Valorant Episode 8 Map Pool Revealed: What to Expect in Act 1


Side by side comparison of the Haven and Icebox maps in Valorant Episode 8 Act 1

With Valorant’s Episode 8 Act 1 just around the corner, Riot Games has started teasing fans with exciting details about what to expect in the upcoming season—the first one of the new year. Today, the official Twitter handle dropped the first tidbit of information, focusing on upcoming map changes and alterations to the competitive map rotation.

In any PvP first-person shooter like Valorant, mixing up or revamping maps is a tried-and-true method to keep the experience fresh for players and viewers alike. The last map pool change occurred in September 2023 with the introduction of Sunset, so it’s been a solid four months since we’ve seen any rotation.

Without further ado, here’s the lowdown on the confirmed map pool for Valorant EP8 Act 1!

Competitive Map Pool in Valorant EP8 Act 1

Aerial view of the Icebox map in Valorant, returning to the competitive map pool in the upcoming Episode 8 Act 1.

Riot Games has officially confirmed the map changes for Episode 8. The rotation bids farewell to Haven, making room for an updated Icebox. Additionally, Lotus, a consistent presence in the map pool, is set to receive some tweaks.

As of January 10, the following seven maps will be part of Valorant’s map pool:

  1. Ascent
  2. Bind
  3. Breeze
  4. Icebox [Returning – Updated]
  5. Lotus [Updated]
  6. Split
  7. Sunset

Here’s a quick reference for the current map status:

Included in EP8 Map Pool:

  • Sunset
  • Lotus
  • Breeze
  • Icebox
  • Ascent
  • Bind
  • Split

Not Part of Map Pool:

  • Fracture
  • Haven
  • Pearl

That sums up the upcoming changes in the Valorant map rotation for Episode 8, Act 1.

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