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VALORANT patch 2.0 has gone live. With it comes the addition of the games 14th Agent, Yoru, a buff to Brimstone, nerf to Omen, and more.

Details on Yoru have been covered previously, but here’s an overview.

The new duelist has three main abilities and his ultimate which includes the ability to create fake footstep sounds, teleportation, a unique flashbang, and the invisibility coupled with invulnerability.

  • Ability 1 ⁠— Fakeout: EQUIP an echo that mimics footsteps when activated. FIRE to activate and send the echo forward. ALT FIRE to place an echo in place. USE the inactive echo to send it forward.
  • Ability 2 ⁠— Gatecrash: EQUIP to harness a rift tether. FIRE to send the tether out moving forward. ALT FIRE to place a tether in place. ACTIVATE to teleport to the tether’s location.
  • Signature Ability ⁠— Blindside: EQUIP to rip an unstable dimensional fragment from reality. FIRE to throw the fragment, activating a flash that winds up once it collides with a hard surface.
  • Ultimate Ability ⁠— Dimensional Drift: EQUIP a mask that can see between dimensions. FIRE to drift into Yoru’s dimension, unable to be affected or seen by enemies from the outside.

Brimstone is seeing his kit buffed in order to bring him into the fold once more while the other smoke character Omen has seen a nerf.

Brimstone will be able to get his Incendiary for 100 credits less in addition to the equip time being removed from his Stim Beacon. In terms of his Sky Smoke, he can now utilize them at a larger range (4200 -> 5000) and each smoke has an increased duration (+5 seconds).

Omen’s flashes (Paranoia) has double in price (200 -> 400) and his Dark Cover travel speed has been decreased, giving more time for players to react.

The Classic pistol has also received a nerf on its right click which now has a much wider spread in addition to an increase in that when firing consecutively.

You can read the full VALORANT 2.0 patch notes below.

AGENT UPDATES

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YORU

YORU JOINS THE VALORANT ROSTER.
See his bio and abilities on our Agents page!

CONTROLLERS

  • This patch we have a small update that should clarify and differentiate the strengths of our Controllers. Omen and Brimstone have been in competition since beta and usually only one of them is considered viable. By giving each more clear strengths, we hope to make both Agents strong in different situations. Viper is on our radar as well, we believe she is underperforming and are looking at ways to help her out in the future.
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BRIMSTONE

Happy New Year Brimstone players! We know you’ve been hoping for some buffs this holiday season and we have them just in time. Brimstone is all about the big site execute moment. In that spirit, we’ve increased the duration of his smokes and given him more flexibility in where he can position to drop smokes exactly where he wants them. While at it, we didn’t feel Stim Beacon was fitting smoothly into his execution pattern, or into the situations where you might want to use it. Too often Brimstone would pull out Stim Beacon only to see his allies disappearing around a corner, or correctly recognize a fight was coming, pull out stim to get buffed up for it, and get blown up before he could get his gun back up. We think this is a much smoother, more explosive version of Brimstone that we hope you enjoy.

Stim Beacon
Will now quick cast (no equip time)
Molotov
Cost reduced: $300 >>> $200
Sky Smokes
Cast range increased: 4200 >>> 5000
Smoke duration increased: 14.25 >>> 19.25
Sound
Brimstone no longer makes a sound that enemies can hear when confirming the location of his smokes
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OMEN

Omen’s role as a Controller is to bring consistent pressure. We needed to introduce some tradeoffs in exchange for the consistent pressure his recharging smokes provide. The projectile speed decrease here is meant to give Omen more pressure and responsiveness when smoking nearby targets, while taking a bit longer to get smokes to far away parts of the map that he isn’t actively covering. Paranoia has been quite strong for a while, and rather than reduce its effectiveness and take away some of the most exciting plays Omen can make, we decided to up the cost. On the whole, this brings Omen’s full utility price up to a level that’s more comparable with other Agents as well as making it more important to get value out of Paranoia when you cast it, so that big $400 chunk of cash isn’t wasted.

Paranoia
Cost increased: $200 >>> $400
Dark Cover
Projectile speed decreased: 4000 >>> 2800
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VIPER

No updates just yet, but we’re taking this opportunity to say we’ve got our eye on her. We still believe she is underperforming as a whole and we’re looking at changes for her in the new year.

WEAPON UPDATES

Classic (Alt. Fire)

  • Jumping error increased: .4 >>> 1.0
  • Increased input queue on right-click: 0.065 >>> .225
  • Firing consecutively now jumps in error, starting at 1.9 for the first burst, 2.5 for the second, and then the third/fourth burst will be at a 6.0
  • Right-click now has a recovery curve starting at .1s
    • The Classic is proving to be a master-of-none choice in pistol rounds, with the exception of jump right-clicks and spamming right-clicks. The spread changes aim to pull the effective range of the jump bursts and the firing error/recovery aim to put some more finesse into how effective you can be while spamming it out. Input queue will help shots between bursts come out more smoothly.

COMPETITIVE UPDATES

  • New Competitive regional leaderboards (Jan. 12)
  • Rank system updated, including rank progress bar, numerical progress, and further distribution changes to make it easier to climb out of the lower ranks
  • Immortal and Radiant ranks are now capped at a premade size of two
  • New ranked rewards for Episode 1 (pair of Gun Buddies based on your highest Act Rank achieved during Episode 1)
  • Many more changes! Read our rank changes summary article for the complete breakdown.

SOCIAL UPDATES

  • The “Add Friend” button has been removed from the in-game player list

BUGS

  • Fixed an issue where Omen could sometimes teleport past the buy phase barriers
  • Fixed an issue where Omen could plant the Spike while elevated on a Sage wall
  • Fixed an issue where players on the opposing team could be seen on the minimap long after leaving line of sight
  • Fixed an issue where the desktop resolution was not restored after alt-tabbing from the game when playing in fullscreen mode, at lower-than-native resolution. Thank you to player fl0m for bringing this to our attention!
  • Fixed an issue introduced in the 1.14 patch that incorrectly calculated client ping by including client frametime in the calculation

KNOWN ISSUES

  • Preview videos for weapon levels currently don’t have audio.
    • Rest assured, the skins still have respective audio in-game, we just have some issues with audio for preview videos found in the Store and Collections.

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