Split Out of VALORANT Unranked and Competitive Map Pool

Split Out of VALORANT Unranked and Competitive Map Pool

The traditional modern city map of Split will be removed from VALORANT’S Competitive and unranked map set with the release of patch 5.0, revealed today by Riot Games.

The map will make way for Pearl, the newest set of maps to be added to VALORANT. There will be a temporary rotation of six map groups featuring Haven, Bind, Ascent, Icebox, Breeze, and Fracture, while Pearl will be featured in competitive queues on July 12.

Split will also leave the professional VALORANT pool of circuit maps after the Last Chance Qualifiers for Champions, which will take place in August. Pearl will be added to the VCT to compensate for the loss of Split.

“We wanted to make sure players had enough time to practice Pearl before integrating it into our official map pool for LCQ and Champions,” Riot said.

Regarding the decision, Riot said that “player sentiment, time since launch, past and future planned updates, what the map brings in terms of strategic variance, as well as where Pearl fits into everything” are some of the reasons for removing Split and adding Pearl.

Riot hinted that Split would likely be the next to receive some big changes before its eventual return to the map pool rotation at an unknown date. “However, we are pretty sure that he will be back in the future. Maybe even with some adjustments? Riot said.

Players will still be able to match up in Split in custom and alternate game modes like Spike Rush, for example.


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