Since being removed from the map pool in April 2023, Icebox has been undergoing reconstruction by Riot Games. This is a common practice with Valorant as maps such as Split, Bind, and Breeze have also undergone similar changes.
The goal of map refiguring is to take feedback from the community and use that to make the maps feel more consistent. However, Icebox’s departure conflicted players, especially in the competitive scene.
As Icebox’s update release approaches, leakers have revealed what changes have been made to the map while it was away. However, it seems like A site has been left untouched during the 9-month hiatus.
Most of the changes were focused toward the middle of the map to condense the number of hiding spots. This includes adding new windows and lifting some of the storage containers.
A new storage container from attacker spawn has been added on top of an existing one. The lane towards the B site from the attaching side has also been updated. The container players used to crouch under has been raised off the ground, opening the line of sight between the defenders and the attackers.
A window has been added to the side of the middle tunnel that overlooks the middle of the map. The area at the top of the tunnel on the defender side has a new window and set of boxes. The window above the snow pile also has added protection from additional storage containers on the right side
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