Riot Cracks Down on Running Rifle Kills and Diamond 3 stacks in Latest Valorant Patch
Posted by Raphael Leynes February 05, 2021

The new patch for Riot’s hit tactical hero shooter Valorant adds two major changes to the game: Less Running Rifle Kills and no more Diamond 3 5-stacks before turning Immortal!


Less Run and Gun

Riot is cracking down on rifle kills while the player is moving by decreasing the error penalty when doing so by a significant amount. Running Error for all rifles is now increased to 5.0 from 3.75; Walking Error for all rifles is now 1.1 from .80; and finally, Crouch-Moving Error across rifles is now .8 from .3.

The Valorant team believes this change will lessen the frequency of killing and getting killed by a moving player, which admittedly is very rarely a fun experience:

We’ve significantly increased the amount of error that all Rifles get when moving and shooting to help combat the sensation of running kills with rifles. These changes will make kills while moving with rifles more rare, especially at longer ranges—but still possible up close. We’ll be monitoring this closely and will continue to fine-tune as necessary.”

Diamonds are Forever


Along with the running rifle kills nerf, Valorant 2.02 also adds a few changes to optimize its Competitive mode.

The effectiveness of the Rank Rating convergence has been increased which means that it will take less games to determine the correct match making rating (MMR) that a player deserves. The Valorant team believes that some players are playing too many matches to achieve their desired rank so this makes the process faster for players willing to grind. On the other hand, it would be reasonable to assume that the inverse is the same where the system will determine a lower rank for you quicker, should you consistently play poorly. 


There’s also a new bonus Rank Rating for Iron-Diamond players who perform exceptionally well in a match. This is weighted to their personal average performance and not just the performance in the game. 

In a big potentially controversial change, there can now only be a maximum of two Diamond 3 players in a single competitive queue. The Valorant Team expressly wanted to create a buffer for 5-stacks of Diamond 3 players looking to jump to the Immortal rank to ensure the high degree of trust and competitive integrity associated with the higher ranks and Leaderboard in the elite levels of play.

The Valorant team stated that this will be a “proving grounds” for Diamond 3 players to justify their individual skills and move on to the upper ranks but this comes at the expense of players who regularly play and have ranked up with a 5-man squad. Fortunately, the roadblock is only for Diamond 3 players, once everyone in the play group has caught up to the higher ranks then they can be reunited.

Check out the other updates in Valorant Patch 2.02 including, the complete bug fixes, in-game store tweaks, and the new GlitchPop 2.0 here

What do you think of the big changes this Patch? Let us know in the comments below!



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