Valorant Update 5.06: Changes to Pearl Map and Buffs Stringer

Valorant Patch 5.06
Valorant Patch 5.06 Riot Games

Valorant's latest patch went live yesterday, and it brought quite a lot of changes to the map Pearl. The Stringer weapon has been buffed as well. Update 5.06 tweaks the error rate of the weapon. The Primary Fire error is reduced from 1.6 error after seven bullets to 1.3 error after six bullets. Its Alt-Fire first shot error is also reduced to .35 from the previous .5.

  • Main - Lowered waist-high wall on the left side of B Main so that it can no longer completely hide anyone.
  • Mid Shops - Clearing this area in Mid Shops is harder than we intended. By extending the platform, we're still keeping some of the holding power for attackers, but making it easier to push this area.
  • Mid Shops to Mid Plaza - This is another spot on Mid Shops that’s proven to be painful to clear when trying to move through mid. So we’ve removed one of the corners.
  • Mid Top - Mid currently favors attackers so we've pushed in a wall on Mid Top, to remove a 50-50 check. This should make it slightly easier for defenders to challenge mid.
  • A Art - We noticed the difficulty both sides have had moving effectively through A Art. We’re simplifying the space so there are fewer areas to check.
  • B Link - This box provides a good piece of cover for attackers pushing B link, but it’s been tough to re-clear for defenders. We’re keeping a little attacker-side power, but making it easier for defenders to manage. The stack of boxes cover closer to the site will shift from the left side to the right, to simplify the number of angles approaching players need to consider, as well as close a difficult sightline to B Hall.
  • A Main to A Site - This spot was unnecessarily tough to smoke effectively. By tightening the choke by a margin, we hope to make smoking easier and give a small buff to defenders (i.e, a new utility spot). The cubby on the right will also shrink slightly to keep it from being too deep.
  • Disruptive Gameplay-based Behavior Indicator
    • We've introduced a feature that will show at the end of game screen, which players have been detected for engaging in disruptive gameplay-based behavior.
    • This has been added to the following game modes: Unrated, Competitive, Spike Rush, and Replication, with more game modes to follow in the near future.

You can read the complete patch notes via the official site.

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