Riot will buff Valorant’s Phoenix and Cypher via Reddit AMA

Recently, Riot games had some members of her team do an AMA on Reddit to discuss all things Valorant agents and match balancing. The Valorant character team came together to answer many player questions, and we got some interesting insights into the future of the game and its Agents.

Some of the most revealing news from the Reddit AMA relates to Phoenix and Cypher. Admittedly, as two of the oldest agents in the game, the two are much weaker than their newer counterparts. Let’s face it, who still plays as Phoenix anyway?

When asked if there were any plans to polish Phoenix, character producer John Goscicki shared, “Upfront, yes we’re working on Phoenix, but it’s too early for us to talk about details of what it might involve .”

Goscicki continues: “Right now we want to take the time to explore everything between number adjustments and a little more. Unfortunately we don’t have a solid ETA for it and we want to take the time to find the right long-term place for Phoenix.”

So it sounds like we’re going to be waiting a while before we see Phoenix get some much-needed TLC, and it seems the same is in store for Cypher.

“Cypher is in a similar situation [to Phoenix]. We’re not ready to share details or dates, but he’s definitely on our radar,” says agent designer Jay Watford.

These questions come in light of the fact that Phoenix and Cypher have been somewhat replaced with fresh faces. With the introduction of Fade during Episode 4 Act 3, a Sova nerf, and an upcoming Chamber nerf, it’s safe to say that the Valorant meta has really shifted in just the last few months and hasn’t settled down yet.

Phoenix and Cypher arguably have less to offer as agents than their peers, and players have long been demanding a buff. Therefore, it is probably good news for many players that sooner or later the agents will receive a buff.

As it stands, we currently have multiple character classes in Valorant. There are Duelists, Controllers, Guardians, and Initiators. A user asked if the character team had any plans to introduce a new class to Valorant.

“We’re definitely open to finding new classes in Valorant, but we want to make sure those classes are both healthy for the game and contribute to the tactical space in unique and meaningful ways,” says Jay Watford. “If/when we find an agent who expands the possibilities and ticks those boxes, we don’t want them to be constrained to fit within the classes that currently exist.”

Jay concludes by asking “What classes do you think would be interesting to explore in the game?” leading to people suggesting people like infiltrators or more supporting classes.

What new features would you like to see in Valorant and how would you see the agents improve or weaken in upcoming patches? Riot will buff Valorant’s Phoenix and Cypher via Reddit AMA

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