Riot has temporarily eliminated Harbor, Valorant’s newest hero, from competitive queues after it came to light that his ultimate ability was causing dramatic lag spikes in some matches. It turns out that Harbor’s ultimate, called Reckoning, is just too much for servers in some places: the massive visual effect it produces can cause servers to crawl slowly, because demonstrated in this short YouTube video (opens in new tab).
Harbor’s ultimate ability is to create unintentional lag spikes in some cases. We are disabling the Agent in Competitive queue for now. Stay tuned for any updates.November 17, 2022
While Harbor has been frozen out of the competitive queue for now, he’s still available in less serious modes. Players in Valorant’s deathmatch and quickplay modes (as well as custom games) should watch out and brace themselves for lag anytime a Harbor player looks like he’s gearing up to do something wonderful.
This isn’t the first time Riot has had to put a Valorant agent on ice. Accidentally patched the game in 2020 made Omen so powerful that he had to be removed from the game (opens in new tab) for a full day so Riot could fix it. Riot is already working to fix Harbor, so with any luck it will be back and ready for action in a similar time frame.
Haven was added to Valorant as part of his Episode 5 Act 3 Update (opens in new tab) last month before being benched for this glamorous behavior. It’s a bit of a mystery why his ultimate causes such dramatic lag spikes, as the issue seems to be affecting server ping rather than GPU rendering. Hopefully we’ll have an answer soon.
Valorant has been gracing our pages quite a bit lately. It’s not just one of them best FPS games you can play right now (opens in new tab) (unless you have a match with Harbor), but the game made news for it tribute to a young fan who died of cancer (opens in new tab); And last but not least repairing a pay-to-lose weapon skin (opens in new tab) that seemingly everyone knew except Riot himself; and for the story of Nishil Shah, a fan who didn’t let an emergency in a hospital bed hold him back destroying the opposing team in his first College Valorant match (opens in new tab). No wonder we liked it so much our review (opens in new tab).