Apex Legends

ALGS Winter Circuit: Stream, Schedule, Results

Published: 21/Feb/2021 14:10

by Calum Patterson

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The Apex Legends Global Series is back for the Winter Circuit to kick off competitive Apex in 2021. Keep up to date with everything you need to know right here, and how you can tune in to watch the action.


  • $750,000 prize pool across all regions
  • ALGS Winter Circuit runs from January – March 2021
  • Playoffs on March 27-28, followed by $1m Global Championship

The Winter Circuit features not only the top pro players, but also qualified players on PC who reached at least Gold IV in Season 7.

The world’s best Apex players from North America, South America, APAC South and North, Europe, Middle East and Africa (MEA) are all involved.

ALGS Winter Circuit stream

All the action is streamed live on the official Play Apex Twitch channel.

ALGS Winter Circuit Schedule

  • Winter Circuit Preliminary Online Tournament 1: January 17
  • WC OT 1: January 29-31
  • WC OT 2: February 19-21
  • WC OT 3: February 26-28
  • WC OT 4: March 5-7
  • Last Chance Qualifiers: March 19-21
  • Playoffs: March 27-28

Start times

  • APAC = 6:00 PM JST
  • Europe = 5:45 PM GMT
  • North America = 2:15 PM PST

The finals for each tournament takes place on each Sunday, where top placing teams will win cash and ALGS points – needed to qualify for Playoffs and the Global Championship.

ALGS Winter Circuit Prize pool

Qualifiers prizing

  • NA: 1st = $6,000 / 2nd = $3,000 / 3rd= $1,500
  • EU: 1st = $6,000 / 2nd = $3,000 / 3rd= $1,500
  • APAC North: 1st = $4,500 / 2nd = $2,250 / 3rd = $1,125 to third
  • APAC South: 1st = $4,500 / 2nd = $2,250 / 3rd = $1,125 to third
  • MEA:  1st = $3,000 / 2nd = $1,500 / 3rd = $750
  • SA: 1st = $3,000 / 2nd = $1,500 / 3rd = $750

Playoffs Prizing

  • NA: 1st = $48,000 / 2nd = $24,000 / 3rd = $15,900
  • EU & MEA: $48,000 / 2nd = $24,000 / 3rd = $15,900
  • APAC North: 1st = $30,000 / 2nd = $15,000 / 3rd = $9,900
  • APAC South: 1st = $30,000 / 2nd = $15,000 / 3rd = $9,900
  • SA: 1st = $18,000 / 2nd = $9,000 / 3rd = $6,000

Apex Legends Global Series Championship 2021

After the Winter Circuit is complete, it will be capped off by the $1 million Global Series Championship. Exact dates haven’t been confirmed, but a total of 60 teams from all regions will take part.

Teams will qualify through placement in the Winter Circuit Playoffs, ALGS Points, and last-chance online qualifiers. More details on the Global Championship will be announced closer to the event.

Apex Legends

How to master Octane in Apex Legends: Abilities, tips, more

Published: 23/Feb/2021 11:55 Updated: 23/Feb/2021 11:58

by Alex Garton

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Season 8 has introduced a set of impactful buffs to Octane’s kit making his ultimate ability more reliable and effective. Of course, this means there’s no better time to master the Adrenaline Junkie and take over the Apex Games as Octane.

The launch of Season 8 of Apex Legends brought a range of new content to the game for players to experience. From the new Legend Fuse to the 30-30 Repeater, and of course, the introduction of the reworked King’s Canyon map.

On top of this, a host of buffs and nerfs were applied to existing Legends within the game, with Octane being the recipient of a number of significant changes.

Buffs to the Adrenaline Junkie’s Ultimate ability have made his kit more reliable in high-pressure situations and easier to control. So, mastering Octane in Season 8 could be a great way to win more games and dominate your matches.

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How to make use of Octane’s abilities

Passive: Swift Mend

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Octane’s passive automatically allows him to restore health.

Octane’s Passive ability Swift Mend allows him to automatically regenerate health over time. When out of combat, the Adrenaline Junkie will restore one health per second, giving him a great source of sustain between fights.

