Episode 2 of VALORANT is right around the corner, and it seems like Riot has finally decided to nerf the classic pistol in the game.
The classic pistol was a bit too effective at close-quarter encounters upon release. The classic pistol in VALORANT has an alternative burst fire mode that fires three-round burst shots.
Even though the burst fire mode is supposed to be only viable at close range, the spread of these bullets in the burst fire mode was just too effective at further distances.
Many in the VALORANT community believed the gun was slightly overturned and needed to be nerfed. Even some pro players agreed that the classic is a bit too consistent with its right-click. As it turns out, Riot finally acknowledged the issue with its burst fire mode.
Patch 2.0 Nerfs the Classic
As a result, they decided to nerf the gun by making the spread pattern a bit wider to minimize its effectiveness at longer distances. After this patch, the classic will have a wider spread with its burst fire mode. Thus making it slightly more balanced.
Despite its price, which is virtually free, this gun outperformed other weapons with a much higher price tag. Thus, Riot swiftly nerfed it, so the classic pistol will no longer be as consistent with its alternative burst-fire mode at long range.