Valorant

Riot has relaesed the latest Valorant update 1.02 patch notes and this patch finally brings the most awaited Competitive Mode to the game. You can check out more details about the Valorant’s Competitive Ranked Mode and its features here. The main purpose of the Ranked mode is to provide a ranking system for players which is based on how they play. The latest Valorant 1.02 patch also adds a fresh Menu UI, an early surrender option, which you can now use to surrender out of a match ahead of the match’s completion if you do not want to continue playing.

The latest Valorant update 1.02 patch notes also add a number of balance adjustments for Viper, Jett, and Reyna. Further, the update makes a title update to Tagging, adds a number of game optimization and bug fixes. Head over, and check out the full Valorant update 1.02 patch notes below.

Valorant Update 1.02 Patch Notes

AGENT UPDATES

  • VIPER

Toxic Screen now burns through walls, placing emitters at all valid locations (e.g., the ground) over its length

  • Snake Bite, taking damage will make a player fragile for a short time

– Fragile is a debuff that increases damage taken

Note: the total damage is unchanged (the damage is lowered, but fragile increases it – it all evens out)

Poison Orb activation cooldown increased :: .5s >>> 6s

JETT

Blade Storm now refreshes when used to kill Phoenix during Run It Back.

REYNA

Soul Orbs are now spawned when Reyna kills Phoenix during Run It Back.

CYPHER

Fixed an issue where Spycam blocked Spike defusal
-Fixed an issue where players could place a Cyber Cage on a Trapwire
-Added prevention for Spycam going through teleporter doors on Bind when placed on the frame from the outside

SMOKE TUNING

– Adjusted tuning around screen effects when exiting and entering smokes
– Decreased blind “falloff” value
– Decreased nearsighted intensity

WEAPON UPDATES

Bucky (right-click)

  • Crouch-walking accuracy: 3.45 >>> 4.1
  • Walk accuracy 6.4 >>> 4.4
  •  Run Accuracy 3.5 >>> 6.4
    •  We discovered an accidental discrepancy in how we were applying movement inaccuracy to the Bucky’s right-click, one we introduced during closed beta when we added a delay for players to receive walking accuracy when slowing down from a running state. This was making it so that the right-click was much more accurate on the run that intended. We’ve fixed this now so that running with the right-click is significantly more inaccurate than walking or standing still. We’ve also increased the inaccuracy for crouch-walking to more appropriately match the amount of evasion it provides.

COMPETITIVE MODE UPDATE

  •  Competitive Mode will be made available during this patch, changes since closed beta:
    • Updated rank iconography.
    • New name for top rank: Radiant
    • Expanded skill disparity range for playing with friends in rank placements

MAP UPDATES

Adjusted numerous locations to allow clearing angles to be a bit more straightforward in the following places:

Haven

  • Garage Doors
  • Entrance to C Long on Attacker Side
  • Cover in A Lobby restructured to open up the space which allows for additional sight lines and traversal options
  • C Link
  • A Link
  • The Entrance to A Sewer and the bottom of A Sewer

BATTLEPASS

  • Added Battlepass text button in the nav to make it easier to find
  • Added small progress bar below text that shows progress for current level of the pass
  • Hovering Battlepass in the nav shows a “peek” flyout of upcoming pass rewards
  • Clicking either goes to a new Battlepass section

CONTRACT & AGENTS SECTION

  • Moved Agents section out from under Collection to make it easier to find and to provide a home for contract progress in the nav
  • Added small progress bar below text that shows progress for current level of the active contract
  • Hovering Agents in the nav shows a “peek” of upcoming contract rewards
  • Clicking Agents goes to the Agents section, and clicking the contract flyout navigates to Agents and opens the associated contract details
  • Removed secondary navigation from Collection view since Agents no longer lives there and the navigation is no longer needed

