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VALORANT 1.02 Introduces Competitive Mode

Jalen Lopez  | 
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The wait for a Competitive Mode is almost over. (Photo courtesy Riot Games)

VALORANT players have a lot of new content to enjoy in patch 1.02. The Competitive Mode will finally be available to players with a new name for the highest rank, and several Agents have received minor updates. Players can also expect to see a few map changes and menu updates.

Competitive Mode

VALORANT players have been waiting for a more competitive experience since the game’s release. The wait is finally over as the Competitive Mode will be released a few hours after patch 1.02 goes live.

Competitive Mode will feature updated rank icons and a new name for the highest rank: Radiant. Riot Games decided to change the highest rank from Valorant to Radiant to avoid confusion between the game and the competitive rank.

Riot has also optimized the skill disparity range which allows players to play with friends at different levels to a certain extent. Matchmaking will continue to be optimized to ensure players are put into fair matches regardless of their party size.

Early Surrender

VALORANT players can also choose to surrender a match before its completion in the latest update.

Players leaving early or walking away from their computer during a match is a major problem in VALORANT. The team can now choose to surrender if needed through a vote system. All present players must vote yes for the surrender to occur, and each team can only vote to surrender once per half.

The winning team will receive credit for the remaining rounds needed for a victory at the time of the surrender, and the losing team receives loss credit.

Agent Updates

Several Agents received minor updates in the latest patch which make them more viable or balanced.

Viper’s Toxic Screen will now burn through walls which makes it a more viable option for cutting off lines of sight and parts of the map.

Viper’s Snake Bite ability now causes players to receive the Fragile debuff for a short period after walking through the poisonous smoke. Fragile increases the damage taken while the effect is active and is designed to punish players pushing through the smoke.

Viper’s Poisonous Orb also received a one second cooldown increase to prevent players from spamming the ability but still keeping it viable.

Jett’s Blade Storm will now refresh when players kill Phoenix while his Run It Back Ultimate is active. Phoenix will also spawn a Soul Orb for Reyna when killed while his Ultimate is active.

Cypher’s Spycam will no longer block a Spike defusal, and players can no longer place a Cyber Cage on his Trapwire. The Spycam can also not go through the teleporter doors on Bind in the latest update.

Map Updates

Each map also received minor updates to make clearing angles in specific areas easier. Players have complained about the numerous locations where abilities are needed to push through safely and how they slow down attacks.  Riot explained the changes are meant to reduce the amount these deep angles and how players will only have to worry about important locations:

“The intention is that angles that are more difficult to clear are most commonly found in areas meant to reinforce existing territory control. This is to emphasize ability usage and teamwork in order to reliably gain control of these locations.”

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
  • A Sewer Entrance the bottom of A Sewer

Ascent

  • Defender Spawn entrance
  • Attacker side of A Main (Including a self-boost to gain an additional angle to peek A Main as an attacker)
  • Garden entrance

Bind

  • A Bath entrance
  • B Teleporter Exit and B Window entrance

Split

  • Defender Spawn

General Updates

VALORANT also received several UI, HUD, and bug fixes. The Bucky shotgun also received minor updates, and the Spike Rush game mode received changes to the various orbs available in the mode.

Several performance updates were introduced in the latest patch which will help framerate issues in certain situations.

Players can find a full list of these updates and changes in the 1.02 Patch Notes.

Patch 1.02 is now live, so players can experience the latest updates and can expect the Competitive Mode to be available soon.

Jalen Lopez
Jalen Lopez
Jalen has been destroying noobs for almost as long as he could read. When not working full time in marketing, Jalen is combining his passions of gaming and writing as an esports writer.