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Operator nerfs are coming to Valorant soon

Published: 00:52, 29 September 2020
Updated: 10:52, 29 September 2020
Riot Games
Valorant - Sova holding an Operator
Valorant - Sova holding an Operator

Valorant players have had it with Operator and are asking for nerfs to the weapon all over the place. Thankfully, their prayers have been heard and the cruise control for fun is getting nerfed next week.

Riot Games seem to have been listening to Valorant players' feedback and decided to finally nerf the Operator. These changes will come through in patch 1.09 which means they are coming in the week starting on October 5, 2020.

It's not a single nerf either, Riot folks are hitting OP from all sides but the one-shot potential still remains. However, it will be harder to get your hands on one of these weapons since the price will move from 4,500 to 5,000 credits.

Even if you do manage to get an Operator, you will have a harder time hitting things for several reasons. Scoped movement speed multiplier will go down from 0.76 to 0.72, making your agent move slightly slower. Furthermore, moving while scoped will make the inaccurate shots kick in sooner and recovery time to full precision will be slower.

The weapon will be even more unforgiving if you miss your shot since the fire rate will be lowered from 0.75 to 0.6. Even switching to your knife to move faster will be more problematic since equipping Operator will now take 0.5 seconds instead of 0.3. This applies to all cases of switching to something else, such as baiting with a fake spike plant also counts as unequipping your weapon.

Operator's damage will be decreased only for the leg shots, which will now deal 120 damage instead of 127. 

One change that is coming to all weapons is that after landing from a jump, agents will no longer be inaccurate for 0.2 seconds but rather 0.22. In the current live build, we would also regain accuracy over the short period of time but with patch 10.9, the full inaccuracy will remain there for the entire duration but full accuracy will return right after 0.22 seconds have passed.

All of these changes were provided by Nick Wu through the interview with Team Liquid's own Mendo, seen above.


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