QUALITY OF LIFE

  •  An Early Surrender option has been addedYou can now opt to surrender out of a match ahead of the match’s completion if you do not want to continue playing. We will also be adding some light polish and functionality in future patches post 1.02.
    • You can call an early surrender vote by typing: “/ff” “forfeit” “concede” or “surrender”
    • An early surrender vote requires all present players on the surrendering team to vote ‘yes’ to pass
    • You can vote via “/yes” or “/no” along with the settings F5 and F6 (defaults)
    • Each team can only call a vote once per half
    •  Early surrender votes cannot be called before reaching round 8.
      • Once a vote is called the vote option will be queued to vote on for the next round, or if you call the vote early enough in the buy phase you can vote immediately.
    • The winning team gets round win credit for every round necessary to bring them up to the victory condition (13 rounds). The surrendering team will get loss credit for every round necessary to bring them up to 13 rounds
  • Added a setting that to allow players to permanently mute text from enemy players

Update to Tagging (slowdown effect when hit by enemy fire)

  •  Effect of tagging on movement speed reduced:
    • Tagging Movement Speed Reduction (Standard) 80% >> 70%
    • Tagging Movement Speed Reduction (Wall Penetration) 35% >> 25%
  • Increased the time it takes to reach desired slow amount when tagged by 100%

MODE UPDATES

Spike Rush

  • New Orb Type – Tracer Orb
    • Team-wide buff that grants 2x wall penetration and reveals enemies for .75s when they are hit
    • Duration: Entire round
  • Speed Boost changed to Combat Stim
    • Movement speed and durations unchanged
    • Reload time decreased by 30%
    • Weapon draw time decreased by 30%
    • Spread recovery time decreased by 30%
    • Rate of Fire increased by 30%
    • Jump force increased by 25%
  • Plague Orb now shares a pool with Paranoia Orb
    • Only one of these will be chosen per game
    • Only one Plague Orb can spawn per round
    • Health reduction decreased from 90 to 50
  • Deception Orb now shares a pool with Plague Orb
    • Only one of these will be chosen per game
    • Only one Deception Orb can spawn per round
    • Duration decreased from 10s to 8s (now matches Plague Orb)
    • Tunnel vision decreased by 20% (meaning you see more on your screen)

Practice Mode

  • Reyna: Killing practice bots now properly spawns Soul Orbs
  • Jett: Killing practice bots now properly refreshes Blade Storm

PERFORMANCE UPDATES

The team primarily focused on smoothing out framerates in certain scenarios. Mostly this helps out mid to high spec machines.

  • Optimized a worst case performance scenario that occurred when multiple players are moving close to one another.
  • Optimized multi-kill streak banners.
  • Optimized player health bars
  • Optimized creation of pings (z-ping, ping wheel, when an ally dies, etc)
  • Optimized Spawn Barrier audio causing periodic framerate dips.
  • [1.01 Hotfix] Resolved an issue that was causing low memory systems with slow HDDs to perform especially poorly.

BUG FIXES

  •  Levels 2-7 for the Sovereign Ghost skin are now fixed and unlockable
    •  As we’ve stated, we never intend for skins to be pay-to-win or pay-to-lose . In this case, the Sovereign Ghost was playing unsilenced audio in third-person on Levels 2-7, so it was totally pay-to-lose and we didn’t want any of you to experience that. It’s fixed now, so go ahead and upgrade that baby and enjoy your custom effects, finisher, kill banner, and variants!
  • Fixed Toggle Walk, you can once again use this setting
  • Fixed the Return from AFK message only displaying the name of the last player to rejoin
  • Fixed an issue where the defuse bar would duplicate
  • Fixed several localization strings and text overlaps
  • Fixed several crashes
  • Fixed a bug where the Spike could automatically plant when you walked onto a plant site while it was in your inventory
  • Fixed a bug where the Spike would float in the air if it had been placed on a Sage wall
  • Fixed a bug where the dropped Spike’s model could be invisible to defenders on while it was on the ground
  • Fixed a bug where gun buddies were squished on the Arsenal page
  • Fixed a bug where trying to open the Character Select UI while the megamap in the Shooting Range would result in a deadlock
  • Improved GPU performance of most out of game menu screens
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes players got stuck on the transition into game and never successfully transitioned into game
  • Fixed a bug where the spread on the Bucky’s alt fire was higher when walking than was when running or standing still
  • Fixed a bug where dead players could appear standing when you reconnect to a match
  • Fixed a bug where you could get stuck grabbing orbs
  • Fixed a bug where enemy players would appear on the minimap while watching the Spike, once your team was dead