Valorant Patch 8.0: A Bold New Year, a Bold New Meta
Welcome, Agents, to Episode 8 Act I and Patch 8.0! Prepare for a VALORANT experience reborn, brimming with exciting changes that shake up the battlefield and unleash tactical possibilities like never before. Let’s dive in!
Outlaw: The Game Changer
Introducing VALORANT’s first new weapon since launch: the Outlaw. This high-impact, double-barreled sniper rifle is no ordinary sidearm. Built for high-risk, high-reward plays, the Outlaw demands precision and daring. Master its two-shot magazine, longer reload times, and unique zoom mechanics to dominate the long game.
Map Metamorphosis: Icebox and Lotus Reforged
Icebox returns revamped, with changes to Mid, B Green, and B Orange. Expect a more dynamic Mid fight, smoother pathing towards B Site, and strategic window peeking to spice up rotations. Lotus also gets a touch-up, granting Defenders more options on A Main, A Link, and A Hut. Get ready for more balanced B Site brawls and diverse C Site plant locations.
Doors Get Smarter, Rotations Get Longer
Rotating doors now take 10 seconds to spin, creating room for strategic utility usage and thrilling in-door firefights. B Orb on Lotus gets retired, bringing map control closer to the standard VALORANT experience.
Team Deathmatch Tweaks: Sheriff Tamed, Maps Rotated
The Sheriff gets a Light Shield in Team Deathmatch, encouraging weapon diversity and giving other options a fighting chance. All modes (except Team Deathmatch and Custom) now share the Competitive map rotation, keeping things fresh and competitive across the board.
Premier Power-Ups: Manage, Compete, Conquer
Introducing Team Captains in Premier! These secondary leaders assist with team management without holding ultimate power. View past standings, divisions, and qualification thresholds at a glance, keeping your competitive hunger satiated. EMEA Zone updates pave the way for the VCT Challengers League Path to Promotion, opening doors for aspiring champions.
Patch 8.0 is just the beginning of an exciting year in VALORANT! Dive into the new meta, master the Outlaw, and rise to the top of the ranks. Let’s make Episode 8 one for the history books!