Riot Games’ competitive first-person shooter Valorant has received a new patch that overhauls Split. The infamous map is one of three that the game launched with last year, and has long been regarded as one of the most annoying maps to play. In addition to major changes for the map, the new update nerfs Jett and tweaks queue restrictions.
As detailed in a blog post, Riot states that the new map overhaul will be “improving attacker options on the map, as well as reducing 50/50 checks, the depth of certain corners, and opening specific areas on the map by increasing chokepoint widths.”
The main changes to the map are as follows:
- Increased the width of the B Main doorway
- On top of the changes to B Main, there is an additional trash pile placed in the corner to prevent defenders from hiding in too deep a nook
- Increased Spike plant zone boundary on B
- New material stack for cover in B Site that allows you to isolate angles more effectively
- Reduced depth of corner in B Alley to allow pushing into defender spawn with more safety
- Removed the cubby near defender spawn to allow pushing through this area more safely
- Increased the width of the Vent Room entrance
- Added a sloped wall in the Vent Room, which removes a 50/50 check when entering Vents from Mid
- Simplified the Ramen/Scuttle Crab area
- Reduce depth of cubby in Sewer to allow pushing through this space more safely
- Adjusted angle of sloped wall on A
- Adjusted wall depth near Screens, which allows you to move out of Screens more safely without the use of utility
The dozen or so changes will hopefully make Split a more comfortable map for attackers by giving them more options. Balance changes to Jett alter her smoke duration from 7 seconds to 4.5 seconds. Other additions of patch 2.01 include the ability to hide custom matches from your match history, and queue restrictions that punish those who purposefully AFK.