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Riot Finally Reveals More Information About Yoru’s Upcoming Rework in Valorant

Abhimannu Das
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Highlights
The first six months of Valorant in 2022 will feature tons of agent balance changes and players will also get access to a brand new agent.
Valorant's next agent is expected to release in January 2022 and a Yoru rework should drop in the coming months as well.
Riot Games has reworked Yoru's Gatecrash and Fakeout abilities to improve his playstyle.

In a year-end ‘State of the Agents’ post, Riot Games revealed everything Valorant fans can expect from the first few months of 2022. In addition to a brand new Filipino agent who is expected to debut early next year, there will also be a bunch of balance changes including the highly anticipated Yoru rework.

Balance changes are coming in the first six months of the year

Yoru, Astra, KAY/O and Chamber were released in 2021. Riot is happy with the state of most of the agents with the exception of Yoru, who is scheduled to get a rework soon. Breach and Viper were the two agents that got significant changes this year and Riot Games is closely monitoring the meta and assessing if any further changes are needed to tweak the metagame.

Riot Games revealed that Valorant will be seeing updates to various Agents across the board throughout the first six months of the year. Riot will also be focusing more on addressing emergent balance issues quicker for a healthier agent meta.

Yoru’s Fakeout is getting massive buffs

Yoru launched with a lot of hype surrounding him but it all fell flat as the agent never really made it into the meta. His kit is not particularly impressive and there are hardly any situations where he clearly outperforms other agents. Riot has been working on the agent for months and we finally have more details about what’s changing in Yoru’s kit.

Yoru’s Fakeout footsteps are being replaced with a carbon copy of Yoru that runs forward, and upon getting shot, will wind up and explode, debuffing enemies.

When using Gatecrash, the range at which enemies can see or hear the tether is being reduced. But its travel speed has been increased, and Yoru will be able to activate his tether from a distance to fake teleport. When triggering a fake teleport, enemy players will get the same audio and visual cues as if Yoru was actually teleporting.

There may be more balance changes in the works, but this is all that Riot Games has confirmed so far. A balance patch is expected in early 2022 which will include all of Yoru’s changes as well as other tweaks to weapons and agents.

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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.