Valorant Episode 8 Start - All information about the new weapon, agents and map updates

Valorant Episode 8 Act 1 is live and we can expect some changes and innovations. In addition to balance changes for certain agents and maps, there will also be a new weapon, the Outlaw, for the first time since the release of Valorant!

We have summarized the most important information about Valorant Episode 8 for you.

The battle continues in the new Valorant cinematic “Reckoning”

New sniper rifle "Outlaw"

The Outlaw is a new sniper that was released in Episode 8 Act 1, it is the first weapon that has been added to the arsenal since the release of Valorant. It is the third sniper rifle in the game and fills the gap between the Marshal and the Operator. Information about the new weapon:

  • 2400 credits
  • Fires 2 bullets, similar to Shorty
  • one hit is fatal against light armor
  • 140 body shot damage

Agent balance changes

Patch 8.0 brings updates for the Sentinel agents Deadlock and Killjoy . While Killjoy has dominated the Sentinel meta for quite some time, Deadlock is rarely seen in matches. Because of this, Deadlock receives additional buffs to her abilities.


"Noise sensor" (Q)

  • can be recalled during a round
  • Shooting distance increased 12m >>> 27m
  • Time between trigger and stun reduced 1.0 sec >>> 0.5 sec.
  • Time in which enemies can destroy the sound sensor reduced to 0.65 seconds >>> 0.5 seconds.

"Grid Barrier" (E)

  • Length of barrier walls increased 6m >>> 10m


"Turret" (E)

  • Viewing radius reduced 180 degrees >>> 100 degrees
  • Display of the turret viewing area on Killjoy's minimap when placing the turret

Map updates and map rotation

First things first, Icebox is back! With a few changes to the middle, B green and B orange, Icebox is back in the rotation.

The second card that received a few updates is Lotus . The attacking side felt far too powerful here, which is why a few changes were made in order to be able to hold the areas better as a defender.

Current map rotation: Icebox, Lotus, Sunset, Breeze, Ascent, Bind, Split

If you would like to take a closer look at all the changes to Icebox and Lotus, you can do so here in the official patch notes 8.0

Source: Riot Games