The next Valorant update is coming soon and brings with it some key changes and new content, including the next agent, Astra, tactical voiceover, and more. Other major updates in Valorant Patch 2.04 include Bind’s Teleporter which now has open doors to prevent camping from escalating, some rework for competitive ratings, and smaller changes in quality-of-life.
Out of your Bind – Valorant Patch 2.04
Specifically, in Escalation, Bind’s Teleporter’s door will be locked, so players won’t be able to camp inside after taking a solid position on the map.
Likewise, Bind’s pick rate has been reverted back to before Riot Games dropped it in Update 2.03. It is now equally weighted with the other Upgrade maps but will be monitored based on community feedback.
Valorant Patch 2.04 Ranked reworks
Valorant Patch 2.04 marks the start of Season Two, Act Two’s competitive season, which means there have been some changes to many aspects of Valorant’s ranking process.
Arguably the biggest change is that players will no longer be downgraded at the start of the action. This means that if you are a Radiant player at the end of the previous level, you will still be in Radiant on the leaderboard to start the next level.
But your Ranking Rank will still be reduced by 90%, which means that Radiant players will technically still be downgraded to Immortal and need to prove that they are still capable of being one of the best players in the world.
Likewise, hitting Radiant will now be more inaccessible, requiring the player to be the top 500 players in their area and maintain a given RR. Below are the RR requirements for each region, according to Riot.
- Latin America and South Korea: 100 RR
- Brazil: 200 Rank Rating
- North America and Asia-Pacific: 300 RR
- Europe: 400 RR
At the end of the season, Riot will reduce the average total RR per win or loss to five to try and fine-tune MMR in competitive matches.
At the lower end of the ranked remakes, the rating will not appear on the Dealer selection or in the game, meaning you will only see your non-member’s rating on the screen. figure ends for a game. Lower-ranked players can also queue up with a more unlimited selection of friends and teammates.
Tactical voice over inbound
Riot is also looking to improve team coordination and information sharing by adding VO agents in Valorant Patch 2.04, which will provide context for teammates based on location.
So for players who do not use a microphone for team communication, using a common VO agent like “Spike Spike” or “detected enemy” will now include an additional qualifier depending on where it is called on the map. This means that indicating Spike on B Point will be translated as “Spike Spike B.”
“We hope to provide richer players with these changes,” Riot said. “Tactical VO is not meant to be a complete replacement for voice functionality, so captions are reduced in volume while a teammate is talking over VOIP.”
You can toggle an option so that the tactical VO messages appear in the conversation for further reference, meaning that instead of just hearing it, you can also view it as “Sova detects the enemy in B. “
At launch, Tactical VO will not be available in all modes, can be turned off completely, and chat messages for captions can be enabled in Ease of Access.