Valorant Stinger buffers being tested on a PBE server

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John Esposito published on September 12, 2022

Valorant’s PBE (Public Beta Environment) is underway with an interesting change and is currently being tested that could see the return of the Stinger. Perhaps, not a full return of the Stinger, but a noticeable change that could make it a little more viable again.

The PBE changes come courtesy of renowned leaker ValorLeaks, and the changes will see some minor adjustments to the Stinger’s primary fire and alt-fire error.

Potential Stinger buffers are being tested on the PBE. #VALORANT

~ Primary fire has been adjusted to 1.6 error after 7 bullets -> 1.3 error after 6 bullets ~ Alt Fire first shot error has been adjusted to .5 -> .35

— Mike | Valorant Leaks & Info (@ValorLeaks) 10 September 2022

Brave players have a love-hate relationship with the Stinger. before patch 2.03, the SMG was quite powerful as it could melt enemies at close range or kill enemies with alternate fire in four-round bursts. Patch 2.03 changed the gun considerably, and since launching that patch in February 2021, the Stinger has seen a significant drop in use outside of very specific situations.

These changes have caught the eye of the community and raised a ton of questions about what the end goal is: whether Riot Games is choosing to create chaos in the current meta or if the team is releasing a new Stinger bundle soon. The last time Riot buffed a weapon, said Shaukeen, was earlier this year about Ares’s reign.

It’s important to remember that this is a PBE server, so none of these changes are official and subject to change. For now, fans in the PBE will play a key role in determining the efficiency of these tested changes.

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