VALORANT dev explains their rationale behind the Omen and Brimstone changes in Episode 2

VALORANT Episode 2 RETAKE is rolling out soon on January 2nd and there will be a patch coming along with it.

The highlight of the next episode is the new hero YORU along with a new battle pass. The main focus of the patch is all the changes made to agents like Omen and Brimstone.

Omen has always been in the spotlight as the go-to agent for smokes instead of Brimstone. This went to such an extent that Brimstone had a 0% pick rate in VALORANT: First Strike. Besides the pro scene, the majority of the players picked Omen over Brimstone in compeitive ranked games. Due to this, Brimstone received buffs while Omen received nerfs.

Omen and Brimstone changes:

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Omen’s long-range smokes enable Omen to help out teammates despite being in a different site altogether. As a result, it was more effective than the short-range smokes provided by Brimstone.

The smoke speed has been decreased so he can’t support the other side quite as fast while Brimstone’s smoke range has been increased slightly.

Omen’s paranoia being an extremely powerful tool had its price increased while Brimstone’s Molly had its price decreased. His stim beacon’s equip time was also removed.

RIOT dev addresses the changes:

RIOT dev Altombre, who works on the game balance and gameplay content addressed the nerfs/buffs on Reddit. Many players were upset with all the omen nerfs and asked Riot to explain the rationale behind these changes. In reply, the dev explained: “Omen’s entire kit was not very economically demanding and his Q has proven to be incredibly strong on both offense and defense.”

“In making balance changes, we also want to be future-facing and aim to carve out design space for what each controller is meant to provide – Omen having global smoke pressure, recharging smokes, a boost AND a powerful site taking/stalling tool with low ability costs were just making him a bit too good at everything.”, the dev also added.

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