Why Was Killjoy Disabled in Valorant Earlier Today?

Abhimannu Das
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  • Killjoy has been disabled in Valorant due to an exploit that was being used by players on specific maps.
  • The exploit allowed the agent to place her turrets below the map and get zone control on bombsites.
  • There is no word on when a fix will be available from Riot Games.

A game-breaking bug was discovered by Riot, causing the Valorant dev team to disable Killjoy in-game. The developers are currently working on a fix, and there is no word on when the agent will be enabled again. The bug in question allows players to place turrets below the maps which caused players to exploit the unintended mechanic in matches.

Killjoy’s Turret Bug Explained

Why Was Killjoy Disabled in Valorant Earlier Today?
The exploit enabled players to place turrets below specific spots in maps.
Image by Riot Games

Killjoy players were able to protect bombsites or zone out any part of the map without letting enemies see her turret. The bug was posted online by many players on social media websites and the official forums. It turns out that the exploit was specific to a spot in Haven. In the Garage area, placing a turret underground would enable players to zone opponents out. While there is counterplay to the exploit, the Valorant developers decided to disable the agent temporarily.

This is not the first time that such an exploit has been discovered by the Valorant community. There was a very similar bug discovered on Icebox in October and another instance of the same bug on Split in August. There is an underlying issue with the agent, and Riot Games will most likely issue a permanent fix to prevent further exploits. The Valorant team posted on Twitter, “You might have heard about Killjoy's newest ability - placing turrets under the map. Believe it or not, this update was not intended. We'll be disabling Killjoy until we can patch this exploit.”

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Will Killjoy Be Available in the Upcoming Valorant First Strike Finals?

Why Was Killjoy Disabled in Valorant Earlier Today?
If a fix is not available this week, we may not see the agent in the First Strike finals.
Image by Riot Games

Killjoy might not be available in the upcoming Valorant First Strike finals, and teams participating will need to rethink their strategies if they intended to make use of the agent. Unless Riot offers a fix by December 3, the agent will remain disabled for the entirety of the First Strike Finals.

Earlier this year, Riot announced an upcoming feature that would allow professional teams and tournament organisers to host games on custom patches. But with the feature still being in testing and development, players at the First Strike finals will not be able to revert to an older patch and make use of the agent. Killjoy currently has the highest win rate in Valorant but at a mediocre pickrate. While she is not the most viable character in professional play, she does receive a spotlight in pro matches fairly often.

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Abhimannu is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He currently covers esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more. He also writes opinion pieces, cover stories and conducts interviews with esports professionals.

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