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All Apex Legends Aftermarket buffs & nerfs for Legends & weapons

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:17

by Albert Petrosyan

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The massive Apex Legends update that kickstarted the Aftermarket Collection Event included major buffs and nerfs for several of the game’s Legends and guns.

Apex Legends’ highly-anticipated Aftermarket Collection Event launched on October 6, bringing a flurry of new content and big changes to the popular battle royale.

Along with major additions like cross-play, the Flashpoint LTM, and a bunch of awesome new cosmetics, the patch also implemented tweaks to various characters and weapons.

Included in that list were Pathfinder and Wraith, two of the game’s more popular Legends, as well as guns like the Devotion, Spitfire, and Triple-Take.

Legend changes

Pathfinder

A lot of fans were upset with Respawn for nerfing Pathfinder’s popular Grapple ability several months ago by raising its cooldown from 15 seconds to 35. As a result, the devs have made the timer dependent on the distance the character travels using it.

Now, the cooldown can range from 10 seconds for the shortest distance traveled to a maximum of 35, which, according to the devs, was actually inspired by a Reddit post!

“This both buffs Path a little less for the scariest robot players out there and it also opens up room for extra skill expression,” they remarked. “Can you find useful short-distance grapples that’ll give you a shorter CD but still do something good for you?”

Pathfinder buffed in Apex Legends
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Apex Legends’ Aftermarket update finally buffed Pathfinder.

Wraith

Wraith’s change may not seem like much on paper, but it has devastated a lot of fans. Following this patch, she no longer has the iconic ‘Naruto-style’ sprint; instead, her running animation is more upright, so to open up her body more for enemies to shoot at.

“Wraith is a very challenging Legend to nerf,” Respawn said. “We don’t want to hit her abilities anymore. So we started looking at other Legend specific things that could give her this power–and discovered that her sprinting animations are unique in how much they artificially shorten her (by hunching over), thus shrinking her shootable area from the perspective of the enemy.”

As for the removal of the popular animation, the developers say they hate to see it gone too: “Now we know her old sprint was iconic and we hate to see it go as well, but we believe this is the best way by far of bringing her in line without having to hit her abilities again.”

Bloodhound

Bloodhound’s viability in Apex Legends has considerably grown over the past year, as several updates have buffed the Technological Tracker to the point where they’re now part of the meta.

This Aftermarket patch slightly nerfed Bloodhound’s Tactical cooldown while the Ultimate ability is active, from six seconds to eight.

“The 6.0 changes have been extremely powerful for Bloodhound; we think we might have gone a little far with 6s,” the devs wrote. “Against a competent BH, there would only ever be 2s during which you’re not scanned. Changing it to 8s means you’ve got 4s of being revealed and 4s to reposition in between pulses.”

Here are all of the changes pertaining to Legends from the Aftermarket patch notes:

  • Rampart
    • Increased the rate at which Sheila’s bullet spread tightens
  • Bloodhound
    • Updated Bloodhound’s tactical cooldown while ultimate is active from 6 seconds to 8 seconds. Dev Note: The 6.0 changes have been extremely powerful for Bloodhound. Their ultimate is now truly a moment you should fear as the enemy. We think we might have gone a little far with 6s. Against a competent BH, there would only ever be 2s during which you’re not scanned. Changing it to 8s means you’ve got 4s of being revealed and 4s to reposition in between pulses.
  • Pathfinder
    • Grapple cooldown is now based on the distance Pathfinder traveled. The shortest possible pull has a 10s cooldown; the maximum cooldown is still 35s, but you’re going to have to swing a very long distance to get there. Have fun out there, friends!

      Dev note:
      Pathfinder mains rejoice, the Outlands happiest robot is getting some love. Instead of dropping grapple cooldown back to 15s where it was before, or moving it to 25s as a compromise, we considered a player suggestion (thanks Reddit) to have the Grapple drain energy as it goes, similar to Titanfall 2. The difference here is we’re looking at your full distance traveled: from the moment you leave the ground to when you’re on the ground again and not sliding at crazy high speeds. What this means is two things:
      1. Bad Pathfinder players, no longer need to fear the faceplant grapple quite as much. If you’re not going anywhere, you’re not incurring much of a cooldown.
      2. If you’re really really good at Pathfinder and looking for the absolute max distance grapple, you’ll still have a 35s cooldown, assuming you land it. This both buffs Path a little less for the scariest robot players out there and it also opens up room for extra skill expression: can you find useful short-distance grapples that’ll give you a shorter CD but still do something good for you? Looking forward to seeing what you all do with this one.
  • Wraith
    • Updated Wraith’s sprint animation.

