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Valorant Act 3 Patch 1.10 Official Notes: New Map Icebox, Competitive and Deathmatch Changes, and a whole lot more

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Modified 13 Oct 2020, 19:10 IST
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Valorant patch 1.10 is finally out and it has brought Act 3 along with it. 

This Valorant patch is going to be quite a big one, and not only will it be coming with the latest map Icebox, but a slew of changes for the Battle Pass progression system, Competitive matchmaking, and the Deathmatch game mode as well.

If you want a detailed description of why Riot are going to make the changes in Valorant patch 1.10, then you can always visit their official website. But for a brief overview of the notes, we have got you covered.

Valorant patch 1.10 official notes

Valorant MAP UPDATES

NEW MAP: ICEBOX

Riot writes, “Each Icebox site is a complex combat space that features plenty of cover and verticality. This map emphasizes skirmishes, sharp aim, and adaptive play. There’s also a zipline that amplifies the feeling of quick action and verticality.”
“As we’re releasing Icebox ahead of schedule, we are going to be releasing it in a “beta” state for at least two weeks. During this time, the map will be available to play in Unrated, Spike Rush, and Deathmatch modes. We’re going to continue to optimize the performance on the map as well as continue to fix any bugs that might appear. If all goes well, Icebox will then become available for play in the Competitive queue on October 27th.”
  • Early in the patch, Valorant players queuing for Unrated will more often get placed on Icebox
  • Ascenders (Ropes) / Ziplines
  • Acceleration adjusted to prevent sudden shifts in direction (this was added last patch but wasn’t in the patch notes because well, you might start asking about ziplines)
  • Added weapon tagging when shot while on Ascenders
  • These changes are intended to make Valorant players that are using Ascenders and Ziplines less evasive during combat.
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ASCENT, BIND

  • Vision Cones accuracy improved for Ascent, Bind
  • Haven, Split may also be updated in this patch

Competitive Changes

  • You can now select your preferred Valorant server(s), increasing the chance you will play on a server you want
  • Rank disparity for parties capped at 3 tiers (from 6).
  • Riot have also tightened our competitive matchmaking to reduce skill disparity.
  • Immortal+ ranked changes will only be impacted by winning and losing and the decisiveness of the game outcome (how many rounds won or lost by) and not factor individual performance into the calculation
  • Riot will be testing and monitoring this change in Act III for potential future implementation in all ranks.

MODE UPDATES

Valorant DEATHMATCH

  • Increased player count 10 >>> 14 players
  • Updated spawning algorithm to encourage safer spawns
  • Riot fixed some tech on the backend, and can now support up to 14 players without compromising on their commitment to 128 tick-rate servers. With 10 players, you’d sometimes have to run 10 or 15 seconds to even find a fight, which can really kill your flow. Sometimes you’d also spawn way too close to enemies. This was because Riothad to artificially increase spawn density because of the low player count. Now that the player count has increased, Riot have re-tuned their spawning algorithm to try and give more consistently safer spawns.
  • Removed periodic location pulse, and you’ll now only receive a pulse right when you respawn
  • Now that there are 14 players on the map, the pulse feels completely unnecessary. Riot is keeping a single pulse for players right when they respawn so that they can help get their bearings and find a quick fight without getting caught off guard.
  • Increased match length, first to 40 kills (was 30), time limit upped to 9 minutes (was 6)
  • Riot felt like the match length was a little too short to get into a real groove, especially now with more players, so Riot are bumping the duration and kill limit up a bit.
  • Kill Reloads: On every kill, players get an automatic, immediate full reload of their active weapon (Ares & Odin get 30 bullets back)
  • It already felt a little frustrating to have to reload in Deathmatch, and now that player count is higher, reloading feels like even more of a deathwish.
  • XP gain increased from 500 to 900 XP on Valorant
  • 500 XP felt a little low for Deathmatch. Riot are bumping this up to 900 to account for the increased match length with some extra on top.
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QUALITY OF LIFE

  • The Battlepass now has upgrade Variants for the Surge skin line, including the free track Surge Sheriff
  • Minimap performance increased
  • Valorant tournament mode enabled custom games can now fit up to 12 observers
  • Requested guns can now be sold back to the shop, doing so will refund the player who fulfilled the request
  • Observer can now hold walk when in freecam mode to reduce speed (fast and slow speed can be configured in settings menu)
  • In-world pings are now team-colored for observers
  • Reyna and Phoenix ult timers correctly update for observers
  • The keybind text in the current spectate target widget has been removed for observers
  • Flashed indicator for observers has been updated with new art
  • Crosshair setting added that allows crosshair colors to be locked to team color for observers
  • Players no longer get stuck trying to descend vent ropes while walking (leaving A-Tower)
  • Added new modifier keybind for Valorant observers to jump straight to freecam when jumping to a player (left shift by default)
  • Plant/defuse progress UI is now always visible to observers, and includes which player is taking the action
  • Observer player no longer see player-specific hud indicators (e.g. taking damage indicator) when in freecam
  • Ability timers now work for dead / spectating players & observers (e.g. reyna & phoenix ult durations)

SOCIAL UPDATES

  • Valorant players will now be able to add and view friend notes. Notes from League of Legends will transfer over to VALORANT as well. Players will be able to edit these notes from VALORANT
  • Social panel will now pause sorting for a short time while you’re interacting with it
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BUG FIXES

  • Fixed a Shooting Range bug in the plant/defuse module in the shooting range where players couldn’t buy abilities in Valorant
  • Various Shooting Range UI bug fixes in the plant/defuse module, including incorrect text in the buy phase announcement, also adding a halfway tick to the defuse progress bar
  • Fixed a bug where other players’ messages would be forcefully filtered out of chat after you sent a message
  • Fixed a bug where the text box would not fade away in game
Published 13 Oct 2020, 19:10 IST
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