Valorant Patch 1.11 Adds Skye & Balancing Updates

Riot Games has released the official patch notes for Valorant Update 1.11, which is part of Valorant Act III.

In Valorant patch 1.11, Skye enters the fray, Initiators and most Sentinel Agents get balanced, and the Economy ruleset is tuned. All Sentinels and Initiators are getting role and abilities-specific tuning, with the start of First Strike in mind.

In addition, updates to the match economy ruleset (the way credits are distributed after a round) should alter decision-making when the round or your loadout is on the line.

However, the update has since been delayed until further notice due to problems and issues.

Check out the full patch notes below:

AGENT UPDATES

SKYE  joins the VALORANT roster!

  • Skye, like all new Agents from now on, will be available for use in official esports competition (e.g., First Strike) after two weeks in Competitive queue

With First Strike on the horizon, the balance team has been hard at work making our last round of major balance changes before teams start duking it out.  We want to ensure that the top teams don’t have to constantly adapt to a changing game while they’re playing in the tournament. Minor balance changes may occur during the span of First Strike, but we won’t deploy changes like the ones in this patch that heavily impact a team’s strategies.

One of the major trends we’ve observed over the last few months is that matches have become increasingly defender-sided (especially at higher ranks).  Although every piece of the game can influence this type of trend (move speed, weapon tuning, map design, Agent balance), we think there are a few targeted character changes that can help give attackers more opportunities to break entrenched defenders. Each is listed below.

—Max Grossman, Lead Character Designer

INITIATORS

Flash Tuning: The fade out of the flash debuff remains the same duration but now fades slower at the start 

Initiators create concentrated windows of extremely high threat to help their teams break onto sites. To this end, we are slightly increasing the duration of debuffs from some Initiator abilities (mostly flashes). Our goal here is to increase the opportunity window that Initiator’s teammates have to capitalize on their utility and further differentiate Initiators from Duelists.

BREACH

Full flash time increased from 1.75 >>> 2

SENTINELS

Similar to some of the changes we made with Sage, we want to increase the depth of decision making when playing Sentinels while also providing enemies with more counterplay to “trap” abilities. To reduce the total potential impact of these abilities, autonomous traps are now disabled when the deployer dies (e.g., Cypher’s Trapwire disables when Cypher dies). We want to encourage Sentinel players to play more thoughtfully and carefully around their traps while increasing the reward for taking out the Sentinel player.  

CYPHER

Tripwire

Disabled and revealed upon death

Cost reduced from 200 >>> 100

Spy Camera

Disabled and revealed upon death

KILLJOY

Killjoy is most effective when locking down a single site. Killjoy has to stay near her Turret and Alarmbot for them to remain active. Her global recon should be hit pretty hard here but we have slightly boosted her stalling power to counterbalance that nerf. All in all, we hope to keep Killjoy in a very similar place power wise but give her a stronger identity as the premiere on-site defender.

Deactivation Range

Alarmbot and Turret now deactivate if she is more than 40m away from them—reentering the 40m range reactivates her little friends.

Turret

Cooldown after pickup reduced from 20 seconds >>> 10 seconds

Alarmbot

Range at which Alarmbot can be detected decreased from 9m >>> 7m

Cooldown after pickup reduced from 20 seconds >>> 7 seconds

Nanoswarm

Range at which Nanoswarm can be detected decreased from 5m >>> 3.5m

Damage increased from 40/s >>> 45/s

Damage now ticks smoother and faster while in Nanoswarm, instead of in chunks of 10 every ¼ of a second

COMPETITIVE UPDATES

  • Icebox enters the Competitive map rotation
    • Icebox, like all new maps from now on, will be available for use in official esports competition (e.g., First Strike) after four weeks in Competitive queue
  • Shorter Unrated queue times for the highest-rank players
    • We’ve taken steps to further solve issues for elite players experiencing long queue times for Unrated. We’re also further investigating improvements to reducing long queue times for all primary modes.
  • Added location of the current gamepod to the loading screen for all modes
  • Adjusted Combat Score to factor in non-damaging assists

GAME MODE UPDATES

  • “Play Out All Rounds” option now available in custom game lobby options,
    • Play Out All Rounds makes it easier to run practice sessions. When enabled the game will no longer end when a team reaches 13 wins; instead the match will continue until both teams have played a full half of 12 rounds on each side. After 24 rounds the team with more rounds will win. In the case of a tie the game will proceed to overtime.

GAMES SYSTEMS 

Updates to Economy Ruleset

  • Attackers who lose but survive the entire round without planting the Spike receive a reduced number of credits (1,000)
  • Defenders who lose but survive the entire round after the Spike has detonated also receive reduced credits (1,000)
  • Dying to the Spike will no longer count as a death in KDA statistics
  • Additional economic information added as a tooltip when hovering over the exclamation mark next to “Min Next Round” in the shop

Context: These changes are intended to increase richness in decision making regarding when it is worthwhile to save your gear vs. go for the round win. Additionally, this will allow teams that can secure round wins to more effectively chip away at the economy of opponents that opt to save out expensive weapons on a round loss. 

Other Changes

  • Minor improvements to observer flashed indicator
  • New setting for observers: ‘Show Player Keybinds on Map’
  • New Custom Game Option:  ‘Play Out All Rounds’
    • Both teams play a full 12 rounds on both attacker & defender sides, followed by overtime/endgame (if applicable)

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Left-handed view model is now available for players. Players can swap their first person view-model to lefthanded by going to the settings menu and swapping their view model to “Left-Handed”. Changing this will also show all other players as left-handed when spectating.  
  • You can now send a direct message by clicking a friend’s name in chat instead of having to type their name out
  • Players that have been AFK or alt-tabbed for more than 5 minutes will now appear as ‘Away’ in the Social Panel
  • [BETA] Experimental Sharpening 
    • This graphics setting accidentally shipped with the last patch, and we were going to remove it, but your feedback asked us to keep it. So It stays, but with some more tuned defaults. We don’t know when we’ll get to optimizing its performance, or tune it further, so consider it an ongoing Beta.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed one source of combat hitches we’ve seen from player reports
    • We’re continuing to investigate the combat hitches that players have been reporting in recent patches. This patch includes a fix for one of the most common hitches that we’ve seen during combat. While we hope that this will resolve the issue for many of you, we’re still actively tracking down a couple other hitches that we’ve seen from your clips.  
  • Jett now can’t rope dash lel
  • Fixed a bug where incoming Party invites would remain active in the Social Panel after being declined
  • Players no longer see the spike location when reconnecting to a game
  • Fixed issue where player corpses could cause collision issues
  • Sage wall segments no longer breaks if a player dies on top of them
  • Fixed a bug that would disable queueing for any mode if a player closed the client during the Match Found countdown. 
  • Fixed a bug that was displaying Act Rank badge on the MVP screen outside of Competitive Queue.

Author: Alleef Ashaari

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