Valorant patch 2.03 notes: Reyna and Stinger nerfs, Escalation game mode

Valorant’s newest upgrade is here, and it’s bringing an entire brand-new video game mode and numerous balance modifications. Reyna, among the video game’s finest Representatives, got a nerf, along with the Stinger SMG.

The most significant addition to the video game in this spot is the brand-new Escalation video game mode. This mode is a team-based twist on the traditional Weapon Video game mode from other shooters. Groups of gamers begin with effective weapons — or capabilities, due to the fact that this is Valorant — and every couple of eliminates they’ll advance to weaker weapons, making eliminates even more difficult to come by. Whichever group gets the ideal variety of eliminates with the match’s weakest weapon wins.

When it comes to balance modifications in this spot, Reyna appears to have actually been Riot’s very first target. Reyna has actually constantly been strong, specifically if you wished to bring your group, now Riot’s removing a little bit of her power. She can now just bring 2 charges of her Devour and Dismiss capabilities, instead of 4, and both are now more pricey. To combat this a bit, she now acquires Soul Orbs whenever an opponent she harms is eliminated, even if she wasn’t the one to land the last shot, which need to let her utilize her capabilities a little bit more frequently.

The Stinger likewise got a couple of changes this spot that need to make it a little bit less important. The SMG was among the most inexpensive weapons in Valorant and among its most reliable, specifically for the rate. To assist combat this, Riot raised the rate somewhat from 1000 as much as 1100, slowed the weapon’s fire rate, and made the recoil a little less flexible. This won’t make the Stinger worthless, however it will imply that if you’re not at close quarters there must be some much better alternatives.

For a take a look at all the modifications pertaining to Valorant in spot 2.03, you can have a look at the complete spot notes.

Valorant spot 2.03 spot notes

Representative Updates


  • Optimum Devour(Q) and Dismiss(E) charges lowered 4 >>> 2
  • Slain opponents that Reyna has actually harmed in the last 3 seconds now drop Soul Orbs, even if Reyna does not land the killing shot
  • Expense of Devour and Dismiss charges increased 100 >>> 200

Reyna gets a double nerf and enthusiast in hopes of ruling in a few of her “pubstomp” possible, while still keeping her practical in well balanced and collaborated play. The charge decrease need to restrict just how much effect she can have round over round when she’s greatly out-gunning her challengers—however enable adequate space for the 1v5 dream when Empress(X) is active.

The rate boost of Devour and Dismiss in tandem with the Craze rate boost (see listed below) need to likewise press some harder financial choices throughout handgun round. Now, she’ll no longer have the ability to purchase a charge or Leer(C), her Soul Orb capabilities, and update her handgun. On the other hand, Reyna getting Soul Orbs from just recently harmed opponents need to assist her dependability when messing around colleagues, and decrease the bitterness when an ally lands the last blow and Reyna goes empty handed.



  • Gatecrash now shows the variety at which the tether can be seen by opponents while proceeding the minimap
  • The variety that opponents have the ability to hear the audio of a Gatecrash teleport is now shown on the minimap

Dimensional Drift(X)

  • While in Dimensional Drift, Yoru’s minimap is now noticeable
  • Opponents within Yoru’s vision variety, while in Dimensional Drift, are now exposed to ally minimaps, also
  • Dimensional Drift can no longer body block opponents

While we examine future modifications to Yoru that target his power and capability to attain his core pledge, we wished to make a couple of modifications that we felt would enhance his usage today. Gatecrash wasn’t supplying much info about when opponents might see or hear his teleport piece, so we included a couple of pieces to make that simpler. As far as the supreme, we’ve seen a concern on Yoru needing to interact hazards in between his allies and his location and wished to make it simpler for him and his group to comprehend the state of the round when they established the supreme pincer.



  • The audio of the Incendiary’s sticking around fire zone will be simpler to hear when other actions and sounds take place close by.


Hot Hands(E)

  • The audio of the Hot Hands sticking around fire zone will be simpler to hear when other actions and sounds take place close by.

Weapon updates


We wished to hone the Marshal’s strength as a sniper with a motion speed enthusiast when zoomed. The intent is to take a strong, nimble, hit-and-run identity for the weapon. There’s a cost enthusiast too, due to the fact that the weapon is not as flexible as others in its variety.

  • Motion speed when zoomed is now at 90% of unzoomed motion speed (formerly, zoomed motion speed was 76% of unzoomed)
  • Cost reduction 1100 >>> 1000
  • Zoom zoom increased 2.5x >>> 3.5x

Stinger (complete vehicle)

The Stinger’s been strong for a long time and while we like that it is threatening at any phase of the video game, it’s shown to be too powerful in a lot of locations. We’re taking a swing at raw DPS with the fire rate decrease (complete vehicle just) and made spread and/or recoil changes to both shooting modes. The intent is to much better designate ideal varieties for the particular shooting modes in addition to present degrees of proficiency to the weapon. The rate boost is indicated to bump the premium a bit on the Stinger’s now nerfed, however still powerful, flexibility.

