Just a quick update for everyone – RANKED mode is releasing today at 4 PM CT
Valorant patched today to 1.02 with quite a change log.
However, it was quickly announced that rank/competitive mode will be delayed for a little bit. They caught some bugs that could affect it. The delay is predicted to be just a couple days, but no confirmation aside from a tweet.
Here are some notable changes in the new patch.
- Viper’s toxic screen now goes through walls
- When Phoenix dies in his ult, Jett will get her blades refilled and Reyna will get a soul orb drop
- Some Cypher Spy cam glitch fixes
- New Rank icons
- Able to play ranked with friends at more skill disparity
- Map tweaks
- SURRENDER option
I am shook that there are no nerfs to Reyna yet, although people are learning to play against her a little more nowadays. The surrender option is a double edged sword, you’ll find yourself in a ton of games where you make a huge comeback in the 2nd half. Some people play better on one side than the other. I wouldn’t be too trigger happy to surrender games.
Details on Valorant Patch 1.02 released by Riot
Riot released some pre-patch notes for the upcoming ranked patch. We mentioned last week that ranked should be releasing very soon. They are already teasing us with some details with many welcome changes.
Most importantly, they are making playing with friends easier than it was in beta in terms of rank disparity. A lot of people were finding it hard to keep playing with friends because someone only 6 ranks away was unable to queue up with their friends due to matchmaking restrictions. It didn’t help that people could rank up faster than their own squad mates by getting top frag and high combat scores.
Riot will still block players who have HUGE skill disparity, but for the most part it should be balanced out well enough to not make you lose your squad mates.
There has also been an update to the rank icons! I think people made a big stink at how ugly they were in beta, so they finally put some effort into them. They also swapped the top rank from Valorant into Radiant to avoid confusion.
No definite balance fix yet for solo vs 5 stacks, but they are still working on ways to balance that out as well. The release of ranked might come a few days after the patch, similar to beta, but we don’t know for sure. Either way its coming VERY soon, so ya’ll better get your aim good now.
Ziegler tweeted that we could be seeing Ranked mode released next week.
Valorant has been available to everyone worldwide since June 2nd. The release has been quite smooth, none of the crazy issues that we were seeing in early beta have reappeared.
Looks like Riot has confidence in their game now, and after about 3 weeks of letting everyone assimilate into the game, ranked mode will be making an appearance very soon! Take that with a grain of salt though, as Zeigler says it will “likely” be out, which could entail possibility of delays.
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