2nd February 2021 – 4:20pm
A new patch will be deployed tonight. The Patch Notes 2.02 are pretty meagre, but that's probably relted to the launch of the Valorant Champions Tour. Riot Games probably doesn't want to repeat the mistakes of the Patch 1.11 which had endangered the First Strike.
There are therefore no changes to Agents or maps this week. There are, however, a lot of background system adjustments and bug fixes.
The precision of rifles, even in full motion, has been criticised for a few months by players, especially professionals. It was too easy to kill in the middle of a run, especially at long distance. This is why the developers have increased the accuracy penalty for Bulldog, Guardian, Phantom and Vandal while moving.
Speaking of the management of cheating on Valorant, the developers had mentioned changes as to the MMR and the points needed to move up the rankings. The patch 2.02 and its appendix give us all the details.
Now, the MMR (the hidden value that estimates your level of play) takes a larger part in the calculation of the points of RR (the visible ranking points). This means that people ranked lower than what their MMR suggests are going to going to earn a lot more RR points from now on. A priori, the reverse isn't true. Players ranked higher than the MMR indicates shouldn't be penalised.
As a consequence of this change, if you win an overwhelming victory in a game, it will increase your MMR and therefore the RR earned at the end of that game. This is a good way to showcase games where the player is performing well.
Regarding the premade groups, they should be limited to 2 players from Diamond 3. This restriction was applied to Radiant rank at the start of the episode, but it's being extended for several reasons. The first is that you now have to prove that you have sufficient individual talent to reach the Radiant rank. The second allows matchmaking to create a more level playing field for Radiant players, forced to play solo or duo against teams of five well-prepared Diamond players.
These changes are the first in a long process that will continue until Act 2 of Episode 2.
Patch 2.02 also contains a large number of bug fixes and system changes. We note for example the disappearance of the bug which allowed to put down the Spike without making noise. You can view the full patch potes on the official Valorant website.
The Patch 2.02 will be deployed between Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd February.