armory the place weapon particulars would vanish after buying a weapon
  • Fastened a bug the place the Equip Final Outfitted Weapon hotkey was not functioning correctly after utilizing a capability
  • Fastened overlaps with instability indicators (i.e. Excessive Ping) and the Spectator widget
  • Fastened overlaps and overruns within the Fight Report
  • Fastened a problem with useless participant fashions sometimes flickering
  • Fastened a problem with animations when aiming with the Odin for spectators
  • Fastened flickering mouse cursor in a number of locations
  • The tooltip pointing at Contracts can now be dismissed FOREVER
  • Fastened a bug the place half the Arsenal web page would fade in when clicking on the Assortment tab
  • Fastened a bug the place the personalised Retailer affords would blink earlier than fading in
  • Fastened a bug the place varied menus may overlap the foyer display after a queue dodge

BUG FIXES: GAME CLIENT

  • Fastened some visible bugs within the settings menus
  • Fastened a bug with windowed mode the place the VALORANT window wouldn’t save its location correctly

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