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Valorant patch 1.03 features changes to the Guardian, Spike Rush, and the surrender system. First up, the Guardian’s initial price has dropped from 2700 credits to 2500. This price reduction makes the Guardian a more viable option between the Bulldog and the Vandal/Phantom. Its rate of fire has also dropped from 6.5 to 4.75. These changes make the gun less of an assault rifle and more of a marksmen rifle like the Marshall. Finally, its penetration power has increased from Medium to Heavy.
Jeff Landa, Riot Games’ communication associate, addressed the major changes to the Guardian in the patch notes. “We hope these changes will sharpen the Guardian’s identity as a long-range, versatile weapon, with its heavy penetration values and lower price providing some more nuanced choice competition to the rifle category of the arsenal.”
Meanwhile, Valorant‘s shorter game mode, Spike Rush, will receive a new orb for players to collect. “Twin Hunters” releases two hunting wolves to track down the two nearest enemies from the orb’s location. Once spawned, they will not change targets from those original two closest enemies. The wolves speed up when they spot an enemy and dash at them when close, inflicting slow and near-sight for 4 seconds upon impact. Each wolf has 150 health, and you can damage them using abilities or weapons. The wolves will time out in 15 seconds or when their target is killed.
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) July 7, 2020
Valorant surrender changes
Valorant recently introduced a surrender vote in all regular matches. This allows players to end the game early when they’re far behind. In this patch, Unrated Mode’s vote requirements changed from 100% to 80%, meaning only four players are needed to surrender. However, competitive mode still requires all five players to vote in favor of the surrender.
Additionally, you can now start a surrender vote after round five as opposed to round eight. Riot has also added a new button to the in-game menu to call a surrender vote.
Valorant Patch 1.03 features a variety of user interface changes as well as various bug fixes. You can view the full patch notes on the game’s website. For more Valorant coverage, stay tuned to Daily Esports.
Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, VALORANT and Halo.