Swift Mend will even continue to work when Octane is knocked down but keep in mind it will not prevent him from bleeding out. Although the ability isn’t an auto-revive, it does mean that if one of your teammates can get you up in a gunfight, you’ll be able to jump into the skirmish a lot quicker than other Legends.

Of course, Octane’s passive won’t significantly impact any aggressive skirmishes, but for drawn-out gunfights, it can be an incredible ability.

Tactical: Stim

Octane stim
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Octane’s Stim is his most iconic ability and the source of his speed.

Octane’s Tactical ability Stim allows him to increase his movement speed significantly for a short period of time. Once activated Stim will increase his sprint speed by 40% and his normal run speed by 30% for six seconds. Keep in mind this ability does cost Octane 12 health per-use, but due to his Passive ability, it doesn’t take Octane long to regenerate that back.

Although Stim can be useful for simple rotations, don’t underestimate the ability’s power in aggressive pushes. Octane is capable of closing the gap on an enemy incredibly quickly, allowing you to catch them off-guard and take them out. Of course, try not to be overly reckless with his movement speed – but it’s definitely a tool that can be used to your advantage.

Finally, keep in mind Octane cannot kill himself with the health cost from his Stim ability, so don’t be afraid to use it if you’re low on health and desperate for a way out.

Ultimate: Launch Pad

Launch Pad Octane
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Every member of a squad can use Octane Ultimate ability.

Octane’s Ultimate Launch Pad gives him the ability to put down a device that propels him into the air and even gives him a double jump to shift direction. Compared to other Ultimate’s in the game, Octane’s Launch Pad is on an extremely low cooldown of 60 seconds, meaning players can regularly use it to make plays and push opponents.

It’s worth noting that in the Season 8 patch, Octane’s Launch Pad was reworked to give players more control over the direction that they fly. So, if you’re looking to fly in a horizontal direction, hit the pad while crouching. However, if you’re looking for a high-arc jump, head onto the pad in a normal standing position.

Although these changes are nothing huge, they do give Octane players more control over how they want to approach a fight using his Ultimate.

Octane tips and tricks

1. Don’t be afraid to use Stim

Octane Stim
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Octane’s Stim ability has a two-second cooldown.

For a lot of new Octane players, using the Stim ability can feel strange as you’re losing health while it’s active, but as Swift Mend is available out of combat, it’s key you use Stim a lot.

Having access to a significant movement speed increase as soon as you drop into the map is incredibly powerful, especially in the early game. So, make sure you’re using Stim while looting to get geared up as quickly as possible. As the ability is on a two-second cooldown, you can afford to spam it and use Octane’s speed to your advantage.

Of course, there’s always a chance you get caught with lower health than an opponent, but Octane is a high-risk Legend that rewards an aggressive playstyle, so play to his strengths.

Look for flanks on enemies

Octane tricks
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Octane has some of the best movement-based abilities in Apex, so make the most of them.

With Octane’s Launch Pad and Stim, you have all the tools to look for some amazing flanks. Whether you fly over the top of the gunfight with his Ultimate ability or use his tactical Stim to run around the side to find a devastating flank, it’s key you make the most of Octane’s movement-based kit.

Of course, this tip comes with the caveat that a flank is not always the right decision in a skirmish. Assess where your teammates are positioned and whether your solo mission may put them in harm’s way. If so, it may be better to take a standard approach and stick with your team.

Use his movement abilities as a getaway option

Octane guide
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Don’t be afraid to use Octane’s Launch Pad as a means of retreat

Although Octane rewards an aggressive playstyle, not every gunfight will go to plan, so having a means of escape is key. For the Adrenaline Junkie, his aggressive abilities are also his defensive ones, so don’t be afraid to use his Ultimate to get out of a sticky situation.

The same applies with Stim, although it costs 12 health to use, the movement speed boost may be the difference-maker in you getting out alive.


Hopefully, this guide has given you plenty of tips and tricks to completely master Octane, the Adrenaline Junkie. Before long, you’ll be dominating the Apex Games and Stimming your way to victory.

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