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Valorant Patch 3.06 Nerfs Skye and Jett, Buffs KAY/O – Patch Notes

Have you played Valorant lately in high-skill lobbies? Lobbies in which you see Skye as the default pick for each team no matter the map? Well, that’s no longer should be happening, or at least less frequently, as Riot Games has decided to nerf Skye’s Ultimate cost, movement speed, and her notorious Guiding Light ability. But let’s see and talk about the additional changes in this update.

On the contrary, Riot Games decided to buff KAY/O’s flash windup time and also his ultimate, which now doesn’t stop pulsing once he’s downed, which should contribute to a much more robust site overtake. One of the duelists is also seeing a significant nerf, and that is Jett. Jett will no longer operate with three clouds of smoke. Instead, it will have only 2. The other major change to Jett is that her Bladestorm will no longer recharge the knives with a right-click kill.

Furthermore, the update is altering some penetration changes, which involves a rework of some of the existing creates becoming completely impenetrable. The patch is already LIVE in the NA region, and it’s supposed to arrive to EU a day later, on Wednesday, September 22.

Below you can find the complete patch notes for update 3.06, as posted by Riot Games:

Skye

  • Guiding Light (E)
    • Unequip time after casting or bending Guiding Light’s projectile increased .5 >>> .75
    • Windup time after activation before the flash goes off increased .25 >>> .3
  • Seekers (X)
    • Cost increased 6 >>> 7

KAY/O

  •  FLASH/drive
    • Duration of windup telegraph reduced 0.5s >>> 0.3s
    • Duration of windup telegraph reduced on Right Click 1s >>> 0.3s
    • The audio attached to the in-flight projectile has been removed
  •  NULL/cmd
    • Does not stop pulsing after being downed

JETT

  •  Cloudburstcharges reduced 3 >>> 2
    • Our feeling here is that Jett has one too many smokes, and it’s contributed to a sense that she could get away with using them at any time, have more to spare, or spam them without much thought.
    • The reduced charges for her smoke should hopefully make the choice on whether to smoke a choke point, smoke a path for a dash, or make a one-way, a more tactical one.
  •  Bladestorm Right-click/Alternate Fire kills no longer recharge Jett’s kunai
    • By removing the recharge, we hope Jett mains will optimize for the single kunai kills in order to keep the Bladestorm going and really play into the high precision fantasy Jett is all about.
    • We want to incentivize the high skill primary fire kills while still allowing the low-risk-low-reward burst fire option.
  •  Bladestorm Right-click/Alt. Fire damage changes are reverted, damage and multipliers will mirror the left-click
    • We’ve seen Jett’s right-click be very unpredictable and feel that it’s confusing to have different damage rules than the left-click. This change should unify how both modes of fire work and provide a little more predictability if Jett decides to go for the single kill as opposed to chaining.

MAP UPDATES

FRACTURE

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  • Tunnel to Generator/Canteen areas can no longer be bullet penned (a.k.a. wallbang)
  • One crate on B site is no longer pennable
    • This should create a safer planting option for attackers, while retaining a riskier, but more powerful option.

ICEBOX

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  • The crate stack on B site is no longer pennable, this is to create a safer planting option for attackers

HAVEN

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  • One stack of crates on C site is no longer pennable, this is to create a safer planting option for attackers

ASCENT

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  • One crate on A site is no longer pennable, this is to create a safer position on site for defenders

BIND

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  • One stack of crates on A site is no longer pennable, this is to create a safer planting option for attackers

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I started playing video games a long time ago. In a blink of an eye, I became a hardcore gamer. A couple of years later, I traversed to the professional Counter-Strike 1.6 scene. After the competitive ERA, I managed to find the gaming industry amusing and started working on FGR. My mission is to lurk and discover secrets, create guides and provide you with some important news. I mostly play FPS and love experimenting in good MMORPGs.

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