Valorant's Episode 2 Introduces New Agent Yoru, Competitive Changes

Valorant's upcoming Episode 2 update adds a new Agent to the game, as well as a variety of big changes.

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Riot's competitive shooter Valorant has enjoyed a steady drip-feed of new content over the past few months, but the Episode 2 update promises to shake things up quite a bit. Episode 2 will hit January 12, and it adds a new Agent to the game, Yoru, as well as introducing some major competitive changes, a new battle pass, and revisiting some skins from Episode 1.

As revealed by a Riot stream, Yoru is a "duelist," meaning that he focuses on setting up solo plays and notching kills to cripple the enemy team. His kit is designed to mix up the opponent via misinformation and high mobility. For example, his Fakeout ability allows him to deploy fake footsteps to mislead his opponents, and his Gatecrash ability lets him set up a teleportation beacon for quick escapes.

He also has Blindside, a flash grenade that only triggers once it's bounced against a surface. His ultimate Dimension Drift makes him temporarily invisible and impervious to damage, meaning he can reposition to take the enemy by surprise, or perhaps just scout ahead to see how the other team is set up. According to Riot, Yoru is intended to be a completely different breed of Duelist when compared to the other characters in the game, one focused on a playstyle that the studio calls "Stealthly Infiltration."

"The idea of 'Stealthly Infiltration' is something we toyed around with for years, but could never fit in the game," said John Goscicki, character product lead at Riot Games. "We felt that if we started from the ground up, we could create an Agent that revolved around the idea of 'Stealthly Infiltration' in some way."

Besides Yoru, the Episode 2 update's most important shifts are to Valorant's competitive mode. Immortal and Radiant players are now solo/duo only for ease of matchmaking, and the in-game leaderboard will reflect the regional ranking of Radiant and Immortal players. The core ranked system has also been revamped to show players how close they are to the next rank, or to being demoted to their previous rank.

The Episode 2 update will also bring the Run It Back bundle, which will give players a change to snag some of the best skins from Episode 1. It will also mark the start of the Episode 2 Act 1 battle pass, which will run from January 12 to March 1.

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