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The new game mode Replication will be added in VALORANT patch 2.09, temporarily replacing Escalation. This new game mode is a short and fun game to try out, with each player on a team using the same agent.

Replication Format

VALORANT’s replication mode is very similar to unrated and features the same rules. However, it is shorter, the first team to get five rounds wins. At the start of a game, each team will vote for the agent each member of the team will play. Unlike a regular game, players don’t have to worry about their economy. With four-round halves, the credits start at 900 and increase by 1500 each round with a maximum of 6,000 credits. Abilities will be given for free each round, so any player seeking to wield an Operator with full armor can do so.

With each player on a team playing the same agent, the limits of Replication are truly endless. For example, a team could consist of five Sages. Each Sage could resurrect another if they each have their ultimate, forcing the enemy to kill each player twice. Or a team could have five Astras who can block and suck every possible location. While a team could choose Skye for multiple flashes, there is a flashguard in place. The flashguard activates after a player is flashed twice in four seconds and allows them the ability to not be blinded for five seconds.

“With Replication, we are looking to create exciting and novel moments by widening the player theory-crafting space while highlighting Agent abilities. Quintupling down on Agents that were balanced around normal Agent restrictions, we’ve created lots of hilarious near game-breaking plays for players to discover.” Kyle Powell, a VALORANT Game Designer.

Future of VALORANT modes and Replication

Replication is just one of VALORANT’s few novel modes to come out. Riot has yet to establish a rotation for the few modes released so far. Replication will be in VALORANT for two weeks, after which, a “‘mode rotation strategy” will be implemented.


Zain Merchant is an Esports writer who has previously worked with Team Dignitas. He loves FPS games such as Valorant, Counter-Strike and Valorant.


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