Valorant patch 6.08 introduced notable map and agent changes with the release of Episode 6 Act 3.
The patch aims to level the playing field for all sentinel agents by implementing significant nerfs to Killjoy’s Nanoswarm ability.
Players will also finally get to revisit Bind. The map returns to the Unrated and Competitive queue in the new act, while Icebox gets removed from the map pool.
The last noteworthy change in the new patch is the impactful audio improvements to Gekko’s Wingman.
Killjoy’s Nanoswarms will be easier to take down
- Nanoswarm reveal radius increased from 350 to 525.
- Nanoswarm will now be revealed and the audio loop will turn off when the ability is disabled.
According to Valorant Community Manager Jo-Ellen “Riot JoEllenPDF” Aragon, the developers decided to make balance changes now that the German sentinel agent has taken on a more prominent place in the meta.
Killjoy became the most picked sentinel agent in the pro scene after the Chamber was heavily nerfed in Valorant patch 5.12.
“We’ve noticed a couple of areas where we could improve the ways her abilities interact with other players and the environment,” she said.
The increased reveal radius of Killjoy’s Nanoswarm will make the molly easier to see and shoot down, weakening its effectiveness in defensive and post-plant situations.
In addition, the Nanoswarm’s audio and visual properties have been updated, with the audio loop turning off and the ability revealed when it is disabled when Killjoy is killed or suppressed.
Valorant’s map pool was also updated, with Icebox out and Bind returning to ranked play. It’s crucial for players to acquaint themselves with the recent modifications made to the Moroccan map in order to rank up.
The most significant updates to Bind include the revamped layout of A site and the new teleporter location outside A bath. It’s essential to adapt to these changes and incorporate them into your strategies to maximize your chances of success.
- Audio improvements to Wingman’s plant and defuse audio.
Lastly, the developers made balance changes to Gekko’s spike-planting Wingman. The new patch includes audio improvements when Wingman plants and defuses the spike, making the sound more distinct so it can be heard during hectic combat situations.
You can read the full patch notes here.