Valorant Patch Lets You Surrender Sooner, Buffs Guardian Rifle
Riot keeps up the momentum with Valorant updates, this time bringing out a patch to bring a long-requested feature into the game: the ability to surrender far sooner than before, meaning you’re unlikely to have to sit through a slog of a game.
A buff to Guardian, changes to a few maps, and various bug fixes are also included in this Valorant patch.
Surrender Valorant Matches Sooner
One of the biggest complaints about Valorant matches is that they last too long, especially when it’s one-sided. It seems that Riot has taken a page out of its book from League of Legends, and offered players the ability to surrender far sooner than before. There are many changes to the way that all works, so make sure you read all of these in-depth, so you aren’t unaware during your next match.
Surrender can now be called for in round 5 rather than round 8, with a new in-game button to make it easier for newer players to find. Additionally, AFK players are (thankfully) no longer counted as votes making it that much easier to abandon a match if someone decides they didn’t want to play Valorant for some reason.
Riot also addressed people who either troll or never give up in a match in their notes.
“We know it can be at times challenging to get a surrender vote to pass given it has historically required an unanimous vote. For Unrated Mode , which is meant to be lower stakes than Competitive (no rank on the line), we have made adjustments so if the vast majority of the team wants to surrender (80%) they can now opt out of that match and find a fairer fight sooner,” Riot said. “For Competitive Mode we plan to keep the vote requirement as unanimous, because surrendering has an impact on your rank (all unplayed rounds count as loss credit), we want to make sure the team is in full agreement before a decision is made that will negatively impact a player’s rank. We’ve also slightly reduced the minimum rounds needed to be played so that if players have a particularly bad start, they can opt out of that match earlier.”
Buff to the Guardian Rifle
The Guardian received several changes designed to bring it more in line with the rest of the rifles and give it a bit more of an identity that wasn’t already being fulfilled by the other guns in the game. The Guardian buff changes in this Valorant patch include:
- Price reduced from 2700 >>> 2500
- Rate of Fire reduced from 6.5 >>> 4.75
- Penetration power increased from Medium >>> Heavy
- Input queue updated from 0.083 >>> 0.1175
“Up until now, the Guardian has lived in a strange position in the arsenal,” Jeff Landa said in the patch notes. “Price-wise, it remained close to the premium rifles while not adequately competing with their power, making it too pricey as an alternate economic option, but not powerful enough to be considered as a premiere weapon choice. Its fast fire rate made it more powerful in close range situations than we’d like, given our goals for the weapon’s long-range, precision shot fantasy, and—despite its semi-automatic, heavy-hitting firing style—it matched other rifles in terms of penetrating power. We hope these changes will sharpen the Guardian’s identity as a long-range, versatile weapon with its heavy penetration values and lower price, providing some more nuanced choice competition to the rifle category of the arsenal.”
The rest of the patch notes were aimed at various quality of life improvements and fixes to Valorant’s maps to prevent clipping and a nerf to Sova that fixed some unintentional angles that he could fire his sensor arrow.
Also added in this patch was a new orb for Spike Rush called Twin Hunters. Capturing this orb releases two hunting wolves that track down the two nearest enemies, but can be killed. They have 100 HP, so a few precise shots should do the trick. They also only last about 15 seconds, so they could theoretically be outran.