We are now three weeks into Valorant’s Closed Beta, and hot on the heels of last week’s initial patch, Riot has quickly followed it up with a second.

Miss out on the news of last week’s patch, where Sage and Omen were the subject of many changes? We’ve got the rundown for you!

Patch .49 brings changes to Omen, MORE changes to Sage, several map updates and even more bug fixes. It’s clear Riot is working hard to make this the game the best it can be.

Omen now becomes vulnerable immediately after he leaves his alternate shadow form. This was made for balance, as Riot states in the notes that “If you were to find enemy Omen teleporting in, it was often confusing when you should shoot him to get the kill (vs. sending him back). This change is to both account for an invulnerability bug and score some extra points of clarity.” His other large change is related to that fix, as the attenuation radius of the arrival sound on Omen’s From the Shadows has been reduced to 2250. What that means, is that you must be closer to Omen to echolocate where he’s teleporting to. Riot added that change in to “give him some spook back,” adding “if you do find him, you should now have him dead to rights.”

Sage’s changes again are for Barrier Orb. It will only spawn a chunk of the barrier if it is supported by the ground, meaning it will sometimes only spawn two barrier chunks. The Orb can no longer be placed on “small” items, rather, it must be placed on the ground or on top of boxes. Riot is a fan of boost gameplay, but this too was done in the name of balance, writing that characters were boosting in too many unintended spots. With this shift, “players can still boost into some unexpected positions, but they hopefully won’t be 30 feet in the sky and floating in the middle of the site to look through a tiny pinhole in the map.”

The other most notable addition in this patch was adding Competitive Mode and Ranked Matchmaking. It’s not live in the game yet, but it will be “in the near future.”

The Patch .049 notes from Riot detail all the other changes put into effect, and you can read them here. They’ve added changes to the HUD, fixes to the in-game mini-map, and much, much more. Are you excited to see what’s to come in the competitive aspect of Valorant? Omen mains, how do you feel about the changes?

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Mom, Army wife, talkative introvert and retail veteran are the best adjectives to describe this Midwestern native. Amanda has been playing games since Tomb Raider back in the ’90s. Fast forward 20-some-odd years, you’ll find her with a little less time on her hands, but she’ll still play anything with a great story and memorable characters. (Bonus points if there’s a female protagonist involved!) In her free time you’ll find her playing tabletop RPG’s with friends, and hanging out with her husband Adam, son Will, and Boykin Spaniel/Corgi/Blue Heeler mix Arya Bark!