Ben Affleck said he wasn't happy about recent Jett nerfs at the 2023 Valorant Champions event, and I think he's serious

Ben Affleck attends the Amazon Studios' World Premiere of "AIR" at Regency Village Theatre on March 27, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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I used to be a Matt Damon guy, but the older I get, the more I find myself in Ben Affleck's corner. I'm not really sure why—maybe it was the purportedly-drunken (and very funny) Armageddon DVD commentary, maybe it was the existential crisis he appeared to very suddenly and quietly suffer during a Justice League presser—but whatever it is, his recent appearance at the Valorant Champions 2023 event pretty well sealed the deal for me.

As noted by Dexerto, Affleck took his son to the event, where the two of them encountered Shannon Williams, who provides the voice of the Valorant character Jett. When Affleck's son told Williams that his dad could be a Jett main, Ben interjected, "Yeah, but then they nerfed Jett, that's the problem."

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It's not a bluff: Jett did indeed get nerfed pretty heavily in the August 29 Valorant patch. Her Tailwind ability, which enables her to rapidly dash forward, now takes longer to activate and expires more quickly; her Cloudburst duration has also been decreased, her Updraft charges have been reduced from two to one, and the cost of her Blade Storm ultimate has been raised. Riot said the changes were made to increase the "intentionality of her ability usage," while downgrading her ability to escape the consequences of mistakes and misplays.

It's possible that Affleck just picked up a few talking points from his kid while they worked their way through the line, but it seems unlikely to me that a crash course in Valorant patch notes would lead to that sort of topical, relevant comment being dropped at just the right time, to just the right person. No, Affleck's burgeoning Valorant fandom has all the signs of a dad going the extra mile to enjoy their kid's hobby, and it rules. 

All doubt about Affleck's Valorant cred seemed to be erased by a separate interview in which he said he mains both KAY/O and Raze.

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"I'm a KAY/O main right now," Affleck said. "And Raze, too, I think Raze is like, my other main. I'm little promiscuous with who I main, you know what I mean? I move around a little bit."

I know what you mean, Ben. Picking a main is tough sometimes, especially when you're not in it to be the best. (And I'm too old for that.) He also took some time to hang out with some other Valorant folks on the scene:

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It's quite a contrast to the reception received by Twitter owner Elon Musk, whose appearance at Valorant Champions 2023 was roundly booed by attendees. But as far as I know, Affleck's attendance wasn't announced to a presumably (whoops!) adoring crowd—he just showed up and bought his kid a shirt.

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.