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New in: OP won’t be nerfed, Breach buffs, Raze nerfs and more

by maksst 2020-07-30

Recently, VALORANT’s Lead Character Designer, Ryan “Morello” Scott, discussed on his Twitch stream various topics with his audience. Most importantly, the VALORANT team has decided they will be not nerfing the Operator. Morello thinks that the main reason why this sniper rifle gets so much value with body shots is simply because players most of the time use sentinel agents.

One of the reasons why this weapon was made so powerful is to counter sentinel based team comps - “If you run double control agents, it will be way easier for you to deal with the Operator” - points out Morello. In his opinion, players don’t want to play control agents that often, because they don’t feel that using utilities like Phoenix’s or Breach’s flash and Reyna’s blind impacts Operator users that much. He also says that flash-like abilities might get buffed in the future for that very reason, so maybe for example, flash will last longer when the player is scoped in?

He also talks about Reyna’s spot in the meta. She has a higher win ratio in lower ranks, but a lower win ratio in high ranks and she stays within the bounds of “the tac cycle”, about which you can read more about in our article on how Riot Games balance VALORANT.

Morello was really surprised when one of the viewers asked him, if he thinks that Viper is too strong after recent changes - “Overbuffed Viper? That is the first time I’ve ever heard that!“ - laughs Morello. He doesn’t think that her buff was too strong and in fact, they want to do more with Viper, but very carefully, since she is the agent that has received the biggest buff in the game’s history so far.

Sad news for Raze mains. In the recent patch 1.04, Raze’s ultimate was increased from 6 to 7 points, but it doesn’t feel like she was affected by this change a lot. “We just want to get the damage nerf, so she will be receiving a few more nerfs” - confirms Morello.

On the other hand, good news for all Breach players - he is the next agent who will most likely get buffed soon. The VALORANT team is aware that he has a very low pick rate and they want to see how he will perform in upcoming tournaments to decide on what to do next with him. It is still subject to change, but he definitely needs to get some buffs on his utilities.

Lastly, as a reminder, we want to talk about what players will see in upcoming months. The current Episode 1: Ignition is ending soon and as we know, every episode will last 2 months. On every Episode’s release, there will be a new agent. The newest agent - Killjoy - got leaked lately so it seems like Riot Games adheres to its schedule . Each Act will contain 3 Episodes and at the beginning of every Act, there will be a new map. Simply put - new map every 6 months - so there will be a new map in November.

Do you think that Operator is broken or players should just play control agents more? Are you happy to see more Raze nerfs? And is one map every 6 months too much of a wait? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Comments

Hipp
Love that they will put more maps out and new agents as well, and the 6 months wait is not to bad when we get a few more in the map pool.


2020-07-30 11:08
waakh
3 months.. only 1 new map.. they need to focus on map pool.
2020-07-30 17:54
30Spence
They need another map soon, playing a best of 5 and having to replay a map is not good at all
2020-07-30 18:49
wanted
+1
2020-07-30 20:25
Skilo
Needed fixes:

+ 3 or 5 maps
increase Peekers advantage
decrease the radius of sound cues
back off the barriers to spawn bases

2020-07-30 20:37
emilunio
yeah and remove abilities and add grenades
2020-07-31 18:17
Skilo
good idea
2020-07-31 22:30
DaftPunk
We really need at least 7 maps to have a good esport experience. We atleast need a fifth map quickly so we can have real best of 5 even without veto
2020-07-30 21:00
JackViolin
ı think before the agents we need a decent map pool.For pub or proscene map number not enough.
2020-07-30 21:13
King_stitch
Agree with Morello about the OP, people just aren't understanding that there are counters in place in this game so not one team comp is overly dominant. Think Killjoy/Cypher/Sage is too strong? Prepare to deal with OPs to counter it. Think the OP is too strong? Then you better run a comp that is good against it. That's why they let you team up for ranked.
2020-07-31 18:49
4hm
i think we need timeouts
2020-08-01 15:22
Wali_LEONHART
Comprehensive article. Something about the writing is just so clean here.
That being said, I love the flash idea for OPs.
2020-08-01 17:53

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