Chamber dominated Valorant in Episode 4. The Sentinel Agent offers a wealth of information on top of its damn prowess and defensive utility, and that’s what Riot is targeting with pre-patch 4.09 testing nerfs.
While all eyes may be on Fade since its release in Episode 4 Act 3, Valorant developers are focusing on Chamber for a bit of a rebalance after its dominance in recent patches.
Chamber is a popular choice in both professional and casual play. At the VCT Masters Reykjavik, He had a 44% selection rate — the fourth-highest in the tournament behind Jett (65%), Sova (49%), and Viper (46%).
Chamber also had a pick rate of 44.6% in the Valorant leaderboard over the last 30 dayswhich sits level with Duelist picks like Jett and Raze.
This high presence has caught Riot’s attention, and the developers are testing some experimental changes ahead of Valorant Patch 4.09 to mitigate its power.
“Right now, Chambers’ trademark outperforms other Sentinel tools in both reliability and performance, which seems inadequate given the amount of defensive combat tools Chamber has spread throughout the rest of his loadout.” Developer ‘Synchroze22’ said on Reddit.
To fix this, Chamber loses one of his Token Traps and only gains access to one per turn instead of two. They also cost 50 more creds and now cost 200.
This should “reduce his level of global flank protection” and make him slightly worse at intel gathering across the map, especially on the attacking side.
“This should mean Chamber has to make a decision based on whether he wants to selfishly play around with his trademark or instead place it to help his teammates.”
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The changes aren’t guaranteed to make it into Valorant Patch 4.09 – which is slated to go live in mid-May – but Riot will be listening to community feedback while testing the chamber nerf.
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