VALORANT patch targets Sage, adjusts Split

May 12, 2020Tyler ErzbergerESPN Esports CloseStaff writer for ESPN. com Covered esports since 2011 Worked with biggest teams across titles like League of Legends and StarCraft IIFollow on TwitterFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintRiot Games released its next set of patch notes Tuesday for its new first-person shooter, VALORANT. Unlike some of the game's initial updates, this one was a whopper for VALORANT, as not only did a majority of the agents have some changes to their kit along with some interface updates, but also after being the most polarizing map of the closed beta, Split has been shifted to hopefully allow for players to breathe a bit easier while on the attacking side. Sage and Cypher, the two defense-oriented Sentinel class characters, saw the brunt of the agent tinkering. Although most of her kit was left untouched, Sage's Slow Orb zone duration decreased from nine seconds to seven seconds, and its slowing amount decreased from 65% to 50%. "We all know Sage is [overpowered]," Jeff Landa, communications associate at Riot Games, wrote in the patch notes.

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