Valorant has been Riot Games’ biggest success in the FPS genre. The devs have put a lot of thought into this game. Its gaming mechanics are quite original. Also, the game’s cosmetics market is overly large, in addition to its distinctive in-game mechanics. The selection of unique in-game characters in Valorant is the game’s biggest best-selling feature. Also, the game’s huge map pool, with constant re-works, doesn’t let the hype die. Recent news says the upcoming Patch 6.11 would re-work the map Pearl again.
The map Pearl went live on June 22, 2022, as part of Episode 5, Act 1. It is the game’s eighth map and takes place in an underwater metropolis. The developers, Riot Games, intended the map to be more strategic and slower-paced compared to some of the other maps in Valorant. The first Pearl re-work came out with the 5.06 patch on September 2022. The map has since then gained a lot of traction. It’s a very unique map and the previous re-work has balanced it a lot.
Pearl also has a deep root in the lore behind Valorant. The map is aesthetically fascinating and devs have put a lot of work into this map. Furthermore, the upcoming Patch 6.11, from Riot Games, has further strengthened the B bomb site in favor of the defender’s side.
After Ascent, Pearl is the second map to get reworked twice. So that makes only 2 maps out of the huge pool of 9 playable maps. The upcoming changes to the map have reworked the whole B bomb site. The re-work has added certain new camping & peak spots on the site. This upcoming re-work is totally in favor of the defending side. And it was actually a necessary change because the B bomb site has been, since the map’s release, a very attacker-sided bomb site.
Some of the before and after re-work of the map are:
All these changes have been made in favor of the defending side. After this re-work goes live, defending players would be able to hold and contest for the site more accurately and won’t get decimated right away. The player base much anticipated such a re-work because Pearl is a hugely popular map, and the only issue players had with the map was the B bomb site.
It’s yet unknown what more changes or balance fixes will accompany the upcoming Patch 6.11. However, players can expect huge changes in tow. Usually, map updates accompany with them agent changes too, but we’ll have to wait for that to be certain. Furthermore, this update would be a great change to the game as pro teams would have to develop new strategies in the upcoming tournaments. Overall, will this new re-work work in favor of the player base or not is yet to be seen. Until then, all we can do is wait for the patch to go live.
Sneh is an eSports journalist at Firstsportz. He has been playing competitive titles like CS:GO, Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, and more for 4 years. He's currently pursuing IPM at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. Sneh is also keenly interested in RPG titles like Elden Ring, Sekiro, Assassin's Creed series, and similar games. He is a former streamer and was the leading streamer for an Org that held 8th place in the Rocket League Championship South Asia Apac. He is a massive fan of the AniManga culture and loves talking about the recent trends in the community. In his free time, Sneh likes to read Light Novels and Mangas and watch thrillers or philosophical movies.
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