The first official VALORANT LAN in Iceland has wrapped up and Sentinels won the whole tournament without dropping a single map.
Just right after the VCT Masters event concluded, one of the devs at Riot Games teased that major changes to the game’s meta are coming. Riot made massive changes to VALORANT’s weapon and agent meta at the start of 2021 in order to spice things up a bit.
Previous meta agents like Omen were removed from the meta in place of agents like Viper and Brimstone. During the whole LAN event, very few teams actually experimented with wild agent selection.
Instead, most regions just picked what they were most comfortable with. And moving forward, it seems like the whole meta is about to flip on its head once again, confirmed by a VALORANT dev.
Major changes are coming
One of the game designers of VALORANT stated that since Masters is now over, it is time to flip the game up a bit. Hero shooters usually go through massive changes to the meta every once in a while.
As the biggest Masters event just wrapped up, seems like it is high time for Riot to experiment with more creative and slightly risky balancing updates. This is one effective way to keep the game from becoming too repetitive in the long run.
On top of that, Riot has already teased their next agent. According to Riot, this new agent will force players to only rely on their gunplay. So, the new agent might have some type of kit that would block other agents from using their abilities.
At this point, this new agent’s abilities are all based upon speculation and nothing is confirmed as of writing. Hopefully, the upcoming meta shift will still keep the game as exhilarating to watch as it did in this recent LAN event.