Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Chamber nerfs, neon & jett changes

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It’s not a good day to be a Chamber main, as Riot Games has just announced some massive nerfs to the French Sentinel in the Valorant 5.03 PBE patch notes.

Alongside some huge nerfs to Chamber, Valorant 5.03 PBE will also bring some changes to Neon and Jett. Through the newly introduced ‘Regional Damage Breakup,’ these Agents will now need to be more precise when aiming their ultimates.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the detailed patch notes for the Valorant 5.03 PBE:

Valorant PBE 5.03 Patch Notes Revealed

AGENT UPDATES

Chamber

As players in both ranked and per play have mastered Chamber, his strengths have started to overshadow his weaknesses, making the counterplay to Rendezvous and his arsenal not as effective as we’d hoped. Chamber’s overall power has also felt outsized, and we believe that we can reduce his kit while still keeping him competitive with the rest of the roster.

Rendezvous (E)

  • Base Cooldown increased 20s >>> 30s
  • Recall Cooldown increased 20s >>> 30s
  • Cooldown set to 45s whenever a Rendezvous anchor is destroyed
  • Radius Size decreased 21m >>> 15m

Trademark (C)

  • Slow Duration decreased 9.5 >>> 6s

Tour De Force (X)

  • Ultimate Points Required increased 7 >>> 8
  • Slow Duration decreased 9.5 >>> 6s

Headhunters (Q)

  • Bullet Cost increased 100 >>> 150

Ability Regional Damage Breakup

“We’re adding a breakup of ‘regional damage’ to all of the abilities that affect certain body segments differently—similar to our weapons—so that precision is rewarded (eg, a headshot vs a legshot).”

neon

  • Damage per shot reduced 22 >>> 18
  • Killzone increased 15m >>> 20m
  • Leg shot multiplier reduced 1.0 >>> 0.85
  • Headshot multiplier increased 1 >>> 3

Chamber

  • Tour De Force (X) leg shot multiplier reduced 1.0 >>> 0.85

Jett

  • Bladestorm (X) leg shot multiplier reduced 1.0 >>> 0.85

Whether or not these major nerfs to Chamber impact his pick rates in pubs and the per scene still remains to be seen. The headshot multiplier increase for Neon’s ultimate can also help her become the meta pick in competitive games.

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