Riot Removes Map Restrictions in VALORANT Patch 8.11 for Non-Competitive Queues

Riot Removes Map Restrictions in VALORANT Patch 8.11 for Non-Competitive Queues

23. May 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

After months of feedback from the VALORANT community, Riot Games is making a significant change to the map pool system. Starting with Patch 8.11, all non-competitive queues will no longer have restricted map pools.

This means players in Unrated, Swiftplay, Spike Rush, and Escalation will have access to every map in the game. Here’s everything you need to know about this exciting update.

The Announcement

Product manager Tiffy Tsay announced today that with the release of Patch 8.11, VALORANT will eliminate the restricted map pool for all non-competitive modes. This change comes in response to a large volume of player feedback requesting more map variety, particularly in casual game modes.

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The Previous System

Riot initially introduced the restricted map pool to help new players acclimate to the game by keeping the map rotation small. This also aimed to facilitate the transition from casual to competitive play by maintaining consistency in the map pool.

However, this approach was met with widespread dissatisfaction from the player base, who found the limited map variety monotonous and frustrating.

Community Response

The restricted map pool was poorly received across all player segments, from professional players and high-ranked competitors to casual gamers and swiftplay enthusiasts.

The repetitiveness of playing the same maps over and over led many to consider this one of the least enjoyable seasons in VALORANT’s history. The lack of variety in casual modes left players feeling burnt out and disengaged.

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Patch 8.11 Changes

With the implementation of Patch 8.11, set to release in June, players will experience:

  • Full Map Rotation in Casual Modes: Unrated, Swiftplay, Spike Rush, and Escalation will feature every map in the game, providing a more dynamic and varied gameplay experience.
  • Enhanced Newcomer Experience: New players can now enjoy a broader map selection while learning the game, without the pressure of competitive play.
  • Relief for Longtime Players: The update promises to reinvigorate the player base by offering much-needed variety in non-competitive queues.

Looking Ahead

This change is expected to significantly improve the gameplay experience for VALORANT players who prefer casual modes. It also sets the stage for potential updates to the competitive map pool, possibly addressing similar concerns about map variety and rotation.

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VALORANT Patch 8.11 marks a major milestone in Riot Games’ ongoing effort to refine and enhance the player experience. By removing map restrictions in non-competitive queues, Riot is responding to community feedback and delivering a more engaging and enjoyable game environment.

Players can look forward to experiencing the full breadth of VALORANT’s maps in a relaxed setting, starting this June.

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