Riot Games have announced that Split will be removed from the Valorant Competitive and Unrated map pool. They’re doing so to make room for the new map, Pearl, coming in mid-July. Now, why exactly is Split being removed from Valorant? Is it getting deleted completely, or just the Unrated and Competitive pools? Well, let’s find out.
Valorant Split Getting Removed from Competitive and Unrated Map Pool
Yes, as we’ve already established, the Split map is being removed from the Valorant Competitive and Unrated map pool. The change will happen when update 5.0 comes out, which should happen on Wednesday, June 22nd. From then til Tuesday, July 12th, you’ll have to contend with a six-map pool, before the new Pearl map launches. As for esports events, Split will bow out after the LCQ’s in August. Worry not, the map will still be playable in custom games, Spike Rush, and other alternate game modes.
Now, as to why the developers have decided to do this, it’s basically so the could keep the number of maps to a well-balanced seven. They want to add a new map to the roster, so one of them has got to go. Why Split in particular? Well, according to the official announcement, Split is being removed from the Competitive and Unrated map pool in Valorant based on several factors. These include “player sentiment, time since release, past and future planned updates, what the map brings in terms of strategic variance, as well as where Pearl fits into all of it.”
Now, is this the last we’ll see of Split in competitions? No, that doesn’t seem to be the case. There is no date set for its return, but the post does make several allusions to it. The post ends with the words: “We’re pretty sure it will be back sometime in the future though. Maybe even with some tweaks?” So, yeah; some day, Split will come back.