Icebox Set for a Chilly Comeback in Valorant Episode 8 Act 1, Replacing Haven in Map Pool

Valorant's Episode 8 Act 1 update brings a major shift in the competitive map pool. Get ready for the return of the reworked Icebox, replacing the iconic Haven map.

Icebox Set for a Chilly Comeback in Valorant Episode 8 Act 1, Replacing Haven in Map Pool
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Valorant is set to receive a significant update with the arrival of Episode 8. As the community bids farewell to Episode 7 Act 3, which introduced the seventh Duelist, Iso, and brought notable balance changes, the focus now shifts to the fresh developments in Episode 8 Act 1​​.

A well-known and credible source from the Valorant community, ValorLeaks, has sparked excitement with a leak suggesting the return of the Icebox map to the active map pool in Episode 8​​. Icebox, known for its unique gameplay dynamics, was previously removed at the start of Episode 6 Act 3 on April 25, 2023. The map's reintroduction marks a significant shift in the game's strategic landscape.

With Icebox's return, the game will see the removal of Haven from the active map pool. Haven, one of only two three-site maps in Valorant, has been a staple in the game since its beta phase in early 2020​​. This change has elicited mixed reactions from the player base. While many are thrilled about Icebox's comeback, others express disappointment over Haven's removal​​.

The news of Icebox's potential return and Haven's removal has stirred the community, with popular streamer tarik reacting positively to the update. However, it's essential to approach these leaks with caution, as the leaker notes that such updates are subject to change​​​​.