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Valorant patch accidentally made Omen so powerful that he had to be removed from the game

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The latest Valorant (opens in new tab) patch made changes to hit effects (opens in new tab), buffed Viper, and nerfed Killjoy and Sage. It also had an unintended but very powerful impact on Omen, who players quickly found could be made invulnerable through a simple glitch.

You can see the glitch in action below. It does throw the game out of balance a little bit.

But that's not all! Another glitch that appeared at the same time enabled the character to teleport past the spawn barriers that are in place at the start of rounds, meaning that Omen could get into an advantageous position much faster than anyone else. Not that positioning is of vital importance when you're literally impossible to kill, but it's still a pretty big problem. 

Riot thought it had that one fixed too, but...

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After taking Omen out of the game completely yesterday, Riot announced this afternoon that he will be returned to action (opens in new tab), along with a hotfix taking away his surprise superpowers, on the following schedule:

  • APAC/OCE regions – 2 pm PT/5 pm ET
  • EU/CIS/TR regions – 8 pm PT/11 pm ET
  • NA/BR/LATAM regions – 11 pm PT/ 2 am (September 4) ET

Not too long a wait, then. In the meantime, enjoy this.

Has anyone else found this glitch in a game where someone takes no damage and just doesn't die from r/VALORANT
Andy Chalk
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.