Riot Games‘ first-person shooter, Valorant, struggles to find a good balance, which is why the developer releases frequent updates tweaking the agent abilities. On Tuesday, the developer Riot Games announced that Valorant is getting a new update, titled 4.09, which will nerf one of the most played agents which caught up player’s attention since its initial release.
The update is already live in the US and will follow in the EU tomorrow.
This update mainly nerfs Chamber and fixes the visuals caused by Fade‘s ultimate ability, Nightfall. From now on, players should no longer see a massive amount of flickering textures on sloping walls when casting. On the other side, Chamber gets his signature Trademark ability nerfed and will have only one charge from today on.
Furthermore, Riot Games mentioned that the game goes out of PBE (Public Beta Environment). This means that all upcoming features have proven functional, which have taken place in the new 4.09 update. For the complete Valorant 4.09 patch notes, check below.
Valorant 4.09 Patch Notes
Right now, Chamber’s Trademark outperforms other Sentinel tools in both reliability and power, which feels inappropriate given the amount of defensive combat tools Chamber has spread across the rest of his kit. We believe Chamber’s identity is defined by his unique weapons and defensive combat mobility, so we are decreasing his level of global flank protection/information and increasing counterplay on a single premium trap. This means Chamber will have to make a choice based on if he wants to play selfishly around his Trademark, or place it to help his teammates instead.
A quick note about Sentinels: When we think about the Sentinel role, we think about its overall ability to keep map control and defend space. We believe that Sentinels and Sentinel players should have many options and methods to control and defend, whether it’s through the use of Sage’s reactive slow abilities, Cypher’s flank-watching gadgets, or defensively-oriented combat and guns like Chamber. Like all our Agents, it’s important to carve out sharp strengths and weaknesses for Chamber in the roster. If you take him for his weapon arsenal and disengage, you should feel as if you’re giving up a strength—like traps or stall—that his peers excel at. As usual, all eyes are now on Chamber changes, and we’ll adjust if we see him suffer disproportionately on defense relative to attack. —Jay Watford, Lead Agent Designer, and Dan Hardison, Game Designer
- Party Lead Transfer — You can now change the lead of your party
- Current party leader can right click the player name they want to transfer the responsibility to, and choose “Make Leader” in the drop down menu.
- A number of small tweaks and updates made to the UI
- Added Observer ability to toggle Scoreboard on/off
- Fixed a bug where Jett’s Tailwind would sometimes fail to cast when used immediately after curving a Cloudburst smoke
- Fixed a bug where Jett’s ultimate indicator would sometimes stay active after firing all kunai
- Fixed an issue where an unintended ‘use’ input could happen after abilities such as Skye’s Trailblazer or Sova’s Owl Drone is activated while using the ‘use’ key