  • Cost increased from 1000 >>> 1100
  • Complete vehicle fire rate lowered from 18 >>> 16
  • Complete vehicle fire now reaches max spread at bullet 4, rather of bullet 6
  • Adjusted pitch (vertical) recoil curve for complete vehicle, recoil climbs up more strongly past the 3rd bullet
  • Reduced yaw switch bullet defense at complete vehicle count from 4 >>> 3 on Full-Auto

Stinger (burst fire)

  • Adjusted pitch (vertical) recoil to be more aggressive after the very first burst
  • Included more mistake on bursts after the very first one
  • Enhanced healing time on burst mode from .45 >>> .4


Craze has actually risen into appeal just recently and while we’ve taken pleasure in to see that, it seems like it’s pressed out a great deal of other alternatives on handgun rounds. We’re interested in seeing what a cost bump does to buy rates. As typical, we’ll monitor this weapon for any follow up tuning.

  • Cost Increased from 400 >>> 500

Mode Updates

Escalation goes live! (Read our complete video game mode rundown)

  • This is a fast (approx. 7–9 minutes.) and hectic 5v5 video game mode where you should race through gradually less deadly loadouts with your group. The loadout range differs from match to match, however constantly includes a mix of both weapons and capabilities. The very same list of loadouts is constantly utilized by both groups throughout the match.
  • Our most significant objective for Escalation is to provide a fast, enjoyable mode that motivates social play and offers a possibility for you to practice utilizing brand-new weapons in a lower-stakes environment. We’re likewise thrilled to provide a uniquely brief and kinda insane mode to complete what we have!
  • This was among our more extremely asked for video game modes, so we’re specifically thrilled to bring this one to you.
  • TBD on precisely how long this will be live, however we’d like to keep this one out for as long as it makes good sense, depending upon your engagement

Competitive Updates

  • AFK-ing in Competitive video games for an extended duration (presently specified as 6 or more rounds) will now lead to a charge of 8 rank score points
  • We comprehend that often your computer system, ISP, etc. might have some problems throughout a video game, so we won’t penalize you for missing out on some rounds—however we wish to motivate gamers to come back from those AFKs and play through their Competitive matches.
  • Act Rank Badges will now be based upon your greatest rank win, rather of your ninth finest win

For more context around these modifications, read our total E2: A2 rank strategies.


  • All sprays will now be damaged on round start.

Death series enhancements and updates

2 modifications have actually been made particular to the death series, that is, all the things that occurs as soon as you are eliminated and prior to you end up being a viewer from beyond. We hope these modifications enhance the experience and video game feel by attending to the smoothness of video camera motion and basic timing of the series. We cannot, nevertheless, bring you back to life. That’s Jett’s job.

  • Timing
  • Fade to black start time reduced 1.75 seconds after death >>> 1.5 seconds after death
  • Time invested in a complete black screen increased ~0 seconds >>> 0.25 seconds.
  • The overall time of the death series has actually not altered, it stays at 2.75 seconds
  • Video camera motion smoothed considerably, specifically for those under bad network conditions
  • Prior to spot 2.03, any of you (however specifically those with high ping or package loss) might experience video camera jitter throughout the death series.
  • Based upon our examinations of this concern, you can feel confident this video camera jitter did not effect fight efficiency—anybody experiencing this concern was currently dead throughout the unsmooth motion.

– Now everybody, no matter network conditions, will have smooth video camera motion throughout the death series.


  • Set concern where Yoru’s decoy had somewhat various sounding steps than Yoru himself
  • Set concern where the in-world sign for Cypher’s Cyber Cage vanished if it took damage
  • Set concern where Sova’s Owl Drone might clip through particular map geo and see the opposite
  • Set concern where gamers currently impacted by nearsight would for a little while see inside smokes that need to rather nearsight them
  • Set concern where Skye’s Hunters would no longer work if she was eliminated at a really particular minute while casting them
  • Set concern where Yoru was not able to gear up a weapon or capability if he counteracted of Dimensional Wander right as its enthusiasts triggered
  • Killjoy’s Lockdown can no longer be put inside Sage’s Barrier Orb in some circumstances
  • If Barrier Orb is put on top of Killjoy’s ult, the area of the wall covering the ult will now be damaged.
  • Set concern where teleporting to Yoru’s Gatecrash right as it ends triggered him to fail the map to his death (rip)
  • Set concern where Yoru’s Bait might often fail the flooring when the fixed variation was put
  • Set concern where Sova might often get the voice over for Hunter’s Fury to play, although it isn’t utilized, by attempting to gear up the Owl Drone at the very same time
  • Completion of Video game screen will no longer show “Average Abilities Cast per Round” as 0
  • Repaired a couple input bugs around having and unpossessing items (Cypher video camera, Sova drone, etc.) in the very same frame which result in locking all inputs or locking view instructions
  • Sorry Cypher mains—thanks for all the reports!
  • Repaired a problem where specific settings would not show while in video game
  • Your gamer icon color on the minimap is now white if you switch on any color blind settings
  • Repaired a couple of input problems that were triggering gamers to get stuck utilizing orbs or planting the Spike

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.