‘Pay-to-Lose’ Valorant Wasteland Vandal Skin Issues to Be Addressed
It’s not often there’s a skin that’s considered ‘pay-to-lose’ in online games. Typically, there are skins in games deemed to give an actual competitive advantage and are thus banned. SMITE has a list of banned skins, as does League of Legends’ LCS. But Valorant may be the first ‘pay-to-lose’ skin we’ve seen when it comes to the Wasteland Vandal weapon skin. It’s not a pretty skin, but the problem isn’t in how the color palette looks. The weapon’s skin is longer than the original Vandal weapon. That way, an enemy can see you coming around a corner a fraction before you’re ready.
Already Fixed, Ready for Next Patch
Sadly, Valorant fans will have to wait a little longer for the Wasteland Vandal skin fix. Initially deemed ‘pay-to-lose’ by a Redditor, zhoost, it looks fine from the usual perspective. But if you look at it from the side, the muzzle is a little bit longer. Just long enough, though. It may seem like an insignificant detail to some, but it could be the difference between victory and defeat. To a player paying attention, they’re going to see the muzzle coming around the corner and pop shots at a perfect moment.
However, there is good news! The discussion on Reddit was caught by Riot Preeti, who made a statement concerning the Wasteland Vandal skin in Valorant: “Sorry about that. We caught this right before the winter break and have already fixed it. This fix will be in the next patch.”
Now at least we know this was not an intentional design of the skin. It’s not going to cause you to lose every game you play. But for the player with a keen eye on the battlefield, it may cause more deaths than it prevents. I like the Vandal gun but do not have this skin. I haven’t experienced it personally, but I understand why the call out would happen. You don’t want a skin that you’ve bought to hamper your gameplay.
It’s not game-breaking by any means, but it’s certainly frustrating, and someone who isn’t aware of this could be ganked anytime they turn a corner into the enemy, instead of the other way around. Don’t worry, friends. With the next Valorant patch, the Wasteland Vandal skin will be fixed.