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Hotfixing Tension Bow + Mid-Update Balance Realignment

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Quote | PM | +Rep by PsiGuard » November 7, 2018 6:42pm | Report
Source by Wolf_Hands

Update 3.8 came with some big shifts in the meta meant to push Vainglory towards a new direction (clearer roles, rewarding active and skillful gameplay choices, etc.). With so many moving parts, we’ve been keen on monitoring the data from our backend and, just as important, listening to player feedback through all sources.

Some of the changes implemented in 3.8 didn’t quite hit the mark though. With a longer patch period, we are introducing some further adjustments to shift the meta. That way we can bring everyone that more interesting, strategic, and ultimately, more fun game we promised.

With all this in mind, we pushed out a hotfix to address Tension Bow immediately and then in the coming weeks will deploy a mid-update balance realignment – Update 3.8.5 – to get the meta back on track towards our goals and tackle some pain areas.

Tension Bow Hotfix

We’ve completed testing on a hotfix for Tension Bow and felt it was critical to push this change out sooner rather than later. Changes include:

Tension Bow…was everywhere: Tension Bow felt like a must-buy for all carries – and even non-carries at times. That’s not fun or strategic. We’re lowering Tension Bow’s stats to the following.
  • Weapon ratio
    • 125% → 100%
  • Weapon Power
    • 50 → 40
This hotfix rolled out server side on the evening of November 1st Pacific Time.


This mid-update balance realignment will drop as soon as we finish testing the build to ensure it doesn’t introduce any accidental bugs. 3.8.5 addresses the following:

30% freebie gold from missing last hits: This simply didn’t line up with our goal of rewarding strategic and skillful gameplay, so we’re removing this. This will further accentuate disparity in laning skill, so practice getting last hits and tactics to help push the opposing laner out of your lane.

Returning the Crystal and Weapon values on a few items: Crystal Power feels weaker by a wider gap than we’ve had in the past. These changes are meant to bring back balance between the two build paths.

Check out the official post for the full details on all balance changes in this hotfix.

Bots substituting in for AFKs

Whether or not bots replace AFK players is determined by the Elo of the lowest players in that particular match. We are reducing the frequency at which this behavior will occur by lowering the ceiling at which bots replace AFK players, resulting in this happening less often.

The Tension Bow hotfix and 3.8.5 mid-update balance realignment changes will be made server-side. We hope that, combined, our efforts will help alleviate some of the pain points you’ve been feeling from 3.8’s rebalancing. And of course, we want to know what you think, so please share your thoughts with us on social media.

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