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Valorant: Are TSM unhappy about the upcoming Operator nerfs?

TSM might just be salty about the upcoming Valorant Operator nerfs in patch 1.09 (Image Credits: TSM)
TSM might just be salty about the upcoming Valorant Operator nerfs in patch 1.09 (Image Credits: TSM)
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Modified 29 Sep 2020, 12:45 IST
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While the majority of the Valorant community is looking forward to the upcoming Operator nerfs, there is one professional team who doesn’t seem to be taking it in a good stride.

North America’s TeamSoloMid has a playstyle that heavily relies on Matthew "Wardell" Yu and his Operating skills. 

In a recent interview with Team Liquid’s Lucas 'Mendo' Håkansson where Valorant dev Nick Wu Smith talks in-depth about some of the changes that the Operator will be receiving, it looks like TSM are set to get a direct nerf to their current playstyle.

Wardell is by far one of the best Valorant snipers in the region. His Jett play is clean, and his wrist has a mean ‘flick’, which makes him an incredible asset during aggressive plays. 

Riot's decision to tone down some of the Operator's aggressive nature by increasing its Scope Deadzone (50% from 30%) will, therefore, directly affect Wardell and his playstyle.

TSM may not be happy about the Operator nerfs in the upcoming Valorant patch

So what exactly made us feel that TSM might be unhappy about the upcoming Operator nerfs in Valorant?

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Well, in a recent tweet, TSM’s head coach for Valorant Taylor “Tailored’ Broomall, called out Team Liquid’s Mendo about his interview with Nick Wu Smith.

Tailored wrote:

“Maybe Riot should talk to people who know how to play the game.” 

Now, Tailor might have written this tweet sarcastically to bait Team Liquid into a good-humored banter. But judging by how Mendo reacted to the post and keeping in mind TSM’s playstyle and the upcoming First Strike tournament that is on the horizon, we can’t help but feel that there may be some salt behind these words.

The Valorant community also didn’t take it in a good stride, and many of the fans were quite vocal about their opinions of TSM in Tailored’s tweet.

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To make things worse for TSM, even Wardell took to Twitter to express his opinions about the upcoming Operator changes.

His comment to nerf Jett and not the Operator fell on deaf ears as a Valorant player replies with the following comment.

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Twitter was not the only place where Valorant fans are out with pitchforks for TSM. In this Reddit thread, we can see exactly what the community feels about Tailored's tweets.

Screenshot of the Reddit thread
Screenshot of the Reddit thread

TSM and Sentinels are two of the most dominant teams in North America, and if TSM aren’t able to mix up their playstyle before the upcoming competition, then they just might be playing second fiddle in the region.

Published 29 Sep 2020, 12:38 IST
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