      Dev note:
      Wraith is a very challenging Legend to nerf. We look at Legend performance across a number of axes: how often trios with this Legend on them win games/place highly, how often this Legend gets knockdowns vs is knocked down, how often this Legend is picked. Across each and every single one of these axes, Wraith dominates. And yet each time we hit her abilities (which we’ve done a lot) she bounces back within a few weeks without bleeding a lot of pick rate. Her kit is uniquely useful both in solo games and in highly coordinated games. Also, she’s just really cool. We get it. We don’t want to hit her abilities anymore. We think both she and Pathfinder have been pushed to the edge in terms of cooldown and utility nerfs where pushing them any further would make them a lot less fun to play. We don’t want that! So we started looking at other Legend specific things that could give her this power–and discovered that her sprinting animations are unique in how much they artificially shorten her (by hunching over), thus shrinking her shootable area from the perspective of the enemy. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but taken together with her already small hitbox, it’s a lot of power. This patch, we’re introducing a new set of sprint animations for Wraith. These are much more upright and expose a larger area of her body to gunfire. Now we know her old sprint was iconic and we hate to see it go as well, but we believe this is the best way by far of bringing her in line without having to hit her abilities again. Depending on what we see after these animations go live, we may even be able to put some power back into her abilities (no promises though). As always, we will be listening to feedback and monitoring data on this change.
  • Crypto
    • Crypto’s Drone can now open loot vaults if Crypto has a key in his inventory. It consumes the key as usual.
  • Loba
    • Increased range of ultimate & passive from 3100 units to 4500 units.
    • Loba now starts the match with her ultimate half charged.
Bloodhound nerfed in Apex Legends
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Bloodhound was slightly nerfed in the Apex Legends Aftermarket event patch.

Weapon changes

The adjustments to the guns in this patch were not nearly as extensive as those made to the characters, but there were a few powerful weapons that were tweaked to better balance out the loot-pool.

For starters, the almighty Devotion’s hip-fire spread was increased at a base level, and that spread will also now continue to grow while the LMG is being fired.

That same hip-fire increase was also implemented to the Spitfire in order to “keep the numbers consistent with similar weapons in the same class,” according to the devs. However, they’ve compensated for that change by reducing the horizontal recoil on the LMG.

Last but not least, the Triple Take got a minor nerf as its fire rate was reduced from 1.4 to 1.3.

Devotion nerfed in Apex Legends
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Respawn nerfed the Devotion in Apex Legends’ Aftermarket update.

There you have it, those are all of the Legend and weapon buffs and nerfs from the Aftermarket event patch on October 6!

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When is Apex Legends coming to Steam? Release date, cross-play, more

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:48 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:51

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment has finally announced the release date for when Apex Legends is coming to Steam, meaning that PC players no longer have to rely solely on EA’s own Origin launcher to boot up the title.

EA has teamed up with Steam, bringing their EA Play service to the platform. You can also now buy Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and FIFA 21 on Steam too. It was only a matter of time until Apex joined the lineup.

However, the Apex release is now on its way, after it was initially expected to drop on Steam at the same time as Apex’s launch on Nintendo Switch, as well as the introduction of cross-play.

EA Play on Steam
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EA’s subscription service, EA Play, is now available through Steam.

When is Apex Legends coming to Steam?

After plenty of leaks and rumors about the big release, Respawn finally confirmed on October 23  that Apex Legends is coming to Steam on November 4, along with the release of Season 7.

“Apex Legends is officially coming to Steam when Season 7 launches on November 4, 2020,” they revealed in a blog post.

EA first teased a partnership with Steam on October 25, when they tweeted out a video of an EA-emblazoned mug with steam coming out of the top of it.

This doesn’t mean that EA games will no longer be available on Origin, instead they will also be available on Steam with players able to play with friends on either launcher.

EA/Apex LegendsPlayers on all platforms will be able to with and against each other in Apex Legends.

Exclusive Steam cosmetics for Apex Legends

As a reward for players coming to Apex Legends on Steam, three exclusive weapon charms will be available. The charms themselves are related to Valve games Portal and Half-Life.

Three steam weapon charms for Apex Legends
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The charms all have some inspiration from Valve games.

Apex Legends on mobile?

EA previously confirmed that they were working on a mobile version of Apex legends, but have gone quiet since. The Nintendo Switch release has now also been delayed until a later date.

“This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don’t want to rush anything out,” Respawn revealed, “Switch owners can expect to get their hands on Apex Legends next year.”

Apex Legends Cross-play

Cross-platform play was confirmed during EA Play in June, and was expected to release at the same time as the Steam and Nintendo Switch versions, “when Apex Legends does launch on Switch, it’ll come with support for cross-platform play.”

It was also confirmed, in the October 23 announcement, that PC players on Origin can switch to Steam and keep their account progress on the other launcher.

“If you’ve previously been playing on Origin, feel free to give it a spin on Steam,” Respawn Game Director Chad Grenier added, “all your account progression and unlocks will carry over between the two platforms. ”

EA stopped selling new games through Steam several years ago, instead choosing to run games through their own platform, Origin. This return allows them to reach a wider player-base.

Apex Legends has been a resounding success for EA. It reached 50 million players worldwide in just 28 days, challenging Epic Games’ global phenomenon Fortnite.