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Are VALORANT’s Buff To The Ares Too Much?

Riot has done it again. With VALORANT’s 4.0 patch some serious changes have been ushered in that has the community revolting. No, it’s not their newest agent, Neon, but a seemingly innocuous change to the Ares has resulted in the gun drawing some serious criticisms and swaths of the VALORANT player base are lashing out. Patch 4.0 removed the light-machine guns spin up while also increasing the fire rate a sizable amount. With that said, here are what some of the pro players have to say about the recent Ares buffs. 

Team Envy’s Jett star, Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker, also added to the Ares meta hype making this statement on Twitter. “People ask phantom or vandal?” he wrote. “The answer is simple. Ares.”

During a recent live stream, Sentinels’ ace Tyson “TenZ” Ngo had this to say about the gun’s changes. “This gun is kinda nuts. Why don’t I buy this more often? This gun is insane! Why don’t I buy the Ares? This thing owns” and “For the top, lowkey OP gun? This thing is insane.” Even after a teammate performs well with the weapon, Tenz comments; “Dude, I told you, did I not? The Ares is just nuts! Like no troll, this gun is the best thing known to man!” 

While many skeptics may claim the gun still isn’t viable, it has made its way into high ranked lobbies. Hunter “SicK” Mims caught the business end of the Ares during one of his recent Twitch streams. “Why are they trolling!” he exclaimed after immediately dying off of spawn. “The act has just started, dude no way. What has this game become, dude!” And that isn’t the only Sentinels player to leave a rather questioning review of the weapon.  Shahzeeb “ShahZaM” Khan was shocked at the removal of the slight spin up the weapon had previously. “This thing is going to melt people! What in the world?” 

100 Thieves Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk weighed in on the change stating that he felt like “[…] if the Ares is just posted up, you’re just donezo!” 

Even former Immortals pro, Amgalan “Genghsta” Nemekhbayar, spoke out publicly on social media and did not pull any punches. After wondering why the change was even necessary, to begin with, Genghsta begged the developer to revert the change or return the spin up on the gun. However, he replied later stating; “Okay maybe an overreaction but definitely OP on smaller maps, and makes the other eco weapons kinda [bad] compared to it.”

As of writing this, the word “Ares” was trending on Twitter with over 11.9 thousand tweets on the subject. Whether or not the Ares metagame is in full effect or not, what it is doing is causing a stir ahead of the North American leg of the VALORANT Champions Tour set to kick off toward the beginning of February. For a gun that already saw some light participation, it seems as though all eyes are going to be fixated on both Riot’s reaction to these claims and how often pro players are utilizing the gun in actual competitive scenarios. 

Images via Riot Games

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