So, the first update for Valorant has been released, post it’s the official release on 2nd June 2020, the update has a lot of bug fixes, performance and visual improvements, which were needed since some of those bugs were irritating, so that comes as a sigh of relief. But the major update is that Sage has been nerfed yet again, for those who have been playing Valorant post-release, Sage was nerfed while the game was in Beta also.

Why Sage?

Well, Sage, in my opinion, is the most important character for the team, it’s abilities like healing, resurrection, slow, and barrier, play a vital role in both attack and defense, hence some of its abilities like barrier seemed too overpowered especially during Attack side. The recent patch reduces the barrier cast range for Sage from 20 metres to 10 meters. It will be interesting to see how this affects the overall game on the attack side, but should not be much of a concern while in defense.

Other Changes

There are some major changes to Spike Rush as well. Each game of Spike Rush now features 5 orbs which will be randomly selected, except for the Full ultimate orb which will be available always. 4 orbs will be selected randomly, from the remaining 7 orbs. The randomly selected orbs will be shown to players during character selection and pre rounds. Three new types of orbs have been added which are as follows:-

  • Health Orb – This orb provides the entire team with health generation for 20 seconds, replenishing 12 Health points per second.
  • Deception Orb – The deception orb as the name suggests is there to confuse enemies, it applies “Paranoia” to the affected players during which the affected players have their visibility reduced, minimap disabled, and they hear fake gunshots and footsteps (sounds a bit scary)
  • Golden Gun Orb – The capturing player is provided with a golden gun, which is a one-shot, one kill gun, and the great part of it is that while using the gun agents can move with the same speed that you would have holding knife. (Can’t wait to use it in-game)
Sage gets NERFED in Valorant's first post-release update! 1
Golden Gun which is available in Spike Rush Game mode

So these were the major things which came in the update, for a complete list of all the changes in latest patch, you can go through the full patch notes below:-

GAMEPLAY AND BALANCE

SAGE

  • Barrier Orb cast range reduced 20 >>> 10 meters
    • As a Sentinel, Sage is supposed to be most effective when defending territory that she already controls. The 20m cast range was allowing Sage to aggressively take control of neutral territory in a way that was inappropriate for her role in Valorant. This range reduction aims to keep her strong while defending territory but reduce her efficacy at taking ground.

MAP UPDATES

Ascent

  • Fixed several spots where weapons were falling through the world and issues with wall penetration

All Maps

  • Modified several call out names to better match player terms

SPIKE RUSH UPDATE

  • Each game of Spike Rush now features a set of 5 randomly selected orbs
    • The Full Ultimate orb will always be available
    • 4 of the remaining 7 orb types will be chosen at random
  • Chosen orb types will be shown in a description widget both in character select and during pre-round

New Orb Types

  • Health Orb – Grants teamwide health regen (instant)
    • 20 second duration
    • 12 HP per second (3HP per tick)
    • SFX/VFX only play while actually healing
  • Deception Orb – Applies “Paranoia” to the enemy team 3 seconds after capture
    • 10 second debuff
    • Vision is greatly reduced (and a small Field of Vision shift)
    • Fake footsteps and gunfire play for affected players
    • Minimap is disabled
  • Golden Gun – Grants capturing player a Golden Gun
    • One-shot, one-kill
    • Perfectly accurate at all times
    • Agent moves at knife speed
    • Only has a single bullet in chamber and 2 backup rounds
    • Kills grant an additional round

Misc.

  • New pre-round HUD element that shows the weapon & potential orb types for the current round.
  • Players now get 1 ultimate point for collecting any orb.

PERFORMANCE UPDATES

Our performance work this patch primarily focuses on improving performance during combat and general performance improvements for high spec machines. The game should feel even smoother in combat and many scenes will likely have higher average FPS depending on your spec.

  • Combat Perf : We were able to fix a number of things causing dips during combat.
    • Skins for 9/10 players were failing to pre-load in the game. The first time you’d come across these skin in-game you’d experience a drop in framerate.
    • Reduced frame dips that would occur when a kill callout was added or removed to the hud.
    • Improved the performance of the Viper specific HUD elements which had some performance issues.
  • +FPS on Mid to High Spec : We were able to improve CPU bottlenecks in a few places across the code as well. Lower spec machines may still benefit from some of these improvements but would only see the gains during combat.
    • Added multithreaded rendering support for high end machines. If your machine meets the requirements to benefit from multithreaded rendering, you’ll see a new option to turn it on or off in the Graphics Quality menu. It’s on by default for these machines
    • Multithreaded rendering improves performance in scenes where the cost of managing objects that need to be rendered exceeds the cost of the game simulation and the cost of actually rendering the scene on the GPU. These conditions most commonly occur when moving through scenes with lots of objects visible (ex. Split attacker spawn) and in cases where the game simulation doesn’t require much work (ex. practice range, out of combat gameplay, etc.).
  • Multithreaded vision cones; minimap vision cones will now compute on another thread, if it’s able to
  • Large VFX passes across all maps, this reduced the CPU side cost of these particles by allowing the GPU to do more of the simulation
  • Reworked client performance Stats to include more detailed breakdown of frame times

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Sova’s Recon Dart will behave more consistently and only reveal the portion of enemies behind a wall
  • Added a setting that allows the inventory to always appear
  • Pings will no longer draw over allies and enemies when placed behind them
  • Transition out of game now shows the map you just played instead of Brimstone and Sage walking into a teleporter
  • In the shooting range, changing character now uses a lightweight and more performant UI than the flow going into a match
  • Missions on the end of game screen are now sorted by completion and by type
  • Minor visual improvements to Contract and Battlepass rewards in the progression widget located at the top of the screen

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed issue where translucent particles, like smoke layers, would show through Reyna’s Nearsight.
  • Fixed VFX that obscured Reyna’s screen if she scoped while healing
  • Reyna’s overheal health no longer incorrectly shows 151 total when maxed
  • Cypher Spycameras placed on the teleporter door frames on Bind no longer teleport it’s view location underground
  • Cypher’s Cyber Cage no longer holds the teleporter doors on Bind open
  • The Area-of-Effect indicators for Sova’s Recon Bolt and Reyna’s Leer now only show up on the enemy’s minimap if the player or their allies are close to the affected area
  • Fixed input and other various pieces of Agent control UI showing up for spectators
  • Fixed a bug where dead player’s 1st-person arms would appear to be floating in the air
  • Fixed a bug where activating a spray could exit ADS while firing
  • Fixed a bug with the Bullet Tracers setting, having this setting active used to also disable muzzle flash on some weapons in addition to tracers
  • Fixed an issue with the mouse cursor flickering when moving it over the scoreboard
  • Fixed an issue with milliseconds in the round timer not being accurate
  • Fixed an issue with some keybindings not displaying keybinding conflicts warnings correctly
  • Fixed an Observer bug where the first person being observed in the game did not have a character portrait
  • Fixed an issue with automatic weapons rarely not displaying tracers or audio effects when fired in short bursts
  • Fixed a bug where the defuse bar was duplicated
  • Fixed voice input/output devices and settings not persisting across sessions
  • Fixed a slew of localization issues across end of game screens
  • Fixed a handful of visual issues across end of game screens
  • Fixed an issue whispering players of the same name/general DM improvements
  • Improved chat service error messaging
  • Settings menu is now letterboxed as intended
  • While on the Agents page, clicking on COLLECTION now correctly navigates back to the Arsenal page