Valorant devs announce insanely big rework for Yoru’s kit

By Fariha Bhatti


Dec 9, 2021

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Riot Games has finally released an update for the much-awaited Yoru rework, and players might actually start using the neglected agent. 

Valorant’s stylish agent Yoru was released as part of Episode 2 to amp up the dull duelist roster. While his blockbuster release and chic attire managed to pique players’ interest, his kit fell short in practice. Valorant players have long been requesting a Yoru buff, and Riot Games has finally provided an insight. 

“Your feedback along with the gameplay from those of you that have tried to make Yoru work has sparked a vision we are hoping to ignite: Yoru becomes a master of deception through an increased output of disinformation from round to round,” Game designer Ryan “Rycoux” Cousart said. 

The new updates might actually change the way players look at Yoru. Here are potential updates that will make Yoru more viable in ranked games. 

Valorant agent Yoru to get huge buffs

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The developer explained that the main aim for the Yoru rework is for the agent to have better tools to trick opponents, a more vital baseline value across his kit, and a higher impact per round. For now, Rycoux has only unveiled potential changes for Yoru’s decoy and teleport. 

The upcoming patches might replace Yoru’s invisible footsteps with an actual carbon copy of him. This could be huge for Yoru mains who’re tired of enemies recognizing a Fakeout by counting the number of audio cues. Much like Phoenix’s ultimate, the decoy will dissolve in thin air when the enemy tries to shoot at it. Yoru will remain safe at the start point. It’d likely have a catch to make it work less like Phoenix’s ultimate. The decoy won’t be able to shoot and might disable Yoru from using weapons while on the Fakeout. 

Yoru’s Gatecrash, a teleport ability, will also see many tweaks. The developer has lowered the range at which enemies can see and hear the blue blob on the map while it travels. Yoru will also be able to activate the tether from a distance to trigger a fake teleport, playing the same audio and visuals as if Yoru was teleporting. 

These changes sound promising as few players still make Yoru work in competitive games. With these tweaks, Yoru might actually become the deadly assassin he was expected to be. It’s unknown when these changes will be implemented, but the developer has initiated the rework, so Yoru mains should keep their fingers crossed.