Valorant’s latest update, 5.08 includes several fixes and introduces a water-themed new hero, Harbor.
Riot’s team shooter, Valorant, has a new patch out and, as the patch notes reveal, it fixes a few bugs and offers several tweaks. However, it also sees the introduction of Harbor a water-themed hero who is definitely, honestly not Aquaman.
You can find out more about this new hero, or “agent” here, but the short version is that he’s an Indian who, living near the ocean, stumbled across an ancient artefact. That, in turn, bestowed a range of water-themed powers on him. His most striking trick is being able to summon a massive wall of water which covers an impressively large play area.
As for the patches? There are no major map tweaks this time; previous updates have sometimes given specific maps an overhaul. However, there are a range of other tweaks. According to the patch notes, here’s what’s changed:
- Fixed an issue where friendly versions of area-damage abilities could overwrite enemy versions of those abilities to deal less damage
- Fixed a bug where Viper’s Toxic Screen could have small gaps around ground level in specific map locations
- Fixed various minimap bugs:
- Ally position indicators would persist on the edge of minimap even after ally came back into view
- In some cases, KAY/O’s Suppression Blade position indicator could appear twice on the minimap
- Opening the larger map (defaulted to Caps Lock and ‘M’) during round transition could cause spawn barriers to appear as a single pixel
- “Recently Seen Enemy” icon indicators could sometimes update their position without the enemy being visible
- Fixed a sliver line of sight from A Main to A Link
- Fixed an issue where the Spectrum Phantom silencer extended further than intended and have now shaved off some length so that it matches the base Phantom weapon model.
- We’re ready for pros to start using it again…especially when peeking through garage on Haven.
All those are fairly run of the mill fixes. The one, however, that’s most interesting is this:
- KR – 5k
- LATAM – 5k
- BR – 5k
- NA – 10k
- AP – 15k
- EU – 15k
That list of numbers is the new cap for the Immortal leaderboard. Riot felt too many people were getting on the board so have rolled a cap. Only a specific number of people per region, list above, will get onto the leaderboard. So if you’re not in the top 15,000 players, you won’t appear on the Immortal leaderboard.
We imagine a handful of people may get miffed at being dropped. But others have been complaining about the number of players on the Immortal board and Riot have now made the board a little more exclusive.
You can also find the latest Valorant patch notes here and, going by the rate Riot put these patches out, we’d expect patch 5.09 earlyish next month.