On August 18th, VALORANT announced via X (formerly Twitter) that at the start of Episode 7 Act 2, Breeze with changes will be back at the competitive map pool.
RIOT Games announced the return of the tropical map in VALORANT, expected to come with changes and possibly a new map.
Fracture and Pearl, the maps being substituted, will likely undergo alterations and make a comeback.
Changes in Mid and Mid Cubby
Mid undergoes changes, as there is now only one path around the pillar instead of two.
B Site and B Back changes
The walls encircling the B Site have been restored, no longer featuring breaks. New boxes have been introduced, aiding in peeking and accessing the site.
Updates on A Hall and Mid Wood Doors
The A Hall is now sealed, seemingly intended mainly for utility throws. There is speculation that the barrier could potentially be destructible. The previously closed left Mid Wood Door has been opened.
Shop A and A Cave
The A Shop entrance has been shifted slightly to the right, creating a more direct path to A Main. There is a wall covering the Cave area, revealing a door. It remains uncertain whether this door will be accessible.
The A Site underwent fewer changes. They increased the height of the pyramids by adding bases and placed pictures on both of them to improve communication and callouts on the map.
When will we see these changes?
The countdown for Episode 7 Act 1 will end on August 29th, eventually marking the expected launch of VALORANT Episode 7 Act 2. This update will also bring the anticipated Breeze adjustments. We are optimistic about a seamless release without any unforeseen delays.
We previously published an article that detailed the release dates of all maps in VALORANT. Make sure to take some time to read it.
What is the opinion of the pro community about the new Breeze map?
Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren, coach for Natus Vincere. He doesn’t appear particularly excited about the map changes and believes that this will result in a dull meta.
Kelden “Boostio” Pupello, in-game leader for Evil Geniuses. He is joking about his career potentially ending, as Fracture, which happens to be Evil Geniuses’ best map, is being taken out of the competitive map pool.
Aaron “mindfreak” Leonhart, an Indonesian player, is currently an active member of Paper Rex’s roster. He just seems unhappy about it.
Do these changes have a positive impact on the game?
In conclusion, the recent changes to Breeze in VALORANT mark an important step forward in improving the gameplay experience.
The implementation of a rotating map pool, coupled with the dynamic changes to maps, shows the commitment of the development team to keep the game fresh.
These updates not only introduce variety and strategic depth to matches but also cultivate a sense of adaptability among players, which is a cornerstone of competitive gaming.
By embracing change and actively seeking to improve map design, VALORANT demonstrates its dedication to creating a sustainable and evolving esports ecosystem.
As the game continues to evolve, players can look forward to a continually shifting battlefield that demands innovation, teamwork, and skill – a combination that truly captures the essence of VALORANT.